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first_img– tournament to be a huge hit, says JohnIN what is sure to be a battle of softball talent, the first ever Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup is set to bowls off tomorrow at several grounds in Georgetown.Sixteen teams, in two categories are lined up to battle it out for top honours over the next three days, as cricket enthusiasts will definitely see softball in a new dispensation.Regal, one of the country’s leading softball teams, is being placed in Group A with Farm, De Hoop and Speedboat XI for the Open Category. In Group B, Success, Hill Foot Warriors and Spartans will collide, while Group C will see Mafia XI, Boots XI and SVC Enforcers.In the Masters Category, Amazon Masters, Regal Masters and New York Hustlers will form Group A, while Group B will have HS Masters, Tropical Springs and Enterprise Masters.Meanwhile, in an invited comment yesterday, President of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (GSCL Inc.) Ian John, said that a competitive three days of cricket is in the making, adding that all logistics are in place for a successful tournament.“This will definitely be an exciting and challenging competition. Softball cricket has become so popular and competitive over the years; so definitely this will be an exciting tournament,” John expressed.Everest Cricket Club ground will host the finals on October 29, when $600 000 will be up for grabs in the Open category, while the Masters will vie for the winners’ purse of $500 000. Both categories will have a runners-up prize of $100,000 as well as trophies.Lighted bails will be used in the competition and added entertainment will be provided by the Crossover band and cheerleaders during the finals.The tournament is being played in collaboration with the National Sports Commission.last_img read more

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC football head coach search is over — and once again, the Trojans will be led by a disciple of former head coach Pete Carroll. Former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, who oversaw the development of two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks under Carroll alongside former USC head coach Lane Kiffin, has accepted the position and will replace interim head coach Ed Orgeron.The Sark Knight Rises · On Monday, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Steve Sarkisian as USC’s next coach. Sarkisian led Washington to an 8-4 record this season and served as an assistant at USC for seven seasons. – Courtesy of Sang Cho, The Daily of the University of WashingtonDespite widespread fan support for Orgeron that was slightly tempered after a season-ending 35-14 loss to UCLA, Athletic Director Pat Haden decided to hire Sarkisian, 39, after the former USC offensive coordinator compiled a 34-29 record (24-21 in the Pac-12) in five years at Washington.Sarkisian interviewed with Haden over the weekend, and Haden confirmed that Sarkisian was offered the job Monday morning and promptly accepted.“We are delighted to welcome Steve Sarkisian back to the Trojan Family,” said Haden, who will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the John McKay Center to formally introduce Sarkisian. “We conducted a very exhaustive and thorough search, pinpointing about 20 candidates and interviewing five of them. We kept coming back to Sark.”It was reported earlier by multiple media outlets that Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio had been interviewed by USC earlier this fall, in addition to Orgeron and Sarkisian. Sources tell the Daily Trojan that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was the fifth candidate to be interviewed.Sarkisian was an assistant coach for the Trojans for seven years, including two years as the offensive coordinator for Carroll. During his time at USC, Sarkisian tutored two Heisman Trophy quarterbacks in Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer, and the Trojans held a 22-3 record when he called the plays.“I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships,” Sarkisian said. “I can’t wait to get started.”Meanwhile, Orgeron, who guided the Trojans to a 6-2 record following the dismissal of Kiffin, said he is leaving USC to pursue head coaching opportunities.“I am grateful to the University of Southern California for the great time I had here,” Orgeron said. “I am especially proud of this year’s team and coaching staff, who had to start a new season and then bonded, played together as a family and competed like Trojans.”Haden reportedly offered Orgeron a pay raise and a position on the staff as assistant head coach, but the former defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator was reportedly “outraged” at being passed over for the head coaching gig, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Orgeron will leave Troy after overseeing a second-half run that featured a massive upset of then-No. 5 Stanford that reinvigorated USC’s fan base.“[Orgeron] understandably was disappointed when I told him we were going in a different direction,” Haden said. “We talked about the possibility of him remaining at USC, but Ed wants to be a head coach and I am supportive of that.”After staunchly supporting Orgeron throughout his tenure, USC’s players will have to rebound and play under new leadership. It has yet to be announced if Sarkisian or another current USC coach will lead the Trojans into their pending bowl game.During his tenure in Seattle, Sarkisian was noted for his excellent recruiting skills across the West Coast, a skill that made him a very attractive option for USC. In 2008, the Huskies finished 0-12, and Sarkisian impressed the nation one year later by leading Washington to a respectable 5-7 in his first year on the job. The Huskies’ eight victories this year were tied for the most at UW since 2000.Sarkisian’s contract with USC spans five years, according to Los Angeles Daily News’ Scott Wolf. He will be immediately tasked with reconstructing the Trojans’ offense, potentially with freshman quarterback Max Browne, whom he recruited heavily to play for the Huskies.The Trojans have struggled to regain their status as an offensive juggernaut that they held while under the tutelage of Carroll, Sarkisian and Kiffin in the mid-2000s. Washington was ranked No. 8 in the nation offensively this year, averaging more than 500 yards per game, while USC was ranked No. 80 with 392.3 yards per game.Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Boise State head coach Chris Petersen were also reportedly top candidates, with both having shown the prowess to guide programs to unprecedented success.But in choosing Sarkisian, Haden decided to invest in the future of USC football by maintaining a link to the past.Sarkisian was expected to have his first meeting with USC players at 7 p.m. on Monday night, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.last_img read more

