August 2020

first_img(Field Level Media) OG Anunoby scored a career-best 24 points, and the Toronto Raptors demolished the visiting Charlotte Hornets 132-96 last night. Pascal Siakam scored 20 points and Normal Powell contributed 17 for the Raptors, who were returning home after a 3-2 road trip.Terence Davis chipped in with 16 points off the Toronto bench.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 15 points, Chris Boucher had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet had 11 points and eight assists as Toronto improved to 5-0 at home. Anunoby did not play in the fourth quarter after being poked in the right eye late in the third quarter, but the team said he was available to return if needed.Marvin Williams scored 14 points for the Hornets, who had won two in a row. Miles Bridges and Bismack Biyombo contributed 13 points each while Devonte’ Graham added 11 points and Terry Rozier had 10 for Charlotte.The Raptors scored the first seven points of the game and led 26-25 after the first quarter. The Raptors were up by four points at halftime, were ahead by 18 after three quarters and increased the margin to 38 with 5:20 to play on a 3-pointer by Davis.P.J. Washington’ 3-pointer gave Charlotte a 32-31 lead early in the second quarter. The Raptors soon regained the lead and extended the margin to nine points on Powell’s layup with 2:44 remaining in the first half.The Hornets scored the next nine points to tie, then led by one on a floater and a free throw by Williams with 36.1 seconds left in the half. Marc Gasol’s 3-pointer and Anunoby’s dunk gave Toronto a 60-56 halftime lead. The Raptors outscored the Hornets 32-18 in the third quarter.Toronto stretched the lead to 16 on VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter. Siakam and Powell made consecutive dunks, and the Raptors led by 20 with 5:40 to go in the third. The lead reached 21 on a 3-pointer by Anunoby, and Toronto was up 92-74 after three quarters.last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Squash Association will continue its 2020 calendar with its second tournament for the year the annual Bounty Farm Ltd. Handicap squash tournament which begins today at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street.  Thirty-five participants will match skills in the two categories – Open -for the more seasoned players and Category A for the younger players.The Open category includes last year’s Lucozade handicap winner Nicholas Narain, alongside Peter Michael De Groot, Ashley Khalil, Michael Alphonso, Kirsten Gomes and BCQS Women’s veterans Over 35 winner Lydia Fraser. Category A, on the other hand, will see some of the up and coming junior players, Shiloh Asregado, Joshua Verwey, Dhiren Persaud and Lajuan Munroe battling with the other players to see who will emerge victorious.  Matches will run each weekday evening starting from 18:00hrs and throughout the day on Saturday before concluding with the finals on Sunday starting from 11:00hrs. The usual BBQ fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 16.last_img read more

first_imgThe Inaugural Sterling Products-sponsored Igloo golf classic will tee off today at 12.30 hours at the Lusignan Golf Course. The tournament was launched yesterday at the company’s Providence location where Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ramsay Ali, expressed his excitement to introduce a premium brand to a premium sport.   “We have just launched a line of premium Ice Cream and hopefully, we will have it up there and we want to associate ourselves with a premium sport and golf is a premium sport in Guyana so that’s the idea behind it,” Ali stated.Sterling’s head added, “We were bold enough to sponsor a series of tournaments throughout the year and we are looking at a couple more during the year but this is our first and we are very happy to be associated with Lusignan Golf Course.“We all know what they have been doing, especially as it relates to encouraging everyone to get in the game.” Ali added that apart from the cash sponsorship, a number of hampers containing products manufactured by the local company will also be given.“Apart from the cash, we provided some hampers with one worth around $7000-8000 with Sterling products, it is a good thing to exhibit our other products, margarine, soap power, dishwashing liquids, shortening and so,” he said.Meanwhile, LGC treasurer, Assrodeen Shaw, welcomed the established company on board with the club, noting it is an honor to be associated with them. “We are excited for Sterling getting on board with us. Apart from our busy schedule we still have slots where we can fit in other sponsors…you want to partner with senior companies like Sterling because Guyana is changing and we have to prepare and part of the change is not the work side but the leisure side and with more and more Ex-pats coming we have to cater for them and this means a lot for us.”Shaw posited, “we want to partner with companies we believe can push golf and companies who have been around for a long time. I know Sterling is a household name for everyone because I remember growing up I heard about Sterling and it is good to see this and so especially with the new product we will do whatever we can to promote the products.”The tournament is expected to play across the usual three-flight system with prizes being awarded for the top three golfers in each category.