Month: August 2020

Warner shows mental toughness to get back into century club

first_imgSYDNEY,  (Reuters) – The leap in the air was the same, and there was the same kiss of the helmet, but the David Warner who celebrated his 22nd test century yesterday looked a different player from the man who scored a 21st nearly two years ago. At the Boxing Day test at Melbourne Cricket Ground in late 2017, Warner was the uber confident vice-captain of an Australia side heading towards a 4-0 Ashes triumph who reached the milestone in 130 balls after smashing 13 fours and a six.Warner’s life would be turned upside down just a few months later in the second test against South Africa when the ball-tampering scandal saw him sent home in disgrace with a 12-month ban from top class cricket.Cast as the villain of the piece by the local media, Warner held a tearful news conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground before heading into the embrace of his family to plot his return to the game that had earned him fame and fortune. The 33-year-old was back in the test arena in another Ashes series earlier this year in England but his form was disappointing for a batsman who had spent most of his career in the top five of the world rankings – 95 runs from 10 innings.Against Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane yesterday, the strutting opener was replaced by a determined battler who took 180 balls to reach the hundred with seven fours and nothing close to the flourish of a six.“It’s never been in doubt, the mental toughness of the guy,” former captain Allan Border said on Fox Sports. “What he’s been through would have tested most people. Whether you want to continue playing at this level or take the easy cash by playing white-ball cricket, which he’s so good at.”Certainly, he rode his luck on his way to the 151 not out that put Australia in a dominant position, not least in the one echo of the 2017 MCG knock – a reprieve at the hands of a bowler making his test debut who overstepped the mark.In 2017, it was England’s Tom Curran who thought he had his first test victim when the opener was on 99, while on Friday 16-year-old Naseem Shah was celebrating his maiden wicket when Warner made his abrupt about-turn. There was also a near run-out on 93 and the Imran Khan delivery near the end of the day that hit his off stump but failed to move the bails which had Warner talking of “someone watching over me up there”.He relied on timing and shots more than the pure aggression that defined his earlier career when he was dismissed by some as a limited overs masterblaster, but his intent was still clear from ball one.“It means a lot,” Warner said of his century. “My family and I have obviously had a tough period but that support from Australia here doesn’t go unnoticed and I can’t thank everyone enough. And obviously my team mates, they’ve been outstanding.”last_img read more

Blow for Bundesliga plans as Dynamo Dresden squad put in quarantine

first_img(Reuters) – Germany’s plans to restart competitive soccer on May 16 have suffered an early setback after the entire team of second tier Dynamo Dresden were placed in a two-week quarantine following two positive coronavirus tests. The Bundesliga 2 club announced on their website that tests taken on Friday had revealed two new positive cases and local health authorities had ordered the team into quarantine.“After an intensive analysis of the situation, the health authority in Dresden… decided on Saturday that the entire second division squad, including the coaching and support team, must now go into a 14-day quarantine at home,” the club said.“Due to the quarantine measures, (the club) will not be able to travel to Lower Saxony for the away game on matchday 26 as planned,” they added. Dresden were scheduled to play Hannover 96 next Sunday in their first game back following the stoppage that was caused by the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Alonso is ready to return in 2021, says ex-boss Briatore

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is ready for a Formula One comeback, his long-time adviser and former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has said amid increasing speculation about a return to Renault. The 38-year-old Spaniard left Formula One at the end of 2018 but is seen as a possible replacement for Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren in 2021.“Fernando is motivated. A year away from Formula One has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him calmer and ready to return,” Briatore, who left Renault in 2009 after a race-fixing scandal, told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport.Renault are expected to take their time before making any driver announcement, with the 2020 season yet to start due to COVID-19. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is also available after Ferrari announced the German would be leaving at the end of the year.Alonso won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 to end seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s long reign.He moved to McLaren for a tumultuous 2007 season alongside a rookie Lewis Hamilton but returned to Renault for 2008 and 2009 before moving to Ferrari and then back to McLaren in 2015. The two-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner has made the Indianapolis 500 his main target this year in a bid to become only the second man after the late Graham Hill to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.The Spaniard turns 40 next year but former Ferrari team mate and 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen is that age already and still racing with Alfa Romeo.Renault finished fifth overall last year but represent Alonso’s best, and possibly only, chance of a comeback. Ferrari and Red Bull have put an emphasis on youth while Mercedes look sure to reach a new deal with six-times world champion Hamilton.Mercedes are the only F1 team with both drivers over 30 and the champions are more likely to go for a youngster like George Russell, now at Williams, should they replace Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton looks sure to stay.McLaren boss Zak Brown told Sky Sports television that he saw Alonso to Renault as a ‘bit of a no-brainer’. “I think he’s undecided, and if I was running Renault, that’s who I’d put in the car: big name, fast as anyone, won two championships with them, so he’s got history,” said the American, who spoke to Alonso recently.Brown said Alonso would jump at the chance to win again but might be less interested in a team still some way off.last_img read more

