Players paid!

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Johnny Grave said yesterday that while match fees for the West Indies players which are due next year, have not been paid, all other payments for its players are up to date. Stabroek Sport contacted Grave yesterday enquiring about the status of payments of both players and officials of CWI.“All player salaries for December were paid before the Xmas [Christmas] break so we are up to date. Next salary payments are due at the end of January,” Grave said.He added that while all salaries have been paid, players’ match fees are due in the new year. According to information reaching Stabroek Sport, some players turning out for the various teams in the Maroon colours had not been paid for their latest encounters.Stabroek Sport was informed that regional players turning out for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50, the West Indies Under-19s which took part in the recent tri-series against England and Sri-Lanka and the Women’s team which took part in the Australia and India series are yet to be paid.However, Grave explained that CWI will honour those payments next  year. He had, earlier this month in a SportsMax interview, explained that it is the norm for CWI to pay monthly salaries in advance as well as allowances but match fees and bonuses were paid within 30 to 50 days of the end of the series.Grave had also disclosed  that November salaries for players and all staff was delayed adding that with the number of series played in November, it was the most expensive month of the year.Additionally, Grave told SportsMax that the seven-year media rights deal ended in August and the body is seeking new rights holders for at least a five-year deal. The CEO also noted that CWI has cleared off around USD 15 million in debts.last_img read more

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Pollard bemoans inconsistency following series whitewash

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka,  CMC – Captain Kieron Pollard has praised West Indies’ efforts despite losing the final One-Day International here Sunday and suffering another embarrassing series whitewash to Sri Lanka, but says consistency needs to become key to his side’s approach. Bidding to avoid a clean sweep after losing the first two matches in Colombo and Hambantota, West Indies failed to chase down a challenging 308 here and slipped to a six-run loss in a dramatic finish at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.They needed 13 runs from the final over and Fabian Allen, who struck a cameo 15-ball 37, hit a boundary off the first ball but perished off the very next delivery, leaving the run chase to fizzle out.“You’re always disappointed when you lose a cricket game but when you look at it, cricket is a game of its and bits and we fell short a little bit in terms of in the field – we should have restricted them to 280, 290 and it would have been a different chase,” Pollard said afterwards. “Having said that, the way the guys went out to chase this total even though it was 300-plus was a good effort from each and every batsman. “They went in there and showed that sort of intent and my question would always be: why can’t we do that from the start? [The game] is a blueprint for us but again, I’m very disappointed to lose 3-0.”Sri Lanka got half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (55) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51) after captain and opener Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera and both scored 44 to provide a pleasant start to the innings. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph snatched four wickets but conceded 65 runs from his 10 overs while pace bowler Jason Holder picked up two wickets but was also guilty of being expensive, leaking 68 runs from his full complement. Pollard said the Windies attack had lacked consistency throughout and needed to continue addressing this area of their game.“I think you have to be consistent. Even though you take pace off the ball, you still have to hit that kind of area as well on a consistent basis,” he explained.“And I think we’ve been kind of inconsistent as a bowling lineup in terms of the guys not setting up the over in the way we want guys to play. That has haunted us for a bit, we spoke about it but these things happen.” The series defeat was the second straight one for the Windies on Sri Lankan soil after Holder’s side suffered an identical fate five years ago, and it left the Caribbean side still without a series win in the Asian nation.However, Pollard said it was important to now turn the page and focus on the two-match Twenty20 International series starting on Wednesday.“[The ODI series] is done and dusted but what I can say is that we look forward to the T20 format,” he said. “We have a couple guys that have come back into the team, guys who’ve been around the world playing T20 cricket [but] now they’re back in the maroon. “It’s very exciting for us. Hopefully we can come out and show that type of intent and determination and try to leave Sri Lanka with something.”last_img read more

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Trial of former athletics chief Diack for doping cover-up to begin

first_imgPARIS, (Reuters) – Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body, goes on trial in Paris today on charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal. Prosecutors allege he solicited 3.45 million euros ($3.89 million) from athletes suspected of doping to cover up the allegations and allow them to continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics.Diack, who turned 87 on Sunday, has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers have said the accusations are baseless.Diack, from Senegal, led the governing IAAF, now renamed World Athletics, from 1999-2015 and was among the most influential men in the sport. He lives under house arrest in Paris and faces a jail sentence of up to 10 years if convicted. The trial had been due to start in January but was postponed after new documents containing testimony from his son and co-defendant, Papa Massata Diack, were submitted to the court.Senegal has refused to extradite Papa Massata, who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF. He also faces charges of money laundering, corruption and breach of trust, according to the indictment, and will be tried in absentia.The other defendants are Habib Cisse, Diack’s former lawyer at the IAAF; Gabriel Dolle, who oversaw doping tests at the IAAF; and Russians Valentin Balakhnitchev and Alexei Melnikov, who were Russia’s athletics’ federation chief and head athletics coach respectively at the time of the alleged cover-up. Investigators at the French National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) describe a web of corruption in world athletics under Diack’s leadership.In a separate case, French prosecutors are investigating alleged bribes related to the Olympics and World Athletics Championships.They suspect Tokyo’s bidding committee bribed the Diacks in 2013 to secure votes, which the committee has denied. Sebastian Coe, Diack’s successor, has undertaken to rebuild trust in athletics and has introduced changes to the sport’s governance.last_img read more

