Pakistan suspend Umar Akmal under anti-corruption code

first_imgLAHORE (Reuters) – The Pakistan Cricket Board said yesterday it had suspended batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect under its anti-corruption code. The PCB said Akmal “… cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit.”The announcement came hours before Akmal’s Quetta Gladiators begin their Pakistan Super League title defence against Islamabad United in Karachi.“…@TheRealPCB is already investigating the matter of Umar Akmal and the franchise will not make any comment until inquiry is concluded,” tweeted the Gladiators, who have been allowed to apply for a replacement. Akmal, who has played 16 tests and 121 one-day internationals, last played for Pakistan in a Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in October last year.last_img read more

South Africa quick Ngidi hails Langeveldt impact for return

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – South Africa seamer Lungi Ngidi has hailed the impact of bowling coach Charl Langeveldt following a stunning return to form in limited overs series against England and Australia at the end of the 2019-20 season. Ngidi returned from eight months on the sidelines to take 12 wickets at an average of 16.08 in four One-Day Internationals, and 13 wickets at 18.87 each in six Twenty20 matches as he proved South Africa’s most potent seamer.That included defending seven runs off the final over to beat England in a 20-over game in London, and career-best figures of 6-58 in the ODI series against Australia as South Africa completed a 3-0 sweep.Ngidi credits former international Langeveldt with his return to form, after the latter was appointed to assist head coach Mark Boucher in December. “He is very supportive, he encourages me to play the way I think, so as a bowler I feel really comfortable with executing my plans,” Ngidi said in audio released by Cricket South Africa on Thursday.“I never feel as though he will not agree with what I am saying. He has been there before, he has been in situations where you have the ball and you have to deviate from the game-plan.“He has got a lot of knowledge, and was a very skilful bowler. It has helped my cricket a lot.” Despite his success, Ngidi feels he still has a lot more work to do to hit his best form.“I would rate it (the season) at about a six (out of 10). It was good, but to me it was still not good enough. There were a few games I could have gone for less runs,” he said.“I did pick up a few wickets, but it is not the finished product. I still feel I can deliver a whole lot more and be a whole lot better.” Ngidi was one of four players ordered to attend a special CSA conditioning camp in January.South Africa are due to tour Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in June, though that is looking increasingly unlikely due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Reports: Silver says NBA doesn’t expect fans back this year

first_imgWith major sports leagues preparing for the eventuality of restarting behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly took the concept to the next level on Friday. The NBA might end up playing with no fans in the stands into next year barring the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, Silver reportedly said during a conference call open to all NBA players.National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts also participated in the call, which was designed to update players on the league’s status among the pandemic-inducted shutdown.Among the reported highlights of Silver’s comments, according to multiple media reports, except where noted: —The decision on when play might restart could be made as late as some point in June.—The league derives 40 percent of its revenue from having fans in the arenas, so playing in front of TV-only audiences would inflict major financial damage.—Silver answered a question from Roberts regarding the league’s finances by stating that the collective bargaining agreement “wasn’t built for an extended pandemic,” per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. —With travel problematic amid stay-at-home requirements in numerous states, the league believes it would be safer to return to action in just one or two sites, with Orlando and Las Vegas being the leading contenders.—The NBA hopes to have daily COVID-19 testing for players, and if a player tests positive, he alone would be sent to quarantine with no disruption to the league’s schedule.—The league still would like to complete a full playoff slate with all rounds best-of-seven, according to Wojnarowski. —All 30 league owners remain committed to the resumption of play.—The league is leaning toward a minimum of three weeks of training camp ahead of the restart of play.—While the NBA season was halted on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, Gobert wasn’t the first player to be tested. He was just the first to test positive. —Players told Silver they were being pressured by their teams to participate in voluntary workouts at club facilities; Silver said he would instruct teams to stop doing so.The league allowed team facilities to reopen beginning Friday in markets where it is permitted under local government guidelines.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

Squash Association hoping COVID-19 subsides so juniors can be internationally exposed

