September 18, 2020

Women of Troy win three individual titles, place third

first_imgThe No. 14-ranked Women of Troy closed out the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington with a third- place team finish and three individual titles.After the first day of competition, USC was fourth. The Women of Troy were able to improve to third overall, where they remained through the conclusion of the meet. USC finished third with 1109 points. California won the team title with 1629.5 and Stanford finished second (1401). Arizona was fourth (954.5), followed by UCLA (951.5), Utah (652), Arizona State (610), Washington State (369.5) and Oregon State (286).Junior Kendyl Stewart kicked off USC’s winning streak on Friday, winning her second career title in the 100 yard fly. Stewart won the 100 yard fly in 51.10, 0.04 ahead the second place finisher. Stewart first won the 100 yard fly Pac-12 title as a freshman in 2013 when her 51.32 broke Lindsey DePaul’s 2011 record time of 51.34. With the 51.10, Stewart broke her school record in the race for the second time in two weeks, as she had improved it to 51.25 against UCLA on Feb. 13.“The race felt strong and sharp from the beginning,” Stewart said. “I’m happy to have a best time under my belt heading into NCAAs in a couple of weeks. It’s also awesome to score some big points for the team to help secure a top-3 finish.”On Saturday, senior Haley Ishimatsu became the first Pac-12 woman to win the platform three straight years and was also named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ishimatsu won her third platform championship with 368.75. Her final dive in a five-dive set earned her an impressive six 9.0s and one 8.5.Her performance makes her the second woman to win the platform title three times in her career.“I’m so thankful for competing so well at Pac-12s the past three years,” Ishimatsu said. “I’m very honored to be the three-time Pac-12 platform champion. I’m also honored to be the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. I’m excited for the NCAA zones next week and NCAA championships.”Senior Andrea Kropp added another individual title to USC’s collection with a win in the 200 yard breast. It was her first career conference title. Kropp made her third straight appearance in the   Pac-12 200 yard breast final and this time was able to take home a victory in her final Pac-12 championship, winning in 2:08.51, 0.85 ahead of Stanford senior Katie Olsen (2:09.36).Kropp is USC’s first 200 yard breaststroke title winner since              six-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni won in 2009.“It was so amazing to be able to win my first Pac-12 title in my last race with the entire team,” Kropp said. “Having all of them behind me gave me the motivation that I needed to swim fast when it got tough. Winning and getting such a good time gives me confidence and only makes me even more excited for the upcoming NCAAs.”The NCAA Championships will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, on March 19-21.last_img read more

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Michael Gbinije will be Syracuse’s starting point guard

first_imgMichael Gbinije, after starting at forward for most of last season, will be Syracuse’s starting point guard this coming season.Gbinije’s move to starting point guard was reported by CBS Sports’ John Rothstein on Tuesday afternoon, and Gbinije has been practicing at point guard with Trevor Cooney as his backcourt mate in the last couple weeks.The combo-guard/forward handled the ball for the Orange throughout last season, and averaged a career-high 12.7 points per game while starting in 24 of SU’s 31 games. The move likely relegates point guard Kaleb Joseph to the backup role behind Gbinije, who stands 6 feet, 7 inches and will provide a lot of length at the top of Syracuse’s zone.This will be Gbinije’s final season for the Orange, which opens its campaign on Nov. 13 at home against Lehigh. Syracuse fans will get their first chance to see the 2015-16 team on Friday during Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 13, 2015 at 5:54 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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PA Betting Services: Meeting demand for esports in-play action

