Asia Cup Rohit Sharma becomes fastest Indian, second in the world to hit 300 sixes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday became the fastest Indian to hit 300 international sixes and the second fastest in the world in international cricket across all formats. Rohit Sharma played a scintillating knock of 111* against Pakistan in the second Super Four Game of the Asia Cup 2018. Rohit became the second-fastest player after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to achieve the feat. It took 301 innings for the ‘Hitman’ to reach 300 sixes, while Afridi achieved the milestone in just 276.In ODIs, Rohit has hit 189 sixes, 89 in T20Is and 43 in Tests, to take his tally to 301 sixes in international cricket.ALSO READ: India vs Pakistan: Player ratings as India defeat PakistanOther batsmen to achieve this feat are Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Sanath Jayasuriya, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers to hit 300 maximums.Rohit Sharma also became the third fastest Indian to score 7000 ODI runs and the fifth fastest in the world to do so. The Hitman also became the second fastest player to score 5000 ODI runs as an opener and the second skipper to smash three consecutive half-centuries in Asia Cup.ALSO READ: Skilful bowling pool behind India’s success: ChahalApart from this, he also broke numerous records as he became the fifth fastest overall and the third fastest Indian to score 7000 ODI runs, second fastest overall to score 5000 ODI runs as an opener and the second captain to score three consecutive fifties in Asia Cup. last_img read more

US OPEN: Dimitrov, Thiem Advance to Second Round

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov made an assured start to his US Open with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Czech qualifier Vaclav Safranek wednesday.The 26-year-old seventh seed, who won the Cincinnati title earlier this month without dropping a set, advanced in an hour and 48 minutes. Austria’s Dominic Thiem made short work of Alex de Minaur in their rain-delayed match, securing a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory.The sixth seed resumed 1-0 up in the third set on Wednesday and took less than half an hour to complete his win.Thiem will play either Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis or American 20-year-old Taylor Fritz in the second round.Elsewhere, French 26th seed Richard Gasquet, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open in 2013, lost 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-2 to world number 59 Leonardo Mayer.Tomas Berdych ensured there would be no repeat of home-crowd favourite Ryan Harrison’s 2016 heroics.American Harrison beat sixth seed Milos Raonic on his way to the third round at Flushing Meadows last year, but was swept aside 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4) by the Czech 15th seed.Gael Monfils won the all-French contest on Court 17, seeing off compatriot Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Donald Young.Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, whose defeat by world number 114 Thiago Monteiro earlier this month is being investigated by the sport’s integrity unit, beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff after retirements in the first round in 2015 and 2016 at the US Open.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FB : Future SU players complete high school careers with Upstate-Downstate Football Classic

first_img Published on June 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Devante McFarlane arched his neck and gazed up at nearly 50,000 empty seats.Standing by the locker room entrance before Friday’s 3 p.m. practice, he turned his head right, and then left, exploring the Carrier Dome stands.The senior running back at Half Hollow Hills West High School and incoming freshman at Syracuse envisioned the stadium filled with fans. And soon that vision will become a reality.‘It’s amazing,’ McFarlane said. ‘The Carrier Dome, it’s crazy.‘I’ve seen it packed before. I’ve been to a couple games, and just knowing it’s going to be my home, it’s just a blessing.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut before McFarlane becomes a member of the Orange, he has one final high school game: the Upstate-Downstate Football Classic. The third annual high school all-star game between the best high school players from upstate and downstate New York will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, and McFarlane is one of three future SU players participating.McFarlane, offensive lineman Omari Palmer and safety Wayne Morgan will all suit up for the downstate team, which looks for its third consecutive victory.Heading into his third day of practice, McFarlane said the experience has been a special one. Intense at times, but relaxed and enjoyable nonetheless.‘We have the kids that want to have fun, and then we have the competitors,’ McFarlane said. ‘I’m a little bit of both. I don’t like losing so I guess I’m more of a competitor, but I like to have fun too. I’m not all about just straight competing.’Palmer called it ‘the best of both worlds.’ But soon that world will shift from high school to college.Palmer, McFarlane and Morgan have already discussed how special it is for them to go through that transition together in the Dome on Sunday. McFarlane smirked when asked about their futures and called SU a good fit.At SU, he will join a deep running back corps that has no determined starter. Prince-Tyson Gulley, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Jerome Smith are expected to vie for carries entering training camp.Morgan, ranked the 11th-best safety nationwide by ESPN, will look to bolster an SU secondary that unraveled down the stretch of last season.And Palmer – a monstrous 6-foot-3, 330-pound Class AA all-state selection from Longwood High School – will start at right tackle on Sunday, but could play either guard or tackle at SU. With the right side of last year’s starting line lost to graduation, he could be needed to make an immediate effect.That’s an opportunity Palmer said he would cherish.‘Just to play college football,’ Palmer said. ‘To play against the best, the top players in the Big East and eventually the ACC, just to come to college, to continue my education and to meet new people, and just to, to grow.’But there’s still one more game before Palmer, McFarlane and Morgan join the collegiate ranks. On Sunday afternoon, the Carrier Dome will open its gates and fans will file in, but likely to just the lower level.For the three future members of the Orange, the crowds will only grow.‘It’s exciting to come in here, to look at the dome and to see the immense space, the area and how big it is,’ Palmer said, ‘and to imagine it packed with fans for a big game.’sebail01@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USG voter participation falls by nearly 800 votes

first_imgKaran Nevatia | Daily TrojanVoter turnout to this year’s Undergraduate Student Government election dropped by 12.66 percent from last year, according to information released at the USG Senate meeting on Tuesday.Compared to 5,411 voters in 2017, only 4,627 students cast their ballots in this year’s election. Debbie Lee and Blake Ackerman won the presidential election with 2,276 votes, representing 49.19 percent of total votes, while Mai Mizuno and Brianna Bozek received 2,161 votes, or 46.7 percent. The remaining 190 votes were abstentions. From Feb. 13-16, students voted both online and in person at various stations on campus, including a new polling booth at  USC Village.“I chose to vote in this election because I wanted to do my part as an undergraduate in selecting who represents our values and desires best,” said Irene Lee, a freshman majoring in biological sciences. “I voted for Debbie and Blake because I really liked the feasibility aspect of their campaign as well as their motive to heighten [the] student experience.”The three senate candidates who garnered the most votes were Diviya Gupta, Jacquelyne Tan, and Michaela Murphy, who received 1,532, 1,407 and 1,400 votes, respectively.According to USG, the 4,627 votes make up about 24.7 percent of the total undergraduate student population of 18,710 as of Fall 2017. This level of voter participation is typical among other large universities, with UCLA achieving a similar 27.5 percent voter turnout in 2017, according to the Daily Bruin.Despite turnout being in line with that of other colleges, over 75 percent of the student body did not participate in voting, with some citing a lack of awareness about the election and USG’s importance.“I wasn’t really paying much attention to the election, which was partly due to me not seeing much of a difference between candidates or thinking the election was very important,” said Bryan Lew, a junior majoring in psychology and accounting. To increase the voter participation rate on campus, USG decided to lengthen the campaign period by one week and the voting period by one day.“One of the main things we did was increase the elections period by one week in order to give candidates more time to do outreach with students and organizations,” USG Senior Director of Communications Daniel Zhu said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We also try to incentivize voting by having food trucks that we partner with and items that we give out during the elections to get people to vote.”Zhu said that USG will continue to analyze this year’s election process to pinpoint areas for future improvement. Additionally, USG will continue to increase transparency with students to better highlight the critical role student government plays in the undergraduate experience. “Every year, our goal is to have a higher voter turnout relative to the prior year,” Zhu said. “We will be debriefing the elections process in the coming weeks to identify factors that contributed to the lower turnout, so that next year’s elections can use our model and build it up even more from there.”Eileen Toh contributed to this report.last_img read more

Candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at event

