Pascal Siakam scored 34 points — 14 in the fourth quarter — and the Toronto Raptors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 15 games Monday night with a 137-126 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. Kyle Lowry added 27 points and 11 assists while OG Anunoby added a career-best 25 points and matched his career best with 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won 16 straight home games against the Timberwolves.D’Angelo Russell, playing his first game for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, scored 22 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Jarrett Culver, Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez each scored 15 as the Timberwolves shot 45.3 percent from the field.The Timberwolves, who added eight new players in three trades last week, had lost 13 in a row before defeating the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Denver Nuggets 127 – San Antonio Spurs 120Jamal Murray scored 26 points, Paul Millsap had 22 points, and host Denver rallied from a 23-point, third-quarter deficit to beat San Antonio.Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds, Monte Morris added 16 points off the bench, and Torrey Craig had 11 points and seven rebounds to help the Nuggets win their third straight and their eight in 10 games. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 33 points, Derrick White scored 15, Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes scored 14 each, and Rudy Gay had 13 for the struggling Spurs. San Antonio has lost five straight and eight of 10.Los Angeles Lakers 125 – Phoenix Suns 100Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23, leading Los Angeles to a home win over Phoenix, which played without Deandre Ayton. LeBron James had 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, but he also committed a game-high eight turnovers. Dwight Howard contributed 14 points and 15 boards for the Lakers, who have won four of their last five contests. Mikal Bridges had 18 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Phoenix guard Devin Booker struggled, scoring 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting and missing all four of his 3-point attempts. Ayton, who averages 18.7 points and 12 rebounds per game, sat out the contest due to a sore left ankle.Milwaukee Bucks 123 – Sacramento Kings 111Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 28 points as Milwaukee got off to a hot start to open the fourth quarter en route to a victory over visiting Sacramento despite not having Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brook Lopez added 20 points as Antetokounmpo missed the game for the birth of his son earlier Monday. The Bucks improved to 5-0 in games where they didn’t have the reigning MVP available.Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 17 points with 11 assists as the Kings’ three-game winning streak ended. Sacramento also had a three-game road winning streak snapped.Utah Jazz 123 – Dallas Mavericks 119Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points and dished out eight assists off the bench to lead Utah to a victory over host Dallas. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 apiece for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert collected 17 points and 16 rebounds as Utah won its third straight game overall and second consecutive road contest, shooting 59 percent from the field.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 to lead the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic for their seventh straight game and could not keep up with a potent Jazz offense in his absence.Brooklyn Nets 106 – Indiana Pacers 105 Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 5.2 seconds remaining as Brooklyn rallied in the final minutes and pulled out a victory over Indiana at Indianapolis.The Nets rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 84 seconds and claimed their sixth win in the past nine games. Joe Harris added 15 points and eight rebounds for Brooklyn, Taurean Prince contributed 14 points, and Jarrett Allen scored 13.Domantas Sabonis recorded his fourth career triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Pacers dropped their season-high sixth straight game. T.J. Warren had 19 points while Myles Turner contributed 15 for Indiana. Miami Heat 113 – Golden State Warriors 101Jae Crowder made three 3-pointers in a 16-0, second-quarter flurry that allowed Miami to build a big lead en route to a victory over Golden State in San Francisco.Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence to produce 21 points, tying Crowder for team-high scoring honors, as the Heat won for the first time in four outings on their six-game road trip. Damion Lee scored a career-high 26 points for the Warriors, who lost their third straight. Three-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala contributed two points and a plus-25 rating in 17 minutes for the Heat after injured Warriors star Stephen Curry took the microphone and welcomed his former teammate back in a crowd-pleasing pregame ceremony.Orlando Magic 135 – Atlanta Hawks 126Aaron Gordon scored 26 points to lead four Orlando players with 20-plus points in a win over visiting Atlanta. The Magic snapped their three-game losing streak. Gordon shot 10-for-20 from the floor and added nine rebounds and four assists as the Magic beat the Hawks for the first time in three meetings this season. Orlando posted just its second victory in 10 games overall. Nikola Vucevic added 24 points, making 10 of 15 shots, and had nine rebounds and nine assists for the Magic.Atlanta got 29 points and nine assists from Trae Young. John Collins added 22 points and eight rebounds but his streak of seven consecutive double-doubles ended. Dewayne Dedmon had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.Charlotte Hornets 87 – Detroit Pistons 76Miles Bridges had 18 points and seven rebounds, Malik Monk supplied 17 points off the bench and Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak by pulling away from host Detroit.Devonte’ Graham collected 14 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists as the Hornets completed a four-game sweep of the season series. Charlotte, which overcame 37.5 percent shooting, has defeated Detroit 10 consecutive times. Terry Rozier added 11 points and seven rebounds.Thon Maker had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons. Bruce Brown contributed 10 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists, while Christian Wood added 10 points and eight rebounds and Markieff Morris chipped in 10 points off the bench.—Field Level Media
