ESL Pro League 2019 to feature live studio group stage matches in new format

first_imgESL and WESA have announced details of the new CS:GO Pro League format for the 9th season which will get underway in April 2019. The brand new format will feature live studio matches, a groups system and an increase to 16 teams in Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. As aforementioned, the new season will get underway in April 2019, with each region competing in four groups – consisting of four teams in each group. The groups will be pre-seeded based on ESL’s CS:GO World Ranking. The group matches in Europe and America will take place in an offline environment, with ESL UK’s Leicester studio playing host to the European fixtures and a to-be-announced studio in America doing the same. The Asia-Pacific region remains online. The confirmed slots per region are as follows:– Europe: 4 groups from Europe– Americas: 3 groups from North America, 1 group from Latin America– Asia-Pacific: 2 groups from Australia/New Zealand, 1 group from Greater China, 1 group from Southeast AsiaThe winners of the European and American groups will receive a direct spot in the season finals, with the teams that come second and third proceeding to a second round of group stages. In Asia-Pacific, the winners and runners-up are able to secure a second group stage slot. During the second group stage, European teams must come first or second to play at the finals – whereas only the winners of the America and Asia-Pacific regions will proceed further. The new format will see the CS:GO Pro League conclude after a maximum of four weeks, thus taking up a significantly smaller portion of the CS:GO calendar. “The CS:GO Pro League will return with a brand new format featuring live studio matches in Europe and North America, offering more teams the chance to earn one of the coveted spots in the toughest CS:GO league to date,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President at ESL. “We want to provide players, teams and the passionate CS:GO fans all around the world with the best possible experience – esports at its purest.”“WESA’s goal was to bring Pro League to the next level. With the great commercial and competitive success of recent years we are grateful to be in the position to invest into improving Pro League even further. We want to make it more attractive for users and players who expressed their interest in improving the schedule, in order to have more time to prepare for matches,” commented Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “With the new high-quality production in offline locations as well as the new league format, we are confident that the games will become even more attractive and more competitive than ever.”Esports Insider says: We know that most players hate playing online so a move to a LAN environment is one likely to be welcomed by professionals. Also, having a more concise calendar can only be good for CS:GO in general and it frees up more time for offline events. Here’s to a cracking 2019.last_img read more

Juventus vs AC Milan: Date, kick-off time, live stream and TV channel for Coppa Italia semi-final second leg

first_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Funny Moments Of Football Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Most awesome bullfighting festival Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelscenter_img Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before FOOTBALL is back with a bang in Italy as two Serie A heavyweights clash in the Coppa Italia final four.Juventus and AC Milan are set to resume their league duties next week, but restart their 2019/20 campaigns with the second leg of this semi-final tie.Ronaldo netted from the spot back in February to leave the tie delicately poisedCredit: Alamy Live NewsThe contest is set up beautifully after the first encounter in February, which ended 1-1 in Milan after Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 91st minute equaliser from the penalty spot.When is Juventus vs AC Milan?Originally scheduled for March 4, this game will be played exactly 100 days after that date.The two clubs are expected to meet at an empty Allianz Stadium on Friday, June 12.As with all games for the remainder of the season, it will be played behind closed doors.What time is kick-off?Kick-off is expected to be at 8.45pm BST, but could be subject to change.Away goals are in effect, so a 1-1 draw would send the tie to penalties.There is reportedly NO extra time in this game, with the winner playing the victor of Napoli vs Inter.Donnarumma has already clocked up 190 appearances for AC MilanCredit: Getty Images – Getty Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?As yet, there is no confirmed UK TV channel for the match.BT Sport have the rights to show the Coppa Italia on these shores though and a late change to the scheduling could mean the game is shown live.Stay with us here on SunSport for all the very latest from this match and the return of football around Europe.What is the team news?The visitors are sweating on the fitness of Gonzalo Higuain, who strained a muscle after returning to training.Long-term absentee Merih Demiral remains out, but apart from that Maurizio Sarri has no major concerns.For Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ruled out after snapping his Achilles tendon back in May.But in a boost, Gianluigi Donnarumma has overcome a persistent ankle knock and look set to start between the sticks. Omg this is awesome 🙂 Source: Soccer – read more