first_img Share Share Submit Related Articles BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Jack Kelliher, Commercial Manager for PA Betting Services (pictured), discusses the unforeseen esports events in lockdown, the ‘pulling power’ of large brands to attack the space, popular objections for those nervous about getting involved, and the trading advantage to setting prices against those for other major betting sports.SBC: With the betting world now having had time to readjust to the lack of live sports action, what’s been the reaction to esports, which of course has enjoyed a lot of industry discussion post-lockdown measures?JK: It’s been a pleasant surprise. We help supply the data to sportsbooks here at PA Betting Services and I understand operators have seen x30/40 growth on events we couldn’t foresee prior to lockdown such as the FIFA Quarantine Cup and NBA 2K league. We have also seen a doubling of turnover on established titles like CS:GO and League of Legends. Despite the doom and gloom we are sometimes presented with, our feeling at PA Betting Services is that sportsbooks have fought back tremendously in extreme adversity. Those who have embraced esports, virtual racing and international racing products from Japan, Australia and now France could be pleasantly surprised at the turnover and profits made compared to prior forecasts in early March.SBC: We could argue that the key to esports success would be the appetite for it from a bettors’ perspective. With at-home betting audiences starved for live sport markets to engage with, are we beginning to see encouraging signs that esports is a market they want to regularly participate in?JK: Esports has definitely gained new audiences in the last two months and it has been helped by being in the public eye more than usual. There’s an amazing community that has relished the exposure. I believe the industry is going to continue to benefit from an explosion of growth in the short to medium-term as more people come into the sport and the products mature. We’ve seen reports of increased turnover from sportsbooks who were already dedicated to this space. But most will have witnessed greater industry awareness which benefits the wider esports ecosystem. Established brands new to the sports betting market have proven there is an appetite from bettors on a wide scale. In my role at PA Betting Services, we have seen far greater demand for esports data, odds and content than ever before. Esports is for sure coming to a place near you soon.SBC: Is the industry perception of esports changing with the times? Are we seeing more traditional bettors look towards esports now with other live sport events cancelled on a wide scale? JK: Not yet in my opinion or at least not on a large scale. Companies like Betway have shown how to build a dedicated offering the fans can appreciate. The pulling power large brands have in the UK provides the opportunity to educate bettors and really attack this space. Our industry news, tips, infographics and stats widgets are all great ways to engage audiences both new to the genre and experienced alike.SBC: Are we still witnessing some reluctance from bookmakers to take their first step into the world of esports? What do you think is holding them back?JK: I believe that sportsbooks are still nervous about the esports space, especially here in the UK where many of the leading brands operate. The larger bookmakers have experienced fantastic success elsewhere and the downtime enforced by COVID-19 could even see some operators spending time improving more proven traditional products due to the expected revenue generated via those channels. Many sportsbooks have an offering but what is offered to customers, for example the in-play offering, can differ vastly between different providers. If you shop around, you will see the same small number of markets for the same fixtures without vastly different pricing on 60-70% of established sportsbooks. Thanks to this report from EveryMatrix we know our in-play offering is market leading on volume of markets. Like tennis and cricket – esports will see lots of action on in-play betting and having a great offer in this space with good depth and uptime will be critical for operators in the near future.SBC: In your conversations about esports with potential customers, what seem to be the most popular objections? JK: Integrity is something that always pops up as a challenge to esports in the betting space, with stories of match fixing since as early as 2010, when a South Korean StarCraft player received a lifetime ban for conspiring to lose games. As any sports fan knows, scandals such as this are not unique to esports. The emergence of ESIC in the last few years has certainly helped with sportsbooks, media and game developers joining forces to tackle this concern. As more and more companies become part of the ESIC group, the battle to provide comfort and assurances will strengthen. Underage gambling is another area that pops up frequently, but this is something I’m quick to dismiss as an issue. Betting operators have taken a much stricter stance to the Know Your Customer (KYC) process in recent times and continue to do so. Compliance queries are not uncommon and PA Betting Services has a rich history of ensuring integrity for the UK horse racing market and all this knowledge and experience has been brought over to our esports products and partnerships.SBC: What future challenges and opportunities can you see arising around esports?JK: During these challenging times esports has been very much in the public eye. Unlike other major sports titles, the biggest challenge to sportsbooks will be to retain turnover across all game titles. For dedicated media and news sites, I see only greater awareness in the short term and very little downside as demand for esports game previews and betting content is high right now. I see only opportunity for the whole esports community. Esports is in a unique position, particularly the traders of these titles. Typically, you would see match markets with 2-5% overround in football and tennis, where you will often see 8%-15% in esports match winner markets. These margins are there to help risk manage the book in a somewhat new sport. The traders taking it seriously and upskilling their teams by employing dedicated esports traders will have a huge edge in minimising the margins through greater understanding and knowledge of the gameplay, driving greater incentives for bettors to play at that sportsbook. PA Betting Services is proud to partner with one of the global leading esports suppliers of data, odds and gameplay visuals – PandaScore. Esports games have many nuances and with the PS team being dedicated gamers in their spare time, including some ex-professionals – all combined with specialist data science knowledge – they have formed a dynamic trading team who really understand each esports title. The result is a better user experience for customers with the most markets, greater uptime and confidence backed with reputation and integrity. SBC: Looking ahead to the summer where hopefully things will become a lot clearer, do you think esports will have offered a lifeline to sportsbooks and restored some normality and financial stability for the betting industry?JK: A lifeline might be unfair on all other revenue streams sportsbooks still have such as virtual sports, slot games and casinos, but esports has certainly helped. One customer was quoted as saying 60% of all revenues are now coming from esports. The majority of this is, somewhat surprisingly, coming from FIFA and NBA2K – both recent additions to the sector. The crossover for sports fans to these titles is so seamless that I expect the industry has taken revenues in excess of any forecasts they could predict. Our expertise in offering esports solutions have kept the PA Betting Services team busy over the past months. I think it is a sector going one way and that’s up.SBC: What would be your final message to anyone considering esports as a market?JK: Competitive gaming is here to stay and is growing month-on-month, year-on-year. Dedicated esports betting sites are taking millions each month having attracted an audience from scratch with little to no opportunity to cross sell from other sports. It’s imperative you offer audiences depth of coverage across each title, combining that with depth of markets and high-end visual widgets to increase engagement. That’s what PA Betting Services are helping sportsbooks with, so please do feel free to reach out if you’re exploring this space.last_img read more

