A fine half-century from West Indies U– 15 batsman Mavendra Dindyal spurred Floodlight U-15 to a 22-run victory over host the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in their 30 overs fixture Friday evening. Floodlight, after being asked to bat, posted 173 for nine from their allotted overs with Dindyal spanking 94, falling agonizingly short of his century. His innings included seven fours and six maximums and he received support from national Under – 15 skipper Zachary Jodah (24) and Floodlight’s skipper Alvin Mohabir (14).Off-spinner Jayden Dowlin (2-17) and Mahiem Khan (2-44) were the principal wicket-takers. DCC, in response, was restricted to 151-8 when their overs ended. National Under – 15 opening batsman Jaden Campbell carved out 60 which included five fours and a maximum. He shouldered the chase and was supported by Wavell Allen (20) and Premkumar Permaul (19) as leg spinner Nityanand Mathura bagged 4-31, including Campbell’s wicket to spin his side over the line. The match was played in honour of Huburn Evans, coach of the Floodlights Under 15 team that toured Florida during the latter part of 2019. Evans, a former national senior cricketer and former national youth coach, is currently visiting and the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) saw it fitting to recognise his work with the juniors.
TT’s first-ever Olympic-bound female cyclist, Teniel Campbell, has described eerie scenes throughout the streets of Italy as a result of the extensive outbreak of covid19 in the world’s second most affected country. The 22-year-old currently plies her professional trade with the Italian-based women’s road cycling team Valcar Travel & Service and expressed a myriad of feelings regarding her presence there during this pandemic.On Wednesday, the number of people dying from coronavirus in Italy had risen by 475 in one day to nearly 3,000 – the biggest increase since the outbreak. Italy is the globe’s worst affected country after China and many restrictions have been imposed on its citizens in an attempt to quell the spread.Campbell has been in Europe since December 2019 and shared her emotional experience from her Italian location on Wednesday. “When I go outside, it’s like a zombie apocalypse. Everyone with face masks and gloves. You see the fear amongst the people. I am not comfortable and get anxiety from time to time. It’s not normal to constantly hear the ambulance up and down the roads. There are lines to go inside the supermarket as they only allow a certain amount of people at a time, the same goes for the pharmacy.”The Perfection Services Limited representative is however, still allowed to train outdoors, once she wears her customary athletic protective gear and a mask. The team limits its outdoor activity but cyclists must train with a partner if necessary. They also train indoors.Valcar Travel & Service also provided its members with the required documents to prove they are pro cyclists just in case riders are stopped by the police. This is due to an increase in the presence of protective services as an additional precautionary measure. “When I go outdoors to train, I am always with another teammate who lives nearby. The coach insists I must always train with her and two other guys. It is safer this way. The roads are quieter but we still meet ignorant drivers who apparently are unaware that we are still allowed to train on the roads,” she added.When asked if she fared better in TT, Campbell denounced the idea and declared airports as one of the main contributors of coronavirus. She was even allowed an opportunity to travel home by her club before the airports closed off recently, but refused. The Vuelta CV Féminas (Spain) third-place finisher remains optimistic amidst the global pandemic.“I do not want to come home but even if I wanted to, I think it just increases my chances of attaining the virus as it’s a long transfer. The virus is everywhere and affecting everyone. Several things go through my mind on a daily basis but I try to live in the moment and not stress over things I cannot control. It allows me to cope better under the circumstances,” she continued. Campbell believes she needs to remain strong in this time of crisis since she is thousands of miles away from her closest family member. According to the double Pan American gold medallist, all races have been suspended for the next couple weeks and will resume when the situation normalises.“This situation showed me how much I have matured as an individual. I often found myself calming down those panicking around me including one of my former team-mates from the World Cycling Center. She is in Spain. She couldn’t believe how I still had a smile on my face and was not nervous and panicking like her. However, ‘knock on wood’, if I so happen to crack, I have a psychologist on standby,” Campbell concluded. (Trinidad Newsday)
Former NBA guard O.J. Mayo will play in China when play resumes in that country following a stoppage for the coronavirus. The Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association announced yesterday that Mayo is in Shenyang, the team’s home base, and will sign a contract after he spends time in quarantine and passes a physical.The Chinese Basketball Association suspended play amid the outbreak in that country on Feb. 1. The league is expected to return in mid-April with all teams based in one or two cities and without fans in the stands, ESPN reported.Mayo, 32, was drafted No. 3 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008. He was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in a draft-day trade that shipped Kevin Love to Minnesota. He has been out of the NBA since the end of the 2015-16 season after being banned for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.In 547 NBA games (325 starts) with the Grizzles, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks, Mayo averaged 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.Since leaving the NBA, Mayo has played internationally, including stops in Puerto Rico and Taiwan and China’s second-tier league. —Field Level Media