Paul returns to training

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder, Keemo Paul made a return to training yesterday ahead of the upcoming West Indies tour to England. Paul, 22, joined West Indies’ coach, Rayon Griffith at the National Stadium in an early morning session at the National Stadium, Providence to practice spot bowling followed by  light catching practice.Both player and coach were expected to follow the new regulations of social distancing and ball handing amidst the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.In a video message, Paul described the session as “excellent” and expressed “it is great to be back” while noting his body is feeling good. Paul, along with Berbice-duo, Shimron Hetmyer and Veerasammy Permaul are among the 30 players selected in the provisional squad, which is expected to be trimmed to around 25 for the tour.West Indies are scheduled to tour England for three Tests from July 8 and are expected to depart on June 8. Due to the pandemic, the matches are set to be played in a bio-secure venue while players will first be subjected to a COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine.Recently, Test captain Jason Holder along with several Barbados Test players including, Kemar Roach, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer were returned to training at the Kensington Oval under the guidance of West Indies coach Roddy Estwick and several others from the Barbados Cricket Association.last_img read more

Gary Anderson’s nine-dart finish sees William Hill donate £9000 to Donna Louise Children’s Hospice

first_img Submit The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice (Stoke on Trent) has secured a £9000 donation from William Hill thanks to Gary Anderson’s amazing nine dart finish during the PDC World Darts Championship on Saturday night.Anderson’s perfect leg during Saturday’s World Dart Championship semi-final against Jelle Klaasen sees official tournament sponsors William Hill donate the bonus money to the hospice, a selected PDC charity.During the course of the tournament,  William Hill has pledged to make  a £9,000 donation per nine-dart finish to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice – with four players having missed the final double to achieve a perfect leg earlier in this event.“It took until the semi-finals to get a nine-darter, but it was worth the wait,” said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny.“We’re delighted for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice to receive this donation. They do brilliant work and we hope our donation helps make some difference.”Gary Anderson commented o“It’s great to hit the nine-dart finish – especially because I was one of the guys who’d missed it earlier on! I’m delighted for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice because they’re a fantastic charity and this will be a lovely start to the New Year for them.” StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

HMRC denied Supreme Court appeal against Sportech £95 million tax claim

first_img Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 Share Issuing a market update, Sportech Plc has announced that the UK Court of Appeal has denied HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) permission to appeal the decision which ruled in Sportech’s favour regarding a £97 million tax repayment claim to the Supreme Court.The decision by the Court of Appeal will likely end Sportech’s 7-year battle with HMRC regarding the tax claim which was originally filed in 2009 regarding Sportech’s £40 million VAT payments made on its ‘Spot the Ball’ competition winnings between 1979 and 1996.Following a UK tribunal hearing, the original tax dispute ruled in favour of Sportech, declaring that the company was owed a total of £93 million (original claim + simple interest).However, in 2014 HMRC would successfully re-contest the payment at an upper-tribunal forcing Sportech to repay a £95 million charge. Sportech governance moved to contest the charge.This May the UK Court of Appeal ruled unanimously in favour of Sportech’s case against HMRC, a decision which the authority would immediately contest urging for an appeal to the Court of Justice.This week the UK Court of Appeal denied HMRC its motion, the tax authority now has the option of applying directly to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal and has until 17th June 2016 to make such application GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sharelast_img read more

