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Millen stunned by Pulis blow

first_img Pulis left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on Friday after reportedly falling out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfers this summer. Palace had collected just four points from 11 games when Pulis was appointed manager in November but the former Stoke boss instigated a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 11th and 12 points clear of the drop – an achievement that saw Pulis named Premier League manager of the season three months ago. “We’ve lost a great leader of a football club and of men,” said Millen, who has been put in temporary charge for the team’s Barclays Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday. “He likes to control the club and what goes on in the club but he also controls the players. “He’s close to the players, he works them hard, he’s very structured and organised, he’s very single-minded. “He knows what he wants and the players understood that.” Pulis took training with the first-team on Thursday afternoon as normal before meeting Parish in the evening. It was decided there that the pair’s relationship was not sustainable and Millen was informed at 9pm he would take charge of the first team on Saturday. “You can see both sides of the argument,” Millen said. Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen believes the Eagles have lost a “great leader of men” after Tony Pulis’ shock departure from the club. “When you look at the structure of the club overall, there’s been a lot of work done at Selhurst Park and at the training ground. “We’re trying to build a club that can sustain staying in the Premier League. “It’s the balance of spending money on the stadium and trying to strengthen the squad. “Whether that’s been the source of the clash I don’t know but it’s about getting that balance of trying to do both.” The club’s technical coach David Kemp addressed the players on behalf of Pulis on Friday morning, expressing his gratitude for their hard work last season. Millen also took temporary charge of the first team in October after Ian Holloway left and the team picked up four points from four matches while he was at the helm. “When Ian left last time there was a sense that it might happen because the results hadn’t been going well,” Millen said. “There was disappointment when Ian left but also maybe a bit of relief as well because we’d been struggling so much. “This time, on the back of the season we had, it’s shocked the players in a different way. “They want questions answered as well on where we’re going as a club now.” Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been installed as the early favourite to replace Pulis while Tim Sherwood, Neil Lennon and David Moyes are also available. Millen insists he is undecided on whether he would like to be considered but believes the appointment will be made quickly this time around. “The beauty of when Ian left and I took over was the chairman wanted to see what was out there and he was happy with what we were doing in the meantime,” Millen said. “I don’t see it taking so long this time. The timing of it means the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. “We are looking to do more business and it’s important the new manager picks those players.” He added: “I would have thought there won’t be any more players coming in until someone new is appointed. “Ever since I’ve been here the manager has had a big say in the players brought in and we want to get off to a good start so I think the chairman will be very proactive.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Long Dog’s day as Willie Mullins looks to the Future at Leopardstown

first_img Press Association Long Dog led from start to finish to claim the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Gordon Elliott’s Tombstone and another Mullins inmate in Petit Mouchoir emerged as the biggest threats on the run to the final flight, but 9-4 favourite Long Dog dug deep to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Tombstone was the same distance in front of Petit Mouchoir at the line. Winning owner Rich Ricci said: “He’s very brave and he clearly wants further – Ruby (Walsh) said he was flat out the whole way. The ground was a bit too heavy for him, but he won that very well. “He’ll definitely go up in trip, but I’m not sure whether he’ll run between now and Cheltenham – he seems to take his races very well. I’d be happy to go straight to Cheltenham, but it’s Willie’s call. “He’s a grinder.” Mullins said: “His experience was a big help, and he’d no trouble staying or jumping. He could come back for the Deloitte, but he’s had a busy time so we’ll have to see. He’s learning all the time and the only reason we ran him in the summer was because he missed last season.” Walsh said: “He’s very tough. I never felt like I was travelling that well and it felt like I as going as fast as I wanted to be going, but he stuck at it really well. “He took one or two chances, as I was having to throw him at a few hurdles just to hold my position. When I caught hold of him at the second-last he seemed to find another gear and from there home he stuck at it really, really well. “He’s won his last six – he started in Sligo and he’s ended up in Leopardstown at Christmas, so that’s brilliant. He’s won over two-five, so he can go up in trip.” center_img The Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old was bidding for his sixth straight victory and his second at Grade One level, having seen off stablemate Bachasson in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse last month. The two stablemates locked horns once more, with Long Dog narrowly leading Bachasson for much of the two-mile journey, before the latter began to falter from the home turn. last_img read more