LONDON, (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he is excited about the club’s signing of striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig but his immediate focus is sealing a top-four finish in the Premier League. Germany international Werner will join Chelsea next season after the 24-year-old opted for the London club rather than Liverpool who had appeared favourites to sign him.“He is clearly a player we’ve liked,” Lampard told reporters in a virtual news conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with struggling Aston Villa — Chelsea’s first game back after the three-month Premier League shutdown.“I have followed him for a long time myself, just as a talented player, even before I had this job. He will certainly strengthen us. He has huge talent, he has had a fantastic season this year but before that as well.” Werner moved to Leipzig in 2016 from Stuttgart and has since scored 93 goals and grabbed 40 assists for the team. His move to Chelsea is a major coup for the club.“It seems like it came across as a really exciting project for him because he obviously had some very good options,” Lampard said.“He is the type of player and the type of profile we are looking at. The talent I think Timo has and the work ethic and his personality and humility really shone through to me when speaking to him, so I’m very excited to have him in all senses.” Young striker Tammy Abraham has been a revelation for Chelsea this season and Lampard said Werner’s arrival will increase the competition for places.“Tammy has had a very good season for us this season and has to sustain and improve on that because at Chelsea we have demands,” he said. “I am happy to have options.”Chelsea are in fourth spot as they enter their last nine games of the season but Lampard knows his side must hit the ground running to cement their place in the Champions League. “We’ll have to go full throttle,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. Lots of competition for the top four but we are in that battle and we are very honest about it. We have to be at our best to make sure we amass enough points.”
Submit SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 Bernard MarantelliFinalising its second year in full operations, SBC caught up with Colossus Bets CEO & Founder Bernard Marantelli to discuss his start-up’s progress under changing market conditions.Focusing on in-house product development capabilities, Colossus Bets has released a series of new features and innovations in 2015, marking itself as an effective and unique industry start-up.Marantelli details how his company’s operations, strategy and rational have evolved in 2015 amid a new industry wide context______________SBC: Bernard, you have entered your second year in full operations, how have you grown Colossus Bets business services in 2015? Bernard Marantelli: We began a complete re-build of our core tote engine early this year which we managed to release in time for the new football season in August and in some respects the year to date has been about giving us the capacity to accelerate our growth in 2016 and beyond. Our new tote is flexible and scalable in ways that our previous tote was not and as part of this project we have built our own internal development team to remove reliance on out-sourcing for technical support and development. The net result is that we now have full have control over our technical destiny for the first time and are on the cusp of some very exciting product and partner launches. We have a series of B2B partners going live between now and the end of the year via microsites we built in-house, as well as a roll out of new sports and a weekly £1 million free to play (FTP) Pick 6 predictor game, which is generating huge interest from live and prospective B2B partners.SBC: As the leader of a start-up in the sports betting sector, have any specific business principles or objectives changed during this period?BM: We’ve reacted to opportunities and trends that have emerged. For example even though it will be the only game of its kind with a real money cash-out option, we didn’t foresee 12 months ago that there would be such a demand for our FTP ‘Millionaire’ game and we have rearranged our development roadmap to prioritise this product build over the past few months. However in large part our principles and objectives have remained unchanged since the time of our launch and before. We believe that the public will embrace a global liquidity pool which offers lottery-sized prizes on sport, which enables players to take control of their destiny via partial cash-out and which doesn’t penalise them for winning.SBC: 2015 saw the launch of the Colossus Fracpot, introducing partial cash-out functions to the online casino market. Can you detail this product’s development and why did your team choose to bring partial cash-out to the casino gaming market? BM: We launched our sports pools in 2013 with partial cash-out and have always maintained that the feature will become industry standard not only in sports betting, but also within other gaming verticals. Earlier this year the adoption by Bet365 and Paddy Power of partial cash-out cemented the feature in a sportsbook context. It is clear that players want the option of taking some profits off the table on a live bet, whilst retaining part of the bet to play for the jackpot prize and any sports betting operator not already offering partial cash-out, has the feature towards the top of their development roadmap.In the wider gaming space we have developed the Colossus ‘Fracpot’, the world’s first cash-out slot, in partnership with CORE Gaming. The game went live exclusively with Sky Vegas in late September and the early signs are very positive. Many people told us that the popularity cash-out has achieved in sports would not translate to gaming, but we have always believed that enabling players to extract value from live positions before the conclusion of any game/event, will become a standard feature across all verticals. The Colossus ‘Fracpot’ is the first in a pipeline of partial cash-out games that we will be rolling out between now and the end of 2016.SBC: As you know 2015 has been a period of sector consolidation, how do you feel this factor will impact betting’s operational value chain?BM: Achieving cost savings is one of the