Found misses Guineas test

first_img Press Association It read: “One declaration from Ballydoyle for Sunday’s 1000 Guineas @NewmarketRaces Qualify (Joseph O’Brien).” O’Brien also failed to declare Together Forever, the winner of the Fillies’ Mile. Jim Bolger’s Lucida now appears likely to go off favourite, despite finishing only fifth in the Fillies’ Mile. She had earlier beaten the Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil, who has been well supported herself in recent days. Coolmore are still well represented with two runners from the David Wachman stable – Legatissimo, who was an impressive winner at Gowran just a week ago, and Queen Nefertiti. The first and second from the Fred Darling, Redstart and Jellicle Ball, take each other on again, while Mick Channon’s Malabar brings top-class juvenile form to the table. Tiggy Wiggy, the star juvenile last season, has questions to answer after being beaten on her return at Newbury, while Irish Rookie, Local Time, Osaila and Terror complete the field. Aidan O’Brien had informed the public she had suffered a setback in the lead-up to the race but he was still hoping she would make the line-up. However, a tweet from Coolmore on Friday morning confirmed the bad news for those who had been backing the Prix Marcel Boussac winner through the winter. center_img Ante-post favourite Found is the most notable absentee from a field of 13 declared for Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. last_img read more

Steve Walford on the verge of taking Bolton coaching job

first_img “We’re close to appointing Steve Walford,” he said. “He’s worked with Martin O’Neill for the last 20-25 years. I had 10 years under him as a player with him, Martin and John Robertson. “He’s currently first-team coach with Republic of Ireland, and he will continue those duties, but we’ll hopefully get that finalised today (Monday) and he will be here tomorrow. “He knows the way I work. He knows my personality and vice versus. He’s got a wealth of experience, from League One, League Two, Championship, Premier League, Scotland, Europe, Champions League, international level – he’s coached at every spectrum of the game. “I’m very fortunate that he’s agreed to come and really grateful for Martin for giving us this opportunity as well. “We’ve kept in touch over the years. I’ve got a huge respect for him, he had a huge influence on my career, as did Martin. I basically learned the top end of the game from them guys. He’s looking forward to the challenge – it’s fantastic for us.” Press Association Republic of Ireland coach Steve Walford is on the verge of being named Neil Lennon’s new assistant manager at Sky Bet Championship club Bolton.center_img The ex-Arsenal and West Ham defender has been on Martin O’Neill’s coaching staff for the past 25 years and was a tutor to Lennon during the Northern Irishman’s playing days at Leicester and Celtic. With his long-time right-hand man Johan Mjallby standing aside for family reasons, Lennon has moved quickly to fill the void with Walford. last_img read more

Boys Champs going down to the wire

first_imgCalabar’s Kevroy Vernon and Rivaldo Marshall Boys Champs going down to the wireA battle royal is set to get underway when the final day of the Inter Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships gets underway inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday afternoon.While Edwin All seems to be on the way to confirming pundits’ predictions that they will defend the girls title successfully, a different scenario is being played out in the boys’ section.In the weeks leading up to the championships Kingston College were installed as odds on favorites to dethrone five-time defending champions Calabar, but when the points were tallied at the close of the penultimate day, only seven points separated to the perennial rivals. Kingston College were ahead with 139 points, with a resolute Calabar lurking on 132.After 18 finals. The top five are completed by Jamaica College (JC) on third with 98 points ahead of St Jago High on 69, and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on 40 points.The top 10 is rounded out by Wolmer’s Boys on 37, Petersfield High with 31, Rusea’s High on 16, Munro College on 15, and Green Island High with 14 points.There are nervous moments in the KC camp as their top sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson is out injured, after false starting in the finals of the 100 meters Class One. They will have to pull out all the stops to fend off Calabar on the final day.A mouth-watering finale awaits with the momentum clearly in favour of the Michael Clarke-led five-time defending champions.The highlight of day was the Class two 1,500 meters in which Ugandan national, Aryamanya Rodgers, was expected to be a shoe in for KC, but Calabar’s  Kevroy Venson and Kimar Farquharson had other ideas.The pair came with a solid race plan and executed it brilliantly. They raced in front like scared hares for the first 600 meters and drew Ridgers with them. Midway the race the pair eased up on the throttle and Rodgers took over the lead to the cheers of the frenetic purple and white-clad KC supporters, but Venson was not done and joined the Ugandan teenager at the top of the stretch before motoring past him to win comfortably in a record time of 3:55.3. Farquharson was third in 4:00.13.last_img read more

