Davies confesses naked ambition

first_img “I said last week when I was being interviewed and someone asked ‘what’s it like to be above Manchester United?’ that I’d streak around the KC if we finish above them, but ultimately that’s how ridiculous it is at the moment,” Davies said. “I’m not sure I’d get away with it, I might get arrested on way round. It’s one of those things that’s a bit tongue in cheek, but if we actually did finish above them I guess I’d have to do it. “We’re six games into the season so being above Manchester United is nothing. We’ve got our own personal table to work towards and as long as we’re top of that table that’s all that matters.” Davies, who has inherited the captaincy since Robert Koren was ruled out for eight weeks with a broken foot, has been in fine form since signing for the Tigers this summer. He will lead the side out against former club Aston Villa on Saturday and although his time there ended in disappointment, he does not approach the match with a point to prove. “I’m just a Hull City player playing another team,” he said. “It would have been different if I’d played against them soon after leaving because there would have been a few team-mates and things like that but it’s a totally different regime to when I was there” Having lost first-choice partner James Chester to a hamstring injury, Davies was partnered by Abdoulaye Faye for last weekend’s win over West Ham. But at 35, Faye may not have the pace to cope with Villa’s front line meaning a possible recall for Paul McShane or Alex Bruce. There will be one other enforced change, with one of Stephen Quinn or George Boyd set to replace top-scorer Robbie Brady, who had a hernia operation in midweek. Paul Lambert wants his Aston Villa side to make their gritty victory over Manchester City count by securing their third Premier League win in a row. Villa came from behind twice against their high-profile visitors before striker Andreas Weimann snatched all three points with a surprise winner at Villa Park. The victory followed a win away to Norwich the previous weekend and put Villa on nine points from six games, having also beaten Arsenal on the opening day. “I think any win gives you that good feeling and you try not to let it make a difference whether it’s over Manchester City or somebody else because you’ve got to let that one go and move onto the next one,” said Lambert. “But the way we won it, the manner in which we did it, was exceptional. “The belief here has never wavered, it’s always been there. I’ve never had a problem picking players up after a loss, or keeping their feet on the ground after a win. “But one thing I know is I’m getting everything out of those lads and I thought they were excellent last week. “I’ve never wavered from the way we play. We’ve always tried to play intense football with energy and we’ve never changed that since I’ve been here. “So it’s important to go and try and win matches and if we do that on Saturday then it’s three on the bounce that we’ve won. “We’re playing well enough to go there and win.” Villa have endured a difficult start to the campaign, having already played Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the opening weeks and sit ninth in the table. “I’ll start looking at the table on the last day of the season,” the manager insisted. “You don’t need to look at where you are because you’ve got enough of an idea of what’s going on. “The start we’ve had has been really tough and we might have had one or two more points than we’ve actually got. “But to get that return from the games we’ve had has been really pleasing so we’ll keep going.” Lambert will be without striker Christian Benteke (hip) while defender Jores Okore (cruciate) and midfielder Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) are long-term absentees. However, forward Gabriel Agbonlahor (ankle) and midfielder Ashley Westwood (thigh) are in contention to return from recent injuries. Curtis Davies has vowed to deliver on his promise to streak around the KC Stadium if Hull finish above Manchester United this season, but does not expect the situation to arise. That the very idea is under discussion says as much about Hull’s impressive start to the season as it does about United’s troubled transition to life under David Moyes. The Tigers go into the weekend in eighth place with 10 points from six matches, three points and four spots better than the reigning champions. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sterling offered ‘incredible’ deal