Cherry acquires first 49% of shares in ComeOn Malta Ltd

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Cherry AB has announced the acquisition of the first 49% of shares in ComeOn Malta Ltd, strengthening its market position in Scandinavia with brands including ComeOn, Mobilbet, Folkeautomaten and Casinostugan. The company also has the option to acquire the remaining 51%.The acquisition, which is expected to have an immediate positive effect on Cherry’s profit, included payment with 2,901,475 B-shares and €39.7 million cash, for a total of €80 million. The issue of shares has been directed to the sellers of ComeOn and represents a 16.8% dilution in Cherry.The final purchase price was based upon ComeOn’s preliminary sales of around €48 million and EBIT for the period from January 1 to June 30, 2016, which amounted to approximately €10 million. This financial performance is in line with the group’s expected operating profit for 2016 of €19-23 million.Fredrik Burvall, CEO of Cherry, said: “Now we have completed the acquisition of the first 49 percent of ComeOn, we will, together with ComeOn, initiate the work of maximizing our common values and customer offerings with the goal to strengthen our common operation. It is important that we and ComeOn clearly schedule the process so that when the final integration takes place it will be both swift and efficient.”The cash part is to be financed with an expansion of the corporate bond, and the price for the new share issue will be calculated during the fifteen trading days following Cherry’s announcement to acquire the remaining 51%. This option can be exercised during the period of October 1 to December 31, 2016, with a maximum total consideration of €280 on a debt-free basis. Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

What would you do with Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg?

first_imgSimply asking the question will invite a myriad of responses ranging from a bucket of baseballs to a sampling of Old Bay — and hopefully nothing more malicious than those barbs — but I’m going to do it anyway.What would you do with struggling Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg if you were executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter?His outing in Toronto on Sunday was particularly disastrous as Gregg entered in the sixth inning with a chance to keep the Orioles in a close 3-2 ballgame. Instead, he allowed the first six hitters he faced to reach, turning a one-run deficit into an 8-2 lead for the Blue Jays against what could only be described as a “B” lineup going to the plate for Baltimore.Gregg has made it clear he’s unhappy with no longer being the closer, and Showalter doesn’t view the 33-year-old as one of his best options despite using him in a high-leverage situation with two runners on base that were left behind in the sixth by starter Brian Matusz on Sunday. New closer Jim Johnson, veterans Luis Ayala and Matt Lindstrom, and young Pedro Strop all appear to have leapfrogged Gregg in the manager’s late-inning hierarchy of trust, and Gregg’s 12.27 earned run average in his first 3 1/3 innings of work hasn’t done anything to change that notion.It appears Gregg would benefit from a change of scenery after being booed by the home crowd during player introductions on Opening Day. There’s little point in debating the merits of former executive Andy MacPhail signing Gregg to a two-year, $10 million contract two offseasons ago to become the Orioles’ new closer. Everyone can see it was a poor decision, just as it was the year before when left-hander Michael Gonzalez was inked to a two-year, $12 contract.Many point to Gregg’s $5.8 million salary as the reason why he will remain in Baltimore, but the money is already committed whether you keep him around or not. If the Orioles no longer view Gregg as one of their seven best relievers, there is little argument to continue what’s become an ugly situation for what used to be a solid-enough relief pitcher. With potential long-relief man Tsuyoshi Wada working his way back from an elbow injury and lefty Zach Phillips waiting at Triple-A Norfolk, there are options at Duquette’s disposal to replace Gregg if the Orioles choose that course of action.Ultimately, it’s not Gregg’s fault the Orioles overvalued a reliever with decent save totals but lacking the peripheral numbers — his walks and hits per inning pitched had increased four straight years prior to coming to Baltimore — to justify a $10 million contract.But the club is now faced with the question of what to do with the disenchanted reliever, who has done himself no favors in making excuses for his struggles and recently admitting to being tired in a two-inning stint against the Yankees last week.Releasing him might satisfy a fan base out for metaphorical blood, but it leaves the Orioles on the hook for his entire salary with no chance of any type of return.His trade value is lower now than it’s ever been despite the San Francisco Giants potentially looking for a late-inning reliever after learning that closer Brian Wilson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. Even finding a team to take Gregg would be a challenge at this point, let alone trying to get something of value in return or to entice an organization to pay a significant portion of his remaining salary.Perhaps the best move is to wait as the Orioles did with Gonzalez a year ago. Through the first two months of the 2011 season, the southpaw had a 7.79 ERA and appeared destined to be released after an ugly start to the year. However, Showalter and the Orioles stuck with him — picking their spots to use him in mop-up roles for a significant portion of time — and Gonzalez eventually began pitching more like the guy the club envisioned when signing him, posting a 2.17 ERA in his final three months with the Orioles.As a result, the Orioles were able to trade him to the Texas Rangers for Strop at the end of August. The hard-throwing, 26-year-old Strop now appears to be a potential late-inning option moving forward.So, before completely writing him off and cutting ties with Gregg, Duquette should take a long look at what happened last year.History may not repeat itself and the Orioles may not be able to get anything for Gregg between now and the trade deadline, but the slim possibility is enough reason to stash him away in the bullpen for a little longer. There’s no reason to make a bad investment worse simply because it makes you feel better at the time.The Orioles can only hope Gregg somehow straightens himself out in the coming days and weeks.For the sanity of all parties involved.last_img read more