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TKR to ramp up CPL preparations

first_imgManager of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) Colin Borde said the local players will ramp up preparations for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as the government starts to relax covid19 measures. Last Monday, contact sports and team sports were allowed to resume following an announcement by the Prime Minister at a covid19 media conference on June 20.It was uncertain if the CPL would be held because of the virus, but the government and CPL officials are in the process of making final arrangements to hold the entire tournament in Trinidad from August 18 to September 10.It would be the first time the entire tournament would be held in one country. “The players have been working with programmes throughout the covid period. The month of July will see the group come together and begin outdoor training at both Tarouba (Brian Lara Cricket Academy) and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (Queen’s Park Oval),” said Borde.He also said plans are in place for players to participate in a few outdoor matches to asist their preparation.“Match fitness can only be attained through playing and so we are working in the return to play phase. The coaches have decided a schedule alongside some senior players and the expectation is that July we will see a ramp up of activities with the local players.” TKR retained nine TT players for the tournament including Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Akeal Hosein, Amir Jangoo and Tion Webster. The local franchise also signed TT and West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Jayden Seales.In terms of the overseas TKR players, Borde said, “Those out of the country have their respective programmes and plans to reach certain set targets.”Despite government giving the green light to resume team sports, covid19 guidelines must be followed such as maintaining physical distancing. Borde said the TKR staff would ensure the players gradually get back into a more intense training programme.“It is important to be mindful of the ease into the various phases. The coaches, technical staff, medical staff, alongside the senior players are working with all components in mind.” (Trinidad Newsday)last_img read more

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Sir Everton Weekes

first_imgSir Everton Weekes, the last surviving member of the legendary “Three Ws” – Worrell, Walcott and Weekes – died on Wednesday, July 1st at his home in Barbados at the age of 95. People in the Caribbean are mourning his loss with sad and heavy hearts.Sir Donald Bradman, who first saw him in Australia in the early 1950s thought that he was the best of the Three Ws.Sir Everton, who played in 48 Tests, finished his Test career with an average of 58.6, scoring 15 centuries, five of them in consecutive innings, a record that still stands. He was denied a sixth century in Madras when he was unfortunately run out on 90. He never believed in hitting the ball in the air and throughout his distinguished Test career only hit one six! Former Australian captain Richie Benaud once said that Weekes was a “butcher” of fast and slow bowling and was similar to Bradman in his stroke play and his attitude to batting.Sir Everton holds the distinction of scoring his first 1000 Test runs in 12 innings, beating Sir Donald who did so in 13 innings – to date an unbroken Test record.Sir Everton was loved, admired and respected by cricket lovers around the world who had the pleasure of watching him and meeting him. A humble man from modest beginnings, he became one of cricket’s and West Indies’ best known and most distinguished ambassadors. A wise and wonderful human being, he had the unique capacity to see situations and challenges from different perspectives without distorting or magnifying them in any way.That was a measure of his wisdom and greatness.  As someone once said, “The true measure of wisdom is the capacity to see and understand things from many different perspectives.”Years ago, I had the privilege of talking to him about cricket, particularly about the mental aspects of the game. When I asked him how he coped with pressure he said, “I always looked at pressure as a chance to show everyone how good a player I was. It gave me an opportunity to become a star for my team and country. I often got a high from pressure.” A few years ago,  MS Dhoni, successful captain of Team India, echoed similar   comments when he told me: “Lots of negative things are said about pressure. Pressure to me is just added responsibility. How can it be pressure when God gives you an opportunity to be a hero for your team and your country? That is exhilaration.” As a young boy, Sir Everton often batted on unprepared wickets without the protection of batting pads. He told me that was excellent training because it helped him to develop effective footwork, and that it taught him to watch the ball closely and carefully from the bowler’s hand on to the bat.  Sometimes he batted for days without losing his wicket. That was excellent training for keeping his wicket intact later on. About two decades ago, the West Indies team was travelling to Jamaica by air and one of the Test players was seated next to Sir Everton. At the end of the flight the player, who was very impressed with Sir Everton’s knowledge, allegedly asked a team member if he knew the old man who was sitting next to him. His friend told him that he was Sir Everton Weekes!It would be interesting to learn how much our current Test players know about the great man and his enormous achievements. One must wonder if in our current system enough is being done to educate our players about West Indies’ cricket history and about West Indies’ champion teams and players. There is nothing in this life that we can have for very long. People come into our lives and then leave us, sad and aching because of our attachment.In the Caribbean, we tend to belittle the achievements and stature of our own people, but in the case of Sir Everton, I don’t think that will happen.Sir Everton will be missed but never forgotten.He was one of our greatest champions!last_img read more

