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Reds and Barca in talks over Suarez

first_imgLiverpool and Barcelona have held “productive talks” over the potential transfer of striker Luis Suarez, and further discussions are planned. Reds chief executive Ian Ayre met officials from the Catalan club on Wednesday as the Primera Division side made their opening move in their bid to take the Uruguay international to the Nou Camp. Initial dialogue appears to have been positive and it is seen as a significant step forward, with another meeting scheduled to take place to continue the negotiations. Press Association On Tuesday, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta spoke in complimentary tones, suggesting “he has the necessary quality to play for Barca”, and the club then followed that up with a request for a meeting with Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre. While that was taking place, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu dropped more hints that they wanted to make the Uruguayan their major summer signing. “I announced months ago that the team would undergo a deep renovation but we cannot reveal details because we don’t want to give clues away to any of our rivals,” Bartomeu told a press conference. “Our representatives are constantly travelling to other countries because of potential signings. “Suarez is a Liverpool player so I can’t talk about him – he belongs to another team, a rival team. But we are all football men, and saying sorry is honourable, it helps the competition. “He did something that wasn’t right, so it’s the responsibility of everyone in football, be it Liverpool or anywhere else, to remember that he has said sorry. “Admitting you have done something wrong is very important. “Luis has apologised and that is honourable. He’s taken a step towards rehabilitating. The football world should support him and help him. “As a football fan, I hope he can turn a corner.” Suarez’s FIFA suspension from all football-related activities means he would not make his debut for Barcelona until the end of October and it was expected they would use that as a negotiating tool, but, with Liverpool insistently sticking to the high-value buy-out clause inserted in Suarez’s new £200,000-a-week contract he signed in December, it appears the Catalans have little room for manoeuvre. Last summer Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign Suarez after a bid of £40,000,001 was made in the mistaken assumption that would trigger his release, when it actually only entitled them to begin negotiations. Since then Liverpool have moved to make Suarez’s contract situation more definitive in terms of the price of his release. “The talks were productive, with sensible expectations on both sides,” an Anfield source told Press Association Sport. “Further talks and discussions will take place in due course. Nothing is finalised as of now.” Liverpool were adamant before negotiations began that they would not sell Suarez for less than the value of his confidential buy-out clause, believed to be anywhere between £70million and £80million. The club are confident after Wednesday’s discussions that a deal can be done in line with their valuation. Barcelona have the option of offering Chile forward Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in negotiations and it is understood at this stage negotiations are taking place considering both options: a straight money deal and also the option of a player-plus-cash alternative. The latter would seem more likely but that depends on Sanchez, with the suggestion in Spain he is not that keen at this point on a move to England. Suarez is currently banned for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. However, following the 27-year-old striker’s apology – which Barca are thought to have had a major influence in procuring – the Spanish side have stepped up the charm offensive as they began to lay the foundations for a move. last_img read more

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We won’t change our game – Giroud

first_img The Blues battled to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take a step closer to the Barclays Premier League title, which they can secure later this week with victories over Leicester and then Crystal Palace. Both manager Jose Mourinho and captain John Terry rejected chants of “boring boring Chelsea” from sections of the home supporters during the closing stages of the match as the west London club edged towards their goal of being crowned the best side in England. Press Association “Yes, I think we can (be closer with Chelsea in the title race next season),” the France forward said. “Hopefully we will have less injuries and if we keep this group, with maybe one or two new players coming in, we can have a great season. “I know we can still improve as we have been doing since I signed. I am proud about it and pleased with that. “I just want to carry on like that and I know if we keep our best players, this determination and team spirit, I am sure we are going to join the championship race.” Henry suggested Arsenal need to bring in a “top-quality striker” if they are to become title contenders. Giroud has scored 18 goals this term, despite missing three months with a broken leg. “Mental strength is hugely important when you are a football player and even more as a striker. You have people who doubt your abilities and you have to believe that you can always come back,” the former Montpellier frontman said. “If you miss chances in one game, it is not because you have lost your talent or your belief. You have to be faithful to your qualities. That is part of being a player, being strong in your head. “In football you have to question yourself every week, be ready in your head and you have to be 100 per cent determined if you want to keep going in the games.” Arsenal are in third place following Manchester City’s win over Aston Villa on Saturday, but do have a game in hand. The Gunners are not in action again until the trip to Hull on Bank Holiday Monday. Giroud added: “It has been a few years since Arsenal finished second and, if we can do it, we can see an improvement. “But the championship is not finished, which is why we need to focus in the last five games. “We need to finish in second and win the FA Cup, and then it will be a great season.” Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes Chelsea are “pleased” with the way they play – and reckons neither club will be ready to change their football philosophy in the quest for success again next season. Giroud accepts, given Chelsea’s healthy 10-point lead, that the end looks to have justified the means – even if it is an approach which Arsene Wenger’s squad would not embrace. “I did not hear (the fans’ chants), because I do not understand most of the time, so I ask my English team-mates. Boring? I don’t know, but there is the table who speaks for them,” the 28-year-old said. “It is true maybe they are not (playing) the same game as us, but we are not going to change our game and I think they are not going to change their game. “I think they are pleased with that and, if they are champions, what can you say?” Despite a superb run of form in the second half of the campaign, Arsenal are left paying a heavy price for their slow start which returned just two victories from the first eight league matches. Former Gunners captain Thierry Henry used his post-match media pundit role to speak about the need to “buy four players” in the summer to improve the “spine” of the team. Wenger, however, reckons there is “not a lot” between the two sides. Giroud echoed Wenger’s belief Arsenal can challenge for the championship in 2016. last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham to keep calm after Manchester City win

first_img Eric Dier drew parity on the stroke of half-time by hammering home at the end of a move started by the clearly offside Kyle Walker – a strike added to after the break by Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane’s first club goal in 748 minutes. Erik Lamela coolly rounded the goalkeeper to add extra gloss to a win secured by the Premier League’s youngest line-up this season. “We are very pleased and very happy,” Spurs head coach Pochettino said. “We have big potential, we are very young. I think that today was the (our) youngest team and this is important. “The potential is massive but we need to keep the feet on the grass because you know always after a big win you need to keep your feet on the grass. “Now, this is our tough job but I am very pleased with the result. We can discuss different things but in the end I think we fully deserved the victory.” The result moved Spurs within three points of Man City and afterwards talk quickly turned to a top-four tilt. “We need to keep calm, like the shirt,” Pochettino said. “In Spain, a lot of the kids have ‘keep calm’, ‘keep calm’ on their t-shirts. Press Association Tottenham underlined their “massive” potential by comprehensively beating table-topping Manchester City, but head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told his players to keep calm and carry on. “This is true because we are very young. Now after three victories in a row in the Premier League, it is very important for us. “It is important for them to believe in the way that we play and our philosophy of how we do our job, b ut remain calm because it is only the beginning of the season and nothing has happened yet. “We have a long way ahead. We are very young and sometimes we can confuse quick.” As well as joy, there was a palpable air of relief around White Hart Lane when fans’ favourite Kane netted. The England international has struggled to scale the heights he achieved during his exquisite breakthrough season, but his reaction strike after Christian Eriksen hit the bar ended a long, frustrating drought. “It is very important for him, very important for us to help the team,” Pochettino said. “I think it was great for him to take off the pressure.” Pressure is something that is building at City after a third loss in four matches in all competitions, especially with injury problems mounting. Joe Hart and Yaya Toure are doubts for this week’s Champions League tie at Borussia Monchengladbach, which captain Vincent Kompany will almost certainly miss with a calf complaint. Things could have been so different for City had they maintained their lead, which would have been easier had offside been called when Dier and Kane scored. “It is difficult to stay despite those two goals, but I think we played very well in the first half,” City boss Pellegrini said. “We played very well but we just scored one goal and had two or three clear chances. “Really, Tottenham only had one shot on our goal in the first 40 minutes and after that they scored that clear offside goal. “And the second half, two set pieces – one of them was also offside – that decided the game. “After that they played very well, we looked very bad.” Spurs have endured a wretched recent run against Manuel Pellegrini’s side and looked like they may fall to a fifth consecutive defeat to them when Kevin de Bruyne netted. However, an impressive comeback – thanks in part to a dollop of luck – saw the north Londoners secure a surprise 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane. last_img read more

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TV umpires to call front-foot no-balls in ICC trial

first_imgTV umpires may soon become the sole adjudicators of front-foot no-balls if planned ICC trials prove successful.The ICC will identify a number of limited-overs series over the next six months in which to implement a system where the TV umpire – and not the on-field umpires – will call no-balls for overstepping.The system has been trialled before, notably in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016 but it will be rolled out on a much broader scale this time.“Broadly, yes (the same technology as 2016 will be used),” Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager cricket operations told ESPNcricinfo. “The idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few seconds. He would communicate to the on-field umpire that a no-ball has been delivered, so every delivery on the field would be played as a fair delivery until called otherwise.”During the previous trial a Hawkeye operator presented a still image to the third umpire independent of the normal broadcast.“The footage is shown on a slight delay, it goes to super slo-mo as the foot approaches the point of landing and then it freezes,” Allardice said. “The routine works well, with the third umpire judging the no-ball off a picture that is not always shown on the broadcast.”In 2016, it ended up taking on average eight seconds between the foot landing and a call being made as to whether or not it was legal by the TV umpire.The ICC was happy the decision was made quickly enough, though there were a couple of instances where a tighter call took longer, though the hope is that the process will become quicker, the more TV umpires get used to it.The move has come from the ICC’s cricket committee, who want as many limited overs matches to use this system as possible. But that, as Allardice explained, is not a straightforward task.“The Cricket Committee recommended that we do it in all ODIs and T20Is. In 2018 there were about 84 000 balls delivered around the world in those formats in men’s international cricket.So to monitor the no-ball on each of those deliveries at all of the different venues is a big exercise. We just need to understand all the challenges before implementing this across all matches.“Can this technology be implemented consistently across the 80 venues that hosted ODIs and T20Is last year? There are different levels of television coverage across these matches, so it will be easier to implement at some matches than at others.“We now have 104 members who play T20I cricket and many of their matches are not televised, so what do we (do) there? Thinking through all of the implications of introducing this is the exercise for us over the next six months.”In the past, electronic line-calling systems – as used in tennis – have been discussed, though they are thought to be problematic because creases get blurry, there is movement across the crease from the non-striker, and bowlers such as Ravindra Jadeja, whose heel is usually behind the line but in the air when the foot lands.The highest-profile instance this year of a no-ball being missed occurred not in international cricket but in the IPL, where umpire S. Ravi missed Lasith Malinga overstepping in a game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli was not happy about that call, especially since it was the last ball of the innings in a tight chase.More recently, umpires missed a no-ball in Australia’s game against the West Indies in the World Cup, which accrued significance after the event, as Chris Gayle was dismissed next ball: had the no-ball been called, the next ball would have been a free hit.As recently as last November, S. Ravi was at the centre of a more prolonged spell of missing no-balls. In England’s third Test in Sri Lanka, on the third morning in Colombo, Lakshan Sandakan bowled as many as 12 no-balls, according to the broadcasters, in a five-over spell; the only deliveries that were penalised by Ravi and the other umpires, however, were two that allowed Ben Stokes to continue his innings after being caught off them. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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MLAX : Orange defense shuts down Siena’s high-powered attack

