Betfred donates £1.25m Cheltenham profits to charity

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Betfred’s appeal to help fund the Royal Manchester Hospital £4 million appeal for vital equipment has reached its halfway point, with Fred Done donating all profits made from all over-the-counter bets during the Cheltenham Festival to the iMRI appeal.On the first day of the festival, which is said to traditionally be one of the busiest days in the racing calendar, Done donated £1.25m to the appeal. The profits were also helped by the match between Manchester City and Schalke in the Champions League that evening.The Bookies reaped the rewards on Tuesday at Cheltenham, with hardly any favourites winning at the Festival. It was good news for the appeal after Done visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to deliver the much-bigger-than-expected donation. The appeal, which will fund state-of-the-art intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) equipment, will be used to help children from across the North West region being treated for debilitating and life-threatening conditions such as brain tumours, traumatic brain injuries and problems with the central nervous system and epilepsy.The appeal has hit home for Done, who lost his wife following a cancer diagnosis. His donation will provide a major, much-needed boost to purchase the iMRI scanner. The scanner will be based at Royal Manchester Hospital, and will transform brain surgery for some of the 270,000 children treated there. Betfred boss Fred Done said: “It is truly humbling that I have been able to help with this appeal for much-needed equipment.  I think Mo had a word with God telling him to give some help to the children. There could not have been a better result for the scanner appeal than the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.“From my own sad experience, I know how important it is to have world-class equipment available to help save the lives of your loved ones. The new scanner will save the lives of seriously ill children brought to Manchester from all over the country and that is a fitting tribute to Mo’s memory.  I feel privileged that I have been able to help.” Kathy Cowell OBE DL, Chairman of Manchester Foundation Trust, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Fred Done for his commitment to our cause.  This staggering donation will make a huge difference to this life saving and life changing Appeal taking us to the half way stage of the money we so desperately need. We cannot thank Fred enough for his support.”For Day One of the Cheltenham Festival Fred pledged all over the counter profit from our 1630 shops to the Children’s Brain Scanner Appeal.Today we unveiled the cheque.#CheltenhamFestival— Betfred (@Betfred) March 15, 2019last_img read more

How Patapaa’s ‘Sco pa tu manaa’ broke through the rigid sports wall

first_imgThe popularity of ‘Sco pa tu ma naa’, first spoken by Ghanaian musician Patapaa would have been less surprising to Ghanaians who lived through the ‘One Corner’ phase.However, its meteoric global rise has certainly taken everyone by surprise, including I daresay, Patapaa himself.This now unmistakeable term didn’t just capture the minds of Ghanaians but also broke through the local barrier and became an international sensation.And despite it being months old, it shows no signs of slowing down.The term, since it first went viral, appears to have secured a place in pop culture.While the initial use of ‘Sco pa tu manaa’ on Twitter was limited to posts by random accounts on the social media site, it appears to have crept into the view of more prominent pages.Although the origin of the word has recently become a major topic (it really isn’t though), it hasn’t stopped hundreds if not thousands of people from captioning their posts with the phrase.What on earth does it mean?‘Sco pa tu manaa’ was first said by Patapaa in the song by Kawoula Biov, ‘Daavi Ne ba’.Although the phrase appeared to have no meaning, it became a favourite in Ghana, sparking the ‘Sco pa tu manaa’ challenge in which people on Twitter tried to repeat the lines in the song as it played.On Twitter, the phrase usually accompanies a picture, word or phrase, usually to seek the opinions of other tweeps of the topic.This has resulted in some frankly hilarious posts on Twitter on various topics ranging from iPhone users, WhatsApp and Waakye.One notable account to have used the term is Dominos pizza.Sports coup?A number of memes and trending terms have crisscrossed divides from music to politics and movies.Breaking into the world of sports has proven to be a tad more difficult in the past.For many people, if it’s not about sports, it’s not worth tweeting about.Patapaa’s magnum opus has proven to be one of the very few that has inched over that hard barrier.The phrase is fast gaining popularity as well in the world of sports, with Atletico Madrid’s French Twitter account recently posting a picture of the club’s players with the caption.📸 Sco Pa Tu Manaa#AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@AtletiFR) August 1, 2019Eager to join in the trend, French club Bordeaux ushered in their new signing, former Arsenal captain on Twitter, with the caption ‘Sco pa tu manaa’Sco pa tu manaa— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 7, 2019The post has since garnered thousands of likes and retweets, the highest number the club account has ever received.A number of other accounts have joined in the fun.‘Sco pa tu manaa’ was first said by Patapaa in the song by Kawoula Biov, Daavi Ne ba.Although the phrase appeared to have no meaning, it became a favourite in Ghana, sparking the ‘Sco pa tu manaa’ challenge in which people on Twitter tried to repeat the lines in the song as it played.Patapaa, originator of sco pa tu ma naaThe phrase has also found its way into we couldn’t help but have a go as well.Sco pa tu ma naa?— Citi Sports (@CitiSportsGHA) August 2, 2019last_img read more