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John Boye to miss Turkey friendly because of injury

first_imgFrance-based John Boye is set to miss Ghana’s international friendly against Turkey next week through injury.The central defender is said to have suffered a muscle strain while in action for Stade Rennes at the weekend.The 26-year-old is expected to be out for an estimated two-week period – effectively ruling him out of the friendly match to be played in Istanbul on August 14.Boye is also expected to miss the opening French league match against Evian on Friday.The situation provides an opportunity for coach Akwasi Appiah to call in a replacement.The Black Stars trainer is looking to making the most out of the friendly to assess options ahead of Ghana’s deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month.last_img read more

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Juventus congratulated Eid-al-Fitr with Miralem Pjanic

first_imgToday, the great Italian Juventus sent its fans and the Islamic world an Eid greeting on the occasion of the upcoming Eid al-Fitr.The best wishes to the fans of the team from Turin on the eve of the upcoming Eid were sent by the Turkish Merih Demiral and the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Miralem Pjanic.“Merih Demirel, Miralem Pjanic and the entire Juventus family wish a happy upcoming Eid to all Muslims in the world,” said the great man from Turin.“Happy Eid to all Juventus fans, I send you a big hug,” Pjanic said, news portal reports. . @Merihdemiral, @Miralem_Pjanic and the Juventus family wishes all the Muslim world a blessed Eid-al-Fitr ⚫⚪#EidMubarak— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 23, 2020last_img read more

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Council roundup: Quiet zones at railroad crossings will be much, much more expensive to construct