Pompey shifts AP Invitational Track and Field meet to 2021

first_img… IOC extends Olympic Qualification date to June 29, next yearALIANN Pompey, one of Guyana’s most decorated international track and field athletes, has officially announced the cancellation of her 2020 edition of the AP Invitational, owing to the COVID-19 global pandemic.“It’s with sadness and great concern that I inform you that the API will not be contested this year, due to the rising concerns and risks associated with COVID-19,” Pompey said, telling athletes “I pray that you and your families and loved ones remain safe during these difficult times. As always, thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you in 2021!”Pompey, a four-time Olympian and president of the Pan Am Sports Athletes Commission, would have held her 5th AP Invitational on June 4 at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora, but now, the 42-year-old will have to wait an additional year to host what has become one of the most important meets in the Caribbean and South America.The 2002 Commonwealth Games women’s 400m gold medallist’s announcement comes in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to have athletes who qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games to remain qualified for the postponed Games in 2021.In a letter to the heads of the international federations, IOC Sport Director Kim McConnell also outlined the revised qualification deadlines for the 2021.The disruption – caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – of the Olympic qualifying process for several sports was a contributing factor in the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games. Qualification has yet to be completed for 47 percent of all athletes’ spots for the Olympics.Qualification for the Tokyo Games must be completed by June 29, 2021, McConnell said. The final deadline for entries to be submitted to the IOC is July 5.The new deadlines are part of a series of amendments to the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System Principles, approved in recent days by the IOC qualification taskforce.McConnell also left it up to international federations such as FIG, gymnastics’ global governing body, to decide whether athletes who would not have been old enough to compete in Tokyo this summer will be able to participate in the 2021 Games.“Regarding the eligibility criteria for the lower age limit, if any, the IOC recognises the full authority of IFs to assess the eligibility of those athletes who are not eligible in July 2020 but meet the lower age limit in 2021,” McConnell wrote.McConnell in the letter acknowledged the challenges facing the international federations in revising their qualification processes.The priority remains to reflect, where possible, the allocation method/pathway of the original qualification systems,” McConnell pointed out, while adding that “this principle encourages IFs to follow a like-for-like approach by replacing those lost opportunities that were allocating quota with the same number of events.”Regarding the scenario where quota allocation was originally based on ranking, International Federation retains full discretion to define the new ranking deadline and pathway.According to the IOC, a sport-specific balance needs to be found between protecting those athletes who were close to qualifying, based on the previous 2020 deadlines, while also ensuring the participation of the best athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by allowing the top performers of the 2021 season to qualify.last_img read more

More than beds: area housing fit for kings

first_imgThis article is part of the Daily Trojan‘s supplement issue, “If you build it, will they come?” This semester’s supplement focused on the impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center and University Gateway apartment complex, both of which will open this fall.Katherine Lewin thought she had found the perfect housing solution.Leon Russo | Daily TrojanLewin, a freshman majoring in communication, wanted to live somewhere that was safe and convenient, and the new University Gateway apartments seemed like the perfect solution.But her decision came at a high price.“It’s way too expensive,” Lewin said. “I never would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t so close to campus.”Lewin had to lobby her parents to convince them that the $1,170 a month they would pay for her spot in a two-bedroom apartment was worth it. They agreed to let her live in Gateway only because of its security and close proximity to campus, she said.Gateway, the new housing complex on the corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard, is the latest high-end housing project to spring up near USC’s campus. As the number of students coming from far away has grown, the demand for convenient housing has increased, and housing developers have been working to give students options that will serve their needs.Gateway certainly does succeed in increasing the number of housing options near campus. But with its going monthly rate of $1,064 per bed, Gateway also succeeds in perpetuating the trend that has been painfully visible in the campus area for years — safe, convenient and well-kept housing is available, but only to those willing to pay.Six years ago, CDI Management bought several properties on 30th and 29th streets and turned those buildings into The Mirage, The Spot, The Pointe and The Place, all well-equipped, high-priced housing options. Westar Housing also owns a number of high-priced, luxury complexes around campus, including Chez Ronnee, Habitat Soozee and Tuscany, which opened four years ago near the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street.