first_imgCahir man Tommy O’Donnell was named Man of the Match.Meanwhile, Cahir defeated Kanturk in the Cork Charity Cup.The Tipp side won 20-17 in the Rebel County. They won 23-13 in their Pro12 opener at Scarlets.James Cronin and Ronan O’Mahony went over for Munster while Tyler Bleyendaal kicked both conversions and two penalties.Ian Keatley, who replaced the injured Simon Zebo, also kicked a penalty.last_img

first_imgClaudio Bravo started in goal for that game.Boss Pep Guardiola says he’s yet to make up his mind whether it’ll be him or Willy Caballero who plays later. The Foxes are also considering keeping Craig Shakespeare in caretaker charge until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Manchester City aim to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tonight.They’re trying to get past Championship promotion contenders Huddersfield at the second attempt – after their first meeting ended in a goalless draw.last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share As I write this, we await the Government’s review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures that is due to be published later this month, according to comments by the Secretary of State when she appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 11 October. She added that this would be followed by a full 12-week consultation that “will put forward a number of options on many different aspects of gambling”.I wonder if there was a last-minute reappraisal of those options after a front page Sunday Times article was published on 8 October entitled “Cartoons lure kids to online gambling”,  alleging that children are being targeted by operators who use cartoon and storybook characters in both their “pay to play” and “play for free” online gambling games. Predictably, the Daily Mail was not slow to throw in its tuppence worth with articles entitled “Online bookies ‘use cartoons to target children’: Regulators investigate firms after they are accused of using characters to promote casino games” and “Gambling firms targeting children are just as wicked as drug pushers”. Although these stories have focused on online casino games, the repercussions could be equally damaging for online betting operators. The Gambling Commission has already sounded its warning. Tim Miller, its Executive Director for Corporate Affairs and Research wrote an open letter to the Editor of the Sunday Times the day after its article appeared, emphasising that the Commission will continue to take firm action where gambling businesses fail to protect vulnerable people, especially children.He went on to refer to the Commission’s wide-ranging review of online gambling that commenced earlier this year and the ongoing examination by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board of the wider relationship between children and gambling, commenting that “together these will give a clear picture of where further action may be necessary”.These allegations will certainly have served to pour oil on already troubled waters following, as they do, concerns expressed by the Commission in November 2016 about findings in a research study amongst 11 – 15 year olds entitled ”Young people and gambling 2016” indicating that  450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales every week, of which about 9,000 are likely to be problem gamblers.Then, in February this year, the Commission’s “Gambling participation 2016: behaviour, awareness and attitudes” report revealed that the most important gambling policy issue for the general public is having controls in place to ensure that children and young people are not exposed to gambling. This was followed a month later by a warning from the Commission to parents to be vigilant to the dangers and risks to their children of gambling associated with video games following the publication of its Virtual currencies, eSports and social casino gaming position paper.Professor Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit was quoted in one of the Daily Mail articles as saying: “Research has shown that when we look at those children who are problem gamblers, the No. 1 risk factor is playing online games for free. Children are getting access via their mobile phone to these games in a much easier way than even five years ago”.The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has very recently announced a number of enhancements to the Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising, the new (3rd) edition of which has just been published. It reinforces the LCCP requirements that:“care must be taken not to exploit children and other vulnerable persons in relation to gambling