Cricket News We quite like being treated as ‘Underdogs’, says Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes

first_imgUnfortunately for Bangladesh, the side has already lost two pillars – Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed due to their respective injuries. “It’s been a hard grind but a great competition as well (with) lots of positives in terms of experiencing tough cricket.”“But it’s taken its toll and the preparation is not ideal. I only hope that on the day we show that we can play some cricket,” he said. Prior to this series, New Zealand lost to India 4-1 in the five-match ODI series, and Steve Rhodes believes that the bruises would still be there.”I think they’ll use those bruises to bounce back and we’ve got to be ready for a tough New Zealand turning up,” he said.Bangladesh is surely a better side to one toured the last time, winning their last series against Windies on its home soil, the momentum is still with the Tigers. Ahead of their first game, Rhodes believes the team has the ability to clinch the series and it’s better to not write them off. “It’s a really big task but it doesn’t mean we can’t win,” he concluded. Bangladesh will play three ODIs and as many Tests against New Zealand. The first ODI will be played at McLean Park, Napier on Wednesday. Bangladesh has never won a series in New Zealand. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After upstaging India in the T20 International series, New Zealand team is all set to take on the Bangla Tigers for a three-match ODI Internationals followed by as many Tests. The first encounter will be played at McLean Park, Napier on WednesdayWith less than 24 hours for the first game to begin, Bangladesh’s head coach Steve Rhodes said his charges were relishing being ‘underdogs’ as they chase maiden victory on New Zealand’s soil.The men-in-green have toured the country four times prior to this but haven’t been able to clinch a series victory yet. Steve Rhodes believes that upstaging Kiwis on their home soil will be a tough task and his side is pretty aware of that. However, he believes that his side has a lot of match-winners and it will be difficult for New Zealand to beat them. “We know it will be very difficult, we’ve got to be realistic. But we quite like being underdogs. We can surprise a few people being an underdog and I think New Zealand know they’ve still got to play some very good cricket to beat us.” highlightslast_img read more

Graf backs Williams to break Court’s record

first_imgZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – Serena Williams can “absolutely” surpass Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles if the American returns to tennis after giving birth earlier this year, former world number one Steffi Graf said on Sunday.Williams has not competed since winning the Australian Open in January but the 36-year-old posted several videos on social media showing her hitting balls during her pregnancy.Williams was about two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title in Melbourne, one short of the all-time record held by Australian Court.“Absolutely, yes,” Graf told fans and reporters ahead of Sunday’s WTA Elite Trophy singles final in Zhuhai.“I think a lot of it is determined on her drive and if that is what she wants to do.”Graf won 22 grand slam singles titles which was eclipsed by Williams in January.Williams told Vogue magazine in August about her ‘outrageous plan’ to defend her title in Australia, where the year’s first grand slam will be played from Jan. 15-28.“It sounds from what I hear that she is looking to come back to tennis and, you know, everything that she has shown over her career just makes you believe that if she has that in her sights then she will go after it and achieve it,” Graf said.last_img read more

