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Charlie McCann of BetVictor makes Tipster Challenge debut

first_imgShare BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020center_img Share After taking a week’s break, the Tipster Challenge series resumes today at Nottingham for Week 12. In a big week for Racing, ahead of Saturday’s Grand National, we have Charlie McCann of BetVictor representing the table topping Guests.Charlie has worked for BetVictor since 2011, previously as the Director of Online Public Relations, before becoming Head of Communications in May 2015.An expert in the betting industry, Charlie has also worked for Stan James and 32Red, and he will be confident of out-tipping SBC News, Stephen Harris of bettingexpert and Timeform. BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 2:20SBC News: StratumEye catching debut at Newmarket and should be the star turn in the opener.bettingexpert: Able JackShowed ability in four starts as a juvenile and returns with his stable in terrific form on the all-weather.Timeform: StratumNewmarket debut effort in the autumn was a fairly-encouraging one, and with pedigree/connections offering plenty of hope for better still, he gets the nod to make a winning return.BetVictor: StratumThe once-raced Stratum shaped with promise on debut and is bred to be decent; Frankie Dettori takes the ride in a race that should again throw up some future winners.____________________________________2:50SBC News: A MomentofmadnessShowed great form in victory at Kempton just 3 weeks ago.bettingexpert: Mysterious LookWill be a lot fitter than most of these and that could pay dividends in very testing ground.Timeform: A MomentofmadnessProduced a much-improved performance when making a winning return to action at Kempton last month, and gets the nod in the hope he can prove as effective tackling vastly different conditions here.BetVictor: Mysterious LookHas had a recent run to her name, and showed some pretty decent form at Southwell twice in March.____________________________________3:20SBC News: Spirit QuartzReturns from a break, but won this race in 2013 and still has plenty to offer.bettingexpert: Spirit QuartzHas good form at this venue in the past and the booking of Atzeni really catches the eye on his first run for 251 days.Timeform: Poyle VinnieA potential match between Poyle Vinnie and Spirit Quartz on these terms, with the former preferred on the forecast heavy ground.BetVictor: Blithe SpiritA bit of an outsider, but enters fresh and came 2nd in this race a year ago.____________________________________3:50SBC News: Clever CookieIdeal soft conditions; clearly the classiest and most in-form horse in the field.bettingexpert: First MohicanIs not getting any younger but has race fitness on his side in what is likely to develop into a real war of attrition.Timeform: Clever CookieGoes well fresh and has his ideal conditions, so should prove too classy for this lot, especially with main form-rival Seismos returning from a lengthy absence.BetVictor: Clever CookieNow an 8-year-old but was, arguably, better than ever last season, goes well fresh, loves cut in the ground and I would be disappointed if he didn’t make a winning reappearance for Peter Niven.____________________________________4:25SBC News: GreensideWon on the soft ground with his 1st run of 2015, and repeating the feat in 2016 would be no surprise.bettingexpert: Simply ShiningShaped better than the bare result on numerous occasions last season and looks well handicapped here if handling the heavy ground.Timeform: GreensideMade light of an absence when an impressive winner at Newmarket last autumn and can show his subsequent effort on AW to be merely a blip and get back on the up on his return to action.BetVictor: GreensideHad six months in his box with a plate in his leg before winning a Newmarket Handicap on soft ground back in October by a long looking five lengths.____________________________________4:55SBC News: MotdawWasn’t beaten by much on soft ground at Brighton and taken to improve on disappointing last showing at Newmarket in October.bettingexpert: MotdawCaught the eye as a juvenile and will find this a lot easier than his final start at Newmarket last season.Timeform: HijranBred to be better than this grade, and though she lasted only 3 runs for William Haggas, it could be significant that her powerful connections have kept the faith.BetVictor: HijranSteady improver and deserves consideration despite a break of nearly 5 months.____________________________________5:25SBC News: GawdawpalinWon on good to soft ground at Windsor and did enough to suggest he could stay the increased distance.bettingexpert: Match My FireRepresents very astute connections and looks to have got into this lightly on handicap debut.Timeform: GawdawpalinThis step up in trip should suit Gawdawpalin, who was caught further back than ideal when third in a Chelmsford nursery on his final run of 2015.BetVictor: Purple RavenBred to appreciate this step up in trip having shaped with promise in three starts over 7f and a mile as a juvenile.____________________________________last_img read more