first_img And Rodgers wants to ensure he and other youngsters do not get distracted by the trappings of fame and fortune. “It is very important for young players, not just Raheem, that they have something to strive for,” he added. “If they get too much, too young then it really sabotages their development. “That is why we communicate with the player and their advisers – if they have advisers. “If they are given sound advice they will see that. It is about mapping out the career of a player, it is not just about this deal. “In Raheem’s case we believe this will be the best place for him and I believe he knows that as well. “His value and worth is very important to us but also you leave something for them to progress on to the next level and for all young players that is important.” Another youngster Jordon Ibe shares the same birthday, albeit a year younger, as Sterling and parallels have already been drawn between the two. Ibe was man of the match in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, only his second Premier League start, and Rodgers has high hopes he can make similar progress to his fellow youngster. “He is a very talented player. If he was a foreign player everyone would be raving about him,” he added. “He is an incredible talent for someone so young and he can go into any arena in the world and play now. “Hopefully that game will fast-track his development as it has a number of our younger players in the last two years. “I expect big things from him but there is still a long way to go and a lot to learn but hopefully he could be a big influence for us.” Rodgers also plans to keep a close eye on Ibe, although he admits his treatment has not been the same as Sterling’s. “Each player is different. You can’t throw a blanket over them and say he is the same,” he said. “Jordon is at an earlier stage and his pathway has been different – I felt he needed to go out on loan (to Birmingham and Derby) whereas Raheem went straight into the team. “The objective is to maximise the potential and investment of the club so they can both play for Liverpool for many years to come. “I know Jordon has the talent so it’s a job to make sure they (younger players) know they have to continue to improve and not get carried away.” Ibe may well have to settle for a place on the bench for Tuesday’s visit of top-four rivals Tottenham, but midfielder Lucas Leiva is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh problem. “He is one that will miss a little bit of time, we are just waiting on the exact results of the scan,” said the Reds boss. The Reds boss said the 20-year-old has been made an “incredible” offer on a new deal, which has been on the table for over a month. However, Sterling is yet to sign despite indications previously an agreement was imminent, but Rodgers said the club had been generous in their offer. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling’s agents the club will not be held to ransom over his new contract. “The club has offered an incredible deal for a young player and I have spoken to Raheem a number of times and he is very happy here and I think you see that in his game,” said Rodgers. “The player is very happy and wants to continue working the way he has been. “He has made some great strides in these last couple of years and has now got reward for that and hopefully his representatives can find agreement with the club. “What he has been granted here is an opportunity – we see it with lots of young players – and they get rewarded for that but we are certainly not a club who are going to give out way, way above what a player is worth at a certain time in a career. “It is not a case of giving any player, I’m not talking about Raheem here I’m talking in general, what they want. “We want to reward our best talents as they are a big part of our future and we are confident that will all be in hand and sorted very soon.” Rodgers has nurtured Sterling through a difficult period off the pitch over the last couple of years, when he found himself embroiled in a couple of court cases, and has been rewarded with some impressive performances from the youngster. However, he has been keen to keep the England international grounded during what has been a rapid rise which saw him go to last summer’s World Cup. last_img read more

Speedster Gabriel does not expect drop in pace

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel does not believe his pace will be affected by his recent ankle surgery, and hopes the Test tour of England goes ahead so he can return to action.The barrel-chested 32-year-old, one of the main stays of the Test attack, has been sidelined since last September after undergoing surgery last November.Gabriel said his main priority was achieving a high standard of fitness which would guarantee his pace remained.“I am trying my best to be as fit as possible so I’m really working hard in terms of my fitness and managing my weight, trying not to get too heavy to put too much strain on my ankle,” Gabriel told i95FM here.“So I know once I put in the hard work everything will be ok (with my pace) in the end. I just want to stay positive.“My bowling run-up has probably just tweaked a bit, in terms of my running technique but I don’t think there are many changes“I just want to be fitter than I was because obviously that ankle was getting most of the pressure and obviously I don’t want that type of injury to happen again, so I’m trying my best to stay fit so I can stay on the park (longer).”He added: “It has been a long journey since November when I did the surgery on my ankle. Everything is going well, it has been a long process in terms of getting back to running and bowling and stuff like that.”Gabriel missed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s Regional Super50 campaign last November and the entire domestic first-class championship.He was hoping to return to action in the last two rounds of the four-day tournament before it was aborted due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.Gabriel was recently named in a provisional 30-man squad to tour England in July and hopes the three-Test tour comes off despite the doubt surrounding the series.“It’s a good feeling always to represent West Indies,” said Gabriel, who has taken 133 wickets from 45 Tests.“It’s good to be back out on the park. The plan is to try to make the tour to England – hopefully that comes off. I’m just trying my best to stay positive and I hope everything goes well.“There has been no high-intensity work, I’m just taking my body back into it easy, taking it one day at a time and not trying to push too hard but it’s still long while before the first Test in England and by that time I’m sure I’ll be fit and ready.”Cricket West Indies (CWI) and its English counterparts are locked in discussions over the tour as they assess the public health threat, especially with the United Kingdom one of hardest hit regions by the virus.If the tour goes ahead, players will be subjected to radical quarantine and self-distancing measures at “bio-secure” stadia, and Gabriel conceded this could prove a challenge.“It’s going to take a lot. It’s going to be mentally taxing on the brain but you have to stay positive,” the Trinidadian noted.“On the positive side, you’re still getting the opportunity to play cricket and represent your country so that, in itself, should be enough motivation.”last_img read more