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 305 weeks ago Surprise! Quiet zones will cost more. The city cannot afford to maintain the streets and want to assess special taxes on homeowners for street improvements. Those wanting quiet zones knew the houses were near the tracks when they purchased the properties. If they want the quiet zones, assess special taxes, and let them pay for it. They are a “want” not a “need”. The old Wellington Hospital was on South Washington and there was no whining about delays to the hospital or noise for many many years. I would feel differently if the trains were something that came after the homeowners purchased the homes, but they knew the trains were there when they bought the property. If they want quiet they can move or they can pay the special taxes needed to bring them the quiet they now “want”. Report Reply 1 reply · active 305 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 305 weeks ago resident2014 I agree with you to a point. When the Wellington Hospital was in exsistence we did not have as many trains daily as we do now. That number is going to increase even more. So to say that the trains have always been here is true but not the number we see today. SO I understand that frustration but now that the figure is more than double I think we need to work with the railroad and establish points of pickup so the tracks are not blocked. But we will stil get to hear the Horns…maybe they can teach them to toot the thing and not lay on it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 305 weeks ago I still stand on you buy near tracks there could be trains (more or less). I buy on a busy street there will be traffic (maybe more, maybe less). Not the taxpayers problem. I see we are working with the RR to lessen the noise. Keep up the good work. Hope it works out for everyone…including the taxpayers and not just the neighbors. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Larry · 305 weeks ago There are rules by the FRA as to how long they must blow the horn before and thru the crossing. A toot won’t do the job. Report Reply 1 reply · active 304 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down steve · 305 weeks ago look at all the good paying jobs that the railroad provides to our local economy. our tax base needs to be supported by these trains that do make noise. i suggest people relocate away from the trains if it bothers them. from a railroad family! Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Kip · 305 weeks ago Regardless of where you live in this town you can hear the train horns. They aren’t going anywhere & WILL continue to increase. Every citizen of Wellington would benefit from this not only from a quality of life standpoint (noise), but it would absolutely increase ALL home values regardless of where the home is located. If this town doesn’t start biting the bullet, addressing the short comings that we have this town will not gain any new residents, as potential citizens of Wellington will ultimately chose to live else where. Wellington has a heck of a lot going for it but we must continue to invest in our city or it will fail. The city is no different than a business, if you don’t invest, reinvest, & continue to grow you will not survive. Wellington has an aging population that must understand that they have been “using” (not ment in a negative way; use of streets, sewers, trash service, Lake, Schools, etc.) this city & it’s infrastructure which requires reinvestment & upgrades. The past is the past, we have no control over it & “what previous City Council(s) have or have not done, we can only control the future & make Lemonade out of the Lemons we were felt. Wellington is a great place to raise a family but unless your from here it is difficult if not next to impossible to see past all of the broken streets, broken water lines, broke down homes, etc to take that leap of faith to move your family here when there are other cities around that do offer those types of amenities. Just my 2 cents (probably more). Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down notlla · 305 weeks ago All the Railroad needs to do is ,clear the tracks at C street before stopping the train. This will open the streets to traffic ,and shut off the bells ,everybody Happy…………Simple solution to the problem. Will not cost anybody a Dime……………………………………………….. Report Reply 1 reply · active 304 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 304 weeks ago Kip is absolutely right. People like to believe that not spending now is the best option, and then hide their head in the sand while the problem worsens. You don’t fix a problem by waiting to fix it, you only make it more expensive when it reaches critical mass, and you have no option but to act. Quiet Zones would make absolutely no impact on the railroad business in town from monetary and jobs standpoint. Frankly, I believe the railroad would prefer the queit zones because it eases their regulatory burdens when approaching these intersections. Kip brings up another good point in the property values in homes surrounding these railroad tracks. Traditionally, homes on the