Harris handles IMCA Stock Car foes at Raceway Park

first_imgRyan Harris ruled the Sunday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Raceway Park. (Photo by Tim Smith)By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 7) – New drivers hit victory lane in all five divisions Sunday at Raceway Park.The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Car feature had some of the best action of the evening with Ryan Harris coming out on top of a long battle with Jason Ward. Behind the duo of Harris and Ward, Greg Taylor took the third finishing position followed by Jeff Atkins.The Total Motors IMCA Modifieds saw Bob Moore roll out to a 10-car lead in the early laps that he would hold all the way to the checkered flag, with opening week winner Chris Abelson taking the runner-up spot.Rusty Montagne was the KCAU9 IMCA Northern SportMod winner and Tony Fetterman topped the CarQuest IMCA Hobby Stocks.Tyler Thompson paced the Z98 IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Pliskova lands in Italian Open final

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Halep wins Italian Open Muguruza, Kenin for Australian Open final Defending champion, Karolina Pliskova, eased into the final of the WTA Italian Open on Sunday to set up a meeting with top seed Simona Halep of Romania.Pliskova, the second seed, beat fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the final warm-up tournament on clay before the French Open. Top seed Halep battled to conquer Spanish ninth seed Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in their earlier semi-final at the Foro Italico.World number two Halep is seeking her first Rome title after finishing runner-up in 2017 and 2018.Tags: Foro ItalicoKarolina PliskovaMarketa VondrousovaSimona HalepWTA Italian Openlast_img read more

Chelsea captain John Terry ‘still hungry’ for success

first_img Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink, who succeeded Jose Mourinho last month, will provide a glowing reference if asked his opinion on whether Terry should stay on next term. “If I am asked I will give my honest opinion about that,” said the Dutchman, who is in his second caretaker spell at Stamford Bridge. “If I say what I’m saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think. “His commitment is huge for this team and for the club, not just with his equalising goal, but with his attitude and the actions he did defensively and offensively.” Hiddink sees little difference in the Terry he managed in 2009 and the player he is coaching seven years on. “For me there’s not much (difference) between John in 2009 and now,” Hiddink said. “For me you would have to underline that with data. You can say ‘hey, make a test and say he has lost some speed’, but I cannot see that. “He’s fit, he trains well, he takes care of himself, takes a good rest, which you have to do at that age. I cannot see that he is slowing down a bit.” Terry’s 700th club appearance was eventful and began with an own goal. He needs six more appearances to make it 700 for Chelsea; his other six were for Nottingham Forest on loan in 2000. “I think he will make that,” Hiddink said. Terry improvised neatly to score his goal, but admitted he was offside. The decision to allow the goal to stand, after seven minutes of stoppage time had earlier been indicated, infuriated Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Terry cared little after his first goal of the season. He said: “It was just one of those moments where it was flicked on. I was offside and can’t argue with that. But I managed to just flick it over the keeper (Tim Howard). “From being 2-0 down, it half feels like a win. The character that we showed is everything they have been demanding from us and rightly so. “That fight could really kick us on. To come back from 2-0 against a really good side was superb.” Chelsea next play Arsenal on Sunday and could be without Diego Costa, who went off with a shin injury which required a scan. Should the injury prove serious, Chelsea may yet delve into the transfer market. Hiddink said: “Let’s wait on the report. If the negative (happens), then yes, we start thinking in a very quick way.” Terry played every minute of Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning campaign last season and was rewarded with a new 12-month contract. It is Chelsea policy to offer only one-year increments to players aged over 30. John Terry is convinced he is capable of playing on for Chelsea, although the 35-year-old captain is prepared to bide his time over a contract extension. Press Association But, like most Chelsea players, Terry has been culpable for an abject showing this season, with the future uncertain. Terry showed his determination and desire once again on Saturday by scoring the equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Everton in the eighth minute of stoppage time. Terry said: “When you get to a certain age, there are a lot of people out there who think ‘he’s 35, going on 36 and maybe his legs have gone’. But I have never had legs, it’s as simple as that. “I have never been quick all my career. But physically, I probably feel as good as I’ve ever felt in the last two or three years. “I’m in the right state of mind. I’m still hungry. I want to win and finish my career here. “But I’m not thinking of that. Last year, it was a couple of months from now before things got sorted. “For me the most important thing is to get us out of this and up the league table. “Hopefully that comes and I will just have to keep plugging away.” last_img read more