“We’ll rent to any student who wants to rent,” said Charlie Haggard, Westar’s chief operating officer. “But our target market is people who are looking for higher end.”These luxury housing complexes offer students many benefits — from fitness centers and study rooms to enhanced security and easy access to campus. But many students find themselves forced to choose between affordable housing and the amenities offered by Gateway and its high-class counterparts, often sacrificing comfort and safety to save money or, conversely, sacrificing their paychecks for the sake of an enviable living situation.Jarod Wunneburger, a senior majoring in sociology, has lived in USC Housing for three years. For his senior year, he was hoping to find his own room close to campus, but those requirements left him with few options.“It was eye-opening to realize that if you want to be in one of the nicer apartments, it’s easily going to be two grand,” he said.This luxury housing trend has developed largely because the number of students living near USC has grown faster than the number of beds available through USC Housing. Though the university recently expanded its offerings enough to guarantee two years in USC Housing to freshmen, its 6,800 beds sell out every year, and there is a long way to go before USC can guarantee housing for everyone.Because demand for safe, comfortable housing exceeds what USC can provide, students must look elsewhere. And often, the options that offer safety and comfort are not cheap.Keenan Cheung, director of USC Housing, said the university is working to eventually be able to guarantee housing for four years, but until then, USC has little say in trying to reverse the high-class housing trend.“You have to realize that these places are for profit,” Cheung said. “They’re a little different model than we are … Our job is to supply what is needed for the student.”Though some students have suggested that USC should step in to control the rising prices of off-campus housing, Cheung said there is little the school can do.But the university hopes the Master Plan, once it gets underway, will help solve the housing problem.The first phase of the Master Plan, which is currently awaiting city approval, involves razing and reconstructing the University Village, Cardinal Gardens and Century apartments. Ultimately, the Master Plan would add 5,200 beds to the USC area.And even if those added housing options end up being more upscale than other area options, USC’s Associate Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Asset Management, Kristina Raspe, said the new units will be priced according to USC’s existing model.Still, not all of those 5,200 new beds will be owned by USC. In determining the number of beds to add, the Master Plan includes non-USC owned housing complexes that meet certain standards — places like Gateway.“The Master Plan definitely takes into consideration the building of Gateway,” Raspe said. “It was part of the planning process and is in line with the university’s plan for growth.”Even if the Master Plan does help alleviate the pressure on the USC-area housing market, the project will not break ground until at least May 2012.In the meantime, many students are left to choose between quality and affordability, and some say this has affected their time at USC.“If you can’t afford the housing around USC, it definitely hurts your college experience,” Wunneburger said. “You definitely lose out on being part of the Trojan Family.”Laura Cueva contributed to this report.last_img read more

Special teams play both boon, bane to Badgers

first_imgIt was a fitting end.In a game that easily could have been lost on special teams, it was Jay Valai’s blocked extra point that proved to be the deciding factor in Wisconsin’s 20-19 win over Arizona State this weekend.Valai hurdled all of his generously-listed 5-foot-9 frame over the line to get a hand on the ball as the Sun Devils looked to tie the game with 4:09 left to play. It was a big play by a little man and saved the Badgers the pressure of needing to score on their last drive.“[To] some people I’m small, but I’m tall in my own eyes,” Valai said. “I saw the play, in my mind, I’m thinking ‘I’ve got to make the play.’ A lot of guys don’t pay attention to every play, but one thing the coaches drill into our head, ‘This could be the play, this could be the play.’”UW head coach Bret Bielema said the particular block play the Badgers ran on that point attempt was the first time all season UW tried it.While Valai came through on the play that ultimately mattered, the Badgers were a mess on special teams in the first half. UW drove from its own 22-yard line to the ASU 27, where kicker Phillip Welch missed a 44-yard field goal. Although Wisconsin would survive Arizona State’s ensuing drive where Thomas Weber missed a 25-yard kick, the worst was yet to come.Following a 49-yard field goal by Welch, ASU’s Omar Bolden returned the kickoff 97 yards to put the Sun Devils up 7-3. It was reminiscent of the sloppy play on kick coverage that plagued the Badgers over the past couple of years.The Badgers went three-and-out on the following possession, forcing Brad Nortman to come in and punt. Jamal Miles easily appeared to return the punt for a touchdown, but Wisconsin was saved by an illegal block penalty.