Australian opener scratched out of U-19 World Cup after monkey mishap

first_img(Reuters) – Australia opener Jake Fraser-McGurk will return home from the ongoing ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa after being scratched on the face by a monkey at a nature reserve, Cricket Australia (CA) said yesterday. Fraser-McGurk, who was attacked while on a team outing after last week’s victory over England in Kimberley, will undergo precautionary treatment in Australia, CA said.“We want to make sure that Jake doesn’t have any ongoing medical concerns as a result of the incident so we have taken the best course of action,” CA Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.“This involves the player returning to Australia for the treatment required within the recommended seven days of the incident taking place.” Australia lost to India in Tuesday’s quarter-finals — Fraser-McGurk was run out for a duck in the match at Potchefstroom — but will play two more matches that would determine their ranking at the next under-19 World Cup.The 17-year-old said he was disappointed to be prematurely leaving the team and that he had learnt his lesson from the episode.“I guess it serves me right for getting too close to the animal enclosure,” said the 17-year-old Victorian. “That’s a lesson learned. I look forward to completing the treatment and getting back on the field as soon as possible.”last_img read more

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IBA – Irish betting shops need to reinvent themselves

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Submit Share Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Sharon BryneSpeaking to The Irish Independent newspaper, Sharon Bryne Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has stated that Ireland’s retail betting sector is in dire need of strategy rethink.Since 2008 reports show that Irish retail betting shops have dropped €1 billion in revenues, representing a 30% industry decline.Furthermore, recorded wagering has fallen from €3.7 billion to €2.6 billion as almost 500 Irish betting shops have shut their doors.Although industry analysts would point to consumers engaging in sports betting and gambling services through digital mediums, Bryne states that Irelands retail betting sector should look to modernise its services and appeal.“The comfortable superstores [large chains] will become leisure centres as opposed to just betting shops.”“I can see the betting shops becoming entertainment centres instead and that will be in an effort to compete with the online aspect” Bryne commented to The Irish IndependentThe Irish Independent further reports that in total licensed betting shops have lost more than half of their share in Irish betting market since 1999. At present retail betting accounts for approximately 40% of the Irish betting industry. Related Articleslast_img read more

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Frankie Dettori & Victoria Pendleton get racing seats with ITV

first_imgShare Presenting its full broadcast schedule for UK racing in 2017, ITV Sports has revealed Frankie Dettori and Victoria Pendleton as new members of its ‘ITV Racing team’.ITV who takes over UK racing terrestrial broadcast from Channel 4 in January 2017, announced that legendary champion jockey Dettori would take on the role of ‘racing expert’.Pendleton a two-time Great British Olympic Gold Medallist for track cycling will feature as a regular ITV Racing contributor. Pendleton has prior racing experience having run the 2016 Cheltenham Festival Foxhunter Chase with Betfair.This September ITV Sports announced that it plans to broadcast 40 days of racing in 2017 on its main terrestrial channel.Its main channel broadcasts will be would be hosted by Ed Chamberlain (main-host) and Francesca Cumani (Anchor), with Its ‘Racing Team’ will be further supported by ‘betting expert’ Matt Chapman who joins the broadcaster from ‘At The Races’.Adding racing to its sports content, ITV will gain exclusive coverage of major festivals’ Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. The commercial broadcaster will also show UK classics The Grand National, The Derby, Oaks and St Ledger. ITV Racing to host virtual Grand National March 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 ITV Racing begins contract renegotiations with UK Racing  May 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Ray Rice, wife scheduled to meet with media on Friday

first_imgAfter learning earlier this week that he will not be prosecuted for a domestic violence incident that took place in New Jersey earlier this offseason, Ravens running back Ray Rice is ready to break his silence.The 27-year-old is scheduled to address the media at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon and will be accompanied by his wife, Janay, according to a team release. Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program earlier this week, which means he will avoid going to trial and will not face any prison time for third-degree aggravated assault.The Ravens are scheduled to begin their first session of organized team activity workouts next week and would like to avoid media attention focusing solely on Rice’s case, making Friday’s press conference logical from a timing standpoint. However, Rice and the organization still await word from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on any potential fine or suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.Rice has yet to speak publicly about the incident that occurred at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City on February 15. He and his then-fiancée were both initially charged with simple assault-domestic violence before the grand jury indicted Rice on a more serious charge and dismissed the charge against Janay Palmer in late March. The original police report said Rice and Palmer struck one another with their hands and the former rendered his fiancée unconscious.The couple were married a day after the indictment.last_img read more