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Mondogoal signs partnership with Sports Interactive

first_img Better Collective Spotlight: Moving into DFS through RotoGrinders deal June 14, 2019 Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Jacob Kalms – 20Shots: Making fantasy betting a reality April 21, 2020 Share Share It has been revealed that fantasy football operator Mondogoal has signed its latest partnership with Sports Interactive.As the studio behind the world famous and adored Football Manager, this deal is a big bit of business for Mondogoal in that Sports Interactive will now offer its customer base the opportunity to play its daily fantasy football games. In addition Mondogoal will henceforth feature on pitchside advertising hoardings with Football Manager 2016.Mondogoal CEO and Founder Shergul Arshad stated: “We are excited to be involved with Football Manager, their fans are among the most passionate andShergul Arshad, Mondogoalsophisticated football fans in the world. With the introduction of ‘Fantasy Draft Mode’ into this year’s version of the game it seemed like the perfect time to get involved and integrate two top products in the world of football gaming.”Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive, said of the partnership: “Our fans are famously knowledgeable about football and this partnership with Mondogoal will allow them an opportunity to test that knowledge against their fellow supporters.”He added: “In addition to offering our fans a series of exclusive offers, we will also work closely with the Mondogoal team to promote both Football Manager and daily fantasy football to the widest possible audience.”last_img read more

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Maria Hedengren departs as CFO of NetEnt

first_img Share Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences   May 6, 2020 Maria HedengrenUpdating the market Stockholm-listed igaming content and games developer NetEnt AB has confirmed that Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Maria Hedengren has decided to leave the company.A key stakeholder in NetEnt’s executive and leadership team, Hedengren had led the firm’s financial initiatives and strategy since 2011. She further established key NetEnt operations for the games developer’s risk management, auditing and corporate compliance as the company expanded its services internationally.NetEnt governance informed that it has begun searching for Hedengren’s successor. Hedengren has agreed to maintain her responsibilities until she leaves the company.Per Eriksson, NetEnt President & Chief Executive commented on the departure of Hedengren“Maria has made a significant contribution to the success of NetEnt over these past years. I will miss our interactions and wish her all the best in her new positionFollowing her departure from NetEnt, Hedengren is set to  join an undisclosed firm as CFO. Share Submit Evolution Gaming tables ‘game changing’ €1.8bn buyout of NetEnt  June 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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EveryMatrix boosts CasinoEngine with Playson HD content

first_img Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Interwetten signs Yakubu as first Nigeria ambassador July 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Updating the market, industry platform and software supplier EveryMatrix has informed that it has added 40 Omni-channel games from Malta-based content provider Playson on to its CasinoEngine solution.Agreeing partnership terms, EveryMatrix will now add popular Playson HD titles to its client casino platforms including; “Lucky Pirates”, “Bumper Crop”, “Dracula’s Family”, “Alice in Wonderslots” and “Gold Rush”.Playson a specialist in high-definition Flash and HTML5 games, has become one of the fastest growing industry content providers securing deals with European operators Mr Green and Interwetten. “We have been impressed not only by Playson’s gaming portfolio that allowed them to grow fast into a successful software provider, but by their philosophy of creating trust with each business relationship, while designing a customized gaming experience for their partners and clients.” stated Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix.Playson Commercial Director Sebastian Damian, welcomed Ebbe Groes comments, stating that this team looked forward to its partnership with EveryMatrix;“We look forward to the success of our partnership. EveryMatrix has an excellent reach in territories around the world, giving this deal a strategic importance in making our high quality games available to more operatorslast_img read more

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Rank Group reports flat revenues as governance reaffirms full-year expectations

first_img Related Articles Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 Share Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Submit John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Issuing an ‘Interim Management Statement’, FTSE-listed UK gambling operator Rank Group Plc (Rank) has reported that it expects to post ‘flat revenues’ revenues for its trading update for the 15-week period to 9 October.Ahead of its Annual General Meeting, Rank the operator of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo halls reiterates its full-year target expectations.Publishing a brief trading update, Rank governance states that group like-for-like revenues during the period have grown 1%.Issuing brief  trading insights, Rank governance detailed that Grosvenor Casinos’ venue like-for-like revenue declined by 1%, principally driven by a lower than average margin and lower customer visits.  Mecca venue like-for-like revenue was flat during the 15-week period.Grosvenor Casinos’ digital channel continued to grow strongly, with revenue up 30% in the period.  However, its Mecca digital division revenue fell by 4% in the period, Rank governance would detail that trends Mecca digital trends in recent weeks have been encouraging countering the divisions revenue downturn.Rank Group will aim to release its half-year results on 26 January 2017, closing its interim management statement, Rank governance stated that ‘expectations for the full year remained unchanged’. Sharelast_img read more