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a string of commendable performances during the Golden Jaguars ‘League B’ campaign in the CONCACAF Nations League, international Daniel Wilson, stated that his goal is to become an integral member of the Men’s Senior Programme for the foreseeable future. This was disclosed by the central midfielder yesterday during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport. According to Wilson, who has been capped approximately 20 times at the senior level, he is at the optimum age to become a staple of the team.He stated, “I think for now going forward the aim should be a main factor in the national programme. At the age I am at right now, this is the right time and age to be breaking into the national team and with the setup they have now, it’s the right time for me.”Wilson has been a member of the starting XI in five of the previous six matches contested by the Golden Jaguars in League B of the CONCACAF Nations League, which indicates his growing importance to the national senior programme. Wilson, who was also the captain of Guyana’s U20 and U23 programmes, also featured during Guyana’s maiden campaign in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He further said, “I am not different from the other players, we are aiming for the same goal. I bring the same mentality and winning spirit like everyone else who is a part of the team. As someone who is hard working and very much disciplined to the game, in terms of the quality and the talents I bring to the team, I should be there.”Asked if he considers himself an inspiration to the younger generation of players, given his status as a locally based player, he said, “First of all it’s an honour to represent the national team, I wouldn’t say that I am important to the team because I am just a member and because everyone is important. In terms of younger players looking up to me as a local member of the team, I would say to stay focused and there will be a chance for everyone once they are disciplined. I try my best in whatever picture that I am painting that it’s good and they can look up to me. You can’t paint a bad picture and want the younger players to look up to and follow you. You have to show them good and they will follow you.”Questioned about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on his training schedule, he revealed, “This pandemic has affected everyone worldwide, not only sports. At the end of the day, you have to maintain your health and fitness and you have to live a healthy life sport or otherwise. This is all about health. While I miss the thing I love, at the end of the day, life and health is far more important.” He further added, “I would like the public to follow all the necessary guidelines because once they are keeping themselves safe, they will be keeping others safe. It starts from you and then others will be safe by your actions.”last_img read more

first_imgMADRID, (Reuters) – Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a dramatic exit designed to protect the monarchy after a barrage of corruption allegations surfaced against him. The once-popular, now scandal-ridden, king left Spain before Monday’s announcement, local media said, with no indication of where he may have gone.The bombshell move stunned Spaniards and left them divided over whether the 82-year-old, who keeps the title of King Emeritus, was right to depart or should have stayed to face justice.Pressure had been building for weeks on the former king and his son, King Felipe, to take action to shore up the monarchy, after Spanish and Swiss prosecutors started looking into allegations of bribes over a high-speed rail contract. The palace statement quoted Juan Carlos’ letter to Felipe as saying that he wanted to enable him to rule untroubled “amid the public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating”.“Guided by my desire to do what is best to serve the Spanish people, its institutions and you as king, I am informing you of my … decision to leave Spain at this time.”King Felipe thanked Juan Carlos for his decision, underlining “the historic importance that his father’s reign represents” for democracy in Spain.  Juan Carlos came to the throne in 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco and was widely respected for his role in helping guide Spain from dictatorship to democracy. But his popularity sank in later years due to a series of scandals, prompting him to step down in 2014.Juan Carlos’ lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Junco said in a brief statement that despite his decision to leave, the former king would “remain at the disposal of the prosecutors’ office”.Amid much speculation over where he could be, Portuguese TV channel TVI24 and the Correio da Manha tabloid said Juan Carlos was in Cascais, a resort area near Lisbon, where he spent part of his childhood. They did not cite any sources.last_img read more

first_imgShare Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Fitzdares launches betting’s first WhatsApp tipping service July 28, 2020 Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Francesco Cesarini, Erlang SolutionsFrancesco Cesarini is the Founder and Technical Director of Erlang Solutions, a specialist technology consultancy that has worked with companies as varied as bet365 and Whatsapp. Here he delivers his views on betting trends on this year’s European Championships and the necessity for sports betting operators to be open minded to the idea of adopting new technologies. This year’s Euro competition could see some of the largest peaks of betting activity in the history of online gambling. Peaks that will likely push traditional technologies to the very limits of their capabilities. As we build towards the closing stages of this year’s competition, sports betting companies that have not explored alternative approaches to their technical development (or are nervous to do so), could be taking an enormous gamble with their business.Let’s put that into perspective. The Grand National is typically the biggest day in the online sports betting calendar. This year was no different delivering 30% growth, for one of our clients, on last year’s race.Despite this, reports suggest that the recent Champions League Final saw even bigger peaks with many times more activity than the Grand National.  