Boatright, Napier outplay Carter-Williams, Triche, doom Syracuse to defeat in final Syracuse-UConn Big East matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HARTFORD, Conn. – The disparity between backcourts became evident when time seemed to slow down for Ryan Boatright. As the final second of the first half dripped off the clock, Boatright shot a 3-pointer from the top of the key that barely fell through the net before the buzzer sounded.It was an improbable shot that gave the Huskies an improbable five-point lead on a night where Syracuse’s backcourt was uncharacteristically unproductive.Boatright’s 3-pointer proved this night belonged to Connecticut. The Huskies’ 66-58 win over Syracuse on Wednesday grew out of the spectacular play of Boatright and Shabazz Napier, while the Orange’s backcourt of Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams missed shots, committed untimely turnovers and failed to control the Huskies’ overwhelming guard play.“Their backcourt is very good and they use those guys and they control the game,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “A tremendous backcourt.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoatright shot 6-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points and four assists. Napier took care of the rest in the back, adding 10 points and seven assists on 3-of-6 shooting. Carter-Williams and Triche, meanwhile, combined for four assists and seven turnovers.Carter-Williams again struggled controlling the ball against smaller guards. Early in the first half, the 6-foot Boatright got underneath the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams and stole the ball away. That kicked off a night where Carter-Williams, despite his 15 points, still could not provide enough offense to keep the Orange from suffering its latest loss.Triche never picked up the slack. He shot 3-of-15. He was 0-of-7 from the arc. After the game, Triche sat at his locker and had no explanation for his uninspiring night other than to say it happens from time to time.“I just wasn’t making shots. It wasn’t anything in particular,” Triche said. “I had open shots, I just didn’t make them. Shots I’m capable of making.”Triche had good looks, but couldn’t take advantage. After the game, Boeheim didn’t go into detail about Triche’s struggles in a “bad” game.“Good players have bad nights,” Boeheim said. “He’ll bounce back.”But Triche’s problems weren’t limited to shooting.With about five minutes left in the game, the Huskies began pulling away with a 57-48 lead. Their fans clamored for an upset, and Triche committed a critical turnover. He tried to pass down to Baye Moussa Keita in the low post, but Keita wasn’t there. The ball sailed out of bounds and Connecticut took possession.Syracuse’s backcourt presence – or lack thereof – was continuously magnified by the electrifying play of Napier and Boatright.With 13:04 left in the game, Napier stole the ball away from Triche. The guard burst up the court, and found Boatright flying in to the basket from the right. Napier delivered a perfectly placed pass to Boatright for a beautiful alley-oop that charged the XL Center crowd and left Syracuse’s players shaking their heads.“Any time you can get a dunk or an alley-oop the intensity picks up tremendously, the crowd, the team,” Boatright said. “It makes everyone want to play defense harder, rebound. Any chance I can get to make a play like that I love it.”It was one of many times where the Huskies’ offense simply clicked. Syracuse’s never did. Not with Carter-Williams and Triche struggling to take care of the basketball. Not with Carter-Williams and Triche failing to knock down shots from the arc. And certainly not with Carter-Williams and Triche racking up only three second-half assists between them.With the game nearing its end and DeAndre Daniels standing at the free-throw line shooting his free throws, Boatright walked to the middle of the court. He waved his arms to tell the crowd to get louder.From the time Boatright drained that big 3-pointer in the final second of the first half, handing momentum of the game to the Huskies, this night belonged to Connecticut.It got away from Carter-Williams and Triche. Syracuse’s backcourt struggled while Connecticut’s put on a show.Said Boeheim: “Their guards played extremely well tonight.” Comments Related Stories DOG DAYS: Syracuse unable to overcome barrage of 3s in final Big East meeting with ConnecticutSoutherland lone 3-point threat for Syracuse in loss to ConnecticutCurtain closes on Syracuse-UConn rivalry, future matchups to be void of Big East intensityGallery: No. 6 Syracuse upset by Connecticut 66-58 in final Big East meetingcenter_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Olson will continue to inspire us all