West Indies Under – 19 player Joshua Persaud continues to prove his worth in the 2020 TT Cricket Board (TTCB) National Premiership competition at the weekend. The elegant right-hander over the weekend, missed out on striking twin half-centuries, scoring 42 and 52 for reigning champions Alescon Comets’ in their drawn encounter against the Queens Park Cricket Club Second XI.He now sits in the top bracket of the season’s run-scorers with 427 runs after recording two half-centuries and a century. Persaud, the weekend prior, cracked his maiden century, an undefeated second-innings 124. He is currently experiencing some of his more impressive career numbers and described his latest century his best ever. The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player who is enjoying quite a successful debut and breakout spell said, prior to the commencement of the season his sole aim was to make his presence felt. That he did. Unfortunately, however, his season came to a premature end with two more matches remaining as the global outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus has prompted the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board to suspend all cricket activities under its jurisdiction for a period of 30 days in the wake of worrying concerns about the spread of the virus. (Royston Alkins)
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has announced that the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 season will be his last with the Jamaica Tallawahs as he accused the franchise’s ownership of poor communication, and also sought to distance himself from the release of Chris Gayle from the team. In an Instagram live on Tuesday night, a day after Gayle lashed out at the Tallawahs management and assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan, Russell said he would play out the last year of his contract and “try and win because that is all I play for”, but he said he would not be returning.Tallawahs signed Russell in 2018 after he returned from a one-year ban for a doping violation.“This will be my last because I’ve been getting mixed up with all this (expletive) that is happening and I can’t be playing cricket and I am not comfortable,” said Russell, who was named earlier this month in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as the leading T20 cricketer in the world. “I think another franchise that has been coming last and fifth and fourth in CPL will appreciate me more. I am not getting it here.“This is the weirdest franchise that I have ever played in…. People that supposed to reach out to you as an individual – and I am not just a normal player in the Jamaica Tallawahs team, I was once a leader – I realise how they look at things and how they do things,” he added.Russell suggested he was not happy with the treatment meted out to Gayle, who played his first four CPL seasons with Tallawahs and then turned out for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2017 and 2018 seasons before returning to his home franchise in 2019. In a series of YouTube videos, Gayle, who has been signed to the St. Lucia Zouks this year, accused Sarwan of having a big part to play in the two-time CPL champions releasing him. He also charged that management of the franchise was “playing games” with him before his departure.In a statement yesterday, the franchise said Gayle’s release was “strictly a business and cricketing” decision taken collectively by the leadership that did not include Sarwan.But during his Instagram live, Russell pointed to “unprofessionalism” and poor communication as issues within the franchise. “Communication was the problem, right throughout. No one say anything to Chris. No one say anything to me,” he said.“To deal with Chris Gayle the way that they have dealt with the situation is nothing to do with cricket. It’s more personal.”Russell also sought to make it clear he knew nothing about the plan to release Gayle and was not part of any conspiracy to get rid of him. He said he only knew about Gayle leaving the team when the T20 specialist sent him a copy of a news report that suggested he (Gayle) would not be retained. Russell said Gayle had asked him if he knew anything about that.“I called Chris instantly and I addressed the situation. I said to Chris that the only thing I heard was that Floyd Reifer was potentially going to be the coach,” Russell said.“The communication was the biggest problem when it comes to all of this. Up till now, I don’t know nothing that is going on. I don’t know nothing that was happening in the Jamaica Tallawahs team. And now it looks like me, Rovman [Powell, who is tipped to be the new captain], Floyd Reifer plan up, and I get rid of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris have a three-year contract with Tallawahs. You’re not supposed to breach a contract. As a franchise you can get in trouble with that.”Furthermore, Russell said, the Tallawahs’ CEO Jeff Miller had only contacted him to check whether he was going to sign the contract in order for the franchise to retain him, and he was kept in the dark about other matters. “Even when I ask questions: who you guys planning on retaining? Who you guys planning on buying? I don’t get no answer on that. So, I just leave it,” he said.Looking ahead to what he said would be his final season with the Tallawahs if the eighth edition of the CPL is held August 19 to September 26 as scheduled, Russell said: “This is going to be an awkward dressing room. It’s going to be an awkward CPL, but no one will actually see that when I step out to bat or to bowl while I am on the field because I play to win.”Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CPL organisers are to decide whether play will go ahead with special social distancing measures, including playing without international players and using only a few stadiums as venues to mitigate against widespread contact.