YouTube page deceives 11,000 fans into watching ‘fake’ UCL final between PSG and Bayern Munich

first_img11k people watching 😂 🤣— Rajarshi (@cltr_alt_dlt) August 23, 2020 They all think Bayern win the match 😀— Mas Surya (@SuryaMD23) August 25, 2020 That’s classic lmao— Taylor Martin (@TaylorMadeMusik) August 23, 2020 Troll-Level: Expert! 😂😂😂— chilidread (@chilidread) August 23, 2020 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 of importance is Bayern also won the wrong game— Eric Njiru (@EricNjiiru) August 24, 2020center_img Lovely stuff 😂— Lill (@Adamlill) August 24, 2020 Despite the kits being completely different surely these people would have noticed the fans in the stadium? 😂😂😂— JF (@jrdfrwn17) August 25, 2020 Sunday night’s UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain was highly-anticipated.Aside from relatively being the ‘final’ match of the European football season, it also featured two of the world’s most exciting attacking teams.So obviously, many football lovers would have been desperate to watch the match, anyhow they could.This desperation led to over 11, 000 football fans being tricked into watching a match between Bayern Munich and PSG that took place in 2017.And it wasn’t even a knockout game.The first sign that something was wrong should have been the thousands of fans in the stadium, cheering on their respective teams in the group stage match.Due to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the knockout rounds of the UCL, after the Round of 16 were all played in Portugal with no fans present in the stadium.Robert Lewandowski put Bayern Munich after eight minutes in the ‘fake’ live stream, which was completely deceptive, as the first half of the actual final ended goalless.Kingsley Coman scored the winning goal as Bayern won their 6th European crown, meaning the result wasn’t different in both games as Corentin Tolisso’s brace gave the Germans a 3-1 win in the 2017 match.The Bayern side featured Frank Ribery and James Rodriguez while Dani Alves was in PSG’s jersey at the time as well.On social media, lots of people were astounded that so many people were deceived by the fake steam.last_img read more