first_imgMore than 1,000 people attended the Q&A-style event moderated by Fox 11 anchor and 2008 graduate Elex Michaelson and organized by the Center for the Political Future, Fox 11 and the USC Political Student Assembly.  Michaelson asked Buttigieg why voters should consider him the ideal Democratic candidate to run against Trump in the upcoming presidential election. In response, Buttigieg said he will confront Trump for pretending to care about “forgotten” Americans from places like the industrial Midwest. “If he can make reforms like he said, with people making $100,000 or less — if he actually made that happen — I think that would be really big for a lot of people in America who can’t afford college or would be drowning in student debt,” Clever said. According to Howes, students whose questions were approved were answered by Buttigieg’s campaign manager before the town hall began and were similar to answers that Buttigieg later provided students. Stephanie Lund, a sophomore majoring in business administration and environmental studies, said the town hall changed her perception of Buttigieg and gave her a more personal understanding of him as a candidate. “It kind of threw me off a little, it’s like this isn’t a town hall, you’re just reciting something that’s super rehearsed, and I mean, yeah LGBTQ issues, but I think that something much more important right now is climate change, especially for our generation,” she said. Buttigieg said he will advocate for Americans he believes Trump has failed to represent. He has not been a target of racism, but he said he plans to prioritize the voices of those who have. Rachel Maltz, a senior majoring in business administration and communication data science, asked Buttigieg for his best advice for young people interested in politics, to which he said that students should find their own path to political involvement. In light of USC’s announement Thursday, Buttigieg commended new financial aid policy, which makes tuition free for all entering first-year undergraduates whose families make less than $80,000 a year and ends consideration of home equity in deciding all students’ financial need. He also shared his similar college affordability plan, which would grant free tuition to families making less than $100,000 through state-federal partnerships with public universities.  “I know that no one is suffering the pain of living under Donald Trump’s presidency more than voters of color, who have been singled out for discrimination with racial rhetoric and in so many ways are hurting because of this president, so I know that there is a laser focus on making sure that we can win,” Buttigieg said. “As someone who actually lives in the industrial Midwest, who can speak to how divisive and how unsupportive his policies have been, I think I’m in a different position than anybody else in the race to do that,” Buttigieg said. “The most important thing is to find something you care about,” Buttigieg said. “Plunge in and look for a way to make a difference … Don’t overlook the significance of the local [government] … It is often underestimated how much power and influence you can have at that level.” “I think that he definitely has good policies, and he was more likeable in this setting than he has been for me via Twitter and other media,” Lund said. “I was kind of surprised by how much more I liked him … I definitely thought he was a bit more robotic previously but now he feels more genuine.” “It’s great to see USC showing leadership in that regard,” Buttigieg said. “What we’ve got to do is have federal matching grants that are attractive enough that states will want to step up and do their part.” “We need to recognize that the moral as well as economic as well as political future of this country depends on dealing with these patterns of inequality, which are also so closely connected with patterns of racial exclusion in our country,” Buttigieg said. Buttigieg closed his speech with a call to action for 2020 voters, asking the public to unite around the common interest of defeating Trump. Margaret Howes, a junior majoring in animation and digital arts, initially indicated she would ask a question about LGBTQ rights but instead asked Buttigieg why young voters should support him when he receives donations from individuals who oppose environmental reform. Buttigieg said he believed everyone should be able to contribute to his campaign regardless of their beliefs.  “To have a candidate come to campus and speak — especially when the pool is now so small as the Democratic side fights for this nomination — I want to be a part of that and take this conversation seriously and see if I can learn something and figure out who I want to cast my vote for,” Goetze said. Kambiz Akhavan, executive director of CPF, said attendees had the option to submit questions through Eventbrite as they registered for the event. Those questions were then shared with Fox11 who screened them ahead of the town hall to look for questions that weren’t redundant, ranged in topics and would challenge Buttigieg. Akhavan clarified that the questions were not shared with the Buttigieg campaign. Gus Goetze, a senior majoring in business administration, said he attended the town hall to learn more about Buttitieg’s platform. Buttigieg also discussed the intersection of poverty and racial inequality, saying the two issues are intertwined and carry financial and ethical significance. Former South Bend, Ind. mayor and current Democratic presidential nomination candidate Pete Buttigieg spoke on the 2020 election, civic engagement and campaign funding at a town hall in Bovard Auditorium Thursday. “I think we could look back on 2020 with great pride, in how we came together to change the trajectory of this country,” Buttigieg said. “Time is running out. We have got to do it now, and that’s why I’m asking for your help.” Pete Buttigieg discussed USC’s new financial aid policy and his college affordability plan for public universities. The former mayor also urged attendees to vote in the 2020 election to help defeat President Donald Trump. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) Elsa Clever, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she believes Buttigieg’s education plan is promising. “I don’t take corporate PAC money — just individuals’, and all of that is disclosed,” Buttigieg said. “I believe in transparency. I believe in changing the entire campaign finance system, but to do that, we have to win. And I also believe in defeating [President] Donald Trump.” EDITOR’S NOTE: The article was updated to include comment from the Dornsife Center for Political Future regarding whether questions asked to Buttigieg were shared with the candidate’s campaign prior to the event.last_img read more

Michigan holds off UW in game 2 to complete sweep

first_imgJacob Schwoerer/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers were looking forward to a series where they could compare themselves with the best of the best.Going against a team ranked No. 2 in the country on Sunday, Wisconsin battled with Michigan until the very end, but came up short 2-1 in a classic showdown between two elite pitchers.Wisconsin started the game on a promising note defensively, as freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah struck out three Michigan batters in the top of the first, while freshman Mary Massei led off the Badgers offensive effort with a double. After a pitch struck senior Jennifer Krueger, Karla Powell hit a single. However, a base-running error by the Badgers provided the Wolverines with their first out of the inning, as the Badger base runners got caught in a three-runner pickle. It was one of a handful of mistakes on the base paths for Wisconsin on the day.“You can’t make errors against a team like Michigan,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “No mental errors, no bad reads, no little mistakes, and against a good team like Michigan every little thing will cost you. It really shows how much this game is a game of inches.”Wisconsin took the first foothold of the game, chasing Michigan pitcher Stephanie Speierman from the game after Powell’s hit, as Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins decided to remove Speierman amidst her pitchers early struggles. The next at-bat, the Badgers scored their only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore Shannel Blackshear off of reigning Big Ten pitcher of the year Jordan Taylor.From that point on, Taylor seized control of the game and never gave it back.Taylor pitched the rest of the game, going six plus innings fanning eleven and only allowing four hits. After the RBI sacrifice fly by Blackshear, the Michigan pitcher befuddled the Badgers with a combination of corner-paving fastballs and a terrific changeup. Taylor gave the Wolverines all the time in the world to mount their comeback, as the All-American breezed through the Badger lineup, tailoring her way to earning the win in the game.“She’s a great pitcher,” junior Karla Powell said. “She brings the ball so well inside and outside. We tried a different approach today; we were just looking to get hits.”Powell and sophomore Whitney Massey combined for three of the four hits that Taylor allowed on the day, providing some of the only resistance the Badgers would be able to mount offensively throughout the game.“We just tried to get runners on,” Massey said. “We chased Taylor’s changeup a lot today; we weren’t really pitch selective as a team in our at-bats. I just stayed in my zone against her. Last year she got me with a riser inside and I just sat and waited on that pitch.”While Taylor hung up the Badgers at the plate, the Wolverines struggled to find a way to produce a single run on another terrific outing from Wisconsin ace Darrah. The freshman once again went the distance for the Badgers, throwing her 16th complete game of the season on her way to protecting the Badgers 1-0 lead through four innings.