“The part about kick coverage is, if one guy breaks down, everybody suffers,” Bielema said. “We’ll definitely take a look at what we’re doing.”The coverage woes had been prevalent enough that Bielema, who had overseen special teams in his first four years, delegated duties to his assistant coaches. Despite sterling performances against UNLV and San Jose State, Arizona State hacked, slashed and simply outran Wisconsin en route to 267 combined punt and kick return yards.“I don’t think it was just one element in particular, there’s 11 people on the field,” redshirt sophomore Shelton Johnson said.It was Johnson who would turn around the special teams play for UW. After scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left, a botched squib allowed ASU freshman Kyle Middlebrooks to run around his blockers and up the right sideline.“It was supposed to be a hard line drive squib,” Bielema said. “[It’s] obviously something we need to work on there.”Although redshirt freshman Dezmen Southward was able to slow Middlebrooks, it appeared as though ASU would take the lead back into the locker room. Johnson would manage to run the Sun Devil down however, stopping him at the 1-yard line. Although the play would be reviewed, UW kept its 13-10 lead into the half.“Honestly, I was just running, hoping that I could get him,” Johnson said. “The only time I knew I got him was when I got a hand on him.”“I’m just watching, thinking, ‘Run Shelton, run Shelton, run,” Valai said.Wisconsin cleaned up its act in the second half and was able to kill the last four minutes of the game relatively pressure-free thanks to Valai’s block.So who had the bigger play?“Probably Jay’s, I’d definitely have to say Jay’s. if he didn’t make that play, we’d probably still be playing right now,” Johnson said with a laugh.Valai wasn’t about to be out-humbled though.“Shelton’s just being nice – that’s a touchdown,” Valai countered. “That’s not one point, Shelton stopped six, seven points right there. Shelton Johnson made a great play, that’s the biggest play of the game.”Injury reportSophomore linebacker Chris Borland re-injured his left shoulder during the game and was in sweats by the second half. It was the first game this season the Badgers were able to trot out their ideal starting trio of linebackers in Borland, Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor – and it didn’t last long.The 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year had offseason shoulder surgery and reinjured himself against UNLV in the season opener. After sitting out last week against San Jose State, he was cleared to go this week after practicing.After the game, Bielema brought up the possibility of Borland taking a medical redshirt, but gave no indication it will necessarily be the course of action the team takes.“I just know it’s available,” Bielema said. “It would basically be a decision that the doctors have to give us an insight on what to expect.”Defensive end J.J. Watt went down twice with leg contusions, but returned both times. Watt could be seen on the sideline trying to stretch his right leg out after the second injury and only missed one play before returning to the field when Arizona State went to punt.St. Jean sprained the same ankle that kept him out of most of fall camp, but was able to return to the game.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers looking to push streak to four wins

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is in the midst of a resurgence.After riding a three-game winning streak, the Badgers now find themselves sitting at 12-9 overall, 4-4 Big Ten and looking at the cusp of a potential NCAA Tournament berth.They will now travel to Champaign to face Illinois (10-10 overall, 2-5 Big Ten), a team that hasn’t fared so well this season.Last time outUW welcomed No. 19 Indiana to the Kohl Center Tuesday, coming out on top, 82-79, in an overtime thriller that kept the Hoosiers from breaking their losing streak in Madison, which dates back to 1998.In pictures: Wisconsin vs. No. 19 IndianaIndiana’s Yogi Ferrell, who put up 30 points and recorded two steals and an assist, was unable to out duel Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (31 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals) in a tense contest. The adversaries dueled for the majority of the night, with Hayes eventually coming out on top.While turnovers ultimately determined the outcome, 19-16 in favor of Wisconsin, there was plenty to be happy about for UW head coach Greg Gard.The Badgers often found themselves getting to the rim and put the Hoosiers into foul trouble early, with Hayes attempting 22 total free throws by the game’s end.Wisconsin’s keys to victoryStrong efforts off the benchJordan Hill made himself known to Badgers fans against Indiana.The redshirt sophomore went 5-5 from the field for 13 points and a block, and while he never recorded a steal in the game, he continually tipped passes and knocked the ball out of Ferrell’s hands to disrupt Indiana’s offense.Redshirt freshman Aaron Moesch joined Hill as well. His lockdown defense kept Indiana’s perimeter in check and out of the paint, securing a rebound and steal in the process.Their efforts helped keep the Badgers in the game when starters needed a break, giving Gard the confidence to take out Hayes and Bronson Koenig for periods of much-needed rest.Keep