J.B. Smoove caught in the web of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

first_imgABC/Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) — J.B. Smoove is headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The Hollywood Reporter has learned the comedian is set to star in the upcoming Sony Spider-Man sequel, Spider-Man: Far from Home. The studio has yet to officially announce what role Smoove will play, but the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor joins Jake Gyllenhaal, who has signed on to play the villain Mysterio.Tom Holland is set to reprise his role as Spider-Man, in addition to Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya who are also back in their roles as Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Aunt May, Ned, and M.J., respectively. Spider-Man: Far from Home will come to theaters July 5, 2019. The movie will be released by Sony Pictures, but is being co-produced by Marvel Studios, which like ABC News, is owned by parent company Disney.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

$1,500 is top IMCA Modified check Saturday at Perris

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 21.The 30-lapper awards IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, California State and track points.As well as the increased purse, numerous contingencies have been added to the night:Corona-based Eibach Springs will award a $125 gift certificate to the driver who finishes one position out of the redraw spot in each heat race.  The certificates will allow the holder to get one Eibach platinum (premium) spring or two Eibach standard springs.“Eibach is really excited to be a partner with our favorite local dirt track once again,” Eibach Sales Manager David Cardey said.  “Don Kazarian and crew have done a great job growing the car counts at Perris the past few years so it only makes sense for us to try and help their efforts. We wanted to support some of the teams that may not have a front running budget, so we will be giving out certifi­cates to the first driver not finishing in a redraw spot in each heat race.”Given by heat race sponsors will be $100 of Sunoco Fuel from Lake Mathews Feed & Ranch Supplies; a $100 gift certificate good toward any machine work from Wayne’s Engine Rebuilders; and a $50 gift certificate and a pack of Racing Optics Tear Offs from Racing Plus Inc. (another sponsor has been lined up in the event a fourth heat is held). The highest finishing open motor driver receives a $250 gift certificate from CP Carrillo; if an open motor wins the main event, CP Carrillo will give the winner a set of pistons.The $100 longest tow award is from Racer Radio.Tickets will be available online, by calling 1-800-595-4849 and at the gate.last_img read more

Current finds victory lane at Maquoketa

first_imgBy Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (July 14) – The crowd probably could feel Tim Current’s sigh of relief as he exited turn four.Current crossed by the checkered flag first and won the 15-lap Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.“This was a long time coming,” Current said and then laughed. “I had to use a GPS to find victory lane.”Current had come close several times in three different racing classes, including leading two features in the same night earlier in the season. Both came to an end early with mechanical issues.This night he would not be denied.“Winning here is great. The track was really racy. I was able to run low and glad (car owner) Scott Fjelstul lets me drive this thing,” he said.Terry Neal charged to the Andover Meat IMCA Late Model victory, his first of the season. Bryce Garnhart swept the IMCA Modified show, winning his heat and the 20-lap feature.Jerry Miles is another driver who flirted with victory earlier in the season. This was his night as he passed Gage Neal and cruised to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap main win.Twenty-five SportMods were on hand.With Independence Motor Speedway rained out, Leah Wroten made the trip again to Maquoketa and pulled off her third victory at the track. She raced from ninth starting.last_img read more

