LONDON, (Reuters) – Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie risks a two-match ban after allegedly trying to grab Rangers’ Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos by the genitals in Sunday’s Old Firm clash between the Glasgow sides. The Scottish Football Association issued a fast track notice of complaint yesterday against the Scotland international for allegedly committing a sending off offence that went unseen by match officials.Christie had already been booked before the incident at Parkhead. Television replays appeared to show him grabbing at Morelos’s groin.The hearing will be on Jan. 6. League leaders Celtic, who lost the game 2-1 with Christie missing a first half penalty, said they were astonished at the charge and would defend their player “vigorously”.Media reports said Christie had needed groin surgery after the game following a separate tussle with Morelos.Morelos was sent off for a second booking after a dive in stoppage time. Rangers have said the Colombian, who appeared to make a gesture with his hand across his neck to Celtic fans following his dismissal, suffered racial abuse. A year ago, Morelos appeared to grab at Christie’s groin in the fixture at Ibrox but escaped retrospective action because the referee saw the incident at the time.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Silverstone would be willing to host an unprecedented two successive grands prix without spectators to help Formula One fight back from the coronavirus crisis, circuit boss Stuart Pringle said yesterday. The season has yet to start but the Liberty Media-owned sport’s management are hoping to get going in the European summer with a revised and reduced schedule that could run into next year.Pringle told the Guardian newspaper that he had discussed “all sorts of permutations” with Formula One, including two races over the same weekend or consecutive weekends at the British track.No circuit has ever hosted two races in succession in the same season. “I have complete confidence in our ability to put on these events. We have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, we can turn that on definitely,” said Pringle.While some countries are starting to ease strict lockdown conditions imposed to tackle the coronavirus crisis, events involving large crowds of people are likely to remain banned for some time.Official guidance in Britain is for people to stay at home and to practice social distancing if they do have to go outside. Every race on the original F1 calendar has been cancelled or called off up to the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet on June 28, but that is also expected to be postponed. That would leave Austria on July 5, at a circuit owned by energy drink Red Bull who have two F1 teams, two weeks before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.“I think F1 will make a calendar-wide decision in the earlier part of May,” said Pringle, whose circuit drew the biggest crowd of any last year and is a short drive from seven of the 10 teams’ headquarters.Silverstone also hosted the first world championship grand prix in 1950. “They can’t set this ball rolling unless they have a solution that stands a fighting chance of running successfully over multiple races,” said Pringle.“That timescale would suit us if we didn’t have to put in the infrastructure for accommodating the public.”McLaren boss Zak Brown told the BBC last week that all races in Europe could be held without spectators and with numbers on site kept to a minimum. “Everything is very tentative but (the British Grand Prix) would go on its scheduled date but closed to fans,” said the American.“In fact, it looks like possibly all the European rounds will most likely be in that scenario.“With now our condensed schedule, what’s the best way to get as much racing done as possible? One of the ideas is potentially (to have) multiple events at the same location, Silverstone being one of those.”
Pernell Cummings, Akeem Allicock and Marvin Thompson sealed their respective quarter final berths in contrasting manner when the inaugural I-Bet Supreme FIFA 20 ‘League of Champions’ eSports Championship, continued on Wednesday night. Cummings and his Manchester United outfit, defeated Daniel Vancooten and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) 5-2, (8-5 on aggregate), to seal their place in the next round. The first leg of the two-match series ended 3-3.Similarly, Allicock (Barcelona) brushed aside Osase Barclay (Juventus) 2-0 to seal his place in the next round with a 4-1 aggregate. Their first leg encounter ended 2-1. On the other hand, Johnson (Liverpool) progressed on the away goals rule, despite losing 4-3 to host Akil Harper (Barcelona) following a 6-6 aggregate. The first matchup between the teams finished 3-2.Meanwhile Michelangelo Jacobus, administrator of the championship during an invited comment said, “We had three exciting matches, particularly Marvin Thompson vs Akil Harper, the latter played his heart out but Thompson ended up winning on away goals, likewise we had two other high-octane fixtures full of entertainment.” He further said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better quality of competition and the participants themselves are buzzing, now that we’re getting down to the business end of the tournament, here is where we’ll begin to see potential favourites and the sort of level of competition we can expect in future tournaments.”The event is being contested using an elimination two legged format and will consist of players battling with their favourite European club for bragging rights and the label of best in the nation. It is also being streamed online via the official I-Bet Supreme Facebook page.Winner of the event will pocket $50,000, two pennyweights of gold, a trophy, a case of Monster Energy Drink and a special Church’s Chicken Meal. Meanwhile, the second place finisher will collect $25,000, a case of Monster Energy Drink and a Church’s Chicken meal. The third place finisher will receive $15,000, a case of Monster Energy Drinks as well as Church’s Chicken meal.Up to press time several matches were underway to complete the return leg of the first round encounters.Fixtures 8:00PM- Jamol Thompson (Chelsea) vs Shaquone Prince (Manchester City8:00PM- Emuwnah Pross (Real Madrid CF) vs Dane Haynes (FC Barcelona)8:30PM- Jonathan Hutson (Man City) vs Shemar Britton (Barcelona) 9:00PM- Lorenzo Forde (PSG) vs Tariq Dakhil (Juventus)
MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC – Cricket Australia have pencilled West Indies into its summer programme and says they are confident they can pull off the itinerary amidst the threat posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the itinerary released yesterday, Cricket Australia have scheduled the Windies for three Twenty20 Internationals from October 4-9, with India to follow immediately afterwards in another three-match series.The games represent part of Australia’s preparation for the T20 World Cup set to bowl off here from October 18 to November 15 but which remains under a cloud due to the coronavirus outbreak.Cricket Australia chief executive, Kevin Roberts, said the governing body had been encouraged by the way authorities here had managed the pandemic. “While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21,” Roberts said. “We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.”No cricket has been staged globally in nearly three months after governments across the world scrambled to lock down their respective borders, to mitigate against the spread of the virus. Australia was among the first countries to initiate lockdowns back in March and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week the borders were unlikely to reopen “anytime soon”.The country has recorded 7 155 infections and 103 deaths.Roberts said Cricket Australia’s summer programme, which also includes a one-day series against Zimbabwe in August and a women’s one-day and T20 series against neighbouring New Zealand in September/October, would only go ahead once the environment remained safe. “We are engaged in ongoing discussions with federal and state governments, our venues and the touring nations to continually understand and monitor the situation in front of us, which is evolving every day,” he explained.“We’ll continue to act in accordance with public health advice and government protocols to ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Former West Indies pacer Winston Davis believes strongly that West Indies have the talent to return to the pinnacle of international cricket, but adjustments in the cricketers’ mindset and the relationship between players and administrators are required for that to happen. Winston Davis, who performed his last international duties for the Caribbean side in India in 1988, offered that advice Tuesday night on the Mason and Guest cricket radio show here.“West Indies cricket was at its zenith then and I look forward to when we get back to those days,” said the 61-year-old Vincentian.“There is no lack of talent in the West Indies but the mindset – you have to have a reset of the mind of the players.” Highlighting instances of players being at odds with Cricket West Indies (CWI), Davis added: “The West Indies Board has never been the best friend of the players and that is sad. “There has always been a very contentious relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players. The two seeming always to be in conflict. They gotta resolve that. The board gotta look out for the interests of the players and the players gotta accept the responsibility that they’re representing about 5-6 million people who look to them for a fillip, for a lift, and cricket does give the nation a lift.”Davis, who made his mark for West Indies in ODI cricket, was paralysed after suffering spinal injuries when he fell from a tree in his native St Vincent, in 1997.He has lived in England since being flown there for treatment after the accident. “I am very fond of saying to people up here the West Indies as a group would never be an economic power, we would never be a military power, but in cricket we were a powerhouse. We just need the guys to get back there – think cricket, think West Indies, think where we come from, where are fillip is and give it our best shot,” Davis said. Meantime, the former right-arm fast bowler expressed disappointment that no spectators would be allowed into the Ageas Bowl, Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester where West Indies will play against England to retain the Wisden Trophy next month. A group of 25 players, including 11 reserves, will leave the region next Monday to begin the three-Test series that will be played in a “bio-secure environment” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Davis said he understood why the matches would be played behind closed doors but noted that, “when you have spectators, people who come to the games, it adds to the atmosphere and sometimes it gives you a spur”.Adding that he supported West Indies going ahead with the tour despite the spread of COVID-19 which has claimed almost 40 000 lives in the UK, Davis said: “We gotta make a move at some time.”
(Reuters) – Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton expects Formula One drivers to be united against racism at Sunday’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, and that could mean taking a knee before the start. There has been plenty of speculation about how the Mercedes driver might signal his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and those campaigning against racial injustice and inequality.Speaking to reporters via video link at the Red Bull Ring, with a padlocked chain around his neck, the 35-year-old Briton said the drivers had not all spoken to each other but he was sure they would.Hamilton, the sport’s only Black driver, added that he had not prioritised “a plan to come and kneel at the start line” but “we’ll see on Sunday”. “I think whatever we do, we’ll try to do it united,” he said.“I think it’s really important that we remain united or become united in this sport,” said Hamilton, who will be racing in black overalls and a black car with the message “End Racism” on it.The champion last month criticised those, including “the biggest of stars”, who had stayed silent on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck. He explained that he had been referring to the industry as a whole, rather than rivals.“Our voices are powerful and if we bring them together collectively we can have a huge impact,” Hamilton said.“It’s the first race. Already as a team we have shown quite a big acknowledgement of where we are in society today and that we are not standing still, we are moving ahead. “We will I’m sure as drivers all stand to represent something.”Sunday’s race will end nearly four months of waiting for the season to start after the scheduled March 15 opener in Australia was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Drivers and teams must all wear face masks and operate in “bubbles” in Austria to minimise the risk of spreading the disease, with regular tests. Hamilton, a vegan who is also outspoken on the environment and animal welfare, made clear he was wearing a cotton mask rather than a single-use disposable one.“I’m wearing a cloth mask right now. I have not worn any of the paper ones because they are ending up in the oceans,” he said.
