Carver haunted by Di Canio memory

first_img “I said, ‘Sorry Ruud, what did you say there?’ He said he was going to leave out Alan and Duncan, and this was going to be the team. I said, ‘Do you know how important this game is?’ “He used to call everyone ‘lovely boy’, and his exact words were, ‘Lovely boy, I have played in some massive derbies. I’ve played in them against Ajax, London derbies and I played in the Milan derby too’. “I said, ‘Yeah, but do you actually know what this means?’ He said, ‘I’ve already told you – I’ve played in massive derbies’. I went, ‘Yeah, but you haven’t played in one like this Ruud’.” In the event, goals from Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips cancelled out Kieron Dyer’s opener and left Gullit in an untenable position. Carver said: “I actually thought, ‘If we don’t win it, he’s gone’. This was before it all happened Then we played the game. We were 1-0 up, then the equaliser, then 2-1, and the heavens opened. “I walked in afterwards, and there’s Ruud in the room writing on his pad. I said to him, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘You know what I’m doing, lovely boy’.” Sunday will be a big day for Magpies midfielder Jack Colback, who will return to his former club for the first time since he helped them to three of those four derby victories, although Carver has no qualms about his ability to handle the occasion. He said: “I’ll be having a chat with him about how he deals with the situation, but he’s a big enough character and personality to deal with the whole thing. For him to come here and score against us as a Newcastle fan, he dealt with that situation, and he’s signed for us and dealt with that situation. I’m sure he’ll deal with the occasion as long as he plays the game, not the occasion.” He said: “When Paolo was sliding on his knees, I’ve never been so agitated in my life. I wanted to take the law into my own hands that day because of what I was watching our in our stadium. “It was very, very difficult to take, but you have to take it on the chin and accept it. From that day, that is something that really motivates and drives me to try to get the right result. “This is your own stadium, this is your home and it was embarrassing. It was an embarrassing performance and I was embarrassed to be part of that. “I was embarrassed about the way we played that day. Him doing that p****d me off, I’ve got to be honest, but I was embarrassed about the way we played.” Sunderland will equal Newcastle’s run of five derby wins on the trot between 2002 and 2006 if they manage to claim just a third Barclays Premier League victory of the season on home soil. Carver has experienced the joy of success in the fixture during his spells working under Sir Bobby Robson and Pardew, but also sampled the bitter taste of defeat in one of the more notable clashes between the near neighbours as a coach during Ruud Gullit’s ill-fated spell as manager. The Dutchman famously opted to leave star striker Alan Shearer and side-kick Duncan Ferguson out of the game at a rain-lashed St James’ on August 25, 1999, and he paid the ultimate price for a 2-1 defeat. Carver said: “We were at the old training ground at Durham Cricket Club and I was in the room with (assistant manager) Steve Clarke and Ruud. All of a sudden, he started talking about what the team was going to be against Sunderland. John Carver will never forget the sight of Paolo di Canio sliding across the St James’ Park turf on his knees in celebration. Di Canio’s joyous celebration of Adam Johnson’s goal in a remarkable 3-0 derby victory on Tyneside for Sunderland in April 2013, remains an iconic image for Black Cats’ fans long after the controversial Italian’s brief, if eventful, reign came to an end. But it did not go down well in the home dug-out, particularly with Geordie Carver, then Alan Pardew’s assistant. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: WVA football player tests positive for COVID-19

first_img Associated Press The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.Voluntary workouts will continue for players who have tested negative for the virus, the statement said.When West Virginia begins its fall semester on Aug. 19, students must wear masks on campus, including in class. Students, faculty and staff must be tested for the virus before they return to campus and complete a coronavirus education course.___European Tour members would be able to play again two weeks earlier than originally planned with the announcement Monday of the consecutive golf tournaments in Austria. The Latest: WVA football player tests positive for COVID-19 Both will be dual ranking events for the European Tour and its developmental Challenge Tour.The Austrian Open will be July 9-12 at Diamond Country Club. It will be followed by the Euram Bank Open at Golf Club Adamstal, which will be July 15-18.Both tournaments will have a purse of 500,000 euros and count toward both tours.The full European Tour schedule starts a week later with the British Masters. That kicks off a stretch of six tournaments in England and Wales, each with a prize fund of 1 million euros ($1.1 million).The European Tour was last held March 8 at the Qatar Masters when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a shutdown. The Challenge Tour was last played Feb. 16 in South Africa, though it was not scheduled to resume until May. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world (all times local):___A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts. June 15, 2020 ___More AP sports: and read more