first_imgFor the past three years, I’ve been blessed to wake up almost every day and gaze at the beauty of the USC campus and all of its enchanting sights.Whether it’s of students rushing to class on Trousdale Parkway in the mornings, groups hanging around one of the university’s 30 fountains or visitors snapping a picture in front of Tommy Trojan, it’s these iconic scenes that constantly attract directors and producers to shoot their films on campus.Not for one second should we take for granted our ability to see these sights, though it wasn’t the visual aesthetics that lured Jake Olson to USC.Instead, it was love — the love for USC football and the game that he loves to play so very much. Olsen, who lost his left eye when he was just 10 months old and his right eye 11 years later due to cancer, is blind, but that sure hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his lifelong dream of one day playing college football for the Trojans.The 6-foot-4, 195-pound long snapper will get to fulfill that dream as he will “walk on” to the USC program after being admitted to the school earlier this year, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.And according to head coach Steve Sarkisian, Olson will, one day, get his shot to snap on the field in the game for the Trojans.When that time comes, I can’t even fathom how freaking cool it will be to see Olsen line up and spiral the ball to the holder be teed up for one or three points.This is one of those feel good stories that can only touch your heart and make you so proud to be a member of the Trojan Family.It started more than five years ago when after Olsen learned that he would be losing eye sight for good, the one thing that he wished for was to see a USC football game one last time.Head coach Pete Carroll and the 2009 Trojans would make that wish come true when the team took Olsen under their wing to make sure that he saw and took part in everything to do with USC football. His last night before the surgery would also be spent at a USC practice, which concluded with all of the players and coaches huddling around him.Who knew that one day Olson would get another chance to take the grass at Howard Jones Field — this time in a cardinal and gold uniform. In 2015, we will have the privilege of getting to see that moment take place.Meanwhile, Olson will be feeling the leather of the football, while brushing it up against the grass to ensure his ensuing snap gets delivered into the right hands.USC will be welcoming the 18-year-old Olsen as a Swim With Mike scholarship recipient, which is awarded annually to physically challenged athletes at universities across the nation.Olson overcame all odds to make the football team at Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, and his passion and persistence to get to where he is today serves as an inspiration to us all.His ability to work toward achieving a lifelong dream also reminds us that people with disabilities are no different from those who are without them.Olson is a prime example of that, though he is definiltey not alone. There are thousands of physically challenged athletes across the nation that all excel in their respective sports or disciplines.Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of playing in a wheelchair basketball tournament, in which both physically handicapped and able-bodied players participated.As someone who normally plays basketball standing, running and jumping using my two legs, it sure wasn’t easy, and I gained so much respect for those who had no choice to adapt to playing the game they loved while in a wheelchair.Nonetheless, I had such an incredible time and definitley feel that there should be more sports and activities that are integrated for athletes with and without disabilities.This is just another instance of the power that sports have to bring different people together and inspire others in the process.I know it’s an overused cliche, but it’s not always all about  wins and losses. It’s not always about all of the awards and records.Rather, it’s about the chance to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself.Olson may very well see the field in a USC uniform only one time during his career, but that’s not before he already inspires the rest of Trojan family.Not letting something out of his control get in the way of his dreams surely  embodies what it means to be a Trojan — to fight on.Olson won’t be able to see his fellow students and the rest of the Trojan faithful cheering him on at the Coliseum when he steps onto that field, but I’m sure he will not only hear, but feel the thunderous roars of admiration and excitement from the crowd.It’s the least we can do for showing us what it means to fight on.Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Dominance on offensive glass keys Syracuse’s 95-68 season-opening blowout of Morgan State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham In a two-minute span of the first quarter, Syracuse tracked down seven offensive rebounds. Missed 3s, clunked floaters and rimmed-out layups all seemed to get vacuumed up by someone in a white jersey. “This week during practice we’ve been working on rebounding and how important it is for this game,” redshirt junior forward Miranda Drummond said, “so I guess we just used a few of the things we learned this week.”In Syracuse’s (1-0) 95-68 season-opening win over Morgan State (0-1), the Orange grabbed 31 offensive boards. At halftime, the Orange had plucked 19 offensive rebounds to the Bears’ 13 defensive rebounds. When SU missed a shot in the first half, it was more likely that it came up with the miss than its opponent. The Orange’s strength on the glasses allowed it to control the game even though it shot 16.7 percent from beyond the arc, 53.6 percent the free throw line and just 42 percent from the field. “Adeniyi Amadou is our rebounding coach,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “and he really stays on them about rebounding and obviously that’s paying off.”The rebounds generally came in two distinct ways: a player streaking from the outside or one of the bigs — particularly freshman Digna Strautmane — snatching the ball from above a crowd. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrummond excelled at the former, gathering six offensive boards by following her and others’ shots to the rim and corralling them for putback attempts or passes to more open teammates. “Just find a body,” Drummond said.Strautmane, who had six offensive boards as well, along with fellow freshman and five-star recruit Amaya Finklea-Guity, used their 6-foot-plus frames and long arms to either catch the ball above would-be Morgan State rebounders or tip the ball to themselves or an awaiting guard.Altogether, the wide gap in rebounding let SU score 29 second-chance points and gain, effectively, 31 possessions it otherwise wouldn’t have had. This plays perfectly into the style of basketball Hillsman wants to play.After the game, he preached how SU won, and will continue to win, by having about 25 to 30 more possession that its opponent on a given night.“We drill them over and over again,” Hillsman said, “’You have to go to the glass,’ and obviously that’s paying off.”So when Syracuse’s shooters struggled to get hot Friday, netting 37 of 88 shots, rebounders turned what would otherwise have been lost possessions into second chances.Also key, players and Hillsman said, was boxing out. Strautmane and Finklea-Guity excelled at this, usually finding themselves with clear lanes to the basket due to a combination of size and positioning. And even with their length and reaching over people, the two bigs managed to largely avoid costly over-the-back fouls.“When you play against a team that’s a little undersized you get some opportunities,” Hillsman said, “but (Strautmane and Finklea-Guity) did a great job of keeping their hands up high and going to get them so they weren’t pushes in the back.”The offensive rebounds often came in spurts, too. During a 24-second sequence late in the third quarter, Syracuse bricked two-straight shots, but followed them with two-straight rebounds. First, Strautmane grabbed a board and when her putback attempt rolled over the iron, Jasmine Nwajei swooped in from the right wing and pulled the ball away from a Morgan State player. After a few passes, Strautmane’s board was rewarded when she knocked down a midrange jumper.“We can reverse the ball quickly and get a shot up,” Hillsman said. “And once we get a shot up, we’ve got to box out again.” Commentslast_img read more