Bravo fails to save Windies as Ireland take Twenty20 series lead

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Veteran Dwayne Bravo’s return following a three-and-a-half-year break ended in disappointment as a feisty Ireland stunned West Indies by four runs in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.In fact, the 36-year-old all-rounder was one of two wickets to fall in a dramatic final over, bowled by 20-year-old left-arm slow medium Josh Little as West Indies, chasing a demanding target of 209, failed to gather the 13 runs required off the last six balls of the contest at the Grenada National Stadium.Left-hander Sherfane Rutherford, who struck 26 off 13 balls, holed out to long-on off the first ball in search of his fourth six but Bravo then clobbered the next delivery over the ropes at wide long on to reduce the target to seven runs from four balls.A couple down the ground off the third ball meant the Windies were in the driver’s seat needing five runs from three balls but Bravo turned down a leg bye off the fourth ball before picking out Gareth Delany in the deep on the leg side.With five needed from the final delivery of the game, Hayden Walsh Jr missed a desperate swing, leaving the Irish to celebrate their first win of the tour, in the wake of their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day seriesLeft-handed opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 53 from 29 balls while captain Kieron Pollard got 31 from 15 balls, Shimron Hetmyer, 28, and Nicholas Pooran 26.Paul Stirling taps one on the offside in his top score of 95 for Ireland. (Getty Images)However, Ireland snatched wickets at key moments especially through Little, who bowled brilliantly to finish with three for 29 and seamer Craig Young who claimed two for 31 from an excellent four-over spell.West Indies had earlier found themselves virtually paralysed by Paul Stirling’s brutal career-best 95 from 47 balls as Ireland stormed to 208 for seven off their 20 overs after choosing to bat first.The veteran right-hander bludgeoned six fours and eight sixes – mostly straight hits – and shared a whirlwind first-wicket stand of 154 with Kevin O’Brien whose 48 came from 32 deliveries and included four fours and two sixes.Both gladly indulged in the feast prepared by undisciplined West Indies bowlers, plundering a record 93 runs in the first power-play, to be 130 without loss at the halfway stage.Medium pacer Bravo, whose first over leaked 18 runs after he was maltreated by Stirling, finally got the breakthrough when he hit O’Brien’s off-stump with a deceptive yorker in the 13th over.He conceded just 18 runs from his last three overs to finish with two for 28.Stirling was eyeing a maiden hundred when he holed out to Lewis at deep mid-wicket off leg-spinner Walsh in the following over and quickly, Ireland had lost both their set batsmen.Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-37) and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2-45) then put the shackles on the heavy scoring and it was left to Delany’s 12-ball 19 and 15 extras – including 10 wides – to get Ireland past 200.Needing to score at nearly 10-½ runs per over, West Indies were well ahead of the required rate thanks to Lendl Simmons who pummelled three fours and a six in a 14-ball 22, as he added 37 off 21 balls for the first wicket with Lewis.When Simmons sliced Young to cover in the fourth over, Lewis and Hetmyer kept the scoreboard ticking over in a stand of 56 for the second wicket.Lewis, fresh from a hundred in last Sunday’s third ODI, stroked six fours and three sixes before lofting Young to be taken on the cover boundary by Harry Tector.Hetmyer, who struck three sixes in an 18-ball cameo, followed 12 balls later but Pooran added 36 for the fourth wicket with Pollard and 44 for the fifth wicket with Rutherford, to keep West Indies in the chase.However, the momentum swung Ireland’s way when off-spinner Simi Singh removed Pollard to a catch in the deep in the 15th over before Little struck the key blow, having Pooran caught at backward square in the penultimate over.last_img read more

NSC blesses GCF with $2M towards CARIFTA Junior Chess Championship

first_imgTHE Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) became the latest entity to benefit from the National Sports Commission (NSC), receiving $2M towards its hosting of the CARIFTA Junior Chess Championship. The event will be held over the Easter weekend at the Ramada Hotel.Seon Erskine, the NSC’s Technical Development Officer, made the presentation to the Chess Federation, who was represented by head of the Local Organising Committee for the Championship, John Lee, and Anand Raghunauth, the Federation’s Chess-in-Schools Coordinator.Both Lee and Raghunauth thanked the NSC for its timely intervention and urged the public to come out and support the Championship.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to keep winning streak alive against Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 27, 2020 at 11:06 pm Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) looks to extend its winning streak to six in Clemson, South Carolina against the Tigers (10-9, 4-5), who just beat No. 9 Duke.Here’s what the men’s basketball beat writers think about the fate of SU’s winning streak:Nick Alvarez (14-6)And another oneSyracuse 83, Clemson 79This run has to end eventually, and a road ACC game before hosting Duke reads like a trap game, but Clemson isn’t the team to end it. The Tigers allow 36.7% of their opponents’ points from 3 and SU doesn’t need much of an excuse to shoot it. Clemson has a few impressive wins, but they don’t have the size or playmaking to consistently beat this improved 2-3 zone. Orange shooters in the day. Syracuse continues to win games it should. Add Clemson to the list.Michael McCleary (14-6)Neaux Tigers!Syracuse 65, Clemson 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWoah. So, after starting off terribly, I’ve come back to tie it up. Syracuse has been streaking and I’m pretty sure it’s because I’m choosing it to win, but that’s not important. But let’s be real: This team looks good. Duke comes to the Carrier Dome this Saturday and the Orange are actually a real threat. Do you think their momentum stops against Clemson? The Orange get another resume-boosting win against the former Duke slayers.Josh Schafer (14-6)Anotha oneSyracuse 72 Clemson 65Syracuse has won five in a row and it just simply can’t be picked against. The Orange have won in a multitude of ways and seem to fix whatever issues arise on any given night. Whether it be Elijah Hughes or Buddy Boeheim, SU will have enough lead scoring to win this one. Duke recently lost at Clemson, but I’d view that more as a rare case than a trend. The only way SU trips on Tuesday is if it’s caught looking ahead. But through the last month, the Orange have proven themselves a team that takes it one game at a time. Commentslast_img read more