Happ goingEthan Happ showed his potential on a big stage against Indiana, adding to the already impressive season he has had.His 25 points took pressure off Hayes and allowed Koenig to distribute rather than force contested shots.Happ’s ability to beat defenders off the post was impeccable considering his lack of a jump shot, and Indiana’s defenders knowing so. Even when Indiana collapsed their zone on a driving Happ, he was able to knock down a tough hook or pass out of the play.While the caliber of play Happ exhibited Tuesday night won’t be needed every game, he needs to maintain his high rate of play down the stretch.Opposing player to watch: Malcolm HillHill, a junior, leads the Illini in points (18.7) and assists (3.4) and is second in rebounds (5.9).His skill set makes him Illinois’ all-around best player and he will require heavy defense to contain. Illinois plays a dangerous game, though.They live and die by Hill’s performances, relying heavily on him to provide points, much as Wisconsin relied on Hayes in the early portion of the season.While it will be no easy task to contain Hill, if Wisconsin is able to, Illinois’ offense will be decimated without his production.last_img read more

Enlarged Kindred Group hits all metric highs for full-year 2016

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Releasing its unaudited year-end report, Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Kindred Group Plc (formerly Unibet Group Plc) is likely break it all-time revenue and earnings performance for full-year 2016.The enlarged operator was able to post a further consecutive all-time revenue generating quarter of £152 million for Q4 2016 (Q4 2015: £111 million). Kindred would record a period underlying EBITDA of £39 million (Q4 2015: £27 million), despite facing increased betting duties and unfavourable sporting results.Closing its full-year 2016, Kindred governance expects to declare corporate revenues of £544 million (FY 2015: £354 million). The operator targets a full-year underlying EBITDA of £123 million (FY 2015: £81 million).Having enlarged its online betting portfolio in 2015 via the corporate acquisitions of Stan James online (UK) and Nordic gaming operator iGame, Kindred details that it has reached a total registered player base of 16.5 million for FY 2016.  For Q4 2016 the number of active customers amounted to 1,150,027 (921,150), compared with 1,067,910 for Q3 2016.At present, Kindred governance expects to declare full-year 2016 profits of circa £84 million (FY 2015: £55 million). Kindred governance detailed that its full-year 2016 performance breakdown would be made available on 13 March 2017.Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group would comment on the company update “Another very strong quarter with EBITDA up 48 per cent and EPS up 54 per cent despite betting duties increasing by 67 per cent.”“High volumes of activity and strong growth across all products have continued in the fourth quarter bringing a new all-time high in Gross winnings revenue of GBP 152.8 million, up 37 per cent on last year (+ 16 per cent in constant currency). Despite some favorites winning in December, the sportsbook margin after Free Bets was in line with prior year”Kindred  Group Unaudited 2016 – Performance Overview Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Werner Becher – Sportradar goes big on Simulated Reality to re-energise betting market

first_img StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Submit Werner Becher – SportradarLast week, Sportradar announced the launch of ‘Simulated Reality’, which offers clients a new sports betting category matching real-life sports engagements.Speaking exclusively to SBC, Werner Becher, Sportradar Managing Director for US Betting, outlined the journey to launch and tech capacity for Simulated Reality – a product arriving at the most critical time for the industry.______________SBC: Can you explain the concept of ‘Simulated Reality’ to SBC audiences, and how this technology will improve and redefine sportsbooks product portfolios?  Werner Becher (WB): We have had this concept for some time, but the timing is right to launch this now, knowing we had the data, technology and talent to scale this quickly in light of the unprecedented times the sports betting market is currently facing.Simulated Reality is completely AI-driven and algorithm-based. It continues to learn and adapt due to the AI systems we use and the millions of data points that we have gathered over 20 years and input into the system. This has enabled us to create a product that gives fans the same experience as they would have when watching and betting on a real game: the same teams, at the same day and times they would usually be played, and all the betting options they would normally be presented with on a matchday.We have added all our AI capabilities to not only analyse, but also generate data on recommendations from our AI engine. Normally we collect data from thousands of real games, our AI then analyses the data coming in and calculates the best markets and odds. With Simulated Reality we generate the data ourselves from our AI engine which is something completely new to the industry.All our historic and statistical data from millions of sporting events helps to model an unquantifiable number of data points. We provide the AI engine with all the inputs, categories, and filters and within the Simulated Reality product it then selects the best scenes which fit any given moment within a live game. This can’t be done manually so we need to train