USC Med to add 150 more beds

first_imgIn a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved on Wednesday the addition of 150 new hospital beds to the Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center Campus, located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.After its opening in 2008, the state-of-the-art medical center has faced serious overcrowding issues. An insufficient number of hospital beds has caused daily backups in the hospital’s emergency room, with some patients forced to wait in hallways in order to make room for incoming traumas, according to the Los Angeles Times.Dr. Mitch Katz, head of the Los Angeles Department of Health Services, said that current solutions to overcrowding issues have been insufficient thus far. Katz also said the issue is time sensitive, with federal health care reform laws set to take effect in 2014.Current overcrowding has caused a diversion of ambulances from the emergency department as well as patient overflow transfers to other hospitals.L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina has been the biggest proponent of the expansion, arguing that the average wait time of 12 hours has caused emergency rooms to become dangerously overcrowded.“Patients shouldn’t have to wait hours for basic health care,” Molina told the L.A. Times.The hospital, which was built to replace an aging general hospital tower, has only 600 beds — 224 fewer beds than the hospital it replaced.The overcrowded medical center currently operates at a reported 95 percent of its capacity, which is higher than industry standards and recommendations, according to the L.A. Times.Molina said the increase in hospital beds will ease the burden of overcrowding on the medical staff.“LAC+USC hospital staff are local heroes every single day,” Molina told the L.A. Times. “Even with the constraints of a 600-bed hospital, they’ve done their jobs for years with tremendous compassion and unyielding efficiency. With a 750-bed hospital, LAC+USC staff will have all the tools and resources needed to best provide patients with top quality care.”L.A. County currently operates the largest health care public-private partnership network in the nation, according to the L.A. Times. It has  one in 10 L.A. County residents an estimated using the system.Molina said the approval of her motion is part of a new effort to transform the county’s health department from a provider of last resort to a provider of choice, according to Santa Clarita Valley News.“Los Angeles County will be much more competitive,” Molina told the L.A. Times.Molina said financing for the construction of a facility that will hold the new beds could cost $300 million to $450 million and will come from the sale of bonds.last_img read more

Duff joins Rovers

first_imgMeanwhile Celtic play host to Icelandic side, Stjarnan in the first leg of their qualifier, with the action getting underway at Parkhead at 7.45. The 36-year-old former Irish international has agreed an 18-month contract at the Tallaght Stadium but he won’t be fit enough to play for the club for until next month.Dundalk begin their Champions League odyssey in Belarus this evening.Stephen Kenny’s side are away to BATE Borisov in the first-leg of their second round qualifier. Kick off there is at 6.30, Irish time.last_img read more

Suren Khachatryan – Digitain – World Cup expansion and beyond

first_img Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Multi-channel sports betting platform and technology provider Digitain has enjoyed a successful 2017, expanding into a number of new markets in addition to strengthening its sportsbook offering.With 2017 quickly drawing to a close however, Suren Khachatryan, CEO of the Armenian based firm, who are set to appear at both Betting on Football and Betting on Sports in 2018, has been reflecting on the year, and discussing plans to ramp up Digitain’s global footprint ahead of next year’s World Cup in neighbouring Russia, and beyond.____________________SBC: You recently announced a partnership with Pokerdom, how essential is it to partner with CIS facing brands keeping in mind the Russian World Cup on the horizon?SK: Pokerdom is the biggest online poker operation in the CIS, and had been looking for a top-notch sportsbook supplier for some time, with an eye to football’s crown jewels appearing in their own backyard. Not only did securing the deal provide a feather in the cap of our leading sports-betting platform, but it also allowed us to put another key flag in the CIS sands ahead of the World Cup 2018. Of course, the World Cup is hardly a tough sell, wherever you operate. However, partnerships with operators in these CIS-facing territories definitely indicates we’re best-placed to capture World Cup demand among a football-mad commonwealth. After all, proximate venue and time zone mean these CIS players are primed to follow all the action at peak times throughout the tournament, benefiting from Digitain’s myriad of pre-match and in-play options on every World Cup game, available through both our online and offline channels. In short, it’s a happy collision of timing and geography.SBC: A number of new expansions have been launched in 2017, how does Digitain plan on strengthening and growing its platform in 2018?SK: As I alluded to, we have a slate of forthcoming deals with CIS-facing operators, so we are keen to extend this trend of providing elastic, fully-localised solutions. To which end, we have broadened our reach across eastern Europe and central Asia (notably in Romania, Bosnia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and naturally Armenia with TotoGaming). In the more emerging markets, we already enjoy African partnerships in Kenya and Nigeria. While we will soon announce a presence in both the Philippines and Brazil, too, which is very exciting. We are also in talks with a number of UK independents, so we are keen to grow from our strong cornerstones of leading technology, coupled to a seamless integration model.SBC: Are there any markets in particular that are holding the focus of Digitain?SK: I think the opportunities in Africa and Brazil are particularly exciting, if we cast our gaze to the long-term. Smartphone-adoption rates have continued to escalate, and accordingly significant opportunities remain in these territories’ collective mobile space, where advancing online usage for a ramping network points towards a gaming upsurge. Of course, as with Africa, LatAm has its regional and cultural specifications, often premised on regulation. However, Digitain’s omni-channel platform and cutting-edge mobile offering (which effectively mirrors our website’s functionality) can be effortlessly integrated to meet any operator requirements.SBC: How key are events such as Betting on Football and Betting on Sports? Particularly with these global expansion plans in mind?SK: Betting on Football and Betting on Sports have become must-stops on the gaming conference circuit, gaining in stature and significance each year. However, with all the issues the industry is facing over the coming year, it’s more important than ever that all suppliers and partners come together to exchange ideas and niche knowledge so that we can best assess and address these challenges as a cohesive front. As a result, I’m particularly looking forward to attending 2018’s speaker-sessions, and networking with peers old and new to explore the customary business opportunities.___________________Industry growth strategy and new market expansions will be a key topic at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. To find out more about both events click on the banner below. Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Sharelast_img read more