Kambi ranks in Financial Times ‘European 1000’ fastest growth index

first_imgShare Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Stockholm Nasdaq-listed sports betting software and platform provider Kambi Group Plc (Kambi) has been ranked in the top 1000 fastest growing European business enterprises by The Financial Times.  Kambi specialist in sportsbook provisions placed 657 in the inaugural FT 1000 list, which was compiled alongside data provider Statista.Presenting the list, The Financial Times said of the list that innovative and fast-growing companies are the ‘driving force of the European economy in the 21st century’, generating jobs and sustaining Europe’s competitiveness.Kristian NylénThe ranking is determined by growth in revenues between the years 2012 and 2015, with only those companies generating revenues of at least €100,000 in 2012 and at least €1.5 million in 2015 qualifying.Kambi reported revenue of €19.1 million in 2012, and €47.7 million in 2015, an increase of 150%.Updating the media, Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén commented on his firm’s achievement: “To be named among Europe’s fastest growing companies by a publication as prestigious as the Financial Times is a real honour and further evidence of Kambi’s position as sports betting’s premium and secure choice.“I would like to thank every member of our hardworking team. Without their talent and dedication, this would not have been possible.”To see the full Financial Times Europen 1000 list, please visit https://www.ft.com/reports/europes-fastest-growing-companieslast_img read more

Blatter against age limits for officials

first_imgFifa president Sepp Blatter is against age restrictions for officials in soccer’s governing body although he would be prepared to accept a limit on the length of time they can hold office, he said on Wednesday.The 76-year-old Swiss said he was also opposed to standing areas in soccer stadiums, placing him on a collision course with both the Bundesliga and the national league in his homeland.“I’m in favour of limiting the length of time officials can serve but against an age limit,” he told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine.“Capabilites have nothing to do with age. There are 70-year-olds who are young in the head. But a mandate limit could have a chance.”A draft revision of Fifa’s statutes includes a proposal to impose an age limit of 72 on officials at the time they are elected. It would also limit the Fifa president to two four-year mandates and the executive committee members to three four-year mandates.The proposal is due to be discussed at Fifa’s annual Congress in Mauritius next year. Paraguay’s Nicolas Leoz is the oldest member of Fifa’s executive committee at 83, while senior vice-president Julio Grondona, 80, has been on the committee since 1988.Blatter is in his fourth term as Fifa president, though he has repeated that he does not intend to stand again at the next election in 2015.Blatter said he remained unconvinced by the popularity of standing areas in Germany’s Bundesliga.“We preach to the whole world to do away with standing places,” he said. “In Colombia, the stadiums were rebuilt because of the world under-20 championship, now families can go to matches, it is going really well.“Everyone sits down and that is good, it’s good for the safety.” “The Bundesliga is the only big league in Europe which still has standing places.”The Swiss Super League also permits standing-room and earlier this year, Fifa backed down from partially funding a new stadium in its home city of Zurich because plans included a small area of terracing.last_img read more

2014 WCQ: Egypt FA insists Cairo is safe to host World Cup playoff after Ghana’s complaint to FIFA

first_imgThe Egyptian Football Association (EFA) insists there is no reason for second leg of World Cup the playoff against Ghana to be played outside Egypt due to security concerns.This comes after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) asked FIFA on Monday to switch the second-leg of their 2014 World Cup playoff against Egypt to “a safer place.”The match between the two sides has been scheduled for Cairo on November even though the turmoil in the country is escalating.Spectators have been banned from football stadiums since February 2012 when more than 70 fans died in Port Said during clashes between rival supporters.Two weeks ago a fan of Cairo club Zamalek was killed during clashes with security forces outside the club’s headquarters.The security situation became worse when more than 50 Morsi supporters died and hundreds were injured in clashes with security forces around Tahrir Square on Sunday. This prompted the GFA to ask FIFA to switch the venue for the match but the EFA insists they will host the match in Cairo.“The second leg match will be held in Cairo on 19 November and this is final. The security authorities will provide heavy security for the game,” EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed told Ahram Online on Tuesday.“We are in communication with the governing body of football to explain the matter and Hani Abou-Rida [FIFA executive committee member] is currently making great efforts to solve the problem,” Megahed added.“These claims are unfounded and we reject all demands to play the game outside Egypt. We are capable of securing any game, not just the Ghana one. Ahly and Zamalek have been playing their games in the African Champions League in Egypt without any problems,” EFA president Gamal Allam said on Monday.Success in organising the match at Cairo stadium means a lot to the authorities, and qualification for the first World Cup since 1990 could be marketed politically too. Ghana “sympathise” but they too have their own ambitions. Egypt, who cancelled two successive premier league seasons due to crowd violence, has been in turmoil since the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.The Pharaohs will fly to Kumasi this weekend to meet the Black Stars in the first leg on 15 October.last_img read more