Harbaugh still hasn’t spoken to Reed after minicamp absence

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Revealing Tuesday he hadn’t spoken to safety Ed Reed about his decision to skip the Ravens’ mandatory minicamp, coach John Harbaugh wants to make it clear how much he respects the All-Pro defensive back.Asked once again whether he had heard from Reed after he was absent for the second straight day from practice, Harbaugh confirmed he has yet to speak to him but doesn’t want to blow the situation out of proportion. Reed will make $7.2 million in the final year of a six-year, $44.2 million contract extension signed in 2006 before becoming a free agent after the 2012 season.“Not to make too much out of it, I have tremendous respect for Ed,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve used the word admiration. I’m not worried about Ed being ready. I said a couple of weeks ago that I know Ed’s going to be working hard getting himself ready for the season.”Harbaugh has handled questions graciously the past two days regarding Reed’s status, but the Baltimore coach clearly doesn’t want to dive into the reasons why the veteran hasn’t shown up despite knowing he faces total fines exceeding $70,000 for not reporting.Reed told teammate Ray Lewis he is addressing his family but plans to report for training camp to begin his 11th season with the Ravens. Time will tell whether it will also be his last in Baltimore.“Any comment beyond that really has no value,” said Harbaugh about Reed’s absence. “I value our friendship. I value the relationship. I value him as a player. I’m going to plan as though he’s going to be here and be ready to go. Whatever is going on, Ed knows how to deal with it.”Quarterback Joe Flacco was excused from Wednesday’s workout as his wife Dana went into labor with the couple’s first child. The fifth-year quarterback drove to Philadelphia to meet her at the hospital.Offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie (conditioning) and Matt Birk (varicose veins procedure) were absent from the practice field for the second straight day along with linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon), running back Ray Rice (franchise tag), and defensive end Pernell McPhee (arthroscopic knee surgery).Rookie running back Bernard Pierce missed Wednesday’s workout with a tweaked hamstring, though Harbaugh labeled it a mild injury.Wide receivers Tandon Doss and David Reed (torn ACL) and offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Howard Barbieri were present for the second straight day but not working.last_img read more