first_imgPresident of the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) David Fernandes is hoping that the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic subsides in the coming months so as to expose the country’s top juniors to some much-needed international squash in an effort to further foster their development.  “There are tournaments that are being scheduled but worldwide the situation is getting worse… the senior US Open was recently called off but we have a few tournaments to go to especially the juniors are slated to attend the Canadian and US Open both of which will be held in December,” the country’s top squash official told Stabroek Sport.Conscious of the serious threat that the deadly disease poses and in light of those possible tours in December, Fernandes said that he hopes the situation improves. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3David FernandesShomari WiltshireAbosaide Cadogan“…So we are hoping that something happens by then; either a vaccine or a cure.” Earlier in the year, Fernandes was adamant about exposing the likes of Shomari Wiltshire, Michael Alphonso, Abosaide Cadogan, Kisten Gomes, Nicholas Verwey, and a few others to topflight squash outside of their comfort zones. He had expressed to this publication the association’s intent to send a junior national boys team to the 2020 Pan Am junior championships in El Salvador ahead of the junior Caribbean champions in Bermuda. Both events were cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.  The chief squash administrator, who has been a diligent and long-serving member to the local squash fraternity, is also calling on the authorities to consider opening up a few of the goGovernment administrated facilities for players to train. He, however, noted that if the consideration is heeded, players should observe the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations on how to stay safe.“… One of the major concerns we have is no access to courts because the national racquet centre is closed for both lawn tennis and squash and the Georgetown Club is closed so there no way for the athletes to put in some work.  “It’s really hard if you can’t access a court to play at the top level squash. It’s really hard because this is something we would have never guessed would happen in our lifetime.” Even if there is a possible window for the juniors to compete internationally later in the year if a vaccine or another medical alternative is developed, Fernandes pointed out that the seniors are pretty much done for the year since a number of senior tournaments have already been shelved. He explained that there are a few South American senior tournaments scheduled for October, however, Guyana’s participation is unlikely because access to training facilities is not possible at this time while the glum economic climate will also impact the association’s decision.last_img read more

Doncic dominates as Mavs clip Kings in OT

first_imgLuka Doncic capped a 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist triple-double with a basket inside to break a tie with 1:57 remaining in overtime yesterday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings for a 114-110 victory. Tim Hardaway Jr. had six of his 22 points in the extra session, helping the Mavericks (41-29) win for the first time in three tries in the NBA bubble.De’Aaron Fox went for a team-high 28 points for the Kings (28-39), who fell to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference playoff race with a third straight defeat since the restart.A Buddy Hield 3-pointer gave Sacramento a 102-99 lead with 3:30 left in overtime before Hardaway was fouled on a 3-point attempt and converted three straight free throws for the game’s final tie at 102-all. Doncic then connected on his go-ahead hoop and Maxi Kleber then hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 to go, propelling the Mavericks to the win.The Kings got threes from Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic in the final 10 seconds to close within 112-110, but Trey Burke nailed two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to ice Dallas’ win.The Kings led almost the entire regulation, using nine first-quarter 3-pointers to build a 37-27 advantage after 12 minutes. Hield (three), Fox (two) and Cory Joseph (two) combined for seven of the early threes. The Mavericks rallied into a 52-all tie on a pair of free throws by Kristaps Porzingis with 2:46 remaining in the half, but then never drew even again until Kleber hit one of two foul shots with 1:52 remaining, squaring the score at 95-all.The teams combined for seven missed shots and a turnover over the scoreless final 1:52 of regulation. Fox missed three of the shots, including a buzzer-beating 18-footer.Doncic’s triple-double was his league-leading 16th of the season, while his 20 rebounds were a career-high, eclipsing his previous best of 18 set against New Orleans in December. Porzingis matched Hardaway with 22 points, while Dorian Finney-Smith collected a career-high 16 rebounds to complement 16 points.Fox added a team-high nine assists for the Kings, who outshot the Mavericks 41.3 percent to 36.7.Hield added 21 points and Kent Bazemore 16 for Sacramento, while Nemanja Bjelica had a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. —Field Level Medialast_img read more

Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies, advance to playoffs

first_imgCJ McCollum scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter yesterday afternoon, helping the Portland Trail Blazers rally from a late deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-122 in the Western Conference play-in game near Orlando. The win allowed the Trail Blazers to secure the eighth and final Western playoff berth and move on to a best-of-seven first-round series against the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers beginning Tuesday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.The loss ended the season for Memphis, which held eighth place at the beginning of the restart but then lost six of eight before Saturday’s defeat.Damian Lillard had 31 points to pace the Trail Blazers, who took advantage of 19 more free throw opportunities to outscore the Grizzlies 35-18 at the foul line. Lillard completed a double-double with a game-high 10 assists. Jusuf Nurkic also came up big with 22 points and a game-high 21 rebounds for Portland, while Carmelo Anthony was a fourth Trail Blazer with 20 or more points, going for 21.Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas led the way for Memphis. Morant went for a game-high 35 points to complement eight assists, while Valanciunas contributed 22 points and 17 rebounds to the cause.McCollum scored eight points in the final 3:08 as the Trail Blazers closed out the win. After Portland bolted to a 30-14 lead just 10-plus minutes into the game, the Grizzlies got the better of the Trail Blazers for a majority of the next three quarters.Memphis went up by three in the second period and six in the third, and retained a lead until McCollum bombed in a 3-pointer for a tie at 111 with 3:08 to play.Nurkic followed with a three-point play 29 seconds later to give the Trail Blazers a lead they never relinquished, and McCollum helped pad the advantage with another 3-pointer and a two-point shot. Led by Morant and Valanciunas, the Grizzlies clung within 119-116 with still 42.8 seconds to play, but Anthony buried arguably his most important shot since joining Portland in-season, a 3-pointer that doubled the margin to six with just 21.0 seconds to go.Brandon Clarke and Dillon Brooks added 20 points each, and Kyle Anderson had 10 for Memphis, which outshot Portland 48.9 percent to 45.2.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