stated rationales for industry consolidation and I think suppliers to the sector who are offering homogenous products and services will inevitably be squeezed by the current wave of mergers. A single enlarged entity will have increased bargaining power with its suppliers, as well as being able to eliminate duplication not only of internal roles but by no longer buying the same products and services twice. Five of the six companies involved in the three big mergers announced since the summer are public companies and I think it is reasonable to assume that plc shareholders rather than customers will be main beneficiaries of costs savings.The impact of industry consolidation on Colossus is not something I spend a great deal of time considering, because although we are essentially a B2B supplier to the industry, I don’t believe our product is homogenous and therefore I don’t believe we are exposed in the way many other suppliers will be.SBC: Your team has placed a high emphasis on in-house development of its products, in changing and more challenging market conditions how will this competency help your business?BM: We’ve only just completed the full in-housing of our technology and development, but I believe it will prove essential to our future progress. Anyone who has been reliant on out-sourced technology will be well aware of the frustrations and limitations involved. In our case this was exacerbated because we operate the only tote with a cash-out feature, meaning there has never been existing external expertise we could hire.We are now just beginning to reap the benefits of controlling our platform and the improvements we can make to it, as well as servicing the needs of existing and future B2B partners. We are now in a position to roll out multi-lingual and multi-currency partner microsites in a matter of weeks (when previously it was months).SBC: Looking to 2016, what should the betting industry be preparing for in order to achieve further long term growth?BM: Continuing the theme above, because of the need to be nimble and to evolve, I think any operator not in control of its technology platform is vulnerable. I believe this is particularly relevant because the operators who thrive in the years to come will be those whose number one priority is product investment and enhancement. I think operators and players are jaded with the marketing war of attrition that has been fought in the UK in particular over the past decade. I expect the next phase in the battle between operators will be around product, something which a review of the recent results announcements from some of the main plc companies in the sector will confirm._____________________Bernard Marantelli – CEO & Founder – Colossus Bets
Phil HorneScientific Games Corporation has confirmed the promotion of Phil Horne as CEO of subsidiary SG Gaming.Horne who currently serves as SG Gaming Group Managing Director will take over the leadership of the multi-content gambling technology provider when current Chairman Steve Frater retires on 31 March.Horne has served as SG Gaming MD since March 2013 prior to joining the Scientific Games division, Horne served as Gaming Director for UK operator Gala Coral.On taking over the leadership of Steve Frater as CEO SG Gaming, Horne commented“It has been a privilege working with Steve. He is truly an industry innovator and will be greatly missed at SG Gaming,” Horne said of the outgoing executive chairman. “We thank him for his leadership, vision and his hard work to drive the business to where it is today.“I am very proud to now be leading SG Gaming through to the next phase of growth and ensuring our customers continue to benefit from one of the industry’s leading gaming solutions package,”Steve Frater approved of the promotion of Horne as CEO “I am confident that SG Gaming will continue to go from strength to strength under Phil Horne’s leadership.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Scientific Games confirms Michael Eklund as inbound Group CFO May 22, 2020 Scientific Games appoints Rich Schneider as group product strategy lead April 22, 2020 Share
Related Articles Share All-in Translations prepares for All-in Global rebrand July 11, 2019 Shona ODonnellIndustry publisher iGaming Business are pleased to announce the full conference schedule for the Betting Trends and Strategies Conference 2016. BeTS 2016 takes place on 9th June 2016 at the RAI in Amsterdam as part of the iGaming Super Show.BeTS 2016 is the only dedicated sports betting conference that focuses on the latest opportunities, trends and strategies in the industry. With support from Racing Post and Sports Betting Community we are able to bring you the industry’s top speakers and panellists. This year’s expert sessions cover everything from eSports to DFS to big data and sports betting.Shona ODonnell, Head of Operations at iGaming Business said: “BeTS was one of the most popular conferences at the iGaming Super Show in 2015 and we have high expectations for this year’s event. We are very excited for the sessions that we have lined up; the sessions are diverse and cover all of the most important strands of the industry. Keep your eyes open for some of the top speakers who will be sharing ideas and trends”.Below are three highlights from the BeTS 2016 conference:9th June, 14.15: Big data and sports betting: How to engage consumers: One aim that every sportsbook has is to acquire new customers, increase time on site and ultimately trigger additional betting activity. This session will discuss how you can achieve this.9th June, 10.30: DFS – can it work in Europe? DFS took off in the US where it essentially became a proxy for gambling in a country where sports betting is largely banned. With the big brands looking at Europe and more DFS companies joining the fray, we discuss whether the model can work where betting is legal.9th June, 15.00: Olympic effort: Can Rio bring home the gold? London 2012 proved that the Olympics could work as a betting event. Will Rio 2016 continue the trend? How should you best target this event and capture the interest of the local markets in which you operate?BeTS 2016 will be held on the 9th June 2016 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam as part of the iGaming Super Show. The conference is free for all delegates to attend. Submit Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Perform picks Amsterdam as DAZN’s innovation home September 14, 2018 StumbleUpon Share
