MADRID, (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s playing and coaching staff have voluntarily agreed to take a wage cut of between 10 and 20 percent this year to help the club deal with the stoppage caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the La Liga side said in a statement yesterday. The club said the exact amount would “depend on the circumstances that may affect the closing of the current 2019/20 sports season.” Club directors have also agreed to a wage cut as have members of its basketball team, it said. The club said the move followed negotiations between the team captains — Sergio Ramos for the senior soccer side — and club directors. It said the decision would save having to cut the wages of other employees.Spain has been badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak with a death toll of 14,555. La Liga, as with most football around the world, is currently suspended and it is not known when, or even if, the season will re-start.“This decision, taken by players, coaches and employees, avoids traumatic measures that affect the rest of the workers,” said the statement. It said it would also help deal with “the reduction in income that the club is suffering these months as a result of the suspension of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities.”The players at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also taken pay cuts and La Liga has asked other clubs to follow suit.The Spanish sports daily Marca said that a 10 percent cut would save the club around 50 million euros.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies legend Michael Holding has identified the batting trio of Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope as proof of the exceptional talent in the Caribbean, and believes they can serve as the catalyst for the regional side’s revival in coming years. Contending all three players were good enough to make any team in the world, Holding said their talents now needed to be harnessed properly and their focus enhanced, in order to transform them into genuine world class batsmen.“I see light at the end of the tunnel [for West Indies cricket] because I see talent and once there’s talent, there has to be light at the end of the tunnel,” Holding told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest cricket show.“It’s a matter now of whether we can garner that talent. If we can produce the best of that talent and then of course produce a good team, because individual talent isn’t going to go as far as a good team with a good team spirit and good management structure around that team.” He continued: “Anyone can look at teams and look at [players] and say ‘yeah, that guy looks as if he knows what he is doing’, and I can call three names immediately that I think have a lot of talent in the batting department – Pooran, Hetmyer, Hope. “Is anyone going to tell me those three guys can’t bat? And there are others but I’m picking those three because I think those three are the most talented I’ve seen in the last two or three years.“Those guys have talent, it’s now a matter of garnering that talent and making sure these guys can exhibit the right discipline to get the best out of themselves, and I’m absolutely sure there are other youngsters in the Caribbean who can come around that nucleus and give us a good team. “When I look at cricketers, I look and see who among these guys I think could make other teams around the world. That’s how I look to see if we have talent, and those three guys I think could make most other teams around the world as batsmen.”The 26-year-old Hope has dominated the one-day format where he averages 52 from 78 matches with nine hundreds. Last year, he was one of the leading players, averaging 61 while scoring four hundreds.In 2017, he became the first batsman to score a hundred in each innings of any match at Leeds, in 118 years of first-class cricket at the storied venue. However, those centuries remain his only triple figure scores in Tests and he boasts a disappointing average of 27.Hetmyer, 22, has also made his mark in the one-day format with five hundreds and an average of 36, though he has found the longer game more challenging, with only five half-centuries and an average of 27.Fellow left-hander Pooran, 24, has enjoyed a purple patch in one-dayers where he averages 49 with a hundred and seven fifties. He has never played Tests. Holding, a well-respected television cricket analyst, also dismissed the often-levelled criticism of contemporary players that they lacked the quality of past greats. Rather, the Jamaican argued that the major difference now was the different social circumstances in which Caribbean players now found themselves.“I don’t think there’s something necessarily missing from the makeup of the current day cricketer [in comparison to] the makeup to the former cricketers, even before my time,” Holding contended.“I think it’s just a matter of the focus. I’m absolutely sure the great players who played before me, they were coming into a world and they wanted to impress upon the world the statue of the country and the islands they were representing.“[It was the] same thing in my era in the 70s, 80s. When we went to England, we were quite adamant that we were going to let the Caribbean people who lived in England be proud of us and [let them know] they represented something of significance.”He added: “That world has changed, not totally but it has changed a great deal where a Caribbean person now doesn’t necessarily have to think they have to prove to the rest of the world that he’s of worth. The pressure is not there to prove yourself so much now as before. “It is now just a matter of each individual having their own pride of performance … so I don’t think these guys are made up any different to us [past players] but are growing up in a different world and I think it is up to the people that employ them [to find] some way of impressing upon them that it (inspiring others) is still important, not just [performance] for their personal well-being.”