Second period update: Wisconsin down 3-1 to No.1 Minnesota

first_imgAt the end of the second period, No.1 Minnesota leads No.8 Wisconsin 3-1.The Golden Gophers extended their lead to two goals early in the second period on a goal by junior forward Kelly Terry giving her seven goals on the season.Wisconsin struggled on the attack in the second period managing just five shots on goal while Minnesota continued to get chances with 12 shots on goal.Despite UM’s relentless attack, UW junior goaltender Alex Rigsby and the Wisconsin defense was able to hold the Golden Gophers to just one goal in the second.last_img

Current and former Trojans begin quest for Olympic gold in Rio

first_imgFor the last 104 years, USC has been the only university to have at least one athlete compete in summer Olympics and bring home gold every time. This long-lasting record hopefully won’t be broken in Rio. Current and former Trojans are ready to battle in the “Marvelous City” to get on top of the podium.The men’s volleyball team will try to repeat the gold medal of Beijing and stop Brazil’s attempt to win in what are the first Games to ever be held in South America. Playing in pool A, together with Italy, Brazil and France, head coach John Speraw will have two Trojans in his Olympic team: setter Micah Christenson and opposite Murphy Troy.Christenson graduated in 2015 with a degree in human biology and was part of the squad that lost in the NCAA final in 2012 at home against UC Irvine. In the summer of 2013, after his sophomore year, he debuted with the U.S. National Team at the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation championship. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, his career was already successful in college. He won a gold medal at the World League finals in Florence, Italy, and a year later he helped Team USA qualify for the Olympics as they won the Men’s World Cup in Japan where he was named Best Setter. He started to play professional volleyball last season in Italy for Cucine Lube Banca Marche Civitanova. Despite finishing first in the regular season, his team fell short in the semifinals of the postseason.Troy graduated in 2011 with a physics degree. He was named AVCA Player of the Year in 2011 and led the Trojans to two NCAA Tournaments in 2009 and 2011, though neither resulted in a championship. He was part of the squad that won the gold medal at the FIVB World Cup in Japan. He started to play professional volleyball in Italy for Top Volley Latina, before moving to France and then Poland, where he won the Polish Cup and Polish SuperCup with Lotos Trefl Gdask. He will leave the Polish club next season but his next destination is still unknown.On the women’s side, the team coached by Karch Kiraly will try to bring home the first gold of the program after two silver medals in London and Beijing, falling short to Brazil both times. Another former Trojan will be playing in Rio in the different-colored jersey of the libero.Natalie Hagglund graduated in 2014 with a degree in communication. A three-time All-American, she holds the school record for digs. With the U.S. National Team, she won a gold medal at the Pan-American Games in Toronto last summer and finished third at the FIVB World Cup in Japan. She currently plays professional volleyball for Volero Zurich. Her team won both the national title and national cup in 2015.The beach of Copacabana will host the beach volleyball tournament. The women’s side will have a Trojan trying to maintain the winning streak for the US that started in 2004.April Ross graduated in 2005 majoring in international marketing. She was part of the indoor team that was back-to-back national champions in 2002 and 2003 — the last titles won by USC women’s volleyball. After graduation she pursued her professional career in Puerto Rico playing indoor before transferring to the sand. In 2007 she was named FIVB Rookie of the Year and AVP Most Improved Player. In 2007 she started her partnership with another Trojan, Jennifer Kessy, and one year later they were crowned FIVB World Champions in Stavanger, Norway. In London, at the last Olympics, they lost in the final to Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who get their third consecutive Olympic gold. Ross will be playing alongside Walsh-Jennings. They already qualified for the Games and they’re third in the rankings, just