South side have a lesser property value than those in many other areas of the City, and this is something that could possibly make an impact. Increased property values = higher property tax revenue = more money to dedicated to other necessary infrastructure improvements = less burden on residents for emergency funding. With interest rates at their current level, the City could consider a financing agreement on these Quiet Zones that could possibly result in a very small, to no, impact on the resident Mill Levy increase. I think it’s certainly worthy of consideration. Report Reply 1 reply · active 304 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the city of Wellington wishes to go through with the construction of quiet zones at railroad crossings on the five intersections on the south side of town, it appears the costs will be significantly higher than what was previously thought.Interim City Manager Shane Shields informed the council at Tuesday night’s meeting he and two other city employees met with the design plan engineer for the proposed quiet zones from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad office to G Street and it would cost $223,637 instead of the $100,000 or less that was previously estimated.Shields cautioned the design plans are not completed so the figures are not set in stone.This summer, a group of homeowners, living in the area near the railroad, asked the council to make the intersections into quiet zones so BNSF would not have to blow their horns when a train approaches Wellington. In turn, these intersections would be constructed in a way making it impossible for drivers and pedestrians to cross the tracks while the railroad crossing guards are down and a train is passing through (see related story here).Train horns are required by federal law to be sounded at all public crossings 24 hours a day to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching.The proposal is to build 100-foot concrete medians on the north and south side of the tracks.•••••In other news:•Council member Vince Wetta commented that BNSF train engineers are making a more concerted effort to load and unload east of the yard instead of west where they were tying up traffic. Wetta said he has received several compliments from people living in the area.Shields asked the council if he could write a letter to BNSF official thanking the engineers. There were no objections.•The council voted to reject all bids from venders for the purchase of a city utility office pickup. The board also rejected the G Street water line bids and fiberglass ductwork on Chlorine scrubber bids.•Sumner Regional Medical Center board of director Leonard Hernandez gave his monthly report to the council. He said there will be two forums concerning the upcoming sales tax vote on the hospital in November. Those forums are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.•Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer asked about an item that was discussed at a previous meeting about Verizon Wireless looking to use the main Wellington City water tower to erect a cell phone tower. Stallbaumer asked if the water tower at Worden Park would be a more appropriate place.Shields said the company expressed the desire to only place the cell phone tower either on the main water tower at A Street or in the parking lot of a church. Since the church parking lot was in a residential area, that wouldn’t be feasible.Shields said he has sent a letter to Verizon’s for more information on their plans and the specs the city wishes the corporation to adhere to, but he has yet to hear any response from the company.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, April 4, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Monday, April 4, 2016:•2:04 a.m. Officers investigated a theft  to title in the 700 block of W. 3rd.•9:50 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of utilities in the 100 block of W 18th.•7:30 a.m. Glenda J. Lira, 73, city was issued a notice to appear for parking where signs prohibit.•2:27 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone by known suspect in the 800 block of N Poplar.•5:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft, battery and criminal damage to property in the 800 block of E. 4th.•2:30 p.m. Officers investigated report of a runaway in the 1400 block of W. 8th.•7:40 p.m. Officers investigated driving while suspended and operating a motor vehicle with no registration.•7:40 p.m. Laura L. Miller, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with driving while suspended and illegal registration.•7:56 p.m. Christopher D. Robison, 49, Tecumseh, Okla. was issued a notice to appear charged with defective brake/turn light and drivers license violation.•9:05 p.m. Juvenile female, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with  seat belt violation.•9:41 p.m. Kathy L. Cooper, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective headlight and drivers license violation (no driver’s license).•11:30 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Belle Plaine was issued a notice to appear charged with tail light.last_img read more