Local Comic Shop Bounces Back

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Following a series of challenges over the past few months, Alpena’s local comic shop is leaping back into action. The COVID–19 lockdown has hit many small businesses hard. Bob LeFevre, owner of Bob’s Bullpen comic book store, faced a shortage of comic books.On March 23, a major distributor, Diamond Comics, announced they would cease delivery because of COVID–19. The result was a comic store with no new comic books.LeFevre credits his ability to make it through the pandemic to his business’ flexibility and versatility. His restaurant, The Bulldog, continued delivery and he bundled back issues to help customers catch up on stories they may have missed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local car dealership thriving post shutdownNext Meyers Road special assessment project to begin Wednesday, July 15last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin not yet ready to return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As in, his memory is becoming shorter.“I miss a couple of shots, I don’t care,” he said. “I’m going to come down and if I have the next one, I’ll take it. If I see a pass and it gets stolen, if the pass is there, I’m going to throw it again. I’m just playing now, with full confidence.”Rivers is a terrific defender. When he’s on there, his offense is better.“Defense has been leading to my offense,” he said. “Me getting steals and rebounds and when I get stops, it gets me pumped up. Just gets the energy going and it just flows right over to offense for me. So I Just try to focus every night on being a two-way player.”Paul chimes inPoint guard Chris Paul has noticed the ongoing development of Rivers, who is just 23.“I think he’s just playing with confidence,” Paul said. “You have those spurts during the season where I think a lot of our guys on our team have a lot more confidence sometimes in him than he has in himself. So it’s great to see him playing with that aggressive mind-set.”That Rivers is doing it on both ends of the court makes him even more valuable, Paul intimated.“I think when he comes in with that defensive mind-set, because he’s one of our stoppers – he’s one of our elite defenders – I think sometimes your defense can help your offense,” Paul said.UpcomingThe Clippers close out this five-game homestand with games Saturday against Sacramento and Monday against Houston. The Clippers will then embark on a five-game road trip with stops at Cleveland, New York, Toronto, Indiana and Atlanta. Growing confidenceAustin Rivers was averaging 8.3 points on the season prior to the Miami game. But the Clippers’ reserve guard was averaging 13.2 over the previous seven games since missing three with a sprained ankle.Rivers has spoke often this season about the work he put in over the summer. It sounds like he’s finally happy with the dividends it’s paying.“Those couple of days I didn’t play, I just had time to reflect and just think about stuff and I just realized that I just need to do what I’ve worked on and just go out there and just be confident,” said Rivers, who has had games of 22 and 26 points during the aforementioned stretch. “Just go back to being myself, man, have fun.“And once I started doing that, (I’m) just playing now, you know what I mean? Now there is no more thinking anymore, no more questioning stuff.”center_img Including Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin has missed nine consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. It sounds like he’s going to be out a while longer.“He’s running, which is nice and he looked great yesterday just moving around the gym,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before tipoff against the Heat. “But I think this thing is going to take time, if you want me to be honest. And I don’t know what that actually means.“But I don’t think we should look for him any time soon.”The Clippers entered play Wednesday with a nine-game winning streak, all but the first of those games without Griffin.last_img read more

Can you spot the lie in these NFL Draft scouting reports for the top 2020 prospects?