Wisconsin hopes to stay strong after Classic

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Two days later, the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic remained the focus of Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves’ weekly Monday press conference.Following the Badgers’ 3-2 win over Michigan Saturday at the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic, Eaves talked about the importance of the game to the players.Perhaps more importantly, Eaves stressed the importance of avoiding a letdown following an exciting game on Saturday. With many family members in attendance, Eaves noted “a lot of energy was given, and we need to conserve some of that.”“If and when we do this kind of event again, one of the things we might do is take a page from the football team’s book and get our guys in a hotel room,” Eaves said.In order to help conserve some of this energy, the Badgers were given a day off from their usual practice routine. Coming back to practice Tuesday, Eaves believes a lighter practice will be beneficial to the team.“We’ll come on the ice and do some small area games that will be fun for them,” Eaves said.Looking to stay fresh at practice and continue their improved play from Saturday will be freshmen Justin Schultz and John Ramage.With concerns about freshmen fading down the stretch, Eaves said he was pleased with the play of Schultz, especially on the power play.“He was sharp,” Eaves said of Schultz. “He was making good decisions and he was decisive.”Regarding Ramage, Eaves said he believed the freshman defenseman has hit and moved past the “rookie wall” at this point.“With the world juniors, I think he has run into it a little bit,” Eaves said. “But I think this game will energize him, and we’ll move past that.”Over the past six games before the Classic, the Badgers faced a tough stretch of highly ranked opponents in Colorado College, Denver and Minnesota-Duluth.With that stretch behind them and the remaining schedule including several unranked teams, Eaves realized the potential for a letdown but did not believe it will be a factor for his players.“With so much at stake, I don’t think it’s going to be hard,” Eaves said of motivating his team.Eaves also talked about his team’s season as a series of “intermediate goals” to focus on and sees focusing on the team’s next goal as the most important thing.“This was an intermediate goal to win this game and we’ve got that,” Eaves said. “So lets take a closer look at where we’re at, what we need to do and what we need to focus on so that we can be effective in getting to our next intermediate goal.”When asked about his team’s goals, Eaves pointed to the MacNaughton Cup, awarded annually to the WCHA regular season conference champion, as “probably the one that’s most eminent right now.”Eaves is aware, however, that the road will not be an easy one for the Badgers as competition for the top spot in the conference has proven to be a close race.“Last year we had three teams that were vying at this time,” Eaves said. “Now we have five, six maybe, that are going to be vying to get that conference championship.”A crucial element to achieving their goals will be several of the players on the Badgers’ roster that have been included as recent candidates for the Hobey Baker Award, which is awarded annually to college hockey’s most outstanding player.While junior Brendan Smith has received the majority of the attention, several other Badgers, including Derek Stepan and Blake Geoffrion, could make cases for themselves coming into the end of the regular season.While Eaves realizes having several candidates on the roster may take attention away from any one particular player, Eaves acknowledges it as “a nice problem to have.” But as buzz around the country heats up, Eaves is hoping the attention won’t get to Smith.“Our reminder to Brendan will be very much like our reminder to our team,” he said. “If you focus on the process and what you need to do as a player, game in and game out, then you have a chance to win that.”As the Badgers look forward to hosting Minnesota State this weekend at the Kohl Center, Eaves will look for his team to find that focus and carry it through the end of their season.last_img read more

High Ambitions! LeoVegas sets its 2020 enterprise vision

first_img Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegasThe governance of Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB, has presented the firm’s 2020 enterprise vision of generating at least €600 million in group revenues, combined with a corporate EBITDA of €100 million.Updating investors and stakeholders, the operator sets its target following a transformative year, in which LeoVegas has significantly grown its ‘flagship organic brand’, whilst completing the acquisitions of Royal Panda (€60 million) and IPS Gaming (£65 million).Gustaf Hagman, CEO of LeoVegas AB Gaming Group commented on the firm’s 2020 guidance“Following our acquisitions we have now drawn up new financial targets. In 2015 we set the target to achieve EUR 300 m in revenue by 2018. The new revenue target entails a doubling to at least EUR 600 m by 2020 and does not include potential major acquisitions. At the same time, we are aiming for EBITDA of at least EUR 100 m, which implies adjusted* earnings per share of at least SEK 8** by 2020. The new targets confirm our continued focus on strong growth combined with a sound view of profitability. The targets create transparency regarding where we are headed, both internally and externally,”Backing its ambitious 2020 targets, LeoVegas seeks to aggressively expand its presence and services within the UK and German online gambling markets.Furthermore, the company has set-up its ‘LeoVegas Futures’ division, scoping the best innovation-led products and corporate M&A opportunities to aid the firm’s future growth strategy.Setting-up its long-term 2020 targets, LeoVegas governance details that it will seek to trade under the following operational guidance:Long-term organic growth that outperforms the online gaming marketLong-term EBITDA margin of no less than 15% assuming that 100% of revenue will be generated in regulated markets subject to gambling taxTo pay a dividend of at least 50% of profit after tax TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Philip Bowcock – Global vision will reshape William Hill

first_img Share Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles William Hill Chief Executive Philip Bowcock has stated to investors that his tenure will reshape the UK legacy bookmaker into a ‘digitally led and internationally diverse gambling business’.Speaking at the FTSE firm’s ‘Capital Markets Day’, Bowcock outlines the three strategic areas that will drive William Hill’s corporate turnaround, seeking to completely transform the bookmaker by: –Driving digital growth in the UK and internationallyGrowing a business of rapid scale in the USRemodelling UK Retail“We will meaningfully reshape William Hill over the coming years, moving from a business that is predominantly UK-centric and land-based to being a leading gambling business that is digitally led, internationally diverse and sustainable ” Bowcock statesBowcock is confident of William Hill securing its proposed £242 million acquisition of Stockholm-listed MRG Group, strengthening the firm’s European digital profile by acquiring a proven multi-market asset.“Our ambition is to build the world’s most trusted digital gambling brand and a business with greater scale, more geographic diversity and higher profit margins. The UK is our largest market and we will deliver an engaging and safe customer experience which will enable us to grow sustainably ahead of market growth rates and gain market share”.Digital growth will be supported by William Hill’s aggressive US growth strategy, in which the company has committed to investing $70 million towards driving technological improvements, seeking to secure an early mover advantage over competing European incumbents.Led by Joe Asher, William Hill US has been tasked with developing the lead sportsbook proposition for a market that could ‘generate between $5-19 billion in sports betting revenues by 2023’.“Our ambition is to grow William Hill US’s EBITDA from $50m from the US Existing business in 2018 to c$300m from the US Existing and US Expansion business in 2023. We expect our operations in new retail and tethered mobile states to become profitable within their first one to two years, supporting investment in the brand, marketing and technology”Though Bowcock presents a bold global mission statement, at home William Hill has to immediately address its UK retail downturns which have dragged corporate performance and value.Facing a tougher UK regulatory environment following 2018’s Triennial Review judgement, industry analysts will be keeping a close eye on how Bowcock remodels William Hill’s retail proposition.Mitigating the inbound FOBTs £2 wagering reduction, Bowcock confirms that William Hill has begun to research product innovations which may offer sustainable alternatives to B2 gaming machines.“The implementation date has been announced as October 2019. As previously announced, we expect this change to reduce Retail’s profitability by £70-100m following mitigation measures, including circa £15m of cost reductions.”Closing the address to investors, Bowcock outlines that all William Hill future growth initiatives across a global scale will be underpinned by the Group’s approach to sustainability through its long-term corporate initiative ‘that nobody is harmed by gambling’. Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

This week in esports: AT&T, FAZE sues FaZe, Immortals, DPC Changes

first_imgThis week in esports has been slightly unusual: a huge telecommunications company partnered with ESL, FaZe Clan are being sued, Immortals entered the Latin American scene, and there are some big changes on the way for the Dota Pro Circuit. As always, we’re here to keep you up to date!If you can’t wait for our weekly recap then consider subscribing to ESI Dispatch – you’ll receive news straight to your inbox twice a week.ESL welcomes AT&T as North American mobile gaming partnerMultinational conglomerate AT&T has become the official telecommunications and mobile gaming partner of ESL.AT&T is experienced in traditional sports, but not so much with esports – though that’s set to change. The telecomms giant will be involved with ESL One New York, an upcoming IEM event, and the Arena of Valor Pro League.Read the full article here.FAZE Apparel sues FaZe Clan over trademark infringementSan Francisco-based clothing company FAZE Apparel is suing esports organisation FaZe Clan over an alleged trademark infringement on apparel. It’s aiming to receive treble damages, attorney fees, and enhanced statutory counterfeiting damages that could amount up to $2,000,000 (£1,498,520) per counterfeit mark.The grounds of the infringement is on the use of the word “Faze”, as you’d probably expect. Things aren’t resolved as of yet, but there is a preliminary injunction on FaZe Clan that stops the organisation selling any merchandise that displays the word “Faze” without “Clan” following in close succession.Read the full article here.Immortals enter Latin American market with Rainbow Six Siege teamNorth American organisation Immortals is working with Ubisoft to enter the Latin American esports scene, expanding into Rainbow Six Siege.Acquiring the ex-BRK E-Sports roster, the team will represent the organisation but continue to play, train, and operate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ubisoft will add Immortals-branded items into the game.Read the full article here.Big changes announced for the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season 2018 – 2019Valve has released details of the changes coming to the Dota Pro Circuit for the 2018-2019 season, of which they are set to be implemented in September of this year.There are a whole host of changes, but the most notable may be new ownership rules – something that was recently announced for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The community has reacted overwhelmingly positive towards the upcoming alterations.Read the full article here.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke fired

first_imgFifa has fired secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is under investigation for misconduct, world football’s governing body said on Wednesday.”The Fifa emergency committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of Fifa secretary general with immediate effect,” said a statement.The Frenchman, effectively the number two behind president Sepp Blatter, who has been banned for eight years, was suspended on September 17 over allegations that he helped sell 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market.More to follow…–last_img read more

Sources: Bayern finalizing transfer for USMNT prospect Chris Richards

first_img“When they told me there was an option to buy I was like ‘wow, I hope I can play well enough for them to even consider buying me,’” Richards told Goal in November. “Now it’s becoming a reality that they have a good chance of being able to buy me.” Richards is the latest American teenager to make the move to Germany, joining U.S. Under-20 teammates Sebastian Soto and Chris Gloster (Hannover 96), Alex Mendez (SC Freiburg) and Brady Scott (FC Cologne), as well as USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams, who recently completed his transfer to RB Leipzig, and Josh Sargent, who will make his first appearance in the squad with Werder Bremen’s first team on Friday. One year ago Chris Richards was still just a kid from Alabama dreaming about a professional soccer career. Now Richards is on the verge of being the subject of a seven-figure transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world. FC Dallas and Bayern Munich are putting the finishing touches of a transfer that would keep the 18-year-old with Bayern, the club he joined on loan in the summer. Sources tell Goal the transfer would be a $1.25 million deal, making him the latest American teenager to complete a move to Germany. Richards joined Bayern’s U-19 team on loan but played for Bayern’s first team for the International Champions Cup in the summer.Richards impressed then, earning playing time against the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Juventus in friendlies. He eventually joined the Bayern U-19s and established himself as a regular starter, making a strong impression with his ability to win aerial duels and his slick passing. A former member of the Houston Texans youth academy, Richards joined FC Dallas’ academy a year ago, and earned a first-team contract in the spring. He established himself on the U.S. Under 20 national team and started in the semifinals and finals of the team’s recent Concacaf championships title triumph, including a starring role in the U.S. team’s 2-0 victory against Mexico. Richards is the second player with MLS ties to sign with Bayern in 2018, with the club having completed the transfer for Canadian star and former Vancouver Whitecaps winger Alphonso Davies in July. last_img read more