Chelsea warn fans they will take action over anti-Semitic abuse

first_imgChelsea have issued a plea to fans to keep their support ‘positive’ in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham amid worries of potential anti-Semitic chanting.Tottenham have long historical links to London’s Jewish community and the Blues admit that fixtures between the clubs have “historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse” from a “small minority”.The issue of anti-Semitism against Spurs came back to the fore this week when a video filmed by a passenger on the London Underground appeared to show West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs before Sunday’s 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.Chelsea have stressed that any supporter found to be taking part in discriminatory chanting this weekend at Wembley will be dealt with severely.”Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley promises to be a passionate and exciting match with both sets of supporters contributing to an excellent occasion,” a statement on the Blues’ official website read.”After consultation between the Metropolitan Police and both clubs, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities on the day. “For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.”Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.”If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.”Chelsea fans have been in the spotlight since the club banned five supporters from Stamford Bridge following an incident which saw a a black commuter pushed off a Paris Metro by fans who chanted a racist song ahead of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.”Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few,” the statement continued. “Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. We all share the common cause of supporting our team.”last_img read more

England ‘ready’ to host 2022 World Cup if Qatar stripped

first_imgEngland is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if it is stripped from Qatar in the wake of allegations of corruption and bribery in FIFA, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has said.Mr Whittingdale said the country has the facilities and mounted an impressive, if unsuccessful, bid to host the 2018 World Cup, and so could host the 2022 event if asked by the organisation.He spoke as MPs asked whether England could step in to host the World Cup if allegations that the bid process for the Qatar tournament was corrupt are found to be true.Swiss authorities are investigating the bidding processes for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Mr Whittingdale backed FA chairman Greg Dyke’s observation that since the 2018 World Cup is being hosted by Russia, it may be unlikely that another European nation would be granted the 2022 event.But he said England “obviously” has the facilities to host the world’s biggest football tournament, last held in the country in 1966. Meanwhile, David Beckham has described the corruption scandal as “despicable, unacceptable and awful”.His comments come as the organisation’s former executive committee member Chuck Blazer admitted taking bribes in relation to the awarding of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.The 70-year-old has admitted to a catalogue of corruption in a guilty plea to a US federal judge, and incriminated other top officials in his secret 2013 evidence, which has just been released.The former England captain said he was left with a “sick feeling” after being misled by FIFA executive committee members who pledged their support for the Football Association’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which was eventually awarded to Russia in controversial circumstances. Speaking about the developments over the last few weeks, Beckham said: “Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much.”Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our sport recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction.”Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport.”It is time for FIFA to change and we should all welcome it.”  Last week 14 people were indicted on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Four others had already been charged, including Blazer.  The US justice department alleges they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£98m) over a 24-year period. –last_img read more