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Orioles pick up options on Chen, O’Day as expected

first_imgThe Orioles offered no surprises in their decisions to exercise 2015 contract options for pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day on Thursday.And as expected, the Orioles declined options for right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley, making both free agents. Of course, the organization continues to negotiate in hopes of reaching a long-term extension with the longtime outfielder, but Markakis will now receive a $2 million buyout. Hundley’s $5 million club option did not include a buyout.After going 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA, Chen will make $4.75 million in 2015 as he’s been one of the Orioles’ most dependable starting pitchers with a 3.86 ERA in 86 starts over the last three seasons. The Taiwanese lefty originally signed a three-year, $11 million contract on Jan. 10, 2012.The backbone of a strong Orioles bullpen over the last three years, O’Day — who will make $4.25 million next season — may have had the best season of his career in 2014 despite September struggles that crept into the postseason when he allowed four earned runs and two home runs in 2 2/3 innings. In the regular season, O’Day pitched to a 1.70 ERA in 68 appearances, but his 7.00 ERA in the month of September was concerning as he gave up three home runs to left-handed hitters.The decision to pass on a mutual $17.5 million option for Markakis was expected, but assessing the 2003 first-round pick’s value is a tricky proposition with his offensive decline in recent years. The 30-year-old hit .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in 642 at-bats this season, but he’s posted slugging percentages below .400 in each of the last two years.Acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Troy Patton in late May, Hundley hit .233 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. It was always considered highly unlikely that the Orioles would pick up his option with starting catcher Matt Wieters expected back from Tommy John surgery next season.With Chen and O’Day officially in the fold for the 2015 season, the Orioles have 32 players on their current 40-man roster.The following members of the 2014 40-man roster are now free agents: Markakis, Hundley, Alexi Casilla, Nelson Cruz, Kelly Johnson, Andrew Miller, Johan Santana, Joe Saunders, and Delmon Young.Clubs have five days of exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents before other teams are allowed to make offers beginning on Nov. 4.last_img read more

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Jarret Johnson to sign one-day contract to retire with Ravens

first_imgAfter announcing his retirement from the NFL last week, Jarret Johnson is coming home to officially finish his career where it started.The former Ravens linebacker will sign a one-day contract to retire with the organization that selected him in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. The 33-year-old Johnson spent nine years in Baltimore and was one of the most respected players in franchise history for his toughness and durability as he played in 129 consecutive games to conclude his Ravens career — once a franchise record — before departing to sign with the San Diego Chargers in 2012.Johnson’s departure from the Ravens was amicable but difficult as he saw his former team go on to win Super Bowl XLVII while he spent his first season in San Diego. Though not as flashy on the field as former teammates such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the University of Alabama product earned the respect of Ravens fans for his blue-collar approach while becoming a permanent starter in 2007.He finished his run in Baltimore with 382 tackles, 20 sacks, three interceptions, and nine forced fumbles in nine seasons in addition to setting a franchise record for consecutive games played that was surpassed by punter Sam Koch this past year.last_img read more

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T.J. Oshie’s Hat Trick Tally Wins it in OT for the Caps