NMi partners with DraftKings to ensure technical standards compliance

first_img DraftKings expands Sportradar partnership to launch mobile live streaming May 29, 2020 DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Gaming and IT specialised testing laboratory NMi has today announced that a partnership has been agreed with DFS operator DraftKings.Julian Borg-Barthet, NMiThe agreement will see NMi carry out the operator’s compliance testing in the UK. NMi, which has over 40 years experience in testing and auditing, will be testing and certifying the full range of DraftKings fantasy sports contests on desktop and mobile platforms to ensure compliance with the UKGC technical standards.Julian Borg-Barthet, Business Development Manager for the NMi Gaming Division commented: “We have had quite a bit of experience with fantasy products across Europe already, so when DraftKings approached us for the UK, NMi were in a great position to support them. Daily Fantasy Sports as a new category have phenomenal potential here, and having DraftKings as one of our clients is a proud moment for us at NMi. We’re excited to see where the relationship takes us from here.”Jeffrey Haas, Chief International Officer, DraftKings said: “We are committed to providing competitive and entertaining contests for players while ensuring full compliance with regulatory requirements in every jurisdiction we work within. Partnering with NMi affirms this commitment and we are proud to work with such an experienced and trusted entity.”last_img read more

Equotion announces funding round success and Graham Martin as Chairman

first_imgShare Submit Puntt pools nets Canadian licensing deal with Aquarius AI June 23, 2020 Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 Related Articles Graham Martin to lead Aquarius AI June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share James Waterhouse, EquotionYorkshire based firm Equotion Ltd has announced two major pieces of news for the company this week. The first is the completion of a significant funding round and the second the appointment of Graham Martin as Non-Executive Chairman.Martin is the Founder of Bonne Terre, the licence holder for Sky Betting & Gaming, and he joins CEO James Waterhouse, Chief Data Scientist Dr Tim Drye and Technology Director Ian Noble to form a management team with formidable industry reach and business growth experience.Graham Martin said of the news: “Equotion is the most exciting current development in the world of sports analytics today.  The accuracy that the team have been able to demonstrate is astonishing and the toolset has the capability to turn the world of Gambling on its head, putting the punter in the driving seat.” James Waterhouse, Equotion CEO, added: “We built Equotion because I love horse racing and having a flutter but I didn’t have the time to invest examining form and horse / jockey performance.  I mapped out an automated solution, breaking racing down into a set of mathematical challenges.The team were able to turn my ideas into reality and by adding their own analytical capability, exceeded my expectations on overall accuracy.  We have almost 2 years’ worth of “proof” that Equotion really does work.”He continued: “With Equotion, we have the capability to drive significant, consistent returns from, without spending hours poring over form guides or relying on good old fashioned luck.”Equotion is aiming to cover all racing globally via analytics, and is also developing a sports betting application to allow the automated placing of bets across multiple sites based on user determined rules and its own data.Waterhouse has discussed his belief that there is currently no perfect betting app on the market for punters. He said: “We believe that there is space in the market for an application that allows you to manage your betting as though it were a share portfolio – with suggested bets, auto placement of bets to deliver the best returns, race tracking and sophisticated analytics that will deliver a complete investment platform for a new generation of sports investors.”He added: “One key issue with being successful as a gambler is the withdrawal of betting facilities from the bookmakers if you continually win.  The app will manage your returns profile, placing riskier bets with bookmakers you have recently had returns from – minimizing the hit on any one of your betting accounts, balancing your winnings across a number of accounts and services greatly reducing the chances of a bookmaker closing you out.”Tim Drye is Chief Data Scientist at Equotion and a data analytics expert with a focus on non-linear clustering analytics. He said: “What we have done is quite remarkable – taking a multitude of data points and applying some of the most advanced prediction algorithms currently available we have been able to achieve a level of accuracy that surprised even myself.”Equotion provides access to its data through a tiered subscription model and acts as an agent to managed investment funds.  The company also makes data available to sports broadcasters, pundits and other online sites with publication timed to ensure it doesn’t disrupt their subscriber’s ability to generate returns.last_img read more