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India is not at risk of losing hosting rights for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup despite its cricket board’s failure to secure a tax exemption for the event, a key BCCI official has told Reuters. Tax exemptions for International Cricket Council (ICC) events are listed as a requirement in host agreements and the BCCI was supposed to confirm they had secured one by May 18.ESPNcricinfo, citing correspondence between the two bodies, has reported that the ICC has threatened to shift the tournament away from India over the issue. However, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters that would not happen and that negotiations were continuing.“There is no risk to the tournament,” he said by telephone. “That is a work in progress. We are discussing it with the ICC and we’ll resolve it.”The BCCI encountered a similar problem when it hosted the event in 2016 when the government refused to provide a tax exemption, and there has been no change in New Delhi’s stance despite the board’s appeals.Failure to secure that exemption in 2016 saw the ICC withhold an equivalent sum from India’s share of revenue from the governing body’s grants and it appears to be taking an even harder line this time around. “There are certain timelines within the agreements that we collectively work towards to ensure we can deliver successful world class events and continue to invest in the sport of cricket,” an ICC spokesperson told Reuters.“In addition to this the ICC Board agreed clear timelines for the resolution of the tax issues which we are guided by.”
Related Articles Share Submit (Image Credit) Share StumbleUpon Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 On-course bookies rail against ‘severe’ age-verification penalties January 29, 2020 Countdown to Cheltenham: Star Sports on why they ‘do not bet on an opinion’ March 10, 2020 This week has seen substantial alterations in the odds on a Brexit with the potential for a Leave vote reflected in the odds as they’ve moved from 3/1 to a 6/4 average across bookmakers.Jamie Loughead, Star SportsJamie Loughead an Entertainment and Politics Trader at Star Sports discussed his views on the market’s fluctuation, and why he remains certain that Brexit won’t happen, with SBC News. Here’s what he had to say.I find the polling at this stage utterly incredible. The Leave campaign fought a weak battle up until the end of May where it failed to land any major blows on the Remain campaign – on the economy, sovereignty, or TTIP. In recent weeks Leave has banged the drum of immigration, immigration, immigration and it appears to be working. Whether there really are secret EU plans to look to make Turkey a member state after the referendum is almost irrelevant, the public seem to be responding to it.I remain of the view that while immigration is an important issue to about 30% of the population, I can’t believe that the critical floating voters will side with Nigel Farage in the polling booths. Voters traditionally gravitate towards playing safe, picking the nearest thing to the ‘status quo’ as a referendum approaches so while the polling looks very positive for Brexit, Leave support ought to ebb away before the vote.Are there shy Remain voters who don’t want to admit to pollsters that they’re siding with Cameron and Osborne? I think there could be, we’ve certainly not seen any betting money for Remain in the last week just relentless money from Brexiteers.In recent weeks we’ve also seen a big increase across the industry in the prediction for turnout in the EU Referendum. In April bookmakers expected turnout of about 61%, but now we’re expecting around 68%. This was largely due to a big uptake in late registrations to vote, but which way these latecomers will vote is likely to be crucial. The higher the turnout the less likely Leave are to defeat Remain, another reason I remain convinced that Brexit won’t happen. I personally expect a turnout of around 65% but Leave’s only real hope still lies in sub-60% turnout, which looks very unlikely.So on that basis I continue to offer best price in the industry for Leave (currently 7/4), dodge laying Remain wherever I can and pray the polls are wrong for the second year running.