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Bookmakers KO Special K’s chances of making boxing history

first_imgUK bookmakers’ are giving Sheffield boxer Kell ‘Special K’ Brook a slender chance of beating Kazakh powerhouse Gennady GGG Golovkin, as the fighters meet this Saturday night at London’s O2 Arena.Coming into today’s weigh-in, Brook the IBF Welterweight champion has been priced by the majority of UK bookmakers at 5/1 versus firm favourite Golovkin’s 1/6 odds.Fighting for multiple Middleweight titles, Brook will attempt to make British boxing history, by stepping up two weight divisions to take on Golovkin the man labelled the ‘most feared fighter in the world’.Golovkin’s fearsome kudos is earnt through a 91% knock-out ratio (32 ko’s in 35 fights). Nearly all boxing pundits and bookmakers believe that the challenge facing Brook is simply too big of an ask for the Sheffield fighter.Betfair’s boxing correspondent Frank Monkhouse stated that should Brook win, the fighter will have pulled off ‘boxing’s greatest ever upset’.Despite the odds stacked against Brook, the fight has generated substantial public interest. Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn the main promoter of Saturday’s fight stated that Sky Box Office pay-per-view buys were currently tracking in line with Carl Froch Vs George Groves II, the UKs most lucrative fight ever. Submit StumbleUpon High Stakes as DAZN launches US property targeting OTT top spot September 10, 2018 Related Articles Share Matchroom & Perform seek to land ‘US KO’ with $1 billion DAZN partnership May 11, 2018 Share MansionBet sponsors Matchroom Boxing hot UK prospects February 26, 2019last_img read more

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Harbaugh deems cause of Suggs’ Achilles injury “not relevant”

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens hitting the field for the final week of voluntary organized team activities, coach John Harbaugh had no interest rehashing the circumstances leading up to Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs’ Achilles tendon injury in late April.The Baltimore coach calmly handled a question regarding an ESPN report saying Suggs suffered a partially-torn Achilles tendon while playing in a basketball tournament in Arizona and answered in the only way he could — focusing on the future.“That’s not a conversation we’re even having,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not relevant to anything that has anything to do with what we’re trying to accomplish. If it were, I guess we’d think about it.”The organization has yet to comment on the circumstances leading up to Suggs’ injury, instead deferring to the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year’s claim that he was injured while doing conditioning work.Unless Suggs chooses to address the situation when he arrives in Owings Mills next week, the questions will likely persist for the foreseeable future as he vows to return to action by the middle of the season — an unlikely scenario given the history of players coming back from Achilles injuries.“The relevant conversation as far as Terrell Suggs is going to be rehab,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to be back here next week. I think he’s got a doctor’s appointment on Monday if I’m not mistaken. He’s going to go to work and get that thing back. Knowing Terrell, he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”Harbaugh gave no indication that the Ravens were eagerly looking to add another outside linebacker with Michael McAdoo becoming the second Baltimore linebacker to go down with a torn Achilles tendon after being injured during a voluntary workout last week. The North Carolina product is expected to miss the entire 2012 season.“We are just looking for the best 90 [players] that we can bring to camp,” Harbaugh said. “We’re comfortable with the outside backers we have that we can go to work with next year and play with.”As for the action on the field during Wednesday’s voluntary workout, 19 players were missing during the midday practice. However, with no official injury report released during OTAs, it’s possible some players may have been inside the facility for an undisclosed reason such as an injury.A pair of key second-year players — offensive lineman Jah Reid and defensive end Pernell McPhee — were missing from the field during Wednesday’s practice, marking the second straight week they haven’t been present when the Ravens worked out in front of the media.Also missing from the field on Wednesday were Suggs, McAdoo, safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach, offensive linemen Marshal Yanda, Matt Birk, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and linebackers Ray Lewis, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Jameel McClain.Other absences among younger players were wide receiver Rodney Bradley, cornerback Asa Jackson, safety Emanuel Cook, and tight end Bruce Figgins.Defensive tackle Bryan Hall (undisclosed) was not working but was present in the locker room following practice. Cornerback Cary Williams (hip), wide receivers David Reed (knee) and Tandon Doss (undisclosed), offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele (described as a minor injury) and Howard Barbieri (undisclosed), linebacker Cody Glenn (undisclosed) were all present on the field but not practicing with the team.After not being on the field for last Wednesday’s workout, cornerback Jimmy Smith and left tackle Bryant McKinnie were present and working.Visit the Audio Vault to hear more from John Harbaugh as well as Jimmy Smith, Courtney Upshaw, and Kelechi Osemele HERE.last_img read more