We can only assume that this trend will continue.The rabid appetite for ‘In Play’ and the increase of casual gamers getting involved in high profile sporting events, has seen the volumes of betting activity grow exponentially over the last decade. So it stands to reason that this Euro competition and probably every other major football event to follow, will produce record peaks of activity.When it comes to meeting that demand, sports betting companies have traditionally taken the vanilla route, building Java applications that report into SQL based systems.As the transaction curve has gotten steeper over time, the answer has been to bring in additional hosting hardware to take up the slack. For major occasions, like the Champions League Final, it’s not unusual for companies to pay through the nose for massive, monolithic machines to handle throughput.The spending doesn’t end there. Typically, a business will organise a dedicated team to manage the event.  This means getting more hands on deck for problem solving, and generally increasing alertness across staff for these big events, upon which earnings will significantly depend.Finally, support procedures are reviewed with all suppliers to ensure they have a disaster recovery plan ready, should the worst happen.But there comes a time when throwing money at the problem no longer works. Java will only scale so far and is not as predictable under heavy load. As a result, the time it takes the system to cascade data out exceeds the time available. This results in bottlenecks that impact the ability to support markets, push data and most vitally, take and reconcile bets.Leaving this issue unaddressed is not an option. Online betting is a super competitive industry that is driven by the need to balance a smooth, scalable service with pressures to add new functionality that maintain customer interest.Add to that the need to offer attractive deals to induce players to place bets at peak times and not addressing the problem starts to resemble commercial suicide.Some firms have embraced the NoSQL approach, to take the pressure of their transaction systems and ensure it can focus on doing the things it was originally intended for. Those that haven’t will likely start to feel the pinch.Either, they’ll find themselves in a position where they can’t offer comparable, competitive deals for fear of not being able to process the extra traffic. Or they will strike ahead, hoping to ride any hiccups that occur, only to lose business to firms offering a better, more robust experience.From what I can tell, the industry is in a bit of turmoil. On the one hand, there is an increasing realisation that a switch is needed to new technologies but there is also a reticence to try something new.This, then, is not a technical problem. The technology is available to meet the demand. The challenge is risk averse cultural mindsets, that prohibit the investigation of new approaches and adoption of new technologies that deliver true innovation.Typically, the dominant technological mindset always wins in the innovation argument. If you have a workforce of Java programmers, they will look for a solutions in Java and ignore potential new avenues outside of their comfort zones.Which is a shame because the upsides can be quite spectacular.Take Erlang for example. It’s a 25 year old programming language that was developed by Ericsson to improve the scale and resilience of its telephony applications. It is now becoming the ‘go to’ language for online organisations, who experience similar challenges of massive scale, concurrency, reliability and low latency.It’s a technology that lies at the heart of WhatsApp’s technical infrastructure and enables the company’s 1 billion users to send an average of 42 billion messages a day. That’s double the total of daily SMSs. This is achieved with a few hundred servers and a backend engineering team of approximately 15 responsible for the development, support and maintenance of their code base.It is used by Machinezone to ensure that millions of concurrent players have the opportunity to wage war on their neighbours in a shared playing field.It is also a key technology used by bet365 to ensure that their systems continued to function smoothly in the face of massive peaks during this year’s Grand National and Champion League’s Final.The Erlang programming language has enabled each of these companies to build a concurrent and fault tolerant applications that behaves predictably under massive load, without sacrificing resilience and reliability.This means, they are not only able to increase capacity exponentially, but because Erlang uses every core in a multi-core machine, they can utilise less hardware, not more.And because of Erlang’s real-time properties, you can react to external events as they happen. Should something go wrong, you can respond to any problem, without taking the entire system down.These things don’t happen overnight. Developing new systems, using new technologies is something that takes time. If you haven’t already, it’s too late to get started on an improvement programme for this Euro competition.But it isn’t too late to ensure you are prepared for the future growth of the industry.last_img read more

first_imgShare Share Evolution Gaming tables ‘game changing’ €1.8bn buyout of NetEnt  June 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Sporting Index has rolled out a Casino product suite for mobile and tablet users to coincide with the increased traffic during the knock-out stages of Euro 2016. The content for the new product will be provided by NetEnt and Microgaming.Following a successful desktop launch in March 2016, the strategic launch will see mobile and tablet users provided with over 50 Casino options, including slots with jackpot facilities and table games. The company expects to extend its content catalogue in the coming months.Paul Turner, Head of Sporting Index, said: “The launch of our desktop casino products has seen a good response and we can’t wait to give our mobile and tablets users the same maximum excitement.