Tipico temporarily suspends affiliate programme May 4, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Just one year after launching its German sports betting enterprise TIPP3 (Tipp3.de) European telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom has terminated its subsidiary, following reports of significant underperformance.In April 2015, Deutsche Telekom governance announced that it had entered the German sports betting market, acquiring a majority 64% stake in Tipp.de Sportwetten GmbH owned by Deutsche Sportwetten, who would continue to manage TIPP3 operations under a joint venture.At the time of its acquisition, Deutsche Telekom detailed that it wanted TIPP3 to be a leading operator in the ‘soon to be regulated’ German sports betting market.TIPP3 would receive one of the original twenty German sports betting licenses by the Hesse Ministry, whose regulatory mandate would be successfully contested by several European operators on the grounds of enforcing unfair business restrictions and creating uncompetitive market conditions.Industry news source eGaming Review has revealed that TIPP3 faced numerous commercial challenges with an ‘outdated product’ that could not meet consumer demands or compete against rival competitor services.A German industry insider would detail to eGaming Review that TIPP3 had become an “expensive mistake” for Deutsche Telekom.Austrian-licensed gaming operator Österreichische Sportwetten, DT’s minority partner in the Deutsche Sportswetten JV, will continue to operate the Tipp3.at site in Austria. Share German Länder eye gambling supervisory unit opportunities January 21, 2020
Share Submit BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share David BaazovToronto-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed Rafi Ashkenazi’s appointment as chief executive on a permanent basis after former boss David Baazov cut his official ties with the company.Amaya confirmed Baazov had resigned from ‘all positions’ within the company effective 11 August. He had been on temporary leave since March.Issuing a short statement Baazov commented: “I am proud of my contributions in building Amaya into the successful company it is today, and continue to be supportive of its strategy and management.”Amaya disclosed that Baazov and CFO Daniel Sebag would not stand for re-election following the company’s AGM in June.Amaya specified that it was still reviewing Baazov’s management takeover proposal and other strategic alternatives in the best interest of its investors. Amaya stated that while these discussions are advancing, “there remains no guarantee that this process will result in a transaction of any kind.”Amaya H1 Interim Results The news of Baazov’s departure came with the company’s half-year 2016 results which showed an 8% uplift in group revenue to $5.7 billion, with group EBITDA up 12% to $253 million. Amaya’s post-period group earnings of $78 million were up 163% on corresponding H1 2015’s $30 million.Detailing the performance drivers, Amaya noted that customer registrations had increased by 1.9 million hitting the 103 million mark during Q2 2016. Amaya further detailed a positive take-up of its casino and sports-betting products, which now represent 21% of group revenues.Since the company is currently undertaking a strategic review concerning its potential sale, Amaya chose not to issue any guidance for full-year 2016.Amaya’s New CEO Rafi Ashkenazi commented on corporate performance:“We continue to execute on our 2016 strategy.“Through focused expense management and product improvements and diversification, we delivered second-quarter results that overcame seasonal headwinds and continued currency challenges, evidencing the strength of our combined core business. In addition, the special committee continues to focus on the strategic alternatives process with a committed view towards maximizing shareholder value.” StumbleUpon Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’ August 24, 2020
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasted no time in spelling out the biggest reasons why he thought his team fell short of the postseason for the first time in his six-year tenure in Baltimore.The biggest downfall started up front with the offensive line, a unit that was so instrumental to the team’s Super Bowl XLVII run but one that also underwent several changes this season.“We’re going to need to run the ball better, we’re going to need to protect Joe [Flacco] better,” Harbaugh said. “Offensively, those things will make us better.”Finishing the season with three new starters from the line that protected Flacco so effectively in last year’s postseason, the Ravens averaged a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry and rushed for 1,328 yards, two marks that shattered previous single-season lows in franchise history. Baltimore also allowed 48 sacks, the second-highest total in team history and the most given up since the 1999 Ravens were sacked 56 times.Media and fans have pointed fingers most often at run-game coordinator Juan Castillo, who implemented a new zone-blocking scheme in his first year with the Ravens that didn’t fit an offensive line featuring a new center responsible for making calls at the line of scrimmage. Harbaugh said Tuesday that no changes to the coaching staff were in the works for now, but the coach alluded to the possibility of staff members potentially moving on to take other jobs as the Ravens’ brass will meet next week to make further evaluations within the organization.Even if Castillo isn’t retained, Harbaugh was quick to point out that the former Philadelphia offensive line coach has a strong track record and was just one of many responsible for the shortcomings of the Ravens’ failures in the trenches.