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Suggs vows to continue playing with torn biceps

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — It may not be this Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says he’ll be back on the field this season.The cautious optimism was welcomed after news of the five-time Pro Bowl selection tearing his right biceps in the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. Suggs declared himself a game-time decision this week but expressed confidence that injured reserve was “not an option” for the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year.“I haven’t ruled [playing this Sunday] out of my mind yet, but I think definitely I will continue to line up at some point this season,” Suggs said. “It all depends on when it starts to get better and how much I can really do on it.”Suggs received a second opinion after the initial diagnosis of a torn biceps in his right arm, which confirmed what they already knew and gave the 30-year-old a clear understanding of the injury.Others have played with similar injuries, including Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby this season, but Suggs has been in discussions with the Ravens’ training staff and doctors to consider the realities of playing with such an ailment.“He has, basically, a biceps, a very serious strain,” Harbaugh said. “It could be called a tear. It’s something that you can possibly play with. He’s figuring it out now with the trainers and the doctors.”Suggs already made one triumphant return to the field earlier this season after suffering a partially-torn Achilles tendon in late April. Doubted by many when he vowed to return to play during the 2012 season, Suggs rehabbed at a rapid rate and returned to action less than six months after suffering the tear the weekend of the NFL Draft.In six games this season, Suggs has 19 tackles and two sacks. He spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the physically unable to perform list while the Ravens collected only 10 sacks in their first six games. They have 17 in the six games in which Suggs has played.Now he faces the reality of working his way back from another significant ailment in addition to continuing to try to regain his full level of explosiveness enjoyed before the Achilles injury. Even when Suggs decides to return to action with his injured biceps, questions will remain about his ability to wrap for tackles and engage with blockers at the line of scrimmage.“My [big] concern is would I help or hinder the team by playing.” Suggs said. “I don’t want to be out there and can’t make a play because I’m unhealthy and I don’t have a full biceps. It’s more if I will help us or hinder us by playing. That’s pretty much going to make my decision.”Suggs acknowledged the risk for re-injury but explained that he can’t be thinking about it if he’s going to contribute to the Ravens’ playoff run. Baltimore is currently tied for second in the AFC with a 9-3 record.“I think any time you have an injury and you play with it, you risk making it worse,” Suggs said. “But if I do play, that won’t be a concern on my mind. We got a job to do and we’ve got to get a win.”When fully healthy, Suggs is regarded by most as the Ravens’ best defensive player and had only missed three games in his entire career prior to this season. For the Ravens to have their best chance of making another deep playoff run, Suggs will need to play through the pain to offer his presence to a pass rush that’s struggled mightily in games without him this season.At this point, however, teammates only wish the star defensive player would catch a lucky break.“He’s done such a great job in getting himself to the point where he could come back and be a help to our team,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Then, to have something like that happen, you kind of take for granted how fortunate we are to go out there and play every week.”If one thing is certain, however, it’s that no one will be doubting Suggs’ resiliency and ability to recover quickly this time arouond.“We’ve got to see how it goes,” Suggs said. “We kind of live by the creed that if you can breathe, then you can play.”last_img read more