ROME, (Reuters) – After weeks of wrangling, with several U-turns on the way, Italy is due to decide today if and when its top-flight Serie A soccer league can resume after the coronavirus stoppage. Possibly encouraged by seeing how Germany’s Bundesliga has restarted without problems so far, the Italian government appears to have relaxed its position recently.Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who is due to meet the head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina ahead of the announcement, says the most likely outcome is a restart on June 13 or 20.But only last month, he had warned that Serie A could go the same way as its French counterpart Ligue 1 and be called off — a comment that he said led him to be painted as “the enemy of football”. “France’s decision would have been the easiest one to make. I didn’t want to do it, I just found it shameful that I was being asked to decide on Serie A’s resumption at a time when the country was short of beds in intensive care,” he said.“It is right that football can start again now that the rest of the country is starting again.”Serie A’s 20 clubs have voted unanimously in favour of a restart although some appear more enthusiastic than others. While Lazio, who were on a 21-match unbeaten league run before Serie A was suspended and are one point behind leaders Juventus, are raring to go, others such as bottom side Brescia seem less keen.Brescia at one point threatened to forfeit matches if Serie A resumed and they were the last club to resume training.One of the stumbling blocks to a resumption of the league was the government’s insistence that if a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the whole squad would have to be quarantined but this has since been dropped. Teams will however still be subject to strict measures, similar to those adopted by the Bundesliga.There will be no mascots, handshakes or team photographs before matches, children will not accompany teams onto the field and a maximum of 300 people will be allowed in the stadium.When travelling by road, squads will have to be spread between two buses and will be encouraged to use charter flights when flying. The players’ union is concerned about plans to stage some matches at 1630 local time in the summer months while referees are hoping for more respect.“Was the coronavirus needed to say that players should keep their distance from the referee when they protest?,” asked Marcello Nicchi, head of the Italian referees’ association.
(Reuters) – Another episode of the Adama Traore-Raul Jimenez show delivered Wolverhampton Wanderers a precious 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth in the Premier League yesterday. In an almost carbon copy of Saturday’s opener in the win over West Ham United, Traore’s surging run and inch-perfect cross on the hour was met by Jimenez for his 15th league goal of the season.Ten of Mexican striker Jimenez’s goals have been assisted by Spanish winger Traore, making them the most lethal combination in the Premier League this season as Wolves continue to press for a Champions League qualification spot.Victory put them on 49 points in sixth place, the same total as fifth-placed Manchester United who have a better goal difference. Fifth place could possibly offer a Champions League berth this season, pending the outcome of second-placed Manchester City’s appeal against a UEFA ban. Bournemouth showed more grit than when losing to Crystal Palace in their first game back after the restart, although they created precious little at a sweltering Molineux, failing to manage an attempt on target.Eddie Howe’s side remained third-from-bottom with 27 points, behind West Ham on goal difference. They are yet to earn a point away from home in 2020 and are in imminent danger of missing out on a sixth successive top-flight season.Wolves struggled to open up Bournemouth in a first half in which neither goalkeeper was required to make a save. Ominously for the visitors Traore began to warm to the task though and one scintillating run from deep in his own half was crudely ended by Steve Cook who was yellow-carded. Traore then fired over the crossbar shortly before the break.Inevitably it was Traore who prised Bournemouth open, accelerating past Adam Smith and picking out Jimenez who controlled his header to perfection.“It was a poor first half in terms of football but in the second half we managed to create a couple of situations and eventually the combination of Adama and Raul worked out,” manager Nuno Espirito Santo told BT Sport. Wolves face Aston Villa at the weekend.