Yggdrasil targets Q2 2017 full Italy launch

first_imgShare StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilUpdating investors, Yggdrasil Gaming has begun the compliance processes of certifying its games and platform services to meet technical requirements for the regulated Italian online gambling market.Yggdrasil governance expects to go live in Italy by Q2 2017, bringing its popular titles Dark Joker Rizes, Vikings Go Wild and Holmes and the Stolen Stones to market.Further to its games content, Yggdrasil will seek to push its platform provisions for Italian market clients making its HTML5 iSENSE 2.0 system available which offers seamless vertical integration and unique in-game promotional tools such as ‘BOOST’ and social sharing tool, ‘BRAG’.In its update, Yggdrasil governance outlined that its Italian move, underlined the firm’s commitment to regulated market growth, having already received licences in Gibraltar, the United Kingdom, Romania and Malta.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “It is about time Yggdrasil crossed the Rubicon as Italy is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing markets in gaming. We already had some Tier 1 operators on our books who were active in Italy, so it was a no-brainer to enter ourselves.“We are delighted that Yggdrasil will have a presence in this exciting jurisdiction, and we are already in negotiations with some major operators. We hope to meet more at ENADA Primavera in Rimini in March, and plan to vitalize the Italian market further with proven titles and promotional concepts.” Submit Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

BetConstruct chooses TruNarrative to monitor network compliance

first_img Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submit Share Supplier of global financial crime protection services TruNarrative has been selected as BetConstruct’s new compliance lead, strengthening its transaction monitoring capabilities.Under the terms of the new partnership, BetConstruct will be able to strengthen its onboarding, risk, fraud and responsible gambling procedures by integrating TruNarrative ‘single platform’ KYC solutions.The agreement will allow Vbet and other operator partners on the BetConstruct platform to meet a wide range of regulatory requirements in markets around the world.David Webb, Compliance Manager at BetConstruct, said: “We work across such a large number of jurisdictions that it is vital for us to partner with someone that can provide access to multiple solutions that allow us to align with ever-changing regulatory environments.“The TruNarrative solution provides multiple suppliers and data points and because it is offered via a single platform and API, has meant a tremendous reduction in technical work on our side. Being able to use it across Vbet and to offer it to our B2B partners is also a huge upside.”By utilising TruNarrative’s KYC solution, BetConstruct will gain access to data which will facilitate a better understanding of how to protect its players.Adam Doyle, Head of Gaming at TruNarrative, added: “We are excited to be working with BetConstruct, providing them with access to multiple third-party providers through the entire customer on-boarding journey via a single API.“BetConstruct is a fast-growing business and requires a supplier that can match this. With the flexibility we offer via 50+ suppliers and the ability to change the process in minutes, our partners can better manage the onboarding process and monitor players once they are signed up.“With our solution, we can not only help BetConstruct and its partners in their current markets but hopefully help them grow into new markets as they open, making it the perfect partnership.”last_img read more

PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs

first_img Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has confirmed that it will be launching its first proprietary virtual sports portfolio for self-service betting terminals (SSBTs).The launch will allow punters to access simulation-based odds for virtual products, with the product due to go live in four weeks.Commenting on the launch, Richard Andrew, Director Virtual Sports at Playtech BGT Sports stated: “Operators demand unique products and quick and easy betting opportunities for their customers, no matter what the sporting action or time of day.“PBS’s Virtual Sports product suite has been designed with this in mind, ensuring operators are always able to offer ultra-realistic betting to their customers, no matter when, via the quick and easy convenience of our proven SSBT software.”The virtual product, which was made possible after a year-long process of advanced motion capture filming, will deliver a range of betting opportunities for football, horse racing, greyhounds, basketball and tennis.Operators will be able to customise the product with their own branding, choice of leagues and betting schedules, with PBS planning to roll out its virtual sports solution to all existing retail customers across a range of markets worldwide. StumbleUpon Cross-selling in lockdown: what have we learnt? June 12, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles Singular boosts virtuals offering with Golden Race deal April 28, 2020 The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020last_img read more