“It’s awesome having a freshman pitch the way she’s pitching,” Powell said. “It’s amazing knowing we have someone who is mixing her pitches up constantly and keeping people off balance all game.”The Wolverines showed the signature of an elite team by not giving up, getting to Darrah in the fifth for two runs, scoring all they would need to escape Goodman Diamond with a 1-0 win and a series sweep.Unlike the game Sunday, the first game of the series Friday was a blowout, where the Wolverines tagged the Badgers for nine runs. While only giving up two earned runs in the game, Wisconsin freshman pitcher Amanda Najdek took the loss, while once again Taylor took the win for Michigan in their 9-1 trouncing of Wisconsin.Wisconsin gave up seven runs in the fourth, as a throwing error and a ground ball that went between an infielders legs kick started the Michigan throttling in the inning.The lone run of the game was driven in by Powell, scoring Krueger in the bottom of the fourth for the only Badger run of the game, as the team was mercy ruled in the fifth.Wisconsin did lose both games on the weekend, but through four innings of the first game and the entire second game the Badgers proved they could compete with Michigan, a very heartening sign to Healy.“I like where we’re at,” Healy said. “We got started the right way today, we bounced back from yesterday. Our team could have hung their heads and gotten rolled over today, but they have no conscience or memory, they reset for today and that’s a big deal.”last_img read more

Ghana Tops ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier in Lagos

first_img1 6 * Cricket world body hails NCF over good hosting of tournamentGhana finished top of the World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier ‘A’ standings after they beat hosts Nigeria by four wickets in Lagos at the weekend.The Ghanaian team set the tone for what proved to be a commanding win when they removed Nigerian captain Chimezie Onwuzulike with the first ball of the innings at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval. 0 1,609 5 0 No Result Ghana NRR 2 8 1 0 Tied Sierra Leone 11 4 0 Points Team 2 Won 6 The Gambia 5 6 2,477 -0,113 3 6 Nigeria 0 0 -3,776 6 Lost 0 0 Kofi Bagabena produced a superb display with the ball, taking 4-22 in his 3.3 over spell as Ghana bowled Nigeria out for just 73.In reply, Samson Awiah top scored for Ghana with 26, while wicketkeeper Julius Mensah backed up his six dismissals with a quickfire 20.Ghana produced a superb display with the ball on their way to victory over NigeriaThe performances from the two players saw Ghana comfortably reach their target, although the win was perhaps slightly nervier than it should have been given they were only chasing 74 for victory.Ghana, who had beaten Nigeria earlier in the week, ended the tournament with five wins from their six matches after their clash with Sierra Leone was abandoned without a ball being bowled yesterday.Ghana and Nigeria both progressed to the next round of qualification for the World T20 in Australia in two years‘ time. Sierra Leone finished their campaign on a high as they beat The Gambia by eight wickets.Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) through her Development Manager for Africa, Mrs Patricia Kambarami, has said that the world body was pleased with the management capacity of the current board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF).Kambarani, who was in Nigeria to oversee the just concluded the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier said that what the NCF put up during the eight-day tournament was far above the benchmark set for hosting the event.“When Nigeria bidded to host this event, we had doubt and that was based on what I saw when I came around in December 2017. We felt four months was too short to tick all the boxes required to host an ICC event of this nature; but they kept pushing and eventually got it.“Coming to this event, all of us in ICC were more than surprised to see the state they have been able to put the facility and the level of coordination, enthusiasm and openness among this present crop of Nigeria Cricket board. I must say the state of the Cricket Oval in Lagos now can match a lot of international grounds. I just hope they don’t rest here,” she saidVice Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the qualifier that featured Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and host Nigeria, Mr Kofi Sagoe, said the federation was focused and do all in her capacity to extend the game’s popularity among Nigerian.“We have been somewhere better than where we are now. I am equally glad that we have some focused and passionate cricketers who are determined to get Nigeria back to a prime spot in global Cricket.