first_imgT.J. Oshie’s wrap around, hat trick completing goal 9:33 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game one of their best of seven series that began at the Verizon Center on Thursday night.Wow, what a hockey game!The pace to this one was incredible and if you took your eyes off of the play for even a second, you probably missed a scoring chance. The Penguins are as good as advertised, they play fast and they continually go for the long pass to try and take advantage of their jet like speed.On the flip side, the Caps want to play a much more deliberate game and force the Pens to deal with Washington’s superior size.It was an epic battle and both teams, in the opening salvo, had their periods where they dominated the play.Pittsburgh was really good in period two and stronger in period three, while the Caps, after a shaky first two to three minutes, owned the first period and the overtime.Fittingly, shot attempts ended up 77-76 for the Pens, so it shows you just how close this contest was. In the opening frame, the Caps played their brand of heavy hockey doling out 17 hits to just seven for the Penguins, this occurred while Washington had a 32-22 shot attempt advantage and a one goal lead. The Caps tally came on a three on one rush when Andre Burakovsky buried the rebound of a Jason Chimera shot.But something happened on the way to the forum in period two. Pittsburgh continued to attempt their stretch passes and the Capitals didn’t help themselves by committing too many turnovers. As a result, the Pens scored two goals in less than a minute just past the game’s midpoint to seemingly take over, with the second being an all world top shelf backhander from Evgeni Malkin. Washington was getting outskated and they were struggling to handle the Pens speed and pressure, at that point. But Oshie made a great play to get around Olli Maatta shortly after a defensive zone draw and #77 raced in alone on Matthew Murray (31 saves) and beat him short side, top shelf just 33 seconds after the black and gold had seized a one goal lead. Coach Barry Trotz stated afterwards that the Oshie goal was huge in terms of getting his club to settle down.In the third period, Oshie struck again, this time on the backhand, after Alex Ovechkin (1 assist, 4 shots on goal, and seven hits in 25:01) made a nice play to get him the puck. That was just 3:23 into the final frame, but once again turnovers did the Capitals in and Nick Bonino, who was the best Penguin on the ice, snapped one by Braden Holtby (42 saves) following a defensive zone giveaway with 11:18 remaining in regulation. From there the teams traded chances, with Ovechkin nearly scoring on a backhand move with just over three minutes to go, but Murray made a super pad save.In the overtime, the Caps really amped their game up and carried the play, out shot attempting the Penguins, 15-8. Washington did a super job of getting pucks deep and putting a strong forecheck on the Pens defense, and that allowed them to keep the biscuit in the offensive zone until Oshie was able to close the deal and give the Caps the early lead in this series.Again, wow, this was one heck of a hockey game!Both teams really brought it and I see this potentially being a battle for the ages. The Caps need to do a better job with their puck management in game two and they also need to bring the body more. Coach Barry Trotz commented afterwards that he thought his club played lighter than he wanted in periods two and three.The Holtbeast was a also a difference maker stopping 42 of 45 shots. Washington would like to cut that shots against number significantly down in game two, which would indicate more of a grinding style that better suits their personnel.One thing is for certain, game two will not be a boring one. The Penguins will attempt to do whatever they can to steal a game on the road while the Capitals try to hold serve at a raucous Verizon Center.Notes: Kris Letang led both teams in ice time with 34:02. He had an assist on Malkin’s goal, doled out seven hits and blocked three shots…Washington’s ice time leaders were Matt Niskanen (32:13) and John Carlson (29:49). Both are rock stars on the back end. Karl Alzner logged 27:56 and Brooks Orpik returned from injury to play 25:56. Nate Schmidt (-2) and Dmitry Orlov (-1), were used sparingly and played just 12:13 and 5:44, respectively. Coach Trotz was clearly not happy with Orlov’s play on the first Pens tally. #9 was abused by Bonino at the blue line and then he knocked Schmidt out of the play allowing Ben Lovejoy to get an easy rebound marker…the Caps lost the face off battle, 46-39. Mike Richards, who centered Burakovsky and Chimera, was 12-5 while Jay Beagle went 12-7. Nicklas Backstrom (+2) was 7-20 and most of those were against Sidney Crosby (19-9)…Oshie and Ovechkin were both +3…game two is at 8 pm on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.last_img read more

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Jackson, Ravens put defenses on notice with Week 1 explosion

first_imgLamar Jackson was sensational in the Ravens’ season-opening blowout win over Miami.It was far and away the best performance of his young career and a tremendous showing by any NFL quarterbacking standard. His 324-yard, five-touchdown, turnover-free showing was the most efficient regular-season game ever played by a Ravens quarterback. Such damage being done on just 20 passing attempts — for context, Joe Flacco never threw more than two touchdowns on 20 or fewer throws — isn’t something to dismiss because of the quality of opponent.Yes, the 2019 Dolphins were as terrible as advertised Sunday, but their secondary was one of the few position groups resembling a representative NFL group — at least on paper. Many Baltimore quarterbacks have played bad opponents over the years with Jackson producing the only perfect passer rating (158.3) in team history. Only two other Ravens quarterbacks — Flacco in 2014 and Tony Banks in 2000 — had thrown five touchdown passes in a game. Jackson couldn’t have been more impressive, regardless of who was on the other side or what happens going forward.After too frequently missing wide-open throws as a rookie, Jackson completing 85 percent of his passes reflected the improved footwork, mechanics, and accuracy he showed over the summer, variables having little to do with the opponent. And while there were definitely examples of poor coverage Sunday, NFL Next Gen Stats calculated the expected completion percentage (how the “average” quarterback fares with the same variables on each of those passing plays) on his 20 throws at only 60.2 percent, meaning he dramatically outperformed the degree of difficulty.Trying to determine how much of Sunday’s outcome was the result of Jackson’s growth compared to Miami’s ineptitude is really a fruitless exercise, but what can we take away from the performance? Jackson may never post another perfect passer rating or five-touchdown game in his career, but that doesn’t mean his career day was devoid of real improvement.Below is a look at Jackson’s passer rating divided by area of target last season:His 170 passing attempts during his rookie season didn’t make for a huge sample size, but it was large enough to show his success over the middle and that he was better throwing to his right than his left.Below is his passing chart from Sunday:To no surprise, we saw plenty of passes between the numbers and to the right with the obvious change being the deep passing explosions, the game-changing development. There isn’t much passing activity to the left, which could have been a product of the presence of Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard on that side of the field as well as the struggles showed there last year. This isn’t a negative as offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Jackson should be playing to his strengths in the same way that a pitcher with a great slider and a mediocre changeup should be leaning much more heavily on the former.According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson was 10-for-11 for a whopping 276 yards and five touchdowns inside the numbers compared to 7-for-9 for 48 yards outside the numbers for a more pedestrian 5.33 yards per attempt. Anyone wondering about the 22-year-old’s progress on intermediate and deep throws to the outside didn’t learn much as those simply weren’t required in Week 1.Ironically, the Miami defense achieved its goal of preventing Jackson from running as Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux indicated after the game. The speedy quarterback had only two real rushes for seven yards with his other attempt being a kneel to end the first half.Head coach John Harbaugh was asked Monday if that might be closer to the new norm after Jackson set a modern record for rushing attempts by a quarterback last season. The number of times he runs — or doesn’t run — will remain a hot topic for everyone outside the team’s Owings Mills training facility.“If they allow Lamar to run, he’s going to run. They didn’t,” Harbaugh said. “They were taking it away for sure. It was part of their plan not to allow him to run. If people decide that that’s going to be the way it’s going to go, he’s not going to run. That’s the way the offense is organized. We’re not worried about it at all.”What Sunday showed is that the Ravens may now have another dangerous way to beat you if you’re going to sell out to try to stop the run, something many teams failed to do down the stretch last year anyway. The Dolphins stacked the box and dared Jackson to throw down the field, and that’s exactly what he did with overwhelming success as Miami rarely pressured the pocket or covered effectively.We may not see another five-touchdown performance or an 85-percent completion percentage anytime soon, but opponents must now think twice about moving a safety so close to the line of scrimmage after seeing Jackson repeatedly throw the ball over defenders’ heads with such precision. The mere threat of a deep ball to Marquise Brown could force secondaries to back off and help the Ravens gash teams with the run more than ever, an unsettling proposition for opponents assuming they were still too one-dimensional.That kind of push-pull dynamic between the run and pass has been consistently lacking in the Baltimore offense since the days of Ray Rice and was never like what the Ravens could have with Jackson being a dual-threat quarterback. It also helps that the ground game now includes two-time Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram.Stopping the run against the Ravens was already a a must, but defenses have now seen a need to be able to cover or at least pressure — preferably both. The Dolphins may have kept Jackson in the pocket, but they achieved none of those three major objectives, which is why the Ravens set franchise records for points, touchdowns, total yards, and margin for victory.The Baltimore offense is unlikely to come close to those numbers again this year, but the message delivered to the rest of the NFL was more than just a fun day in Miami and a win over a bad team.Watching where Jackson and this offense go from here should be fun.last_img read more