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Hey, XFL, your next franchises are watching with great interest in Ohio

first_imgAlong with Kansas City, the only other two cities that 4.0 or better and don’t even have a team? Columbus and Cleveland. That should surprise nobody in Ohio and should be on the XFL’s radar for next season. Ohio is one of the most football-obsessed states in the country, and the XFL should establish a foothold in that state like what they have with Houston and Dallas in Texas. Add one or both markets, and chances are it would work.  Let’s make the case for both.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms  | RostersXFL in Columbus  Columbus drew a 4.5 for the Seattle-D.C. game on Saturday, and one reason is clear. It’s the Cardale Jones bump. Jones led Ohio State to a national championship in 2014, and a large cross-section of that viewership had to be Buckeyes’ fans with nothing better to do on a Saturday in February.Would that work for a full season in Columbus? It would be worth the experiment. They could play in the Columbus Crew’s current venue at MAPFRE Stadium or the new stadium, which is under construction.  Now, one might look at the Columbus Crew – which ranked 21st in attendance out of 24 MLS teams in 2019 – or the Columbus Blue Jackets – which  rank 23rd out of 31 this season – and say this would never work. They might even point out the one-year stint of the Ohio Glory in the World League of American Football in 1992. (Hey, at least they had cool uniforms .)Try these attendance figures instead. The Columbus Clippers – the city’s minor-league baseball affiliate for the Cleveland Indians – ranked second among AAA teams . That Ohio connection matters.  None of those sports are football, and Ohio State routinely draws record numbers for spring game. If Jones started for a XFL team based in Columbus, then they would sell out every game.  XFL in Cleveland The Cleveland market drew a 4.6 for Seattle-D.C. on Saturday (perhaps the Jones bump), but it also did a 4.0 for Tampa Bay-New York on Sunday.  Seven of the eight XFL franchises have a NFL franchise, and here is how Cleveland’s NFL team ranks in attendance compared to those seven:  RankCityAvg. Att.1.Dallas90,9292.New York*76,5943.Houston71,7934.Seattle68,9905.Cleveland67,4316.Washington D.C.65,4887.Tampa Bay51,8988.Los Angeles**51,490*Denotes combined average of Jets, Giants  **Denotes combined average of Rams, Chargers  The Browns ranked 17th in attendance despite being a 6-10 dysfunctional mess in 2019, and that number will increase with improvement in 2020.  Plus, the city had a good-standing run with the Cleveland Gladiators in the Arena Football League from 2008-2017. The Gladiators made to the Arena Bowl in 2014, too.  The city could support a XFL team in the same fashion. In other words, bring the Gladiators back. Even if Cleveland can’t support it, Northeast Ohio could. A place like Canton, which could play right next to the Pro Football of Fame at Fawcett Stadium, could work out, too.  The @xfl2020 ’s next team should be in the birthplace of football and the home of the Pro Football HOF…CANTON, OHIO!— XFL Canton (@XFL_Canton) February 10, 2020Bring it on.  Which one is better? Given the choice between the two cities, Columbus would be the better investment.  It’s centralized in the state and has enough people who follow the Buckeyes, Browns and Bengals that could attach to the team for some affordable football entertainment. It might be a smaller cult following, but the Blue Jackets and Crew have devout followings. A XFL team could get that, too.  Given how well St. Louis did with the ratings on opening weekend, it would be wise for the XFL to explore markets that do not have a NFL franchise. Columbus is that market.  If they can add two, even better. A Columbus-Cleveland XFL rivalry would be natural and has never been explored properly. A Columbus-Detroit rivalry would be even better, given the natural Ohio State-Michigan ties. It’s also worth knowing that the last Michigan professional football team to win a championship was the Michigan Panthers in the USFL in 1983. This version of the XFL might be the most interesting professional football launch since the USFL, because there are earmarks there that could make it successful in the right places.   Columbus and Cleveland are those places.  If Vince McMahon wants this to keep moving, then he needs to bring out the belt.  The Rust Belt, of course. The XFL enjoyed its first weekend and must survive a full season before it can start thinking about spreading to other markets in the future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead.During the opening weekend, the four games drew 12 Nielsen ratings of 4.0 or better across nine markets , including at least one in seven of the eight XFL cities. The only market with a XFL franchise that didn’t hit that number was Los Angeles.  last_img read more

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Cheptegei destroys field to win Uganda Cross Country title