first_img (Getty Images) Jerry Jeudy scouting report (weaknesses)— NFL Draft projection: No. 13 overall to San Francisco 49ersA. Notable vision problems during night gamesB. Rarely challenged by quality pressC. Playing style is more linear than fluidD. High-cut and leggy (Getty Images) Joe Burrow scouting report (strengths)— NFL Draft projection: No. 1 overall to Cincinnati BengalsA. Rapid ascension to chess master who can beat up coverages thrown at himB. Strong decisiveness and internal clock to avoid detonation in the pocketC. Initial field glances are often lies being told to safetiesD. Unexpected wiggle to elude when scrambling Justin Herbert scouting report (weaknesses)— NFL Draft projection: No. 9 overall to Jacksonville JaguarsA. Play is more mechanical than maestroB. Struck by rigor mortis when facing zone blitzesC. Toggles between caution and worry attacking first two levels D. Has issues finding touch on his tool belt (Getty Images) (Getty Images) CeeDee Lamb scouting report (strengths)— NFL Draft projection: No. 12 overall to Las Vegas RaidersA. Havoc-wreaker with the ball in his handsB. Bouncy hops for jump ballsC. Changes route tempo and speeds to rock coverage to sleepD. Uses go-go-gadget arm extension on deep catches (Getty Images) NFL MOCK DRAFT: Projections for all seven roundsSo here’s a pre-draft challenge from Sporting News: We’ve gathered notes from scouting reports for eight of the biggest names in this year’s class. In the quiz below, there are three truths and a lie for each prospect based on listed strengths or weaknesses. (Yes, despite how ridiculous some of these descriptions may sound, at least three are actually from the scouting reports.)Test your knowledge of NFL Draft jargon below, then check your answers at the bottom. If you go 8-for-8, congratulations! You are the new general manager of your favorite team!*(*This is also a lie.)center_img (Getty Images) Around NFL Draft time, we tend to rely on the experts for information about the top prospects, potential busts and sleeper picks. There is no shame in admitting you need a little help to keep track of all these new players.However, interpreting what the hell these football folks are saying can be its own challenge. All of the conversations about reading coverages, technique at the point of attack and change of direction can leave even the most avid NFL fans shaking their heads — and that’s without mentioning Mike Mayock’s fascination with “bubble butts.” Same, buddy. (Getty Images) Jordan Love scouting report (weaknesses)— NFL Draft projection: No. 37 overall to Los Angeles ChargersA. Needs to mind meld and hold safeties in place longerB. Looping windup part of slower operation timeC. Allowed coverage to swarm due to lack of anticipationD. Will void viable pockets at times Jalen Hurts scouting report (weaknesses)— NFL Draft projection: No. 80 overall to Las Vegas RaidersA. More likely to void pocket than climb, scan and throw from itB. Deep arm dip into elongated releaseC. Slow recognition of gravitational forces on intermediate throwsD. Quick to drop his eyes when pressure mounts Tua Tagovailoa​ scouting report (strengths)— NFL Draft projection: No. 5 overall to Miami DolphinsA. Feathery soft bucket throws to the deep boundaryB. Play-action salesman on bootlegs and deep dropsC. Rare upper-body twitch allows for fast releaseD. Deft magician with RPO fakes (Getty Images) Chase Young scouting report (strengths)— NFL Draft projection: No. 2 overall to Washington RedskinsA. Rare physical specimen with long, chiseled, pliable frameB. Heat-seeking missile with exceptional change-of-direction talentC. Power and size to play through big, meaty blockersD. Once he sinks his hooks in, it’s over for the ball-carrierAnd here are the lies …— Joe Burrow: B— Justin Herbert: B— Jalen Hurts: C— Jerry Jeudy: A— CeeDee Lamb: D— Jordan Love: A— Tua Tagovailoa: D— Chase Young: Clast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Favored Bal a Bali burst clear with a furlong to run and went on to a convincing one length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Richard Mandella, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali made an impressive U.S. debut as he covered a mile on turf in 1:35.69.Idle due to a case of laminitis since winning a Group I in Brazil 11 months ago, Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old horse by the Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight horses aged 3-and-up and he paid $5.00, $3.80 and $3.00.“He did a great job today,” said Prat, who split horses three off the rail a furlong out en route to winning his second race of the day in combination with Mandella and his third overall. “He’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that, but he can run longer than this. He can run a mile, he’s a great horse.”Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali, who won four Group I races last year, including the Brazilian Triple Crown, got his 12th win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $570,078.“It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” said Mandella. “The podiatrist at Rood and Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this…I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Talco, who made an eye catching run around the far turn under Victor Espinoza, settled for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gabriel Charles. Off at 9-2, Talco paid $4.80 and $3.20.“My horse ran an awesome race,” said Espinoza. “I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.”Gabriel Charles, who was full of run around the far turn under Tyler Baze, angled off the rail a furlong from home and was a clear third, finishing one length in front of second choice Winning Prize. Off at 8-1, Gabriel Charles paid $5.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. BRAZILIAN-BRED OVERCOMES LAMINITIS TO REGISTER IMPRESSIVE U.S. DEBUTlast_img read more

Blues to play at Brookvale Oval

first_imgSanzaar has announced the May 5 match would switch from the regular Allianz Stadium in Sydney to Brookvale Oval, home of the NRL’s Manly Sea Eagles.The Waratahs requested the change due to the possibility Allianz Stadium will host the A-League grand final that day.The kick-off time has also changed.Scheduled for a mid-afternoon kickoff, it has moved to 7.45pm.The changes was carried out in consultation with the Blues.SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said, “Sydney’s busy sporting calendar has unfortunately necessitated this move but the Waratahs have made a sensible decision in taking the match into one of its rugby strongholds in the Northern Beaches. The change of kick-off time is sympathetic to the requirements of grass roots rugby and should also ensure a healthy turn out at the Waratahs versus Blues match later in the day.”last_img read more