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Sizing up the 2013 Ravens roster after the second preseason game

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)As the Ravens regroup from a poor performance by their starting units in the second preseason game against Atlanta, it’s difficult to determine how much has really changed since the last look at the roster following the preseason opener.The free-agent additions of veterans Brandon Stokley and Dallas Clark have altered the landscape of the wide receiver and tight end positions, but coach John Harbaugh insisted no guarantees have been made for either in terms of spots on the 53-man roster and we haven’t seen enough of them to get an accurate read on their current ability level. However, the performance of the other options on the roster would suggest Stokley and Clark are safe bets to make the team.My current look at the roster suggests 41 healthy players are locks if the deadline to trim the roster to 53 took place today. My rough assessment of the 90 players currently on the roster lists 25 players on the bubble with at least some decent chance of making the final roster. Not all bubble players are on equal footing, with certain positions lacking quality depth and others enjoying an abundance of talent.Though general manager Ozzie Newsome, Harbaugh, and the remainder of the coaching staff and front office are cognizant of the number of players at each position, trying to pinpoint a specific number of wide receivers or linebackers isn’t the most accurate way of projecting the roster. The Ravens will always look carefully at players’ special-teams abilities in addition to what they bring to their specific positional group.The Ravens must trim the roster from 90 players to 75 on Aug. 27 and will go down to the regular-season number of 53 on Aug. 31.The numbers in parentheses indicate the total number of players currently on the roster at that given position. Bubble players’ names that are underlined are currently on my projected 53-man roster as of Aug. 17. Players listed as injured or suspended are not projected to count against the 53-man roster when final cuts are made on Aug. 31.QUARTERBACKS (3)LOCK: Joe Flacco, Tyrod TaylorBUBBLE: NoneLONG SHOT: Caleb Hanie Skinny: Nothing to see here other than another solid performance by Taylor in the second preseason game, further strengthening his hold on the backup quarterback spot. Hanie didn’t even play against Atlanta, another indication that his chances of sticking as a third quarterback are remote at best.RUNNING BACKS & FULLBACKS (7)LOCK: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Vonta Leach, Kyle JuszczykBUBBLE: Anthony Allen, Bobby RaineyLONG SHOT: Damien Berry Skinny: Allen is too valuable as a special-teams player and Rainey is too one-dimensional in that capacity because he won’t unseat Jacoby Jones as the return specialist, likely landing him on the practice squad if he’s not claimed by another team.WIDE RECEIVERS (12)LOCK: Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Tandon DossBUBBLE: Brandon Stokley, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, David Reed, Aaron Mellette, Marlon BrownLONG SHOT: Tommy Streeter, Rashaad Carter, Gerrard Sheppard Skinny: The wide receiver and tight end positions have given everyone headaches trying to project who’s in and out. While the second tier of receivers will jockey for roster spots, Streeter is easily one of this camp’s biggest disappointments as he’s not even receiving many reps with the second-team offense during practices.TIGHT ENDS (7)LOCK: Ed DicksonBUBBLE: Dallas Clark, Visanthe Shiancoe, Matt Furstenburg, Billy BajemaLONG SHOT: Alex SilvestroINJURED: Dennis Pitta (will eventually be placed on injured reserve with a chance that he’ll receive the designation to return) Skinny: Included as a lock in my last projection, Shiancoe can’t feel good about the addition of Clark or his disappointing performance in the first two preseason games, which has put him on the bubble. The Ravens need a tight end with a better ability to block, making Furstenburg the surprising pick here over Shiancoe for now, but much will depend on the status of Dickson when final decisions are made at the end of the month.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (17)LOCK: Marshal Yanda, Michael Oher, Bryant McKinnie, Kelechi Osemele, Gino Gradkowski, A.Q. Shipley, Jah ReidBUBBLE: Ramon Harewood, Rick WagnerLONG SHOT: Jack Cornell, Antoine McClain, Jordan Devey, Rogers Gaines, David Mims, J.J. Unga, Reggie StephensINJURED: Ryan Jensen (will likely be placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken foot in the first week of camp) Skinny: Gradkowski appeared to take a clear advantage in the center competition after a poor showing from Shipley, who received the start with the first-team offensive line Thursday night. Despite dealing with swelling in his knee, Harewood has performed well this summer to solidify his roster standing.DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>last_img read more

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