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Caps Finally Score, but Lose 7th Straight

first_imgWith Alexander Ovechkin sitting out his 2nd straight game due to a lower body injury, the Caps went into New Jersey to try and end their six game losing streak.Unfortunately, they were very sloppy for the first 30 minutes turning the puck over to allow odd man rushes and they took too many penalties. That allowed the Devils to take a 2-0 lead into the final period.Washington would play arguably it’s best period since the middle frame in Pittsburgh last Wednesday and Jason Chimera scored from in front of Cory Schneider with 9:50 to go to make things interesting. It was a goal that this club needs to see more of, as both Chimera and Jay Beagle went to the front of the net and #25 deflected home a John Erskine point blast after a nice pass from Tom Wilson. After that goal a late push still wasn’t enough and the Caps fell, 2-1, for their 7th straight loss.Beagle was the best Capital on the ice in this one. #83 was moving his feet and working hard. His line was one of the few that won board battles and found a way to the front of the Devils net. It’s too bad so many other players, who make a lot more money than Beagle, mailed it in once again.When your captain is out and you lose your second line center (Mikhail Grabovski left with a lower body injury) in the first period, you have to make up for a lack of talent with hard work. Once again, there were just too many passengers on the ice.The power play continues to stink up the joint, going 0 for 3 and not really generating a lot of chances until late in the third try. With the Gr8 out the strategy should be simple: get pucks to the point and blast away with traffic in front. Why not put a big body like Tom Wilson out there to try and create havoc?Michal Neuvirth was solid in net. He’d probably want the first goal back but he made several other big saves early on just to keep his team in the game.Overall, this was another subpar effort from the Caps. They did outshoot the Devils, 31-30, but it wasn’t until it was 2-0 that Washington started generating any serious pressure. The first 30 minutes were very disappointing and simple plays, like D to D passes, were not executed properly. There is a lack of focus from too many players and a passion void as well. Too many on the team appear to be going through the motions and not paying the price necessary to win one on one battles that make the difference in hockey games.The combination of an unbalanced roster, a lack of focus and effort, and no confidence has this club in a losing streak that has put their playoff chances in serious jeopardy. Unfortunately there don’t to be any quick answers to turn this around, especially with Ovechkin out of the lineup.Notes: The Caps are in Montreal on Saturday night and Braden Holtby is slated to start the game…Washington won the faceoff battle, 31-25…shot attempts were in favor of Washington 47-42. That’s a low number but that is how New Jersey plays the game, they force you to work hard for your attempts and pounce when you make mistakes.last_img read more

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Ravens now on clock to use franchise tag on Tucker

first_imgTuesday brought the beginning of a two-week window in which NFL teams may use the franchise tag, and the Ravens are likely to go that route with Justin Tucker if the sides can’t strike a long-term deal.Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month, the 2013 Pro Bowl kicker would figure to be in high demand, but the Ravens can use the franchise tag on him if an agreement can’t be reached by 4 p.m. on March 1. The franchise tender for kickers and punters last year was set at $4.126 million and is projected to climb to $4.5 million for the 2016 season.“We will go to work on trying to get a contract done,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said last month. “We do know what the franchise number is for a kicker, if it gets to that. But we will go to work on that, and we want Justin to be a part of our team.”Using the franchise tag on a kicker or punter has been a common occurrence among teams due to the reasonable cost compared to other high-profile positions. A kicker or punter has received the franchise tag from a team in seven straight offseasons with New England’s Stephen Gostkowski receiving it last season.In fact, the Patriots and Gostkowski provided a framework for the Ravens and Tucker after the sides agreed to a four-year, $17.2 million deal last summer, the richest contract ever awarded to a kicker. Should they use the tag, the Ravens would have until mid-July to sign Tucker to a long-term extension to avoid him playing out the 2016 season under the franchise amount.Despite his struggles from 50 yards and beyond in 2015 (4-for-10), the 26-year-old Tucker is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas in 2012.“My agent and [the Ravens] have been talking on and off for the better part of a year, year and a half,” Tucker said in early January. “At this juncture, I’m kind of letting it all just unfold how it’s going to unfold, and I’m optimistic that something will get done.”If he does receive the franchise tag, Tucker should remain confident in his future with Baltimore as Newsome has eventually signed the last four players on which he used the tag — Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and Chris McAlister — to long-term contracts. Suggs and McAlister were each tagged in consecutive seasons before receiving lucrative deals.Offensive lineman Wally Williams was the only player not to sign a long-term deal with Baltimore after playing under the franchise tag during the 1998 season and departing for the New Orleans Saints the following year.Some fans have asked why the Ravens wouldn’t consider using the franchise tag on free-agent offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, but that would cost more than $13 million for the 2016 season, an unreasonable price for a team already dealing with significant salary-cap problems.last_img read more