behind the two Brazilian pairs. This year they entered six main draws of FIVB international events and finished on the podium in each of them, getting four titles in Rio, Fuzhou, Cincinnati and Moscow; a second place in Vitoria and a third place in Xiamen.Aquatic events will also give the Trojans plenty of opportunities to bring home a gold. The big one everybody will be watching is Katinka Hosszu. After graduating in 2012 with a psychology degree, the Hungarian swimmer first represented her country in Athens when she was only 15. Despite many attempts and world records broken, she has yet to win an Olympic medal, after finishing fourth in the 400m medley in London. Her nickname is “Iron Lady” due to her skills in all the different styles. She holds multiple world records and has already won five gold medals at the World Championships.Santo Condorelli will be a senior next year, majoring in business. He will compete for the Canadian team. Condorelli finished fourth in the 100m at the past World Championships in Kazan and got bronze in the 4×100 free mixed relay. He is a four-time All-American.USC has won 287 medals at the summer Olympics and, if it were a country, it would rank 16th in the all-time medal count. On six different occasions, it would have placed in the top ten.last_img read more

UKGC warns of Children’s gambling exposure and its consequences

first_img StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share The Gambling Commission has published its young persons survey, a report into the gambling behaviours of 11-16 year olds in England, Wales and Scotland, which warns of children’s exposure to gambling, and its long term impacts.Relating to situations within which youngsters could experience gambling where risks are not always explained, new data has raised questions of the impacts these early experiences in consequence free environments could have.Technology is one such example highlighted, with opportunities to experience gambling behaviours afforded through products such as, free-to-play casino games, social media or within some computer games.With the commission stressing that these products do not have the same level of protections, or responsible gambling messages, as regulated gambling products.In addition, the report also picked out the most common forms of gambling amongst the younger generation as being bets between friends, fruit machines in pubs and clubs and National Lottery scratchcards.It was also pointed out that such activities are occurring within locations that don’t need to be regulated to provide gambling activities.Tim Miller, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said “We require gambling operators to have strong protections in place to prevent children from accessing their products and are actively reviewing how some, like age verification, can continue to be strengthened.“However, it is clear that many children’s experiences of gambling-style activities are coming from the playground, the games console or social media rather than the bookmaker, the casino or the gambling website. “That’s why it is essential that we work across industries and with parents so that together we can protect children and encourage those that choose to gamble in adulthood to do so safely.”The Gambling Commision also picked out its key findings in the report as being:12% of 11-16 year olds spent their own money on gambling in the past week (16% in 2016)This compares to 16% who had drunk alcohol 5% smoked cigarettes and 3% who had used drugs (in past week)11% of 11-16 year olds have played free gambling-style social games online11% of 11-16 year olds have bet with in-game items when playing computer or app-based games11-16 year olds who have gambled in the past week spent an average of £1080% have seen gambling adverts on TV, 70% on social media and 66% on other websitesMost common forms of gambling (overall) include fruit machines (4%), private bets with friends (3%) and National Lottery scratchcards (3%)9% of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money on licensed gambling (ie where either the operator or the premises requires a licence) in the past week0.9% of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 1.3% as ‘at risk’39% of young people stated that their parents had discussed the problems that gambling can lead to with them.last_img read more