“The European Championships have brought a huge increase in traffic to Sporting Index, and we believe our casino products are the perfect complement to sit alongside our best-in-class spread betting offering.”Available via the Sporting Index app and accessible through integrated tabs, the fixed-odds casino product suite marks the first time the company has hosted any non-spread based games for mobile users in its 24-year history.last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Puntt pools nets Canadian licensing deal with Aquarius AI June 23, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Sports Betting Community (SBC), the media and events group which focuses on the betting industry, has broadened its expertise with the recruitment of two new advisors ahead of the Betting on Sports Conference – the company’s latest two-day event in September.Bookmaker Graham Martin and lawyer Quirino Mancini have joined the advisory board for the group’s events division, SBC Events, and are already helping form the direction of Betting on Sports, the company’s latest conference and expo, which is being held on 15-16 September at the Grange Tower Bridge in London.Graham Martin is a third generation bookmaker who originated the first offshore gaming law in Alderney, formed Bonne Terre Limited (which later evolved into SkyBet), formerly the Chairman of Probability Games Corporation, founder and past CEO of Scotbet International, advisory board member of Cashbet Limited, main board director of Empire Global Corp, Soccer Data Bet, and, amongst other entities, Chairman of the Australian Cardinal House Group Pty Ltd.Quirino Mancini is a partner at Tonucci, a top ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua and Florence.  Mancini has vast experience in the sports, entertainment, media, and e-commerce fields and has a specialist practice in national/EU gaming & gambling law. He is a member of the advisory board of the International Research for Gambling and Gaming of Bonn, Germany. He is the Secretary of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a member of its Leadership Committee.SBC founder Rasmus Sojmark is pleased at being able to attract the considerable expertise of both advisors to the group. He explained: “Graham has enjoyed a hugely successful career in the betting industry, where his entrepreneurial spirit has pushed the sector forward. Quirino is a tenacious lawyer, with a comprehensive grasp on the legal and commercial pressures of the industry across Europe and an extensive network. SBC is delighted to be working with both of them to further improve the well-received events we have been putting on for the betting trade.”>Graham Martin commented: “I have been hugely impressed at the progress of SBC and the extent of its output over the past few years and delighted to come on board to provide another perspective for Betting on Sports. “The betting industry is more complicated and finely nuanced than the other gambling sectors and as such deserves more expert focus in this way. The C-Level Evening Event which is part of Betting on Sports should ensure we have some of the sharpest minds in the audience to address this.”Quirino Mancini added: “Rasmus and his team have done a great job in launching Betting on Football and now Betting on Sports and it is down to the bookmakers to help make this work. This is why I’m very excited to be involved with SBC Events at this stage of its development.”Sports Betting Community (SBC) is an organisation dedicated to raising the profile and coverage of gambling operators, software suppliers, affiliates, service agencies and media portals in the online gaming market.SBCEVENTS started organising events for the sports betting industry in 2009. Today there are a number of yearly events, including Betting on Football (#BOFCON Emirates Stadium/Stamford Bridge), the newly rebranded SBC Awards (last event at Playboy Club in London), along with the London Baby networking event at Cafe de Paris in London.________________________ Graham Martin to lead Aquarius AI June 18, 2020 Share SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020last_img read more

first_imgRoughly an hour after losing outside linebacker Paul Kruger on Tuesday, the Ravens sustained their biggest free-agent loss of the offseason with inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe reaching an agreement with the Miami Dolphins.Deemed their top priority after quarterback Joe Flacco signed a six-year contract earlier this month, Ellerbe remained hopeful earlier in the day Tuesday that the sides would come to an agreement, but the 4 p.m. deadline passed without the Ravens inking the 27-year-old to a contract. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the deal is worth $35 million over five years.Ellerbe told WNST.net that the Ravens’ best offer was only $4.5 million per season and roughly half the guaranteed money the Dolphins awarded him.Filling in for an injured Ray Lewis for a large portion of the season, Ellerbe made seven starts and played in 13 games, collecting 92 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. The inside linebacker missed three games in early December due to an ankle injury but rebounded to serve as arguably the Ravens’ best defensive player en route to their Super Bowl XLVII win.Originally an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2009, Ellerbe missed 10 games over the last two seasons as his durability has come into question throughout his career. The talented linebacker also found himself in coach John Harbaugh’s doghouse earlier in his career as his conditioning and commitment to football came into question.However, Ellerbe appeared to have arrived in his fourth NFL season as he began the season playing in the nickel package before stepping into a starting role when Lewis sustained a torn right triceps on Oct. 14.The loss of Ellerbe leaves a major void at inside linebacker as the Ravens are already facing life without the retiring Ray Lewis in the middle of the defense. The organization will hope for the best with Jameel McClain — who suffered a season-ending spinal cord contusion in December — while also looking to free agency and the draft to find an impact player at the position. Former practice-squad member Josh Bynes will also be counted on to fill a larger role within the defense.After signing Ellerbe on Tuesday afternoon, the Dolphins released veteran inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, who could be a viable short-term option for the Ravens at a reasonable cost. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgThe infamous lyrics are piped through the speakers as the Ravens offense huddles up for its next play.Oh, Mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law… Only it’s not a critical fourth-quarter moment against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field as the Styx song is instead sounding as the Ravens go through a Wednesday practice in Owings Mills. A number of Ravens players have admitted over the last couple years to liking “Renegade” as the Steelers’ anthem has become a fixture on the playlist used at practices in Owings Mills.It’s a sentiment that was unlikely to be uttered by Ravens players a decade ago, but perhaps it speaks to the way the Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry has evolved in recent years. Sunday marks the 41st overall meeting between these AFC North foes with the stakes as high as they can be in early November with the Ravens and Steelers right on the heels of first-place Cincinnati.But you can’t help but feel something has been lacking from Ravens-Steelers recently. The games have remained close with the Ravens’ 26-6 win over Pittsburgh earlier this season being the only one of the last five to be decided by more than three points, but the same bite hasn’t quite been there.A rivalry in which the pre-game trash talk and bulletin-board material once rivaled the car-crash play on the field from an entertainment standpoint no longer fills reporters’ notebooks in the same way as even the once-brash Terrell Suggs has been more subdued in recent years. Former players and coaches such as Ray Lewis, Hines Ward, and Bill Cowher have provided the only inflammatory commentary in recent weeks by labeling Pittsburgh “soft” on defense, but you rarely hear such critiques from either side anymore as most vocal disdain has been replaced by mutual respect, which isn’t a bad thing, mind you.The truth is these teams are different than the longstanding idea of the Ravens-Steelers mystique that fetches words such as bloodshed and old-school football.On top of the departure of a number of outspoken figureheads including Lewis, Ward, Ed Reed, and LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011 and last year marked the first time since 2002 that these teams played a game in which both entered with sub-.500 records. After Pittsburgh and Baltimore were near the top of every defensive category for more than a decade, both teams now lean more on offense — the Ravens do rank second in points allowed this year — with defenses in transition and possessing vulnerabilities.By no means is the rivalry dead — far from it — but the narrative that once centered around two soul-crushing defenses now focuses on quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger. And we’ll see if Sunday’s higher stakes pump new life into a Ravens-Steelers rivalry that’s seen more bizarre — journeyman quarterback Charlie Batch beating Baltimore in 2012 and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin interfering with Jacoby Jones’ sideline return last Thanksgiving night — than instant classic over the last couple years.It’s an opportunity for new names to be made in the same way that wide receiver Torrey Smith entered his into Baltimore-Pittsburgh lore three years ago in catching the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds of a Sunday night game at Heinz Field. That 2011 win was the difference in the Ravens clinching the AFC North title and a first-round bye and the Steelers losing a first-round game at Denver as both teams finished 12-4 with Baltimore’s season sweep being the tiebreaker.After more than a decade of fighting high-stakes wars and spewing venom at one another, the annual meetings may not be the hottest thing going in the NFL anymore, but Ravens-Steelers has become a legacy rivalry, which is a tribute to how long these teams have beaten the hell out of each other. Many of the Ravens’ youngest players were only in elementary school when the Pittsburgh-Baltimore rivalry first took off at the start of the new millennium, which is difficult to believe for a franchise still less than two decades old.It may lack the history of Packers-Bears or Cowboys-Redskins, but the rivalry isn’t going anywhere with at least two games guaranteed every year and each fan base holding more disdain for the other than even the teams do. And young players on each side want to make their own mark after watching from afar and listening to veteran teammates talk about the battles of yesteryear in Pittsburgh.“These guys all know it. They’ve watched it. They’ve grown up with it,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “C.J. Mosley and I were talking, and he said he has been watching Ravens-Steelers since he was a little kid. For him, that’s about as long as the Ravens have been around. That goes to show you his whole life has been Ravens-Steelers.“People talk about us being a young franchise, but for that generation we’ve been around for as long as any other franchise. This rivalry dates back for those guys that play for us that are young.”Even if the rivalry has changed, the NFL still sees it as a major attraction with both Ravens-Steelers games landing in prime-time slots this season and at least one annual game being a nationally-televised affair since 2007.The high stakes are back on Sunday with each team sporting a 5-3 record.It will be fun to see what they have in store for one another.And you know the Ravens won’t blink when they hear those familiar lyrics sound through the Heinz Field speakers at some point in the fourth quarter.last_img read more