the AI engine. This rapidly creates a huge number of different game situations, outcomes and gameplays to generate similar but completely unpredictable new experiences for football fans.The AI engine looks for historic games with similar conditions and odds and, depending on the game, lets the RNG decide which sequences to choose and show next. The engine recognises appropriate but completely unpredictable sequences. This product is our chance to model how real games would take place as they would happen in real stadiums.SBC: Can you detail the development of ‘simulated reality’ games from its initial concept and development stage through to its official launch?WB: The idea was conceptualised and fully mapped out last Wednesday (25th March) by colleagues in our Austrian product team. On Thursday we held management discussions, further developed the concept and held meetings with our AI teams and on Friday agreed we would have a prototype ready by April 1st to test and optimize ahead of launch this weekend.Our business has 2,500 staff working across multiple global locations. This has been made even more complex because everyone is now working remotely. It has been a huge challenge to do this in such a short space of time; to standardise the software processes, to develop the product, to test it across every parameter, integrate it into own data feeds and to launch it in five days.SBC: As a technology, Simulated Reality encompasses many of Sportradar’s existing product and wagering services capacities. Where does it sit within your existing wagering portfolio? WB: We have created a new category. With very little live-action, if we can provide a modern, relevant product that can be trusted by bettors, replicating games as they would be played and at the same time of day they are played, that are fair and unpredictable, then I’m confident that bettors will enjoy the experience. In the future when sports come back, I believe this product could also have a longer lifespan as there is huge demand now.I’m confident this will help our partners generate additional revenue at a time when they need it most and provide fans with a hugely entertaining product that will enable them to see their teams complete the season. Today’s generation of football fans switch between games, both in real and virtual terms and are constantly monitoring current standings and scores, and this product allows them to instantly replicate that behaviour and experience.SBC: As you are aware, it is difficult delivering new concepts to sports betting audiences. How has Sportradar tested the capacity of simulated reality to ensure it is both unique and disruptive? WB: We are working and running AI simulations 24/7 and will continue to do this even after the product has gone live. The AI engine never stops learning and that is the beauty of such a dynamic and evolving product that is constantly being fed data and learning the most appropriate but unpredictable outcomes as a result.We are also optimising the Simulated Reality product step-by-step. You can adjust parameters and filters to send it in the right direction and in parallel work on its output with live data and odds feeds, however working with AI is not like developing normal source code. It is about training the software, letting it run and allowing it to learn itself.SBC: You are launching a new technology at a sensitive time for bookmakers dealing with global COVID-19 impacts. Why not push back the launch simulated reality games to a ‘softer period’? WB: The world is a very different place to a month ago, as is our industry with all retail betting operators down in Europe and other countries. Operators that rely on retail business are struggling while online betting operators that also have online casino products have seen some losses but have increased their share of casino revenue.This product is designed to provide our partners and their customers with high quality, unique sports betting entertainment content and a smooth user experience, helping them to generate additional revenues during this difficult time as well as when the world and the industry resumes normal service.There are limited numbers of live events left that operators can offer and players can bet on, therefore attentions have been drawn to other products such as casino with some operators reporting activity up 20-30%. Virtuals has also seen considerable uplift as a share of sportsbook revenue, while we strongly believe Simulated Reality could go even further.SBC: Moving forward, how will Sportradar utilise simulated reality dynamics across its range of wagering products and services. How does it enhance Sportradar’s all-round product capacities? WB: We are kicking this off with top three leagues in England, Germany and Spain. We are then adding Europe’s top knock-out football tournaments next week, and rapidly increasing played events to 700 per day in those countries and others including second and third tier leagues.We then plan to extend this even further to other sports including tennis with all major tournaments, basketball, handball and much more. Our AI engine can instantly provide us with more games. If 80% of revenues are generated during live betting, then we are aiming to generate as much with Simulated Reality.We are working around the clock to continually evolve this product as well as simultaneously work with other units such as our virtual sports teams to discuss how we can better visualize our data and add more fan engagement factors and statistics, insights and big data to further enhance the betting experience._____________Werner Becher – Sportradar – Managing Director US Betting Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Anaheim-based Paul Fabritz uses detailed scientific methods to train NBA players