SIS takes its Stream platform to Sri Lanka for the first time

first_img Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SIS has taken its SIS Stream platform, launched in conjunction with Sporting Times, to Sri Lanka for the first time. This continues a two decade-long relationship between the two companies, which began with satellite distribution in the early 1990’s.The deal will allow for customisable high definition content to be shown in shops through SIS’ low latency IPTV streaming network. In addition to SIS’ own IPTV channels, the fully scalable SIS Stream platform allows Sporting Times to distribute third party content to its retail estate.Paul Witten, SIS Commercial Director, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring SIS Stream to Sri Lanka for the first time through our long-term partners Sporting Times. Our flexible, low latency IPTV service allows operators to offer shop content globally, even to regions traditionally unreachable via other distribution methods.”A spokesperson from Sporting Times, added: “We have been happy customers of SIS for over 20 years and we’re delighted to start a new chapter in our relationship. We can now offer even more content to our customers, thanks to SIS’ innovative streaming platform. It’s a real game changer.”____________________________________Paul Witten will be appearing on the ‘In-Play time – User engagement in live betting environments’ panel at Betting on Sports!SIS has also been confirmed as an Event Sponsor for the conference on September 15 & 16. Share StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Guidelines beginning to fall into place for Ravens’ potential deal with Rice

first_imgThough a long-term deal is not expected to be completed any time soon, the Ravens and Ray Rice are beginning to see parameters take shape that could lead to the ultimate goal of keeping the Pro Bowl running back in Baltimore in the years to come.After the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Rice on Friday, which will pay the 25-year-old an estimated $7.7 million during the 2012 season if a long-term deal is not reached, a pair of deals have been struck elsewhere in the last 24 hours to better define the market for running backs.On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks signed Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million deal that includes $18 million guaranteed. While there is no doubt Rice will command more money than Lynch, who has revitalized his career under head coach Pete Carroll in Seattle over the last two season, the reasonable payday does not upset the market for running backs in the way the deal reached between the Carolina Panthers and the inconsistent DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million) did last year.A better gauge for establishing Rice’s market came into focus Monday when the Houston Texans and 2010 NFL rushing champion Arian Foster agreed to a five-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $20.75 million guaranteed. ESPN reports Foster will receive $18 million in 2012 and $30 million over the first three years of the contract.Strictly looking at Foster and Rice from a production standpoint in 2011, the two compared favorably as Foster collected 141.61 total yards per game in 13 contests while Rice averaged 129.25 yards from scrimmage in 16 games last season. Foster has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his three-year career (659 rushing attempts) while Rice holds a 4.6 yards-per-attempt average in 959 carries over four seasons.While many will make the argument that Foster is the better player — and would presumably deserve to make more money — a deeper look at each situation suggests Rice and agent Todd France will likely command more in negotiations. While the Texans discussed using the franchise tag as the Ravens chose to do with Rice, Foster was only a restricted free agent and held less leverage as a result.If a long-term agreement was not reached, Houston would have elected to place a first-round tender of an estimated $2.85 million on Foster, which would have forced potential suitors to not only sign the running back to an offer sheet but to forfeit a first-round pick to the Texans had they refused to match the offer. Given the affordability of a first-round draft choice under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement and the potential scenario of completing the heavy lifting of negotiating a deal only to have the controlling team decide to match the offer, many teams avoid dealing with restricted free agents.In other words, if Foster’s side had balked at the long-term offer, he likely would have been playing for less than $3 million in 2012 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. The Ravens never held that luxury with the unrestricted Rice, leading to the franchise tag and the drawn-out negotiations that are sure to follow.With Foster receiving just under $21 million in guaranteed cash, it will be interesting to see how serious France and Rice are about working out a fair deal. If Rice’s side is truly after Adrian Peterson money ($36 million guaranteed in a seven-year, $100 million contract) or even a deal comparable to Chris Johnson’s ($30 million guaranteed as part of a four-year, $53 million extension signed last September), general manager Ozzie Newsome will be more than willing to wait it out.A contract slightly higher than Foster’s seems like a fair compromise for both sides. The Ravens will not overpay simply because the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans handed out questionable contracts, and Rice’s agent France will have a difficult time convincing anyone that his client deserves to be paid significantly more than Foster.One thing is certain despite continued suggestions to the contrary: the Ravens have made it clear they fully intend to keep Rice’s services for the long haul.“As we have in the past, placing the franchise designation on a player allows us to keep negotiating on a long-term contract,” Newsome said on Friday. “Our goal is to keep Ray Rice a Raven. We’ve done this with other outstanding players through our history, including Haloti Ngata a year ago.”Though plenty of work still remains, the means for making that happen appear to be a little clearer with Foster’s contract now settled.last_img read more