Depending on who you talk to this week, the Ravens are a very good football team only 60 minutes of strong play away from going to the Super Bowl or an inconsistent group unable to get out of its own way as it prepares to take on the almighty New England Patriots in Foxborough.Those sharing the latter thought continue to doubt quarterback Joe Flacco, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and the team in general. Even safety Ed Reed spouted off about Flacco and the offense’s uneven performance against the second-ranked Houston defense in the divisional round, which was not only a purposeless act for his team but is sure to add fuel to the critics’ fire this week.Baltimore faces the immense challenge of traveling to Gillette Stadium to best a Patriots team that hasn’t lost since before Veterans Day. New England has been held below 30 points only once in its last eight games while the Ravens’ offensive attack has only reached the 30-point plateau one time over its last nine contests.Yes, the Ravens are the underdogs this Sunday. From fans and media to even within the locker room, the pressure to play their best game of the season — to give themselves their optimum chance to win — is coming from a variety of sources.And that’s just fine in their minds.“We like being the underdog,” linebacker Jarret Johnson said. “We’re used to it. I think we handle it better. Psychologically, I don’t really know why, but I think we do. Should we be? I don’t know. Obviously, it’s their place, they are the No. 1 seed, they have earned it, they are one of the top offenses in the league. They deserve to be the top team, but I like being [the underdog].”Though their 33-14 win over the Patriots in the playoffs two years ago doesn’t mean much in terms of breaking down the play on the field this Sunday, it does provide a psychological boost as the Ravens once again prepare to head on the road for the playoffs.There is no team in the NFL better equipped to win a road playoff game than the Ravens, who have won four in seven postseason games away from M&T Bank Stadium over the last four years. Meanwhile, the Patriots have reaped the benefits of home playoff games but were knocked out of the postseason in their home stadium in each of the last two seasons.The Ravens’ veterans and young players alike know what to expect on the road in January.“It helps, just by the fact that we’ve done it,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Most of our team has been there before, and then those young guys can relate to the older guys, and the older guys can share some wisdom. But it’s not going to impact necessarily this game, except to the extent that our guys have been there before and it’s certainly not going to be anything new for them. And that’s a good thing.”While naysayers point to two disappointing losses in Pittsburgh and a blowout defeat to Indianapolis when mentioning the Ravens’ postseason track record under Harbaugh, his teams have also shown the ability to win games in which few gave them a chance. In Harbaugh’s first season, the Ravens knocked off the top-seeded Tennessee Titans in the divisional round and followed it up the next season with a surprising blowout of the Patriots.The Ravens play better with a chip on their shoulder when they know few believe they can get the job done. There’s no question the veterans in the locker room will point out that the Patriots didn’t defeat a team with a winning record all season despite being crowned the clear favorite on Sunday.And while the media has swooned over the Patriots’ explosive offense, the Ravens will remind everyone their defense finished in the top four in every significant statistical category this season.A win on Sunday will likely require the Ravens’ best performance of the season, but their 6-1 record against teams that finished with a winning record in 2011 provides plenty of evidence that they’re more than capable of getting the job done.Baltimore will need to sustain drives, score touchdowns instead of field goals in the red zone, and play a turnover-free game — or close to it — to win a contest in the neighborhood of 31-27. It’s not the easiest task on paper, especially against an offense that scored 513 points in the regular season and a much-maligned New England defense that finished a respectable 15th in points allowed.But every time you think you’ve sentenced the Ravens’ to failure due to their flaws and write them off, they do something to surprise you, much as they did two years ago in Foxborough when they sent the Patriots home early after barely qualifying for the playoffs the week before.It’s rarely easy on the eyes, but just ask Green Bay or New Orleans if style points really matter in January.“I always say there is a right way to do things, there is a wrong way to do things, and there is just the Ravens’ way of doing things,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said following Sunday’s win over the Texans. “It wasn’t pretty, but we’re not really a pretty team.”And the Ravens are comfortable in that position, with everyone counting them out.
Join Dennis Pitta, the WNST.net crew, and special guest Joe Flacco at McFaul’s Ironhorse Tavern Thursday night at 7PM for our Bud Light Thursday Night Live show presented by Freedmont Mortgage. Tickets for an autograph or picture with Joe are $5 each, with all proceeds benefitting Living Classrooms Foundation. Fans will be limited to one autograph ticket and one picture ticket. All are welcome to attend, but space is limited. We ask that all guests work together to create an orderly and respectful environment while showing our support for Joe and Dennis as they gear up for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.Thanks to Bud Light, Freedmont Mortgage, The Raven Zone, The Goldfather, and ABC Rental in Rosedale for their support! Without them, these shows wouldn’t be possible.We’ll see you all at The Ironhorse tonight with Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta!