Wigan take Albrighton on loan

first_img Latics have moved to bolster their wide options with Scotland international Shaun Maloney facing an extend spell out as he remains troubled by a hip injury. “Marc has shown what an outstanding player he is time and again in the Premier League, and he is someone I have tried to sign in the past, so I’m delighted to bring him on board to strengthen our squad,” boss Owen Coyle told Wigan’s official website. “He’s at a young age with the potential and scope to get even better; he’s quick, dangerous and pleasing on the eye and I feel he’s going to really enhance the attacking options we have at Wigan Athletic, particularly in light of Shaun Maloney’s absence.” The 23-year-old has featured just once for the Barclays Premier League club this season and has found his first-team opportunities limited ever since Paul Lambert was appointed manager last summer. Albrighton shot to prominence during Gerard Houllier’s sole season in charge at Villa Park, scoring six times in 33 appearances and was called up to the England Under-21 squad in September 2010. Wigan have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton on a 28-day loan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

2 NCAA bids for UW hoops

first_imgTrevon Hughes and the Badgers had a season highlighted by a win over eventual national champs Duke.[/media-credit]It was a tale of two teams for the Wisconsin men’s basketball program in 2009-10: with Jon Leuer and without him.With the 6-foot-10 Minnesota native providing an inside counterbalance to the outside scoring of Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, the Badgers got off to a 10-2 nonconference start, including Maui Invitational wins over Arizona and eventual No. 4-seed Maryland in the third-place game.The next time UW hit the hardwood, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Bo’s crew pulled off what could be considered the program’s biggest win ever, downing Duke — the eventual national champion — 73-69, igniting the Kohl Center crowd and handing the Blue Devils their first Challenge loss ever.When Big Ten play got underway, Wisconsin collected wins over an Evan Turner-less Ohio State squad and at Penn State before predictably falling at Michigan State in a game where Leuer scored 21 of the team’s paltry 47 points.In the following outing, versus then No. 4 Purdue, Wisconsin earned the second of its three top-10 upsets, but lost Leuer to a broken wrist.Without Leuer’s post-scoring presence, the team managed to salvage a 6-3 mark by becoming a perimeter-oriented offense and with the emergence of sophomore guard Jordan Taylor.Upon Leuer’s return, it appeared the team had regained its stride, winning four out five to close the regular season.However, the Badgers were out of sorts in a Big Ten tournament loss to Illinois, even worse in an opening-round win over Wofford, and, at the end of the day, seemed listless and overmatched versus the Big Red of Cornell, falling 87-69 to end their season.For a team that was picked to finish as low as 10th in preseason polls, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team acquitted itself quite well, securing the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in the Lisa Stone era.Just like the previous season, Stone’s squad jumpstarted the year by going 10-1 in nonconference play, highlighted by three Thanksgiving-weekend wins which earned the Badgers the World Vision Invitational title.But, the question went, could the team avoid the conference slump that had plagued it a year prior?And the team answered resoundingly, following two difficult road losses to Iowa and Illinois with four straight victories, featuring a signature win at East Lansing, 48-45, over then No. 20 Michigan State.Although UW traded wins for losses for most of the remainder of Big Ten play, the group closed strong, picking up a dramatic double-overtime win over border-rival Minnesota, dominating Penn State by a tally of 71-38, and narrowly falling in an overtime finale with Iowa, the team they would finish tied with for third place in the league.For good measure, the Badgers knocked off perennial conference-power Purdue to all but seal an NCAA bid — a bid they would eventually receive, as a No.7-seed.However, in their first game in the Big Dance in nearly a decade, the Badgers couldn’t contain an experienced (and large) guard combo from the 10-seed, Vermont, falling to the Catamounts in a disappointing first round.Nonetheless, the team’s regular season efforts earned Stone the Coach of the Year honors as voted by the coaches, and brought higher expectations for the year to come.last_img read more

The Senet Group: UK gambling responsible strategy needs collective business input

first_imgShare Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Gillian Wilmot – The Senet GroupIndustry independent watchdog The Senet Group has published its response to the UKGC’s stakeholder consultation on developing new policy initiatives/directives for the ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy – NRGS’.Seeking to develop a new cooperative framework, the UKGC’s three-year national strategy will primarily focus on i) reducing gambling harms, ii) expanding stakeholder cooperation, iii) improving UK health and community networks’ knowledge and capacity of treating problem-gambling as an illness and social disorder.The Senet welcomes the UKGC’s reduction in strategic priorities, stating that all UK stakeholders will benefit from ‘greater clarity and focus on the shared objectives across the industry’.In its submission, the Senet calls for underlined approach on the development of the strategy with a view of creating key themes and guidance – “without clearly articulated goals, it becomes difficult to assess progress or to focus cross-industry collaboration and action.”Key advice on the formation of the NRGS sees the Senet warn the UKGC of incorporating a ‘wide definition on gambling-harm’, which may strain resources and strategic input from the wider UK health community actors-  “the Commission might look to other sectors, such as alcohol regulation, where too wide a definition of harm has made it difficult to assess the impact of reduction strategies, due to other correlating factors and co-morbidities”.A core Senet recommendation calls for the UKGC to develop a collective engagement  with UK businesses across the make-up of the NRGS’ strategy – “the customer insight business has to offer will be critical to ensuring that harm reduction strategies have the necessary operational and customer behavioural context to succeed”.Closing its submission, the Senet supports the development of an ‘industry data repository’,  as a complex but much-needed project to deliver on, as critical data will support the health stakeholders’ clear research objectives.Updating the market, Gillian Wilmot, Chairman of the Senet Group, said: “Elements of the gambling industry have contributed to an environment of mistrust and frustration in recent years, and delivery against the Commission’s objectives in the last three-year strategy has not been sufficiently coordinated across operators.”“However, companies are now making unprecedented efforts to reduce harms, and it’s critical that the customer insight and interaction they bring is put to good use in ensuring that harm reduction solutions have the operational context necessary to succeed and be implemented speedily.” UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more