“The quality of game and organisation that we had at the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier was made possible by the dedication of the present board and some sponsors that are currently giving us huge support including; Lagos State Government, Transport Services Limited, Eroton Exploration and Production and Visionscape.”Kofi however applauded hosting the ICC World T20 Africa ‘A’ Qualifier Tournament which according to him is a win-win situation for the country in terms of facilities upgrade while for the players it was an opportunity to get quality games under their belt but the bigger beneficiary has to be Club Cricket Committee League who are the organisers of cricket league in the country and it is also the main pool where national team players are selected.The eight-day tournament which ran from Saturday, April 14 was concluded on Saturday, April 21st, with Ghana putting up a brilliant display to lead the Zone ‘A’ qualifier with Nigeria finishing in second place while Sierra Leone and The Gambia were placed third and fourth respectively.He concluded by saying the body language of ICC Development Manager Africa, Mrs Patricia C. Kambarami speaks volume of Nigeria proving to be a deserving host and if everything goes according to plan we should be hosting more tournaments in the near future and from a position of authority Nigeria is ever prepared.Koffi, who also is the Lagos State Cricket Association Chairman also heaped praises on the Coaches and Players for putting up a great display at the competition but quickly noted going forward that it is imperative for the “Yellow Green” to up the ante if we hope to compete with the big boys in the elite divisions.“Though we understand that the present crop of players in the National Team is a blend of experience and youth which makes it difficult to quickly get a formidable side that would be globally competitive.“But again we need to be honest with ourselves that this present level we are competing is not where we belong based on the past achievements of Nigeria playing at World Cricket League Division 5 and in repeating that feat it will take some 2 years to finally get a strong team.“For us at Lagos State Cricket Association we are working closely with Nigerian Cricket Federation to further popularize the game as well as involve more grassroots participation.“Either we like it or not the future of the sport belongs to this level and the time to harness those raw talents is now”.Points Table 0 Played Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Martin Clarke, Metric Gaming: Leading the counter trend to scale-driven cookie-cutter solutions

first_imgShare Mexico’s igaming market blurred by new digital VAT scheme June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Digitain nets industry first with table football feed May 26, 2020 Codere Chairman pursues final options to save the company  May 22, 2020 Metric Gaming Head of Product Martin Clarke discusses the current issues surrounding innovation and how the industry’s existing technology may be a roadblock to creativity, especially for dynamic live betting markets. SBC: The gambling industry has often been criticised for being too homogeneous, with the only competition on the amount of money given to players via bonuses. Why is there a lack of differentiation in the space?Martin Clarke: Two words: Legacy Technology.A fair criticism levelled at the iGaming industry is that it was slow to embrace and invest in digital. By the time that epiphany finally manifested, the arena of battle quickly shifted to mobile and that’s caught almost everyone out.As a result, leading technology stacks employed across the industry were developed in the 20th century and are creaking under the pressure of trying to deal with and solve 21st century problems. You don’t need to be an industry guru to realise most brands aren’t set up for a product war that requires agile product iteration in response to customer feedback.A great example of this is the latest soccer innovation to be adopted across the industry: Create-A-Bet. Most brands have had to accept major compromises, like not being available in-play or in some cases a manual implementation. This has been the case for well over a year now.No brand would choose to go live with such a sub-standard execution but the technologies they and their suppliers use don’t allow them to be agile and adapt their products to customer feedback nimbly.SBC: So how is Metric approaching this issue, given the extent it is affecting most of the industry?Martin Clarke, Metric GamingMC: Unlike most systems available on the market, Metric’s system was designed and developed in the 21st century. It is built to solve the competing pressures of operators’ scale-driven international consolidation running counter trend to growing international regulatory divergence.Almost every technology stack available was designed before this reality created the need for materially different products in different countries to be compliant and viable.As a few high profile and costly examples have proven recently, trying to shoehorn a generic one size fits no one product into every jurisdiction no longer works.To offer truly localised propositions that are compliant, viable and cater for cultural nuances and realities your technology needs to be dynamic and agile. That’s how Metric has been able to develop products that are demonstrably better than the market leading implementations across multiple disciplines.SBC: So one of your latest developments using this technology is Multi-Event SuperLive – what does that provide?MC: Multi-Event SuperLive is a standalone bolt-on product providing