Barça will start against Alaves at home and finish against Eibar away

first_img CEST Sport EN Alavés – Girona Celta – Rayo Vallecano Espanyol – Real Sociedad Getafe – Villarreal Huesca – Leganés Sevilla – Athletic Levante – Atlético Madrid Eibar – Barcelona Real Madrid – Betis Valladolid – Valencia Barcelona will begin their campaign as reigning Spanish champions at the Camp Nou as they host Alaves. Here is the first gameweek in full: IN SPORT.ES Athletic – Leganés Betis – Levante Celta – Espanyol Eibar – Huesca Girona – Valladolid Rayo Vallecano – Sevilla Barcelona – Deportivo Alavés Real Madrid – Getafe Villarreal – Real Sociedad El Barça iniciará la Liga 2018 / 2019 ante el Alavés en el Camp Nou The RFEF will draw the fixture list tomorrow despite not having an agreement in place with LaLiga Upd. at 14:28 Barcelona will end the season away to Eibar at Ipurua.Here is the final gameweek in full: The Asamblea General de la Federación Española de Fútbol have finalised the fixture list for the upcoming LaLiga season. The biggest change in this season’s draw was the fact it won’t be asymmetrical as in previous seasons. This means the first 19 fixtures won’t follow the same order in the final 19 fixtures. 24/07/2018 RELATED STORIES Mónica Marchante and Felipe del Campo were in charge of the draw which took place in Las Rozas.last_img read more

PSG youth team to field ridiculous 2-7-2 formation with their keeper in midfield!

first_imgAdvertisement b0beNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5j8qhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eqdc1p6p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5btWould you ever consider trying this?😱t8h13eCan your students do this? 🌚mqRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: Goal)Advertisement Former Italian player and current PSG U-19 team coach Thiago Motta has revealed in a  brilliant interview that he wants to revolutionise the game by using a “short” team who “control the game with high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball.”Advertisement Motta’s idea sees him field a side with a 2-7-2 formation. The goalkeeper is seen to play in the midfield and the side contains only two center backs. In an interview with Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the former PSG midfielder explained his tactic.“My idea it to play offensively. A short team that controls the game, high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball,” he said.Advertisement “I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four solutions and two teammates close by to help. The difficulty in football is, often to do things simply but to control the base, pass and get free.“I don’t like the numbers of the field because they trick you. You can be super offensive with a 5-3-2 and defensive in a 4-3-3.“Depending on the quality of the guys. I had a game a while ago where the two full-backs ended up playing as the 9 and 10. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like people like Samuel and Chiellini, born defenders.”Later he went on to say that the goal keeper was seen as the first attacker and who would fit in within the midfield.“No, the goalkeeper counts as one of the midfield seven. For me, the attacker is the first defender and the goalkeeper is the first attacker. The goalkeeper starts the play, with his feet and the attackers are the first to put pressure to recover the ball.”With his sights clearly set on managing the PSG main team one day, it will be interesting to see whether this offensive formation takes him towards his desired goals.Also Read:Ex Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui expresses interest in US National team job…but gets overlooked Advertisementlast_img read more

Fulham’s Davis could face jail after missing Singapore enlistment

first_imgSingapore’s first football player signed to the English Premier League has missed his compulsory military service and now faces charges that carry up to three years in jail, the city-state’s defence ministry said on Monday.Singapore’s refusal to allow Ben Davis, 18, to defer his national service sparked a debate last year over whether the country’s rigid conscription law is stifling its youth from pursuing their dreams.Davis signed a two-year contract with London club Fulham to become the first player from the Southeast Asian nation to join an English top-flight club.“Mr Benjamin Davis is a National Service (NS) defaulter. He failed to report for NS as required. He is also staying overseas without a valid Exit Permit,” the ministry of defence said in a statement posted on its website.The ministry said Davis has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and if convicted could be fined up to S$10,000 and/or imprisoned for up to three years.His father, Harvey Davis, who has previously spoken on his behalf, could not be immediately reached for comment.Only a handful of people have met the criteria for long-term deferment from military service, including swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold medal, in the 100 metres butterfly, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.last_img read more

No split at JAAA, says Dr Blake

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake has insisted that there is no split within his organisation after he and his general secretary, Garth Gayle, were named on opposite slates for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) presidential race. Blake is going up for the post of first vice-president on the slate of Vishu Tolan, the former president of the Jamaica Badminton Association, while Gayle is chasing the post of second vice-president on the slate of the JOA’s current secretary general, Christopher Samuda. Blake told The Gleaner on Wednesday that there is no rift within his organisation and he has no problem with Gayle’s decision to run on Samuda’s slate. ‘NO JAAA DIVISION’ “There is really no division in the JAAA. It is important that the JAAA is represented on the JOA because without the JAAA, there would not be a JOA,” said Blake. “The last four years, the JAAA has not been represented on the JOA and we have to seek to correct this anomaly going forward,” he added. The elections are set to take place at the JOA’s office on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston on June 27 with 36 sporting associations holding one vote for each position. Both presidential candidates are looking to replace Mike Fennell, who is not seeking re-election, bringing to an end an unbroken 40-year reign at the helm of Jamaica’s Olympic movement.last_img read more