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener “As a jumper, he’s pretty average. As a sprinter, end to end, he’s pretty average,” Fabritz continued. “But my definition of athleticism is deceleration. How well do you stop on a dime? That’s even more important than how fast you start. Raw quickness, deceleration, the ability to go from off-balance to on-balance, his ability to do these different Euro steps that he does, every move, he gets his feet set and goes straight up, straight down, and that’s what allows him to make so many shots.“That’s all athleticism.”Harden, in a statement shared via Fabritz, described him as a “master of his craft,” adding that he “knows my game and knows what I need from a strength and movement standpoint. It’s not just one-size-fits-all training.”Fabritz’s scientific approach incorporates film and force-plate testing, as well as biomechanics analysis at Cal State Fullerton. He regularly goes deep-diving down research rabbit holes, exploring concepts new and old, including, lately, those originating with Yuri Verkhoshansky, the Russian godfather of plyometric training.The @PJFPerformance Instagram account – with its 336,000 followers – is loaded with images and video clips of players ranging from prospects to stars.Bamba, the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft a few months ago, is pictured pushing himself in drills with names like the “pneumatic press/iso hold,” which, the accompanying caption explains, improves upper body strength while developing full body stability.Those preseason sessions with the Orlando Magic’s promising 7-footer are about more than improving on-court stability, Fabritz said.“What I tell Mo is, ‘This is a marathon,’” Fabritz said. “‘There will be times when you’re traveling and it’s back-to-back nights and you go into the hotel gym and you’re on your own because the (team’s) strength coach doesn’t have time for everybody.’“He needs to know how to get a good workout. He needs to know how to structure his days. He needs to know how to eat, how to sleep, and how to build up these habits right now, because that might be the difference between a four-year career and a 15-year career.”For Fabritz, this career is beyond a dream come true.“I never knew this was even an industry,” he said. “And it probably wasn’t.”As an eighth-grade basketball junkie who compensated for his lack of athleticism with a desire to improve, Fabritz hadn’t the slightest premonition that the personal transformation he would undergo in college would lead to PJF Performance, or even that PJF Performance would ever grow to be a business worthy of a catchier name.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The feedback that all the clients give is, ‘This training is so different from what I’ve ever experienced,’” said Ashley Powell, Fabritz’s fiancee, who helped found PJF Fitness and serves as its chief financial officer. “That the program design does matter, and the person leading the training matters.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.A former college player, Fabritz, 28, says he can still “hang” with those clients, whom he offers an individualized approach blending exercise science, skills work, strength and conditioning and physical therapy.He analyzes every play by each of his players all season so he can tailor a regimen targeting individual strengths and weaknesses. (It’s serious work, even if it doesn’t always sound like it: “He’s hilarious when he watches basketball, it’s like he’s playing, he gets so heated, so emotional,” Powell said. “I’m telling you, he can go into a falsetto like Christina Aguilera.”)With Harden for the past four years, Fabritz designed workouts that enhanced the guard’s change-of-pace ability, his balance, his durability – and quickened his first step.“He’s super-interesting athletically,” Fabritz said of the MVP, who starred at Arizona State at the same time Fabritz was there earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness, just “a little guy” eating ramen and struggling to get his brand-new business off the ground. PreviousA former college basketball player, Paul Fabritz, right, offers an individualized approach to the athletes he works with, blending exercise science, skills work, strength and conditioning and physical therapy. (Photo by Calvin Mai, courtesy of PJF Performance)Seen working with Brooklyn Nets guard Shabazz Napier, left, Paul Fabritz, center, analyzes every play by each of his players all season so he can tailor a regimen targeting individual strengths and weaknesses. (Photo by Christian Bondad, courtesy of PJF Performance) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPaul Fabritz’s scientific approach to training athletes incorporates film and force-plate testing, as well as biomechanics analysis at Cal State Fullerton. He said he’s not afraid to explore concepts new or old. (Photo by Calvin Mai, courtesy of PJF Performance)Working with Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, for the past four years, Paul Fabritz, right, designed workouts that enhanced the NBA MVP’s change-of-pace ability, his balance, his durability – and quickened his first step. (Photo by Kenneth Wynn, courtesy of PJF Performance)A former college basketball player, Paul Fabritz, right, offers an individualized approach to the athletes