Share Submit Igor Vasilj: Making sure the price is still right for NSoft May 22, 2020 Related Articles Si14Bet: P2P betting is a driving force for the future June 26, 2020 Share EveryMatrix increases virtual sports offering via CasinoEngine March 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Seeking to optimise its eSports betting markets, European sports betting operator Tipbet (Tipbet.com) has announced that it has integrated a live stream channel of the ESL syndicated competitions.The bookmaker’s live streaming service will be supported by betting industry data and content provider Betradar which will feature eSports event live scores and statistics, allowing Tipbet customers to engage in real-time bets with live content.Implementing Betradar eSports streaming solutions, Tipbet will gain over 1,500 high definition live streams of ESL sanctioned competitions.Tipbet live stream will be available for free for all registered users on the sports betting site, and the ESL transmissions include eSports Events for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Dota 2 and League of Legends (LoL) .Philippos Naskos, Tipbet Betting Product Manager commented on the integration of Betradar eSports streaming services“Offering betting on eSports presents a unique opportunity for us to enter a new and fast-growing market outside the traditional sports genre. There are currently over 200 million people who are passionate about eSports, and this new and exciting market keeps attracting new fans at an exceptional rate. Therefore, with this new addition, we hope to attract a completely new generation of customers and to offer them a truly impressive and entertaining experience.”
Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share This week’s shock resignation of UKIP leader Diane James following just 18 days at the helm of the party, has seen Nigel Farage return to steady the ship acting as ‘interim UKIP leader’.Updating its ‘UKIP leadership’ market, bookmaker William Hill has moved to price Farage at 8/1 to permanently replace James, who resigned declaring that she did not ‘have the sufficient authority or support’ to take the party forward.On taking the interim leadership of UKIP, Farage has stated to UK media that his role will be to simply guide the party through its leadership election process, and that he has no desire of taking on leadership.However, in contrast to Farage’s comments, UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden, said the former leader was “ready to serve in any way he can”, adding: “I would say anything is possible at the moment.”At present William Hill has placed former UKIP leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe at 1/2 favourite to get the job this time, with Suzanne Evans and Paul Nuttall placed as joint second-favourites at 5/1.‘Nigel Farage is obviously the go-to man for Ukip but members may also feel they have to create a new identity under a long-term replacement for him’ commented William Hill’s Political Spokesman Graham Sharpe.
With the NFL announcing compensatory picks on Friday, the order has been finalized for the 2016 draft beginning on April 28 in Chicago.The Ravens will have a total of nine picks with seven coming in the first four rounds. Their three compensatory picks — two in the fourth and one in the sixth — may not be traded.Below is a look at where the Ravens are scheduled to pick:Round 1: sixth overallRound 2: 36th overallRound 3: 70th overallRound 4: 104th overallRound 4: 130th overall (from Denver)Round 4: 132nd overall (compensatory)Round 4: 134th overall (compensatory)Round 6: 182nd overallRound 6: 209th overall (compensatory)Just for fun, here’s a look at past players selected by the Ravens at each of those slots (or as close as possible) over the years:sixth overall: RB Jamal Lewis (fifth), 200036th overall: LB Courtney Upshaw (35th), 201270th overall: TE Ed Dickson, 2010104th overall: WR Brandon Stokley (105th), 1999130th overall: FB Kyle Juszczyk, 2013132nd overall: RB P.J. Daniels, 2006134th overall: C Jeff Mitchell, 1997182nd overall: S Gerome Sapp, 2003209th overall: S Chad Williams, 2002
With the Ravens falling back into a first-place tie in the AFC North after a 27-17 loss to Dallas on Sunday, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. The defense squandering a first-and-30 on Dallas’ first touchdown drive was the turning point of the game, but Mike Wallace’s inability to get his feet inbounds on a deep pass inside the 5 on the ensuing possession was equally frustrating. Neither side of the ball could make the game-changing play.2. If the second half of the Week 6 loss to the New York Giants wasn’t enough, Sunday offered another reminder of how valuable Jimmy Smith is to this defense. Without his game-changing talent in the secondary, the Ravens have an average group with no answer against an elite receiver.3. The Ravens have certainly abandoned the run at times, but Week 11 doesn’t fit that narrative. Look at the play-by-play and you’ll find a spot or two for another run, but the ratio was skewed because of a multi-score deficit that led to 15 straight dropbacks to close the game.4. On a day that produced a record 12 missed extra points, Justin Tucker remained perfect on the year and extended his league-long streak of 30 consecutive field goals. He hasn’t missed an extra point in his