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img By the time Siena manufactured a goal in its set offense, the game was already out of reach. Danny Martinsen’s goal with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter only closed Syracuse’s lead to five.But it took all of 50 minutes for Siena to finally beat the Orange defense in six-on-six play. Their two previous goals came in unsettled, transition opportunities.And SU’s defenders gave the credit to their coaching staff after yet another dominant performance.‘We knew what they were going to do the whole time,’ sophomore Brian Megill said. ‘(Assistant coach Lelan Rogers) got us prepared. Their offenses, we knew down to a ‘T.”No. 1 SU’s defense was one step ahead of Siena (13-5) nearly all game as the Orange won its NCAA tournament opener 10-4 in the Carrier Dome Sunday. The Orange (15-1) forced 19 Siena turnovers and shut down the Saints’ playmakers to control its end of the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament to play Maryland Sunday at noon in Foxborough, Mass.‘Our coaches did a great job scouting them and preparing us all week — what their favorite offenses are, man-up, man-down’ senior defenseman John Lade said. ‘When it came game time, it felt like that. We’d done it so many times that it was a lot easier to maintain them.’Three Siena players entered the game with more than 40 points on the season. Junior attack Bryan Neufeld ranked seventh in the country with 65 points, Martinsen registered 52 and junior midfielder Chris Roth tallied 43.And in spite of that success throughout the year, the Orange defense shut that trio down, holding them to a combined one point in the game.‘We needed to stay with our package, and I think the guys did that,’ head coach John Desko said. ‘But we needed to know who (those three) were and make sure when we did slide, we tried to cover up on those guys in particular and let the other guys shoot from outside.’Megill covered Martinsen throughout and seemed to really disrupt the Siena attack. He poked the ball away from the sophomore attack twice early on, and he seemed flustered the rest of the game, committing five total turnovers.Roth faced a variety of SU defensive midfielders, including Joel White, Kevin Drew and Tim Harder, among others. The Saints’ midfielder took six shots, but most of them were from distance and failed to threaten Orange goaltender John Galloway.Neufeld came into the Dome with at least one point in 52 straight contests. But that streak came to an end as the junior registered one shot and was a non-factor with Lade blanketing him.‘He’s an All-American for a reason,’ Neufeld said of Lade. ‘He does a good job positioning. He always is aware of where I am. I couldn’t really sneak around on him. He does a great job.’Siena’s first goal came in transition off a Syracuse turnover late in the first quarter. The Saints’ second goal came off the opening faceoff in the second as defenseman Brendan Meehan scooped up the loose ball and scored in the unsettled situation.That was the only offensive success the Saints mustered against the Orange, in scattered and sloppy situations. Megill said Siena did change up its looks occasionally, but most of what it ran, SU had prepared for all week in practice.And Syracuse didn’t get beat by that set offense it was so prepared for until it was already up 8-2 with 10 minutes left in the game.‘They do a good job hedging on-ball,’ Neufeld said of the Orange defense. ‘They don’t really commit and slide. They’re a good team. They’re No. 1 in the country for a reason.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

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Mersch finding his niche at UW

first_imgIn the first game of the Wisconsin men’s hockey series with No. 3 Minnesota Friday, one player, junior forward Michael Mersch, single-handedly kept UW in the game.Twice falling down a goal to the Gophers, Mersch brought the Badgers level just as many times on two gritty goals to help the Badgers earn their way to a 2-2 tie on Minnesota’s home ice.On the season, Mersch has six goals in eight games, and five of the Badgers’ 11 goals in conference play. He is the only player – besides injured junior forward Mark Zengerle – to score more than one goal this season.On a team that has only won one game in eight tries this season, it would not be an understatement to say Mersch has become the go-to player on offense in Zengerle’s absence.While many of his goals are not beautifully placed one-timers from the top of the slot, his gritty offensive style has made him a vital cog in Wisconsin’s offensive scheme.“He’s a very important piece of our offense,” redshirt junior Keegan Meuer said. “Really what he brings to the table for us isn’t scoring goals; it’s what he does that allows him to score goals. He finds pucks in the corners for us; he wins battles in the corner.“He protects the puck and controls it so well and is able to dish it out to a teammate, and then he creates a screen and gets a tip in or a rebound.”But despite his recent success, the junior from Park Ridge, Ill., hasn’t let his early-season string of goals get to his head.“It kind of is what it is right now, guys are going to have to step up, we’re going to have to get more opportunities from other guys,” Mersch said. “I’m hot right now, but someone else can get hot at any certain time, I’m just going to keep working hard and hope to contribute to this team.”From a young age, Mersch’s destiny to be a Badger was never in much doubt.After a select festival for U.S. youth hockey players, Mersch first encountered the Wisconsin hockey team in the form of a letter the team sent him. While the letter was just a standard letter sent to many potential Wisconsin recruits, it opened the door to further communication between the two parties continuing on throughout the rest of his youth career.Following an unofficial visit to see UW later in his youth career, Mersch said he fell in love with the school almost immediately.“I came up on an unofficial visit with my youth hockey coach and saw a game,” Mersch said. “It kind of just grew from there; I loved it at first sight.”Signing on to play for the Badgers starting in 2010, Mersch’s talents immediately stood out for UW, as he scored eight goals in his freshman campaign to lead all UW freshmen.Mersch did so well, in fact, that at the conclusion of his freshman season he entered the 2011 NHL Draft and was subsequently selected 110th overall by the Los Angeles Kings.With his hockey future locked up, it would have been easy for Mersch to skip out and test his luck in the NHL, but he said the opportunities college hockey offer have provided him with invaluable experience as he prepares for an NHL hockey future.“It gives you time, you still get an education, which is huge; me and my family, we always say I’m getting a two-in-one package playing here at Madison and going to school,” Mersch said. “It gives you time to develop your game, you’re in no rush. … I’m not rushed; I’m just enjoying playing.”Now in his third year with the Badgers, Mersch has quietly become one of the veteran players on a youthful team that has only three seniors to lead the way – something his teammates say will go a long way in helping a lost Wisconsin team find an identity as it moves forward in the long WCHA season.“He’s one of those guys where you can be a leader without having to say anything,” Meuer said. “Just the way [he] acts around the rink and the way [he] carries [himself]. … Those kind of things rub off, and I think he brings a lot of that to the table.”last_img read more