Whicker: Brewers punish Hyun-Jin Ryu’s early mistakes, back Dodgers into winner-take-all Game 7

first_imgAguilar got the go-ahead, two-run single in the first inning, and the Brewers went on for two more. They kept tacking on runs as the game went on, and what it meant was that Josh Hader, who brings the closest thing to unhittable stuff on either side, did not have to work. He has thrown only 28 pitches in this series since Game 1, and he looms over the scene in Game 7 especially if L.A. can’t find an early lead.“I made some mistakes with my breaking pitches and I got punished for them,” Ryu said. “I was hoping to pitch well tonight for my teammates but I wasn’t able to.”The Dodgers were not mystified by starter Wade Miley, but they did not get a hit off the Brewers’ bullpen – Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes in 14 at-bats.The only consolation was that the Dodgers didn’t need to use closer Kenley Jansen or right-handed setup men Ryan Madson and Pedro Baez.Miley, of course, was coming off a five-pitch, one-batter “start” in Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He was just there to mess with Dodger matchups, a ploy that L.A. manager Dave Roberts anticipated. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Game 6 began and Roberts continued to roll 7s. He had put David Freese into the leadoff spot, and Freese crushed Miley’s 2-and-2 pitch to right-center for a home run to start the game.Freese had done the very same thing in 2011 at Miller Park, in another game in which the Brewers faced elimination. He was with the Cardinals then, and he homered in the first inning against Shawn Marcum. St. Louis won that one, 12-6, and took the National League Championship Series. Shortly after that, Freese was the MVP of the World Series.But maybe the crack of that bat was the wake-up mechanism for the Brewers, who had their best inning of the series in the first against Ryu in the bottom of the first.With two out and two on, Aguilar smoked a double down the right-field line that scored Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun. Mike Moustakas allowed Ryu no time to recompose himself, drilling another double to right on the next pitch.Aguilar and Moustakas were a combined 6 for 39 in the series before those hits.That made it 3-1, and Erik Kratz singled on Ryu’s next pitch to score Moustakas. Miley ended the inning with a roaring fly ball to the track in center field. The five hits in that first inning equaled Milwaukee’s total from Game 5.Miley got a two-out pop-up from Freese to end the second, with Chris Taylor and Ryu on base.Christian Yelich then encouraged the locals with his first extra-base hit of the series, a double to center, and scored on Braun’s double. That’s four doubles from Milwaukee’s first 12 batters.Ryu got the hook after three innings and 57 pitches, as Julio Urias came on in the Milwaukee fourth.Bullpen fever then visited the Brewers dugout in the fifth. Miley walked pinch-hitter Brian Dozier, and Freese nailed a double to straightaway center, with Cain shaded to right. Dozier scored for 5-2, and Miley walked Max Muncy.Counsell then fetched Knebel, who answered the alarm well, getting Justin Turner on a fly ball and then striking out Manny Machado, which brought frenzy to the Miller Park clientele.Counsell allowed Knebel to hit in a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the fifth, instead of using pinch-hitter Domingo Santana, who has driven in three NLCS runs. It was Knebel’s first plate appearance in organized baseball, major or minor, and Alex Wood struck him out. But Counsell didn’t think he had better relief options, and Knebel sailed through the Dodgers’ sixth.“I don’t think it got away from us,” the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor said. “I just think they had good approaches at the plate, the way they used the whole field.”Thus we have one more game, one more drama, one more worn-out bullpen phone.center_img MILWAUKEE — The Dodgers haven’t caught a green light all season. Why should they expect a clear path now?Given a Game 6 to win this National League Championship Series, the Dodgers instead ran into a woke-up Milwaukee offense. Their 7-2 loss on Friday sets up a Game 7 on Saturday night at Miller Park, with rookie Walker Buehler starting.Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted only three innings and has now given up seven earned runs in 7-1/3 NLCS innings this year. The Brewers hit him hard and intelligently in scoring four first-inning runs.“They did a good job with his off-speed pitches,” catcher Austin Barnes said. “I didn’t think they hit the ball that hard, but we left a changeup out there for (Jesus) Aguilar, and that’s the kind of thing that’s going to happen.”last_img read more