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Okpekpe Road Race Organisers Begin 30-Day Countdown

first_imgOrganisers of the annual Okpekpe Road Race have launched a 30-day countdown ahead of this year’s edition in the bid to achieve one of the best race in history.This year’s (6th) edition will take place on Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.According to the race organisers, Pamodzi Sports Marketing, this year’s race will be the first ever IAAF silver label road race to be technology-driven in West Africa.While speaking about the event, race spokesman Dare Esan said: “Our mission remains the same and this is to ensure we get more Nigerians involved in road running so that we can restore that tradition that we had in the past when Abbas Mohammed ran a world class 2 hours,16 minutes in the full marathon.”“The fact that it is now a silver label race has made it compulsory that we move a notch up to meet the requirements for organising a race that the IAAF has designated as one of the leading road races around the world.” he added.Speaking further, Esan added: “What we have noticed in road races in Nigeria is the absence of startlist for a race and this is hampered by the fact that in some races registration is done even on the eve of the race.“Okpekpe race is world class and it is organised in strict adherence to all relevant IAAF competition rules. This gave us the bronze label in 2015,the first ever by a road race in Nigeria nay West Africa and now the silver. This is no mean feat as we have satisfied all the very conditions set by the IAAF.” he concluded.The organisers also revealed that registration deadline is May 5.RelatedOkpekpe Road Event: Kenyans Dominate As Kibet Takes Men’s RaceMay 13, 2018In “Athletics”Epe, Lagos State Set To Host 200 Cyclists From Around The WorldJune 9, 2018In “Africa”Amos Nijel Targets IAAF Continental Title Defence (Video)August 6, 2018In “Athletics”last_img read more

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CAF President Ahmad Ahmad Set To Bag Doctorate Degree At UPSA

first_imgConfederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad will be conferred with a Doctorate honor at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Monday.He is expected in the Ghanaian capital (Accra) at around noon time (local time) before he talks to the press ahead of his doctorate conferment at UPSA.Ahmad Ahmad, 58, became the 7th CAF President after he defeated his predecessor Issa Hayatou to emerge as the body’s number one man in March 2017.The Malagasy Football Federation boss has since been lauded for his numerous achievements within a short period.RelatedDavid De GeaJune 30, 2017Similar post2021 CAF Elections: Ousted Sec Gen Amr Fahmy Hatches Plot To Unseat Ahmad AhmadDecember 16, 2019In “Africa”Fredrik UlvestadJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

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