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Spanish La Liga Review: Real Madrid Bounce Back With Dominant Victory As Villareal Put…

first_imgReal Madrid bounced back from their disappointing Spanish Copa Del Rey exit to Leganes in midweek in grand style following their convincing 4-1 win at fellow top four chasers Valencia.Zinedine Zidane’s team took the initiative in the first half with two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo.The home side fought back in the second half through Santi Mina who halved the deficit to 2-1 before two late goals from Brazilian left-back Marcelo and Toni Kroos made it a comprehensive win for the Los Merengues.In-form Villareal continued their push for a top four finish and qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) with an impressive 4-2 win over Real Sociedad at the El Madrigal.Victor Ruiz, Pablo Fornals and Carlos Bacca gave Villareal a stunning 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes before Diego Llorente pulled one back in the 24th minute.Samuel Castillejo added a 4th goal for the Yellow Submarines to complete an impressive first half display from the hosts.Willian Jose pulled one back for the away side but it proved to be mere consolation against a Villareal side who moved within one point of Real Madrid in fourth place.Week 21 Results (Saturday)Deportivo La Coruna 2-2 LevanteValencia 1-4 Real MadridMalaga 0-0 GironaVillareal 4-2 Real SociedadStandings (Top 6) via Points:1. Barcelona 542. Atletico Madrid 433. Valencia 404. Real Madrid 385. Villareal 376. Sevilla 32Relatedlast_img read more

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NFF Lauds $2m Advance Fee Initiative From FIFA

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has lauded the decision taken by world football’s governing body FIFA to give the five World Cup-bound African teams a $2m advance fee.The advance fee method was initiated in the bid to avoid bonus row synonymous with African countries from past World Cup editions.While speaking about the laudable step taken by FIFA, the body’s spokesman, Ademola Olajire, stated that the availability of this money will help to avert a bonus row at the tournament this summer.In his words via ThisDay, Olajire said: “We’ve had problems in the past and the NFF has already worked out a payment mode for the team, but this money will help put everything into shape.”“It will definitely help our players to focus solely on football on the pitch in Russia and not deal with the distraction of when the bonus will arrive.” he concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

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Leon Bailey Extends Leverkusen Contract

first_imgBayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has signed a new contract with the German Bundesliga side.The 21-year-old has signed a new contract extension until 2023 to end speculation about securing a move away from the club.He had previously been linked with Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.Leon Bailey was also linked with a transfer to Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma.The Jamaican-born star was one of the breakout stars of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season as he led his team to fifth position at the end of the season.Bayer Leverkusen start the new league season at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Relatedlast_img read more

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2019 FIBA World Cup Draws: D’Tigers To Face Argentina or Canada Group Stage

first_imgNigeria’s D’Tigers have been placed in pot 7 alongside Senegal, New Zealand and Angola ahead of the FIBA Men’s World Cup draw coming up on Saturday, March 16, at Shenzhen Bay Arena.The 32 teams which qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup were shared among eight pots of four teams each, based on the latest FIBA World Ranking for Men after the last window of qualifiers played in February.Hosts China are in pot 1 alongside the top 3 teams in the World, USA, Spain and France, whereas Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece occupy pot 3. Russia, Australia, Brazil and Italy complete pot 3.Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Venezuela are in pot 4. Germany, Czech, Poland and Iran are in pot 5 while FIBA grouped Canada, Montenegro, Philippines and Korea in pot 6Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and the last African team to qualify, Cote d’Ivoire make up teams in pot 8.According to the guidelines released by FIBA 24 hours before the event, Pots 1, 4, 5 and 8 will feed Groups A, C, E and G while Pots 2, 3, 6 and 7 will feed Groups B, D, F and H.China will be placed in Group A with all their group matches to be played in Beijing and reigning world champions USA will be allocated to Group E in Shanghai.Group B games will be played in Wuhan. The city of Guangzhou will host Group C while   Foshan will play host to Group D team.Group F teams will play in Nanjing, Group G in Shenzhen while Dongguan is the preferred city for Group H teams.The World Cup holds between the 31st of August and 15th of September.The Nigeria Basketball Federation will be represented at the draws by Lawal Razaq Dayo (Nigerian high ranking embassy staff in China) and D’Tigers Team Manager Musa Adamu.Relatedlast_img read more