D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Five Questions for Friday

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)As we try out a new segment “Five Questions for Friday” on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, I wanted to pick readers’ brains on the following topics.(Update: Thanks to those who chimed in via Twitter, Facebook, and in the comments section below. You can catch Friday morning’s segment HERE.)I’ve offered my own thoughts on each question and invite you to offer your answers in the comments selection below and I’ll share your insights on Friday morning.1. If you’re only able to keep two moving forward, who would you choose among Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis?This question was brought up during Thursday morning’s show by Jonathan in Essex and it’s an intriguing one to ponder, particularly when you acknowledge the potential cost that each of these three young players will carry in the future.Wieters and Davis are both scheduled to become free agents after 2015 while Machado isn’t currently scheduled to see free agency until after the 2018 campaign.Machado is the easy first choice and Wieters would have been my second pick in spring training, but my answer may be changing as the season progresses and we see Chris Davis continue an MVP-caliber season. Even if this is Davis’ career year and he settles in as a first baseman capable of simply hitting 30 to 40 home runs in the typical year, he brings the type of power only a handful of players in the major leagues can provide.However, Wieters’ defense and ability to handle a flawed pitching staff is a major reason why the Orioles have become a winning franchise over the last two years. He never did become Johnny Bench offensively, but he’s still a good offensive catcher with exceptional defensive skills, a rare combination among backstops in the game today.If I’m choosing now, I’ll keep Machado and Davis, but a big reason why is the Orioles’ window for signing Wieters to a long-term extension continuing to close. The catcher will be 29 when he hits free agency after 2015 and will be looking for an expensive and lengthy contract, which is something I’m not crazy about doing for a catcher who will have much tread worn away from the tires by then.2. After Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, which player currently on the roster will be the most productive receiver for the Ravens in 2013?Smith and Pitta are the easy choices for seeing a spike in production following the departure of Anquan Boldin, but it remains to be seen who else will emerge to become a bigger part of the passing game.I’m not sold on Jacoby Jones suddenly become a consistent wide receiver in his seventh year despite the big-play ability, so I’ll go with Tandon Doss finally figuring it out in his third year to become a respectable contributor. Anyone in the media will tell you how well Doss has practiced over the last couple years, but limited opportunities and nagging injuries have prevented him from becoming a household name.Many have written him off after being targeted only 20 times in his career and his disappointing showing in the wild-card round against Indianapolis, but he fits the closest profile to what the Ravens received from Boldin over the last three years. And he’s gotten stronger and quicker since entering the league as a fourth-round pick out of Indiana.Of course, don’t forget the possibility of Ray Rice becoming an even bigger factor out of the backfield as a receiver, especially with the power-running ability of Bernard Pierce likely cutting into his total number of carries.3. Of the four Orioles currently in line to be starters in July’s All-Star Game, how would you rank them in order of being most deserving? Which Orioles belong in the Midsummer Classic and which ones don’t?Of the four players slated to be starters as of the last voting update, Davis is clearly the most deserving. After that, I’d be inclined to go with Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis in order from most to least deserving of the nod.Jones continues to be very productive in a down year for American League outfielders. Meanwhile, Hardy is hitting .311 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs since May 1 and continues to be an excellent defensive shortstop.Markakis is a pick based mostly on the outstanding voting efforts of Orioles fans, but little about his solid-but-unspectacular season really screams All-Star starter if you’re looking at his numbers objectively. He ranks 15th among AL outfielders with a .761 OPS this year.Aside from Davis, no Orioles player is more deserving of an All-Star nod than Machado, who leads the major leagues in hits and is on pace to set a new major-league record for doubles as he already has 33 in 73 games. It’s understandable that he ranks second behind 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for third basemen, but it will truly be a shame if he’s left off the All-Star team.Wieters currently ranks second among AL catchers and will earn consideration because of his defense and reputation, but his offensive numbers don’t hold up as well this year with a .702 OPS, which ranks behind Joe Mauer, Carlos Santana, Jason Castro, Ryan Doumit, and Salvador Perez among AL backstops.4. Because everyone else has asked the question and I want to address it once before moving on, so who would be your four choices for the Ravens’ hypothetical version of Mt. Rushmore?I suppose Pro Football Talk should receive the blame for getting this discussion rolling for the 32 NFL teams this spring, but I find it difficult to come up with a definitive foursome for a franchise that only has 17 seasons of history to its name.The first three are elementary with Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, and Ed Reed, but choosing a fourth feels forced. Super Bowl XLVII most valuable player Joe Flacco would be my tentative selection for now, but Flacco has too much football ahead of him to definitively etch him in stone as one of the four greatest in franchise history.Still, I’d include him before the likes of Ray Rice, Jamal Lewis, Matt Stover, and Terrell Suggs based on the first five years of his NFL career.The truth is these types of exercises work much better for teams with extensive histories and it feels artificial for even successful teams with shorter histories such as the Ravens, let alone teams lacking any substantial prosperity like Jacksonville or Carolina.5. What is your favorite superhero movie?Yes, I realize this isn’t a sports-related question, but I thought I’d throw in a non-sports topic to discuss and I plan to see “Man of Steel” over the weekend.The newest attempt at a Superman movie has received mixed reviews, but I’ll freely admit to being a nerd for superhero movies such as the Batman trilogy and saw “Iron Man 3” in the theater earlier this spring.“The Dark Knight” goes down as my all-time favorite superhero movie, but I also found “The Dark Knight Rises” to be much better than many gave it credit for as I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane. It was impossible to match the psychotic performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker in the previous movie, but Hardy gave a more than respectable effort playing the homicidal man behind the mask.How would you answer the five questions posed? Comment below and see if your answers make the cut for Friday’s show.last_img read more