career. With kicking issues all over the place, don’t take that excellence for granted.5. The secondary faced the bulk of the criticism on Sunday, but the linebacker coverage that’s been so good this year looked more like it did in 2015. C.J. Mosley and Zach Orr have done a much better job against the pass in 2016, but they struggled against the Cowboys.6. It’s difficult to recall too many offensive linemen who have shown the ability to switch positions and still play at a high level like Marshal Yanda. Jonathan Ogden is the undisputed top offensive lineman in franchise history, but Yanda is an easy No. 2 on the list.7. Dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice, Timmy Jernigan played a season-low 21 snaps. You wonder if him being less than 100 percent put too much on the plates of Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams in the battle against the best offensive line in the NFL.8. Looking at his final numbers, Joe Flacco turned in a solid performance against the Cowboys, but the problem is that feels like it’s become his ceiling this season. In a game screaming for a big play, Flacco was 0-for-4 on pass attempts traveling more than 20 yards through the air.9. It was disappointing to see Breshad Perriman follow the best game of his career by failing to record a reception and not even being targeted on 23 snaps. The 2015 first-round pick still has a long way to go to become a consistent threat in the passing game.10. After forcing punts on the first four possessions, the Ravens were too conservative on third down the rest of the way. After blitzing or showing blitz on the first four third-down stops, Baltimore rushed four or fewer on four of the next five third downs without a single stop.11. Despite the incredible resources pumped into the position, the Ravens have received very little from the tight end spot. Dennis Pitta’s return has been a great story, but he’s piled up no more than 40 receiving yards in any of the last five games.12. I’m torn whether penalties are a bigger reflection on the coaching staff or on undisciplined — and potentially overmatched — players, but piling up 136 penalty yards is unacceptable when you’re trying to beat one of the best teams in the NFL. It’s a tired problem.
With the Orioles rallying to beat the New York Yankees in a 5-4 final to win their fourth straight to start the season, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. The home run is their calling card, but the Orioles used some unlikely small ball to win Saturday’s game as Mark Trumbo stole second base off Dellin Betances before Hyun Soo Kim delivered the eventual game-winning RBI single on the next pitch. Go figure.2. It hasn’t always looked easy, but the Orioles bullpen delivered 4 1/3 shutout innings to add to their season total of 16 2/3 scoreless frames over the first four games. Buck Showalter has taken advantage of two off-days to use Zach Britton and Brad Brach in every contest.3. After being called out on a borderline third strike with the bases loaded in the fifth, Kim showed impressive poise in his encounter with Betances to work a full count before picking up his third hit of the night to give Baltimore the lead.4. Trumbo also had a great at-bat against Betances as he stayed back on his slow breaking ball to line an RBI single into left after being late on his mid-90s fastball on the previous pitch. You don’t see that success often against the Yankees reliever.5. His teammates picked him up, but Kevin Gausman having command problems for the second straight start is a little disconcerting since he’s rarely had issues with walks in the past. He couldn’t locate his fastball and has walked seven in his first 10 innings of work.6. There was debate over Gausman’s balk that plated the third New York run, but you’d really prefer his focus to be on retiring Starlin Castro with two outs in the fifth inning instead of worrying about catcher Austin Romine running at third base.7. It was a bummer seeing young Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez leave the game with a right biceps injury. He’s going to the disabled list, but you hope it’s nothing serious for such a talented young player.8. J.J. Hardy left the bases loaded in the fourth inning and is just 1-for-13 with an infield single to begin the season. It’s obviously early, but you’d like to see him hitting the ball with more authority on the heels of the back problem that disrupted his spring.9. He made up for it with an RBI single and a walk later in the game, but Welington Castillo had a rough second inning as he failed to get a tag down on Aaron Hicks at the plate and committed a throwing error on a stolen base attempt. He then struck out in the bottom half of the frame.10. The Orioles had their share of poor at-bats in Saturday’s contest, but Yankees shortstop Ronald Torreyes swinging at the first pitch to pop out to end the top of the eighth after Brach had issued back-to-back walks was cringeworthy.11. His baserunning has never been a strength, but Manny Machado stole second base prior to Castillo’s RBI single in the fourth. This came after he didn’t steal any last year and stole 20 in 2015. After stealing only 19 bases last year, the Orioles had two on Saturday.12. I’ll never get tired of seeing the alternate orange jerseys for Saturday games. It’s one of the best looks in all of baseball.