activity; andadvertisements should not be specifically and intentionally targeted towards people under the age of 18 through the selection of media, style of presentation, content or context in which they appear. All advertisers and gambling operators should already be aware that it is an offence under Section 46 of the Gambling Act 2005 to invite a child or young person to gamble”,and adds that “more generally, it is understood that the government intends, in co-operation with the industry and other stakeholders, to undertake further work to ensure that under-18s are suitably protected when using social media”.Although existing guidance to the CAP and BCAP Codes emphasises the need for advertisers to ensure that they respect the need to protect children, young persons and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by advertising that features or promotes gambling, it may not be coincidental that on the day after the Sunday Times article was published, the ASA published an updated online advice note entitled “Betting & Gaming: Appeal to Children”.That advice note refers to a series of ASA rulings that have determined principles that need to be followed to ensure that advertisements for gambling will not have particular appeal to children. They include the following:the use of cartoons or cartoon-like imagery has the potential to appeal to under-18s, and it is therefore important that they are used carefully in ads for gambling products,the inclusion of a popular comic book character is likely to have particular appeal to children and young people in breach of the Advertising Codes, regardless of the fact that it is unlikely to be viewed by many children,gambling products should avoid names that are likely to appeal to under 18-year-olds, particularly if presented with colourful and exaggerated cartoon-like imagery, that is likely to strengthen that appeal andwhile some ‘cartoon’-style graphics might be acceptable if they are adult in their execution, marketers run the risk of appealing to under-18s if they are too similar in their appearance to cartoons popular with children.It also points out that where an ad features content that may appeal particularly to children but appears in a context that effectively excludes children from seeing it, that content may be considered acceptable. That was the effect of an ASA ruling in May this year finding that Ladbrokes had taken sufficient measures to send an ad featuring the Iron Man comic book character only to over-18s. Although the Iron Man theme in itself was considered likely to have particular appeal to children, the ad was only sent to the registered e-mail addresses of established customers who had been validated as being over 18. In relation to this ruling (that reversed a previous decision on the same facts), the ASA stated: “This exception to the rule that gambling ads must not include content that is of particular appeal to under 18s is unlikely to apply to media where the targeting information depends on unverified audience self-reporting, or where a sufficiently robust prohibition of under-18s is not in place. In such circumstance, the content appealing in particular to under-18s is still likely to breach the Code”.With rising tides of public concern now seeming to drive gambling policy in Great Britain, it is quite possible that the Gambling Commission and/or the ASA may impose more rigorous regulatory requirements in the near future to further reinforce the licensing objective of “protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling”.However, all gambling operators should beware of complacency in the meantime, as it needs to be remembered that it is not just a question of observing the Advertising Codes. As the Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising reminds us, section 46 of the Gambling Act 2005 provides that a person commits an offence if he invites, causes or permits a child or young person to gamble. Intentionally sending a document advertising gambling to a child or young person is an invitation to the child or young person to gamble, as too is intentionally bringing the child or young person’s attention to information about gambling with a view to encouraging them to gamble.________________David Cliftonlast_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale is officially unveiled at Real Madrid in front of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The Wales star joined the club from Tottenham on Sunday for a world record £85m, and has agreed a £300,000 per week, six-year deal with the Spanish giants.Bale spoke a few words in Spanish, saying it is “a dream to be here in Madridlast_img