Purple & Bold: With All-Star Break approaching, Lakers keep their eye on the ball

first_imgThis is the Wednesday, Feb. 12 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.There’s only one game remaining for the Lakers until the annual midseason breather*, much deserved for Coach Frank Vogel’s 40-12, best-in-the-West squad.If Monday’s 125-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns was an indication, don’t expect the Lakers to look past Wednesday’s contest in Denver (7 p.m., ESPN, Spectrum SportsNet) against the second-place Nuggets, who are 38-16 and 21-6 at home.“This is a time of the season that teams take losses that they shouldn’t take,” Vogel said before Monday’s win. “We’re playing for something bigger, and it’s more important to us, and we’re not gonna be one of those teams.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeBron James offered this perspective: “You play in the moment, you go about the moment. Tomorrow’s not promised so you can’t really think about that too much. Obviously, we know the break is going on, but as professionals, you have to play. You want to play, you want to continue to get better.”Besides, it would be basketball malpractice to dismiss Denver.“It’s a good test for us,” said James, whose Lakers have split their two games so far this season against the Nuggets. “Team that plays extremely well at home. They’re gonna be excited, the fans will be excited to have the Lakers in town, that’s for sure.“We don’t play again for another week and a half after that so we have time to get plenty of re– well, those guys have time to get plenty of rest.”*Not all All-Star breaks are equal. The Lakers’ All-Stars – Chicago native Anthony Davis, as well as James, Dwight Howard and the Lakers’ coaching staff – won’t be sunbathing on a beach somewhere warm; they earned the opportunity to work overtime this weekend in Illinois, whether they’re putting on a show or coaching in the All-Star Game or competing in the Slam Dunk Contest.Or as James put it: “Myself, A.D., Dwight got a couple things we gotta do.”Vogel was up front earlier about his job this weekend: There will be no film study, nor probably much defense: “I coached the All-Star Game a few years ago and that was the worst (defensive game I’ve ever coached),” the first-year Lakers coach said. “Hopefully, this won’t be worse than that. But I’m sure it will.”He hopes the Lakers’ D in Denver will be better with James in the lineup as opposed to the last time the teams met, when he was sidelined with a thoracic muscle strain and the Nuggets won going away, 128-104.“I expect us to be professionals about it. Be veterans,” said Danny Green, the Lakers’ veteran shooting guard. “Lock in for this last one coming up.”— Mirjam SwansonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Don’t look past these linksOlympic dreaming – James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Howard and JaVale McGee have reasons to want to compete this summer.Vintage performance – Rajon Rondo pours in 23 points in the Lakers’ latest win.Get up – Get going: Avery Bradley is 21 for 34 from 3-point range over his past seven games.Options – There aren’t many, Kyle Goon broke down the buyout market in his latest mailbag on Monday.Grief-stricken – Vanessa Bryant shared her grief on Instagram.Nevermind – Darren Collison to stay retired.Leading the way in The Bay – James sets the tone with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.What about Kuz? – Mark Heisler on the enigmatic forward, who remains a Laker, again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Photo of little Mirza from Mostar delighted Asmir Begovic

first_imgOn the official Facebook page of a goalkeeper of the national team of BiH, Asmir Begovic, photography of a boy in the jersey of our “minister of defense“ has been published, and a comment has been left as well.“I am not sure who he is, but photo looks great. Greetings for little buddy!“, wrote Begovic.For a short time, photo of a boy, below which is Mostar, attracted much attention of Asmir’s fans, and the identity of a boy was soon discovered. His mother wrote a comment in which she explained that his favorite goalkeeper is Begovic.“He is Mirza Cumurija from Mostar. He adores football and is one of the fiercest supporters. He strikes with the left foot and says that, when he grow up, he will play for Bayern Munich and Bosnia. His favorite goalkeeper is Begovic and Neuer“, wrote his mother.(Source: read more