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Succa brings focus, intensity to veteran squad

first_imgIf a team is to bring its dream of winning a national championship to life, there can’t be any off days and there definitely cannot be any wasted practices.For the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, senior captain Blake Succa is the glue that holds them together; the motivator that keeps the team focused on its overall goal; and the man doing all of the little things in order to make sure the Badgers function like the well-oiled machine they have proven to be.But Succa almost wasn’t a Badger.“Honestly, when I initially heard that Wisconsin was interested in me coming here to play soccer, I only said yes just to keep my options open,” Succa said. “They weren’t high up on my list.”The Lewisberry, Pa., native ended up coming to Madison on an official visit, met with the team and coaching staff and saw what Madison was all about.“Once I saw that and took into consideration the combination of academics, athletics and the city as a whole I couldn’t say no,” Succa said.And Badger head coach John Trask is glad he didn’t.“He’s a tough kid with a great personality,” Trask said of Succa. “He makes everyone on the team better in practice and that is something you cannot replace.”Trask continued his praise of Succa by saying, “Where other players find reasons to be off the field, Blake Succa finds reasons to be on it.”A frequent starter on the back line for the Badgers, Succa gives everything he can during matches, but he knows his greatest asset to this team comes during practices.“In practice I definitely have a bit more of an edge,” Succa said. “I just try and make sure that if I see a guy not into it mentally — I have those days as well — I try and make sure that he is on the same page. I try to lead by example instead of barking at the guys, even though I do that sometimes.”Leading by example is often a characteristic of great team captains, which is why Trask named Succa the team’s fourth senior captain at the beginning of the season. Succa said he believes he has always been a type of leader on the team, but once Trask told him he had earned the official title of team captain it made him even more confident in practices and games because he now had the backing of the coach and his teammates.The decision to name Succa a captain was not just Trask’s decision, it was also the whole team’s decision.“When I went to all of the guys and asked them their opinion on naming Succa the fourth team captain, it was an easy choice,” Trask said. “There was no hesitation whatsoever from any of the guys. Some of them even said that they thought he should have been named captain the year before.”The intensity the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defender brings during practice and games is hard to match, it’s hard to question that. What is also unquestionable is the level of respect and professionalism Succa carries with him off the field and after games.That level of sportsmanship is part of the reason why Succa was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree in 2011 and why his teammates and players from opposing teams all have so much respect and admiration for Succa and his game.“In games, everybody needs to come in with the understanding that once you step in between the lines and the clock starts ticking, the guys you are playing against become the enemy,” Succa said. “You are going to battle against them, they’re going to battle against you and some trash talking will go on, but you have to understand that it’s just a game.“Once that clock hits 90 minutes, you have to shake his hand and congratulate him on a good battle.”last_img read more