A’s have done what Angels have not: overcome a rotation ravaged by injuries

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “There’s a next-man-up mentality,” A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty said. “Everyone knows there’s something special going on, and wants to be a part of it. If someone is called up, there is extra motivation to do well, not only for themselves but for the team.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The results have surprised even those within the organization.“There have been individual games where it didn’t look like we had great matchups,” General Manager David Forst said, “and the guys pitched great. The consistency has been there.”Consistency of performance, but not names.A rundown of what’s happened to the A’s starting rotation will sound familiar to Angels fans. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — The injuries to the Angels’ starting rotation have been well-chronicled, and a major reason why the team has failed to live up to expectations.Then, there are the Oakland A’s.As the Angels opened a three-game series against the A’s on Tuesday night, the Angels were looking ahead to 2019 and the A’s are counting the days until they can clinch a wild-card berth.At 90-60 heading into Tuesday’s game, the A’s have demonstrated that overcoming injuries to the rotation is simple: have a great bullpen and a deep lineup. The A’s began spring training hoping to have a rotation of Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton, Kendall Graveman, Daniel Gossett and Paul Blackburn.All are gone now.Manaea made it through most of the season before suffering a shoulder injury that will knock him out until 2020. Cotton and Blackburn didn’t even make it out of spring training before getting hurt, including Tommy John surgery for Cotton. A.J. Puk, the A’s top pitching prospect, also succumbed to Tommy John surgery in the spring.The A’s have covered for all of that by recycling pitchers from the past. Trevor Cahill (3.77 ERA, 19 starts) and Brett Anderson (4.35, 14 starts) returned to their original team in spring training. Journeyman Edwin Jackson (3.17, 17 starts) is on his 13th team. Mike Fiers (3.09, eight starts) slipped through waivers to the A’s in August.Overall, though, the Angels’ starters have not been far behind the A’s. Thanks to strong performances by guys such as Jaime Barría and Felix Peña, neither of whom projected to be in the rotation, and the work they did get from Tyler Skaggs and Shohei Ohtani around their injuries, the Angels’ rotation has performed about as well as the A’s.Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Angels had a 4.23 rotation ERA, and the A’s had a 4.17 mark.In the bullpen, though, the A’s have a 3.25 ERA and a WHIP of 1.191, compared with 3.63 and 1.308 for the Angels. The A’s are 65-0 when leading after seven innings, the only team in baseball not to have a loss in that situation. The Angels are 65-10.A’s closer Blake Treinen (0.85 ERA, 37 saves) was an All-Star. Lou Trivino (2.14) came from anonymity in the A’s farm system. They also added two closers, Jeurys Familia (3.58) and Fernando Rodney (3.31), in trades in July.The bullpen has also been supported by a lineup that includes five players who have hit more than 20 homers, led by Khris Davis (43 homers, 115 RBIs) and MVP candidate Matt Chapman (23 homers, .885 OPS), both Cal State Fullerton products.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The A’s have averaged 4.84 runs per game, which is fifth in the league. The Angels are seventh, at 4.48. The A’s, however, lead the league in OPS after the seventh inning, which is why so many close games have gone their way at the end,“There is no point in the lineup the pitcher can really take a breath,” second baseman Jed Lowrie said. “One through nine can hurt you, even guys coming off the bench. We have guys who have a lot of ability and a lot of talent and those guys grind out at-bats and make it hard on pitchers and force a lot of mistakes.”The result is a team that has been able to overcome what the Angels have not.“From the outside looking in, their bullpen is about as lock-down as you want a bullpen to be,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “They are doing a great job, and it’s had a major impact. On the offensive side, all the guys are having good years, and they’ve been able to overcome some things that have derailed some teams.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more