Muslims Fear ‘Alienation’

first_imgThe National Muslim Congress of Liberia has rejected the proposition to make Liberia a ‘Christian Nation’ for fear that it will bring division and go against the peaceful coexistence between the two religious communities.The chairman and secretary general of the National Muslim Congress, Sheik Abubakar Kamara and Sheik Omaru Kamara, in separate presentations said the longstanding relationship between the traditional people and Christians “will be threatened.”They made the statement recently during a one-day public hearing held in the House first floor conference hall at the Capitol Building.The hearing was on the 25 Propositions submitted by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), which is under scrutiny by the Joint Committee on Good Governance & Government Reform, Election & Inauguration and Judiciary, to set the agenda for a referendum for the amendment of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.Sheik Kamara added that making Liberia a Christian state “also has the potential to divide the people of Liberia, including the traditional people, who have been living together in peace and harmony since 1847.”Former Grand Cape Mount Senator James Momo, Mohamed M. Kamara and Mohamed M. J. Manssalay of the Muslim community said the Christianization of the country would make Muslims “secondary citizens” in every sector of the government, including employment.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on record for having rejected the Christianization of Liberia, saying it will bring about division. “I do not concur with this view,” the President stated in her letter attached to the CRC report which she sent to the National Legislature for its review and action. “Liberia was established on a foundation of Christianity nevertheless the founders of the republic did not then put into the Constitution a declaration of Christianity as the religion of the nation.” She contended that the Constitution of Liberia has always allowed freedom of religion and freedom of worship so as to avoid seeking to prescribe one religion as an official state religion, and stressed that “to make the country a Christian state now will only create division among the people of the country who have been living together for a very long time,” despite their religious differences.She further noted that Article 14 of the Constitution clearly separates state from religion and says further that the state shall establish no official religion.Meanwhile, Rev. Arnold Hill, the head of a seven-man delegation, told the lawmakers that Liberia needs an identity like other countries.He indicated that they are advocating for the country to be a “Christian Nation,” not a “Christian State,” and explained the difference between a ‘Christian Nation’ and a ‘Christian State.’Rev. Hill said in a ‘Christian State’ both structural and economical organizations, including political and economic positions are occupied only by Christians while in a ‘Christian Nation’ that is being advocated for Liberia, appointment to positions will be based on merit and will be occupied by both Christians and non-Christians. He refuted the claim that non-Christians will be second class citizens if Liberia were to be declared as a Christian Nation.The Chairman of the House Joint Committee, Nimba County District # 8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi, thanked the religious groups for their presentations and said it would help the Committee make an informed report to Plenary for subsequent approval, and then to the Senate for concurrence.The CRC is headed by former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, and was set up by the President to review the Constitution of Liberia. In March 2015, the committee, at a conference held in Gbanga, Bong County, approved 25 recommendations to set an agenda for amending the Constitution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Calzada a bundle of energy

first_imgLike diving after balls no matter who else wants them or how hard the floor is. After Saturday’s victory, she talked of having a high tolerance for pain and the collisions that cause it. She explained she only knows one way to play. “I see my role as to pump my teammates up,” she said. “My energy is the only thing that gets me in there. “I’m not a great shooter, I never check my points. I’m not out there to finish the play, to make the shot. I just go out there with a tough attitude.” Calzada began the season as a starter. Midway through the schedule, she suffered a fractured nose in a collision with an opponent going for a loose ball. By the time she was healthy again, Kristen Schaefer was solidly entrenched in her spot in the lineup and gave the Heralds a front line that averages 6-0. Calzada’s response to being relegated to the bench typically was team-oriented. “Kristen has been playing so well,” she said. “It really wasn’t a big deal.” That never was more evident than Saturday morning. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Watching Annelise Calzada come onto the basketball court whirring and wheeling and dealing like a Tazmanian devil, it is difficult to envision her sitting quietly on the bench. Or maybe it’s just the calm before the storm. As Whittier Christian High School struggled to get its offense untracked in the first half of Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA girls basketball championship game, it was Calzada’s energized performance that helped ignite the Heralds in the second half en route to beating Village Christian, 40-28, and winning the team’s first CIF title. She made all five of her shot attempts, most of them from close in, and eight of her 10 points came in the second half. center_img But her real contributions don’t necessarily show up on the statistics sheet. It was her attitude that lit the fires that produced triumph. Like jumping in front of Jessie Allen and causing her to switching from shooting to passing off – in mid-air. Like coming out of nowhere when the only two players going for a loose ball or rebound were Crusaders, and crashing into the party to steal possession or at least get a piece of it to cause a jump ball. Like leading the transition game or making a slick pass and getting the ball back for an easy layup. Like doing her share on defense, whether it was harassing the player she was guarding or quickly picking up someone who’s loose with the ball. last_img read more