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Review: Local GAA club results

first_imgCounty Intermediate Hurling League “Group 2” Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Clonakenny, Clonakenny 1-12 Cashel King Cormacs 1-19County Intermediate Hurling League “Group 3” Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Shallee, Ballinahinch 0-17 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-8Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Holycross, Holycross/Ballycahill 2-7 Rockwell Rovers 2-11County Junior Hurling League “Group 2” Fri, 13 Mar, Venue: Clonoulty, Clonoulty/Rossmore 2-20 Toomevara 0-9County Junior Hurling League “Group 3” Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Cloneen, St Patrick’s 0-13 Clonmel Óg 0-7 The results of the County Senior Hurling Challenge Cup, Intermediate Hurling League and Junior Hurling League are all below:County Senior Hurling Challenge CupSun, 15 Mar, Venue: Kilcolman, Burgess 2-11 JK Brackens 2-10Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Castleiney, Loughmore-Castleiney 1-15 Ballingarry 0-13Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Annacarty, Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill 1-11 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-17Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Puckane, Kildangan 0-8 Templederry Kenyons 3-13Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Lorrha, Lorrha-Dorrha 1-17 Moyne/Templetuohy 1-13Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Littleton, Moycarkey-Borris 0-14 Ballina 1-10Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Clonoulty, Clonoulty/Rossmore 2-15 Borris-Ileigh 1-11Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Moneygall, Moneygall 0-11 Borrisokane 0-7County Intermediate Hurling League “Group 1” Sun, 15 Mar, Venue: Gortnahoe, Gortnahoe-Glengoole 1-13 Sean Treacys 0-13last_img read more

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Swanson’s walk-off homer gives Braves 7-6 win over Nationals

first_imgLast Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:52 IST Swanson’s Walk-off Homer Gives Braves 7-6 Win Over Nationals Dansby Swanson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a stunning 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night Written By Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Dansby Swanson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a stunning 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.With the Braves trailing 6-3 against Washington closer Daniel Hudson (1-2), Adam Duvall made it close by hitting a two-run shot that just cleared the wall in left field. Johan Camargo followed with a single, but Hudson retired the next two hitters to put the Braves down to their final out.It never came.Swanson drove one over the wall in right-center for the game winner. When he got to home plate, his teammates toasted him from afar, jumping up and down with their hands in the air.The rally ruined a memorable night for Washington rookie Luis Garcia, who became the first player born in the 2000s to hit a big league homer.The youngest player in the majors at age 20, Garcia hit a two-run shot off Touki Toussaint in the second inning. Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Soto and Eric Thames also homered for the defending World Series champs, but it wasn’t enough.Garcia, who was born on May 16, 2000, came into the shortened season as one of Washington’s top prospects. He got his chance when Starlin Castro went on the injured list with a broken right wrist and doesn’t look over-matched in the least.Two batters later, Thames delivered an even longer drive over the center-field wall to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead.The Braves responded with two runs in the bottom half against Anibal Sanchez, but Toussaint surrendered another run in the fourth without giving up a hit. The right-hander hit a batter and walked three more, including Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded.When Toussaint started the fourth with another walk — his sixth of the game — Braves manager Brian Snitker had seen enough. It was another blow to Atlanta’s beleaguered rotation, which lost ace Mike Soroka to a season-ending injury and demoted two other starters, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb.Toussaint’s spot in the rotation now appears in jeopardy after another shaky start. He gave up four runs in three-plus innings and threw only 34 of 73 pitches for strikes, his ERA climbing to 7.97.Cabrera went deep off Grant Dayton for his fifth homer of the season in the fifth. Soto, on the day he was announced as NL player of the week, led off the ninth with seventh homer against Will Smith (2-0).TRAINER’S ROOMWashington’s Howie Kendrick did not start for the third game in a row because of a sore hamstring. Manager Dave Martinez said the team is taking no chances with the oft-injured veteran, though the injury does not appear to be serious. “We’ve just got to be smart,” Martinez said. “We don’t want to lose him for three weeks. If we lose him for three weeks, that’s pretty much game over.”UP NEXTNationals: RHP Austin Voth (0-2, 3.21 ERA) gets the nod for Washington on Tuesday in the second game of the series at Truist Park. He is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing at New York, where he gave up six hits, three runs and two homers in four innings against the Mets.Braves: For the second time in three games, Atlanta’s beleaguered rotation will go to the bullpen for a starter. RH Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.59) makes his first start of the season, hoping to duplicate the performance of Robbie Erlin on Sunday. Erlin went four innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins, giving the Atlanta staff a much-needed boost. While Tomlin has been used mostly as a reliever during his two seasons with the Braves, this is hardly a new role. He made 144 starts over nine seasons with Cleveland.Image credits: AP First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:52 ISTcenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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BetOnChart – Putting a unique twist on in-play sports betting