brand new, goals-based betting opportunities in-play. Instead of betting on what will happen next in just one match, consumers can now bet on what will happen next across the matches they’ve selected.The product allows customers to bet on things they already talk about with their friends, offering bets like which player will score next, which match will see the next goal or how many goals will be scored in total across the matches.With over 100,000 matches covered annually from across the world, Multi-Event SuperLive is a unique opportunity to upgrade existing soccer products with a top quality ‘always-on’ proposition.SBC: So a multi-game bet, rather than a multi-bet? Who do you think this will appeal to? MC: The product is a perfect fit for two types of operators:Any sportsbook operator for which soccer is a key revenue driver will know how hard it is to find product innovations that aren’t ‘gimmicky’ and move the needle. Multi-Event SuperLive provides the product variation that consumers demand, as well as a meaningful opportunity for operators to boost competitiveness and revenues on a key product in a market saturated by cookie-cutter solutions. Casino operators active in territories where soccer is the dominant betting sport will see their traffic drop off a cliff during soccer activity, particularly during high-profile events. Offered through an iFrame, Multi-Event SuperLive can embed seamlessly as a stand-alone widget, offering compelling betting opportunities in-play without the need for customers to navigate away from the casino screen.SBC: Why do you believe this will be attractive to the modern-day sportsbook customer?MC: Finally allowing punters to bet on which team will score next in the Champions League, or how many goals will be scored across the afternoon’s Premier League fixtures, fits modern-day habits of sports bettors who use and follow livescore websites or watch TV shows like Sky’s Soccer Saturday, BBC’s Final Score & BT’s Sport Score.As industry pioneers of SuperLive, quickly determined markets that allow customers to predict what will happen next in a match, Metric looked at the data from customers to optimise the product line.When we analysed the data and spoke with our partners it was clear there is an untapped demand for more goals-based betting opportunities that reflect the conversations consumers are having.There is a real lack of material differentiation in the soccer space across the industry and Multi-Event SuperLive is a non-gimmicky opportunity for forward looking brands to keep their offering fresh and interesting to their base.SBC: What’s next on the roadmap for Metric?MC: To keep our suite of market leading in-house products ahead of the competition we’re always adding bits and pieces to them and we’ve got some eagerly anticipated additions planned for our Soccer, Racing, Golf, SuperLive and Create-A-Bet products for the back end of this year.Excitingly, Metric also recently secured its first complete sportsbook customer which will go live in Mexico in Q4 2019. Attracted by Metric’s unique customisation capabilities, we are working on more platform features to further enable customers to leapfrog their competition through superior product.last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Bafana Bafana eliminates hosts Egypt in an all-time AFCON shock

first_img Source: CAF South Africa’s Bafana Bafana shocked hosts Egypt 1-0 to reach the 2019 total AFCON quarterfinals on Saturday night.Thembikosi Lorch scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal five minutes from time to produce on Africa Cup of Nations all time surprises.South Africa will now face Nigeria on Wednesday (10 July 2019) with a place in the semifinal at stake.Hosts and record champions Egypt will have themselves to blame after losing the chance of a record extending eighth title at home despite the huge support of more than 70000 fans at the infamous Cairo International Stadium.Against all expectations, South Africa were the first to test Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy through Thembinkosi Lorch after just two minutes but the Pharaohs goalkeeper was up to the challenge.Egypt responded with Mohamed Salah making use of Ahmed Elmohamady cross but the Liverpool striker shot was deflected to a corner.Bafana Bafana had the upper hand and threatened Elshenawy more than once in the opening half. At the quarter hour mark Elshenawy was up to Percy Tau shot. He was there again to stop another shot from Tau after 22 minutes with the South Africans looking nearer to take the lead.Against the run of play, Salah led a counter attack and fed Mahmoud Trezeguet whose shot caused no problem to South Africa’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. Kamohelo Mokutjo sent a scorcher after 36 minutes but it missed the target narrowly. And three minutes later Elshenawy came to Egypt’s rescue again when he used his feet to stop Lorch from close distance to see the opening half ending goalless.Egypt started the second half with an attempt from Mohamed Elneny who tried from distance but missed the target. Both sides tried to control possession but without real threat on target till the 58th minute when Salah’s through pass reached Trezeguet whose shot was stopped by Williams.Lorch once again could have given South Africa the lead after 72 minutes but Elshenawy once again was there to save the hosts.And five minutes to the end Egypt hat to deal with the shock. Lebo Mosiba caught Egypt defense napping and found Lorch who went one on one with Elshenawy to score what proved to be the shocking winner for Bafana Bafana.last_img read more