Who is college basketball’s national champion? Twitter has some ideas

first_imgWith the NCAA deciding Thursday to cancel this year’s NCAA Tournament due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and bring March Madness to an abrupt end before it even started, many fans were left pondering the same question: “Who is this year’s national champion?”​There’s no real precedent for determining a national champion in basketball without a tournament. The only NCAA sport that has done it is football, which used to rely on polls to determine the best team every season. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!! Thank you Hawkeye nation for all of the great memories!!! #BigCatOut https://t.co/3gGCriOhyq— Ryan Kriener (@B1Gcat15) March 12, 2020This Mississippi State fan account decided to be sneaky and declare the Bulldogs as national champs both in men’s AND women’s basketball. Nice call.Before UCF claims it, I declare MSU national champions of men’s and women’s basketball and baseball #hailstate pic.twitter.com/Uu3tC3avyj— MSU GIFs (@MSUGIFS) March 12, 2020Iowa State might dispute that claim to the women’s title as the Cyclones took down defending national champ Baylor 57-56 in the last game of the regular season.Since the ISU Women’s Basketball team beat defending National Champions Baylor in their final game, we shall declare them the NCAA Division 1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS— cyclone.sports (@clones_sports) March 12, 2020If Twitter were to decide the national champion every year, we’d all be undisputed winners.Everyone on twitter rn trying to crown their college basketball team national champions pic.twitter.com/X7UAHI6MbB— john (@iam_johnw) March 12, 2020 MARCH MADNESS CANCELED: Sports world reacts to NCAA’s decisionIf the NCAA does name a champion this year, then there’s one clear favorite: Kansas. The Jayhawks finished the season 28-3 and 17-1 in conference play on their way to a Big 12 championship. They likely would have been the No. 1 overall seed had the NCAA Tournament not been canceled.But don’t go celebrating your national championship just yet, KU fans. Plenty of other fan bases took to Twitter to stake their claims to the title.Gonzaga had a better record (31-2) and was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA NET rankings. Do the Bulldogs have a better claim?Gonzaga is your 2020 National Champions! It doesn’t get more official than Wikipedia and the NCAA’s #1 NET ranking agrees:https://t.co/YZwDuG7Urq pic.twitter.com/xHWy2cMBNO— Gonzaga Guru (@GonzagaGuru) March 12, 2020And what about Dayton? The Flyers, led by potential National Player of the Year Obi Toppin, went 29-2 and were a shoe-in for a No. 1 seed.If GW was the last time we saw them and @otoppin1 play in a Dayton Uniform. At least it was during a College gameday, that involves highlight dunks.Although it didn’t end as we hoped, it was still the most exciting and memorable season in a while.UD National Champions 2020.— 2020 National Champions Barstool Flyers (@BarstoolFlyers) March 12, 2020Washington State fans argued they should be the champs, considering the Cougars won the last game of the college basketball season, beating Colorado 82-68 in the Pac-12 Tournament. Winning the last game of the season is the goal for every team, and Washington State is the only team that can say it accomplished that.Cougs won what will likely be the final game played in the NCAA this year.That makes them the national champions. Those are the rules.— ROLO’S HATS STAN ACCOUNT (@CougCenter) March 12, 2020Quickly seeing that fans were trying to claim national championships, Iowa center Ryan Kriener became the first player to call dibs on the title.last_img read more

Girona trusts Montilivi its jump to Primera

first_imgClassification. Girona chains five consecutive days in playoff positions, but it is bumping into a wall. And this is fifth place Improving this position as far as the course is going is mission impossible, but it is the barrier they must overcome to dream of direct ascent. The draw last Sunday against Mirandés prevented them from catapulting to second place, but there are 12 days left to finish the League and it is not a chimera. Moreover, Zaragoza, second, is only six points and Cádiz, leader, nine. There are 36 points left to play. Girona has set its sights on Primera. The sensations given by the rojiblanca team are good and, on Saturday against Albacete, you can continue taking steps forward. Those of Pep Lluís Martí, if they do not fall, would reach the seventh game by adding and strengthen them in the playoff. But the goal is to hunt down direct ascent teams, there is room for maneuver, and hence in the locker room they have a clear thing: Montilivi must be key to it. So far this year, the rojiblanco team has 46 points and 33 of them have achieved them at home. It is the second best place in Segunda and they want to continue exploiting it.Securing the points at home will be crucial to try to make the definitive leap towards Primera and more considering that they have to visit direct rivals. Without going further, the final of the League will be exciting because the last three blocks that will pass through Montilivi will be Zaragoza, Almería and Cádiz, the first three classified. Of course, the other rivals that will come to the rojiblanco fief will not be simple either because they are immersed in the fight for the descent, like Albacete and Racing, or for not being in anyone’s zone and fighting to approach the playoff like the Numancia. In recent days, Girona has managed to create a great communion with its fans and hence the atmosphere that is breathed in the city is ideal for working with confidence and calm. The players feel that way and that To see the last defeat at home in the league, it is necessary to go back to 2019, on December 22, 21 against Mirandés (0-3).last_img read more