“Being in those meetings every single day and being a part of that thing every single day, I know better, and every one of our players knows better, and every one of our coaches knows that there are a lot of things that go into that,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve got complete confidence and belief in all of our coaches. I believe in our coaches. That goes for Juan Castillo; it goes for all of our guys. I think he’s a great coach, but I think all of our guys are great coaches. But, we’ve got to coach better. We’ve got to find a way to use our personnel better. We’ve got to get better.”The Ravens are all but guaranteed to feature a new-look offensive line in 2014 with starting tackles Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher both unrestricted free agents. Harbaugh complimented Monroe’s play and expressed hope that he would re-sign with Baltimore after he was acquired from Jacksonville for fourth- and fifth-round picks in early October, but the Ravens will not have a great amount of cap space and can’t overspend for an above-average tackle who has yet to make a Pro Bowl in his five-year career.Meanwhile, Oher is expected to depart via free agency after a disappointing season at right tackle and failing to pan out as the left tackle of the future when he was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft. The Ravens will evaluate 2013 fifth-round pick Rick Wagner for the right tackle spot and likely turn to the draft in early May to add more offensive line help.Beyond the obvious holes at both tackle positions, Harbaugh made it clear that only Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda — coming off an underwhelming season by his high standards — is a sure bet to line up at the same position next year. The Ravens are encouraged with the progress made by second-year lineman Kelechi Osemele from his November back surgery to repair a herniated disc, but where he’ll fit in the 2014 puzzle remains to be seen. Osemele played right tackle during the regular season of his rookie year before being shifted to left guard for the 2012 playoffs and started 2013 at that spot before landing on injured reserve.His versatility will provide general manager Ozzie Newsome with more options when trying to address two open tackle positions at the start of the offseason.“I think there will be a competitive situation pretty much at every spot on the offensive line except right guard,” Harbaugh said. “We will be looking forward to getting [Osemele] back. Whether he plays left guard or right tackle, we will have to make a determination on that. He can play either one of those spots. I would assume that he will be in that lineup somewhere, because he’s that kind of a player, but he’s got to come back and do it.”Adding new bodies to the mix at tackle will be a top priority, but the competition at center might be more intriguing as 2012 fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski struggled in his first season as a starter. Replacing 15-year pro Matt Birk, Gradkowski struggled to make the right protection calls for most of the season but improved as the year went on, according to Harbaugh.Reserve lineman A.Q. Shipley competed for the starting center job in training camp before ultimately being needed to replace Osemele at left guard and rookie Ryan Jensen is considered an intriguing prospect with a 6-foot-4, 318-pound frame that would figure to physically hold up better than the smaller Gradkowski. However, the Ravens could elect to search free agency and the draft for more competition and a better option at center.Gradkowski received the worst cumulative grade of any center in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.“Early in the season, Gino would probably be the first to tell you that we had a lot of problems,” Harbaugh said. “You go from Matt Birk that does everything, that makes every call, and in some ways tells every lineman what to do in the heat of battle because he is so good — because you’ve got an offensive line coach basically in there playing center for you — to a guy that is doing it for the first time. That was part of the reason that we didn’t have a hat on a hat a lot of times early on, and that was a tough transition for us.“And yet, Gino fights through it, and by the end of the year, he is making all those calls and doing a good job with that. [He is] a really smart guy, huge student of the game.”A variety of other issues must be addressed on both sides of the ball as the Ravens try to regroup after their commendable run of five consecutive playoff appearances comes to an end, but the 2013 struggles of Flacco, Ray Rice, and the passing game were all impacted by the inconsistency along the offensive line.It’s just one area that needs to be fixed, but it’s a critical one in which the Ravens must explore every avenue in hopes of improving by the time training camp rolls around in late July. Decisions in terms of coaching and personnel must be made carefully in arguably the most important offseason of the Harbaugh era.And losing the battle up front was one major flaw the Ravens simply couldn’t overcome in 2013.