Tactically disciplined Thika puncture Mathare’s title drive

first_imgIt would be different to tell, from the first half that it is Thika who are lower on the table compared to Mathare as the latter did not have a shot on target in the entire opening 45 minutes.Thika United head coach James Nandwa had tweaked up his line-up, in a bid to shut out the ball-playing nature of Francis Kimanzi’s Mathare.Skipper Dennis Odhiambo had been pushed up to defensive midfield, partnering the combative Michael Luvutsi while Sammy Mejja, who has been on and off injury for the last two seasons, was drafted in at left back, with Vincent Omumbo getting back to the team partnering Collins Okumu in defense.Kimanzi had made only one change to his team, bringing in Alphonce Ndonye into midfield, replacing Whyvonne Isuza.Mukangula, who had been impressive in the opening exchanges, was the first to knock on the door with a well taken shot from the right which went straight into Wycliffe Kasaya’s arms.Thika’s tactical discipline was apt ensuring they shut out all the spaces, neutralizing the effect of the deadly Eric Johannah who at times was forced to drop deep into his own half in search of the ball.Thika had another chance in the 21st minute when Joel Tatah went past Bernard Otieno with a little nutmeg on the left but his ambitious shot from distance didn’t do much to trouble Kasaya.Nandwa’s men had two chances back-to- back from a freekick 20 yards out in the 31st and 33rd minutes, but both went begging.First, a training ground routine ended up in Mejja hitting it straight to the wall but the execution was better in the second, Vincent Omumbo’s effort rising a meter above the crossbar.On the other end, Mathare had a free-kick of their own, but Johannah was wasteful hitting the ball up high.-Second half-Thika United’s Michael Mutinda vies for the ball with Mathare United’s Daniel Mwaura. PHOTO/COURTESYIn the second half, Kimanzi seemed to have talked some sense into his side as they came better, playing with more purpose with Ndonye the first to show the side’s intent with a low shot that however went straight into Hamuza Muwonge’s arms.But Thika were not cowed as they kept their rhythm up. They came close on the hour mark with Omumbo’s wonderfully struck freekick being well tipped over the bar by Kasaya as it destined for the top right corner.Kimanzi sought to add some punch into his forward line, pulling out Chris Oduor for Obadiah Ndege.However, Thika still retained their pressure and they came close again in the 75th minute with Bernard Otieno making a superb clearance from a Chibueze cross as Mukangula lurked at the far post waiting to tap in.But that was just a sign of good things to come. Three minutes later, Chibueze opened the scores with a dink over Kasaya from a tight angle after racing onto the ball with the Mathare backline assuming the ball would roll off.Two minutes later, another defensive mishap gave Thika a second goal when Mukangula raced past Robinson Kamura and George ‘Wise’ Owino to volley the ball home past Kasaya.Kimanzi reacted immediately, throwing caution to the wind by pulling out right-back Otieno for youngster Cliff Nyakeya while Duke Abuya came on for Daniel Mwaura.Thika threw everything in attack and Johannah came close with a shot from distance but Muwonge punched the ball out for a corner.Thika managed to hold on with Nandwa bringing in defensive midfielder Samwel Mwanje for Mukangula, a clear bid to secure the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United’s Eugene Mukangula attempts to shoot past Mathare United defender Robinson Kamura. PHOTO/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 23- Two late goals in the second half gave Thika United a 2-0 win over title chasing Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.Nigerian Onwudi Chubueze, signed in June from second tier side Shabana FC, opened the scores in the 78th minute before Eugene Mukangula doubled the tally in two minutes later.last_img read more