first_img BetOnChart has set about standing beside the “big guys” as the blockchain-based platform provider prepares to launch its unique twist on in-play sports betting. Designed to provide a gamified betting experience for its players, BetOnChart has utilised AI advancements to recreate a football match in the form of a chart.We caught up with the company’s founder Pavel Bykov to discuss the excitement of split-second in-play decisions, the simplicity of the CHART token, and why BetOnChart can help to counter a lack of transparency in today’s sports betting industry.SBC: Can you explain why BetOnChart will become an important product for the industry?PB: While offering a unique gamified betting experience, BetOnChart also provides an unprecedented level of transparency along with data storage in real time. This means that every bit of information gets stored in a blockchain, publicly available for review, so there is no way to cheat or be cheated. We feel that the lack of transparency in today’s betting and gambling industry is the main problem, which we’re aiming to solve with our platform and the blockchain technologies.It will also attract new people to betting due to the nature of our game, because it makes betting fun and accessible, and we’re expecting to see online traders, gamers, football fans, as well as seasoned punters among the users of BetOnChart. SBC: How did you conceive this unique live play and immersive concept for sports betting? PB: As a long-standing financial solutions developer, we experimented a lot with online trading gamification and came up with a type of a multiplayer game utilizing a betting pool system, where players need to place bets on the asset’s price represented by a fluctuating chart. The concept turned out to be applicable to many areas, and sports betting was the next logical step. We only had to teach our algorithms building charts out of football match data, which is now accessible thanks to many technological advancements in today’s sports.SBC: In building a ‘split-second’ immersive product, what key concepts and factors did your team have to research?PB: First of all, we had to find a stable source of real-time football data, because it’s important to visualize the game as it goes, with minimum delays. We’ll be getting our data from several independent providers such as Sportradar and historical data providers, namely Opta Sports and Stats.com. As our platform develops, we will be employing other data providers as well. It is important for us to deliver only objective information to the users.This is also the first time we’re dealing with blockchain in our product, but thanks to Ethereum platform, that is full of ready-made solutions, the implementation is going smooth. We are going to rely on such technologies as Raiden and Plasma, which will help us to establish a child-chain of our own and automate transactions, and in the future we will deploy our own EVM for maximum efficiency.SBC: It’s always hard to deliver new products to the betting market; where do you see BetOnChart’s position on the current value chain?PB: BetOnChart is basically an online bookmaker with a twist, and we’re aiming to be recognized as one of the major betting platforms. The uniqueness of our mechanics will hopefully allow us to stand beside the “big guys” of sports betting as an equally valuable, but different, betting experience.SBC: Why did you choose to go down the token path for crowdfunding?PB: The CHART token is actually useful and it simplifies a lot of the aspects of our platform. For instance, there is a multiplayer mode of BetOnChart, where can meet users from all over the world, and they all can have accounts in various currencies. A betting pool only works with a single currency, so that’s where CHART comes in handy and serves as an in-game currency. It is a way to equalize all the players, no matter where they’re from.Besides that, CHART is going to be used for marketing purposes, client attraction and retention etc. It’s a highly versatile tool for this kind of business.BetOnChart has been confirmed as a sponsor for Betting on Sports 2018, the 3rd edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, held at Olympia London from 18-21 September. BETR launches multi-cryptocurrency betting February 22, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace August 27, 2019 Share BETR sportsbook app gets design and navigation uplift December 12, 2018 StumbleUponlast_img read more