“Everything is going to be on the table that way [to improve],” Harbaugh said. “Every one of our guys, all of us understand in this league that it is a production business — coaches and players. We all have to be accountable for producing and winning.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens’ worst fear became reality Monday as tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery on his dislocated right hip and will miss the remainder of the season.Head coach John Harbaugh announced the news a day after Pitta injured his hip for the second time in 14 months, leaving many to ponder his future after he was injured while trying to turn up field while catching a simple short pass in the second quarter of the Ravens’ 23-21 win over the Browns. Pitta remained hospitalized in a Cleveland hospital overnight before undergoing the surgical procedure Monday afternoon.“We do not have the results of the surgery, specifically, yet,” Harbaugh said. “We do know that he’s going to be done for the season.”Pitta’s absence now leaves the Ravens to rely more heavily on veteran Owen Daniels, rookie Crockett Gillmore, and second-year fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has the versatility to line up at the tight end position and caught three passes for 54 yards on Sunday. Harbaugh acknowledged that the organization will be looking to add another tight end, but it remains unclear whether the Ravens will promote Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad.The disappointing news for Pitta comes so soon after a rigorous four-month rehab last year that allowed him to return for the final four games of the regular season after initially injuring his hip on July 27, 2013. Some medical experts have offered opinions that Pitta’s career could be over after suffering a second traumatic injury to the same hip.For now, the Ravens will await the initial results and hope there wasn’t significant damage to the hip area beyond the dislocation and a likely fracture. The first injury did not damage any ligaments or cartilage, which helped facilitate a quicker return, but medical experts will surely look at the structure of his hip with even more scrutiny this time.“I don’t know the ramifications of that long term,” Harbaugh said. “The specialists will probably give us some information on that, so I really don’t know. I’m going to be really hopeful for Dennis’ return, and I’m sure we’ll learn about that in the coming weeks.”
With the Orioles surrendering a total of six runs in the seventh and eighth innings of an 8-1 loss to Boston, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. Infield defense is one of the Orioles’ greatest strengths, making J.J. Hardy’s error on what should have been an inning-ending double play in the seventh so surprising. What followed after that was downright brutal. Kicking the ball around to give the Red Sox lineup extra outs is begging for doom.2. Lost in the ugliness of the last few innings was the fact that the Baltimore lineup has scored just twice in its last 16 innings. One run at Fenway Park isn’t going to cut it.3. The final line for Darren O’Day doesn’t reflect him looking better than he did in his first two outings. He induced what should have been an easy double play and a pop fly that should have been caught. Few survive when they have to get five outs in an inning.4. Dylan Bundy wasn’t carrying stuff or command as dominant as we saw against Toronto, but he gave his club a good chance to win over 6 1/3 innings. He didn’t miss many bats with just nine swinging strikes, but he still turned in a quality start against a superb lineup.5. Considering how much he labored without a single 1-2-3 inning on the night, Bundy throwing a career-high 106 pitches against a club that led the majors in scoring last year reflects how much confidence manager Buck Showalter has in the 24-year-old.6. Tuesday marked the latest example of Orioles hitters faltering against left-handed pitching. Baltimore was one of the worst teams in baseball against southpaws last year, a trend that can’t continue in 2017.7. Give Drew Pomeranz credit for those struggles as he turned in a strong performance after an unsettling spring. The Red Sox lefty’s fastball velocity was strong early, and he did a good job pitching inside against right-handed hitters.8. Their defensive mistakes in the seventh stood out, but Hardy and Schoop are each hitting .105 through the first six games and aren’t offering much at the bottom of the order thus far.9. Welington Castillo had two hits and threw out Hanley Ramirez trying to steal, but his baserunning cost the Orioles a run in the second inning and hurt them again in the seventh. The Orioles lack speed, but they have to take extra bases when presented the opportunity.10. His strong spring earned him a roster spot, but Craig Gentry being in the leadoff spot against a lefty is a tough sell for me. There may not be a natural fit with Joey Rickard sidelined, but I’d still go with virtually anyone else at the top of the order.11. Trey Mancini did a respectable job playing left field in front of the Green Monster on Tuesday and showed why you like having his bat in the lineup against a lefty when he put a charge into one for a double to deep right-center in the second.12. Despite Mancini’s potential, Hyun Soo Kim seemed to be a good candidate to hit for him with runners at the corners and no outs in the seventh and right-hander Heath Hembree pitching. The Orioles needed a good at-bat there, and Kim’s approach is one of the best on the club