first_imgGhanaian forward Jordan Ayew has completed a transfer move from Olympique Marseille to FC Liorent on a permanent basis.The Black Stars forward has signed a four-year contract with the French club at an undisclosed transfer fee.French club at an undisclosed transfer fee.last_img

first_img–A few years ago, I was at the Berekum Golden City Park for a CAF Champions qualification clash between the Blues and CotonSport Garoua from Cameroon.Chelsea had taken the Ghanaian league scene by storm. The deep pockets of millionaire businessman Emmanuel Kyeremeh transformed the side from also-rans to one filled with the crème de la crème of players on the domestic front, including Emmanuel Clottey (pictured below). The big guns including Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Ashgold could simply not compete with the newfound wealth and fame of the provincial club. How money makes a difference the globe over. Incidentally, London side Chelsea who were perennial FA Cup and League Cup winners come to mind. Enter the millions of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and they simply have not been the same since the turn of the millennium. Money can’t buy classFor Berekum Chelsea, this was a period to make a statement and rub shoulders with some of the very best on the continent. Moise Katumbi had revamped giants TP Mazembe to win back to back African honours in 2009 & 2010 and even make it to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup against Inter in the United Arab Emirates. Berekum Chelsea couldn’t be that far off as long as Kyeremeh pumped in millions into the administration of the club.I left Accra with my crew hoping to catch a glimpse of the heroes that had made the side a fearsome one in the previous twenty four months here in Ghana. Top guns from FA such as President Kwesi Nyantakyi, current Black Stars management committee chair George Afriyie and others were at the Stadium, which looked more like a community park at the time.  Just when we touched down at the match venue, we were instructed by a top official of the club that we could not film the game. I did not necessarily have any qualms with that. My curiousity got me to further proceed by asking why that was the case. The answer I was given shocked me to the core. Hear him: “The ref [Ali Lamyagari from Mauritania] has told us that he does not want to see any cameras at the stadium. The cameras would make it impossible for him to help us. Since we need a healthy lead to take to Cameroon for the second leg, we cannot sacrifice our huge investments for you. You would have to stop filming now.” PerplexedI’m not too sure if that made sense to me, a journalist who had travelled well over eight hours to get to Berekum. I am not too sure what exactly the referee was going to do in their favour either.  I’d heard and read all kinds of dubious means deployed especially by African clubs to advance in continental club competitions from allegedly bribing match officials to various modes of intimidation but this was new. At a time where the passion for the game on the continent was literally dying and western football taking over the screens, I thought this was a great time for soccer fanatics beyond Berekum to fully appreciate their effort on screen via our coverage even if it was just going to be highlights the day after. European football and the lads who are adored all over the globe has hit the zenith due to television. Qualifiers of Europe’s first and second tier continental club football competitions (Champions League and Europa League) are broadcast all over the globe. Is it an irony that my five-year old nephew can mention the top players of the various European clubs off his head and cannot do same for the First Capital Plus Premier League? But for season 2014/15 where games are relayed on DSTV, we barely get to see the local lads in action. Not to talk about the financial challenges in acquiring satellite TV!  With thousands cheering the team to victory, Berekum Chelsea squandered all the opportunities that came their way and to add insult to injury, the referee on the day was so fair I wondered what he may have been supposedly been asked to “take care of”.Happening againFast forward a few years down the line and this sadly was to be repeated. Hearts of Oak, down from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg against Esperance Sportive de Tunis were scheduled to play the Tunisians in the 2nd leg of a crucial final eliminator into the Group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup. The sad events of Berekum happened again as pressmen were “whipped into line” if they dared filmed the tie. I found it ludicrous that a club with a century plus history behind it would stoop that low all in an attempt to overturn a 4-0 deficit.  Is it that they did not believe in the capacity of their players to overturn the first leg fiasco? Interestingly, the man in charge of the game – just like in the Berekum case – was one of Africa’s finest in Bakary Papa Gassama (below pictured).Yes, the same man who was in charge of the opening and final games of CAN 2015. As fate would have it again, the Phobians also drew against the Tunisians. Coincidence?It is about time clubs in Africa invested in their playing and technical bodies to translate into results on the pitch. This crude means of achieving results are only short term which would affect the club going forward. The quality of this Hearts of Oak side is nowhere near the standard of Esperance and that was clear from the first leg.  Herbert was rightCoach Herbert Addo in a post match interview was unequivocal in his comments when he said that the North Africans were more professional in their approach. How on earth did the Phobians not know – per their own account – that it was this cold in North Africa and that they also needed certain kinds of football boots on matchdays? A healthy loss, perhaps 1-0, in the first leg could have put the Phobians in good stead as far as qualification is concerned if they had adequately prepared.The club is being handled by experienced hands from what I know and this should not be the best way of achieving results by a club as big as Hearts.–Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang is a Joy Sports producer and has covered Ghana’s football scene extensively.last_img read more

first_img Luis Severino injury update: Yankees ace (shoulder) out until at least May Related News The Yankees are still interested in adding a starting pitcher.New York has its eye on free-agent lefty Gio Gonzalez, according to Fancred Sports. But a deal isn’t close to being done yet. He is coming off a season in which he tossed 171 innings for the Nationals and Brewers marking his ninth straight season in which he has thrown at least 158.He threw a simulated game along with another free-agent lefty in Dallas Keuchel on Friday, but it remains to be seen how close he is to being ready to go for the start of the season as he remains unsigned just five days before the start of the year.New York’s starting rotation will feature James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka for sure to begin the season. Several other candidates could fit into the fourth and fifth slots.center_img Yanks maintain some interest in Gio Gonzalez, no surprise considering rotation questions. No word that anything’s close yet, though.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 15, 2019The Yankees will likely be without Luis Severino until at least May and CC Sabathia will probably start the season on the injured list, so it makes sense why they would have their eye on some help.Gonzalez, 33, is the picture of health as he has never missed significant time with elbow or shoulder injuries during his time in MLB. MLB free agency rumors: Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez throw simulated gameslast_img read more

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