When conference semifinals begin in the 2020 NBA playoffs, spouses and families will be permitted in the bubble near Orlando. The NBA, however, is looking to set guidelines for player guests that fall into the “other” classification, such as girlfriends and recent acquaintances.A memo from the NBA and NBPA outlines what the league will tolerate as a significant other.It will preclude players from hosting guests considered casual in nature, including “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary,” according to the memo obtained by ESPN. Players must prove a longstanding relationship with a non-spouse. While friends and family will be defined in greater clarity, per the memo, those prohibited in the NBA bubble include agents, chefs, trainers and tattoo artists.Once in the bubble, family members must quarantine and then agree to follow the same restrictions applied to players and staff. There is no allowance for leaving the campus.Players will receive one ticket per guest per playoff game. —Field Level Media
Share Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Submit It is being reported that Manchester United are in a bidding war with esports organisation Fnatic to acquire a European Overwatch team. Reports have claimed that Fnatic countered an offer made by the Red Devils only for the club to then make a counter offer of its own, which is a clear sign of intent and dedication if this is true.Whilst Mourinho’s side wouldn’t be the first professional sports club to enter esports, it would be the first ‘major’ club to do so and it would be a significant milestone in the overall development of esports.Clubs such as Valencia and Schalke have formed, or in Schalke’s case acquired, teams in recent times though Turkish side Besiktas was the first pro sports club to do so back in 2015. In January 2016 though Besiktas parted ways with Aces High Esports Club only to sign a new deal with Oyun Hizmetleri, which saw the team rebranded to Besiktas Oyun Hizmetleri.There have been more direct tie ins between esports and football clubs in the past year too with West Ham signing Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen as an official FIFA representative of the London side. Another Brit, David ‘DaveBTW’ Bytheway signed for VFL Wolfsburg joined the club’s esports roster earlier this year too.FIFA offers a more accessible route into esports for many traditional sports fans, and especially the millions of football fans worldwide. This point was discussed at the E3 convention (June 12-16) by EA’s Peter Moore, the head of the company’s relatively new esports division.Peter Moore, EALaying out a detailed strategy based around getting players of all abilities involved in competitive gaming, Moore stated that the company will be investing heavily in events and tournaments to facilitate achieving this goal.He noted that in addition to FIFA, the company would initially be focussing on Madden and the forthcoming Battlefield 1 to begin with. In an interview with VentureBeat Moore noted how whilst the most popular esports titles of League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2 can be off-putting and confusing for many mainstream viewers, FIFA is different: “There’s an accessibility we have as an advantage, and we intend plumb the depths of where we can go with that.”It’ll certainly be interesting to see how EA’s strategy plays out over the coming year, and indeed to see if more sports clubs look to cross the threshold into esports.The assumption is that should Manchester United succeed in acquiring an Overwatch team it will be merely the beginning of a long term plan to run teams across various esports to enhance engagement with the younger generations.What’s for sure is that the likes of Man Utd entering esports, with its enviable financial backing and global adoration, can only be positive for competitive gaming as it looks to place itself well and truly in the mainstream.
Elliott Robinson: Exceeding Expectations in 2019 December 30, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Share Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Submit Social betting app EveryFan has added a web app platform to its suite of device and browser capabilities.To mark this development, they’ve also launched a £15,000 free-roll prize to be won in the coming weeks.The app is available on web app and via the App store, and includes a responsive landing page which is optimised for both mobile and desktop, allowing even more football fans to enjoy EveryFan’s social betting experience.Fans will be able to take advantage of all the exciting features on EveryFan’s native app for iOS, including in-play social betting, three different leagues, and the chance to battle friends in a bid to gain prizes and bragging rights. The integrated chat feature even allows players to exchange banter throughout the 90 minutes.Leon Walters, Chief Executive Officer at EveryFan, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the growth our social betting app has already achieved, and the launch of the web app will accelerate that even further.We’re ambitious to reach all fans with EveryFan’s unique product, and will continue to develop it with more native apps and increased features. It took Liverpool almost 20 years to increase their capacity at Anfield, we’ve done it in just a couple of months!” Related Articles Fitzdares to pay out on Liverpool Premier League win January 23, 2020
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