Fair Haven Asks State to Review Open Records Law

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The borough is joining other public entities around the state in the coming weeks in a call to reexamine and reform the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), claiming that excessive requests are tying up town hall. The borough council took action by resolution Monday, Nov. 25, encouraging the state Legislature to form a commission of stakeholders to review the demands of OPRA on local governments. The resolution, distributed by the Municipal Clerks’ Association with the support of the League of Municipalities, states that OPRA, as it approaches its 20th anniversary, “has outgrown its original intended use and has become ripe for comprehensive review and reform.” The association distributed 700 sample resolutions to its members to urge support for the initiative about a month ago. To date, Popkin said 200 have been endorsed by local governments around the state. “I’m betting we get 500 of these by Christmas,” he said. Fair Haven received 241 requests in 2019 as of Oct. 31, compared to the 244 received in 2017, and 202 in 2018. Some are more complex than others. The staff has collectively spent about 400 hours responding to OPRA requests this year as of Oct. 31, Fair Haven stated in the resolution. OPRA was established in 2001 to make government records accessible to the public unless permitted otherwise or deemed confidential. “We are as open and as transparent as we can be,” Cinquegrana said. OPRA requests must be responded to within seven days. “We have no problem with the average person coming in, requesting a copy of a budget or ordinance,” said Joel Popkin, executive director of the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ. But, he said, businesses are using OPRA to prospect potential customers, and gadflies are using OPRA to demand historical records. Some clerks in small towns can’t keep up. “A couple of weeks ago, someone wanted all the emails from the mayor from last eight years,” Popkin said. Some requests are short and simple; others require the clerk to request a time extension to complete them. Some examples of requests include: information from 1996 to February 2019, such as emails, voicemails, letters, etc.; the histories of ordinances, like copies of the first Land Use Ordinance through current times; multiple requests from the same person for the same information provided numerous times; past and current Land Use applications such as resolutions and exhibits; businesses and solicitors looking for vendor information; requests for borough employees’ email history; media requests for police internal affairs reports or settlements; vendor contracts; and much more. “It’s constant,” Allyson M. Cinquegrana, the municipal clerk in Fair Haven, said of OPRA requests. As the custodian of government records in the borough, she has completed 20 OPRA requests this month alone, as of Nov. 26. Most requests come in electronically through the borough’s website, but some people also make them by fax or in person. Electronic requests are easier to respond to in general, she said. Fair Haven is not the only municipality experiencing an uptick in OPRA requests. In 2018 a public school in Spring Lake considered hiring a part-time assistant solely to handle OPRA requests. The school’s superintendent at the time said the influx of requests was keeping administrators and secretaries from their day-to-day tasks. Salary and property information are among the more popular requests for information, Cinquegrana said. Requests are free of charge unless the information is more than 20 pages. After that, it’s 5 cents per page. If the office sends out plans for an OPRA request, it’s about $1 per sheet. Suggested members of the commission would be mayors, municipal clerks, municipal managers, attorneys, police chiefs, open government advocates, privacy experts, media members, citizens and other stakeholders, the resolution states. Copies of the resolution were sent to Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13); Assemblymembers Amy Handlin (R-13) and Serena DiMaso (R-13); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Senate majority leader; the executive director of the Government Records Council; and Gov. Phil Murphy. Sea Bright clerks have seen similar increases over the years as well. According to Christine Pfeiffer, municipal clerk, she has seen a slight increase in OPRA requests over the years. The types of requests “run the gamut,” she said.last_img read more