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Kiprotich who finished a commendable 5th (left) congratulates Cheptegei after the race on Saturday. PHOTO BY IAAFKAMPALA2017Joshua Cheptegei destroyed a strong field to win the senior men’s gold at the National Cross Country Championships in Kampala Saturday in a time of 29 minutes 02.29 seconds.Defending champion Phillip Kipyeko set the early pace, but when Cheptegei took charge in the second of five laps at Kololo, the battle for everyone else remained for second place.Olympian Cheptegei stormed home over 100m clear to send a signal that he will be one of the stars to watch at the World Cross Country Championships that will be held at the same venue on March 26.  Cheptegei made his Olympics debut last year, coming 6th in the 10,000 and 8th in the 5000m final.Former marathon Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich put up a strong showing, finishing 5th.The women’s title went to Mercyline Chelangat , while Olympians Peruth Chemutai  and Jacob Kiplimo won the junior women and men’s titles.The championships were a dress rehearsal for the World Cross Country Championships, and after an incident-free event, the Local Organising Committee can confidently look forward to hosting the global event in March.One of the highlights of today’s championship was the world debut of the mixed relay race. Amuria won the race, followed by Prison club and  Police.Cheptegei races to the finish (top) and on the medals podium as national anthem is played at Friday’s Uganda cross country championships at Kololo. PHOTOS BY LOUIS JADWONGSenior Men’s Results 10km (top 10)1 Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei Uganda 0:29:022 Phillip Kipyeko Uganda 0:29:243 Abdallah Kibet Mande Uganda 0:29:404 Timothy Toroitich Uganda 0:29:425 Stephen Kiprotich Uganda 0:29:466 Stephen Kiisa Uganda 0:29:537 Fred Musobo Uganda 0:29:558 Mande Bushendich Uganda 0:30:049 Peter Kibet Uganda 0:30:1310 Filex Chemonges Uganda 0:30:18# Mercyline Chelangat won the women’s senior titleSenior Women results 8km (top 5)1 Mercyline Chelangat 0:34:412 Rachael Zena Chebet 0:35:16 a3 Dorcus Ajok 0:35:464 Doreen Chesang 0:35:545 Doreen Chemutai 0:35:56Chemutai (55) won the women’s junior race.Junior women 6km (top 3)1 Peruth Chemutai  0:20:202 Janat Chemusto  0:20:393  Esther Chekwemoi  0:21:08Kiplimo storms to victory in the men’s junior race.Junior men 8km (top 3)1 Jacob Kiplimo 0:23:252 Titus Kwemoi 0:23:53 + 293 Victor Kiplangat 0:23:54last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Ianni fined after Mourinho clash

first_imgBut the FA opened disciplinary proceedings and Ianni has now been fined.Sarri said Chelsea would consider whether any internal punishment was necessary once the FA delivered its verdict.“I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately, and it was really very important I think that he realised he was wrong,” Sarri said last week.Mourinho had launched an unexpected defence of Ianni after former Manchester United star Phil Neville called for the assistant’s sacking.“I’m not happy that it’s going too far with the young boy. I don’t think he deserves more than what he got,” Mourinho said.“He apologised to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance. I don’t think he deserves to be sacked.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni was fined £6,000 ($7,600) by the Football Association on Tuesday after his wild celebrations in front of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Ianni, who serves as one of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistants, sparked a touchline row after celebrating Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against United at Stamford Bridge on October 20.“Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge. It concerned his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game against Manchester United on October 20, 2018,” an FA statement read.The FA also reminded Mourinho, Chelsea and United of their responsibilities in the aftermath of the explosive incident.Mourinho was incensed by the way Ianni celebrated Barkley’s goal in front of the United bench, leading the former Chelsea boss to dart off his seat as he chased the Italian towards the tunnel.The United manager received an apology from both Ianni and Sarri and said he considered the matter closed.last_img read more

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