he works with, blending exercise science, skills work, strength and conditioning and physical therapy. (Photo by Calvin Mai, courtesy of PJF Performance)NextShow Caption1 of 4A former college basketball player, Paul Fabritz, right, offers an individualized approach to the athletes he works with, blending exercise science, skills work, strength and conditioning and physical therapy. (Photo by Calvin Mai, courtesy of PJF Performance)ExpandANAHEIM — The way Paul Fabritz sees it from his perch among the NBA’s elite trainers, James Harden’s MVP award was two seasons overdue: “He kind of got snubbed.”Forgive Fabritz if he’s not wholly objective. The Houston Rockets’ Harden is one of more than 20 NBA players, including Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Orlando’s Mo Bamba and Brooklyn’s Shabazz Napier employing Fabritz as a “personal performance trainer.”They’ve come flocking to Anaheim for Fabritz’s basketball-specific approach, attracted by testimonials from their peers or what they’ve seen on social media.Fabritz’s Instagram story is about a guy who, through years of obsessive study, hard work and basketball jonesing, has established himself as an innovator capable of helping the world’s top players recover, improve and extend their careers. He’s the trainer with the formula that helped – if only “a little,” he says – Harden lay claim to the most-valuable mantle. Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Fabritz’s tenures at Mesa Community College and Northern Arizona University were marred by injuries that affected two toes, both wrists, his meniscus and his right hand. Those setbacks hurt, but they helped him recognize he likely had nutritional deficiencies, and how crucial injury prevention is.He moved past the power-lifting he’d done in high school and began incorporating yoga, pilates and plyometrics, as well as agility, strength and conditioning training.And within two years, his vertical leap went from 32 to 47 inches – including one inch per month for the first year. Previously capable of only grazing the rim, the 5-foot-11 Fabritz was throwing down windmill dunks that were attracting thousands of new Instagram followers just as he was venturing into personal training.With Powell’s help, Fabritz compiled his newfound knowledge in an ebook, “Vertical Jump Cheat Codes,” which was greeted by a surprisingly enthusiastic audience.“We were making a combined $11,000 a year, and then we went and grossed $75,000 in 60 days off ‘Cheat Code’” Powell said. “We were like, ‘What is happening?’”“I realized I could apply these principles to help other athletes,” said Fabritz, who started training players from around the Flagstaff, Ariz., area for free, and then for $15 or $20, before moving to Tempe, as his clientele grew to include players from across the state, including former Phoenix Suns big man Alex Len.Fabritz hoped someday to work for an NBA team or a major college program. Instead, Open Gym Premier and then Rob Pelinka, now the Lakers’ general manager who at the time was CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, found Fabritz’s Instagram account.“They were like, ‘We’ve never seen stuff like this,’” Fabritz said. “So they made the pitch to move me out to train all of their guys and the first guy I got from them was James Harden. And once I got James, everything really started.”PJF Performance physiotherapist Jason Pinili said he hears elite players vouching for Fabritz.“In the NFL, strength and power translate, but in basketball, it’s all footwork and things like that, which makes it much more difficult in terms of translating the weight room to performance on the court,” Pinili said. “That’s where Paul excels. And players recognize that; they’re so in tune with their bodies, they can tell the impact and what is happening. And, for us, there’s nothing better than watching these players perform and succeed.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in tests

first_imgAdvertisement vg5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs24d3fWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egfoqx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bgroWould you ever consider trying this?😱cCan your students do this? 🌚bteohRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former England captain, Michael Vaughan believes that only Virat Kohli’s Indian team has the qualities to defeat Australia in their own backyard. The Aussies dominated in both the T20I and Test series against Pakistan as the visitors couldn’t match the former’s lethal pace attack. The hosts beat a dismal Pakistani side 2-0 in the T20I series before whitewashing them again in the Test series.Advertisement Getty ImagesFollowing Australia’s second Test victory, Vaughan twitted: “This Australian Team in these conditions are going to take some beating … Only India have the tools to do so at this stage… #AUSvPAK.”Advertisement Spinner Nathan Lyon scalped five wickets as the Kangaroos brushed aside Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in the final Test of the two-match series on Monday.“Really happy. Barring few slip-ups in the field yesterday, we played excellent cricket over the last two matches. We came back from England, we felt, we were getting better all the time. We wanted our batters to score big runs, when your six seven and eight are not facing lot of balls then your top-order is doing fine. David (Warner) and Marnus (Labuschagne) have been unbelievably good.” Aussie skipper Tim Paine said at the post-match conference. Advertisementlast_img read more