Unibet plays strategic hand sponsoring IHF World Championship

first_img Share Related Articles Share Submit Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Rhodri Darch – Kindred GroupStockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc ’s flagship sportsbook brand Unibet has confirmed that it has become the official sponsor of the handball’s ‘IHF World Championship’ hosted in Germany and Denmark (10-28 January 2019).Unibet announces its first sponsorship of the year, securing event sponsorship coverage and logo rights with the International Handball Federation (IHF).“The tournament will see 24 teams compete in what is becoming one of the most popular sports internationally, attracting great interest from the betting community. Handball is the third biggest sport on Unibet’s offering, trailing only football and tennis” details Unibet in its media update.Confirming the IHF sponsorship Rhodri Darch, Chief Commercial Officer at Kindred Group detailed that the partnership was a strong strategic fit for Unibet expanding European profile.The pan-European sportsbook has previously sponsored handball’s 2017 Women World Championship in Germany as well as the sport’s European Championships in 2015 and 2018.“We have a leading offering on handball among bookmakers and saw an impressive interest during the Olympics 2016 in terms of turnover and actives. Since then, we have invested in our exposure in the sport with the European and World Championship for both men and women being the highlights”, says Rhodri Darch, Chief Commercial Officer at Kindred.Publishing its IHF World Championship markets, Unibet has priced co-hosts Denmark (3.25) as favourites to win the tournament with France close behind (3.50).Robert Müller von VultejusBacking Unibet as lead sponsor, Robert Müller von Vultejus, Managing Director Lagardère Sports Germany, says:“We are delighted to have won Unibet as the official sponsor for the IHF World Championship 2019. The partnership secures Unibet the maximum attention for its sponsoring and the various activation possibilities offer the brand the chance to address millions of handball fans worldwide.” StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

FIFA snub Messi, Ronaldo for Goal of the Year Award

first_imgThe numerous goals off the boots of fierce rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the year 2013 are considered not good as world football governing body FIFA on Monday released the 10 goals shortlisted for FIFA Puskás Award for the “best goal of the year”.While the two superstars were conspicuously missing among the nominees, Sweden and PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as Brazilian prodigy Neymar made the final shortlist.National prideBoth players were picked for goals scored for their national teams not their respective club sides.The FIFA Puskás Award, created in honour and in memory of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s, will be presented for the fifth year in a row at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013, which will be held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.Nominees The ten goals are (in alphabetical order of the scorer’s names):Peter Ankersen – 10 August 2013 – Esbjerg fB v. Aarhus GF – SAS Ligaen (Denmark)Lisa De Vanna – 01 June 2013 – Sky Blue FC v. Boston Breakers – NWSLAntonio Di Natale – 07 April 2013 – Udinese Calcio v. AC Chievo Verona – Serie AZlatan Ibrahimović – 13 November 2012 – Sweden v. England – International Friendly Panagiotis Kone – 16 December 2012 – SSC Napoli v. Bologna FC 1909 – Serie ADaniel Ludueña – 27 July 2013 – Pachuca CF v. Tigres UANL – Apertura MexicoNemanja Matić – 13 January 2013 – SL Benfica v. FC Porto – Liga SagresLouisa Nécib – 17 March 2013 – Olympique Lyonnais v. AS Saint-Etienne – D1 FéminineNeymar – 15 June 2013 – Brazil v. Japan – FIFA Confederations Cup Juan Manuel Olivera – 28 August 2013 – Nautico v. Sport Recife – Copa Sudamericanalast_img read more

Saints’ Michael Thomas is a Cris Carter clone and legitimate NFL MVP candidate

first_imgCarter was actually a fourth-round choice in the supplemental draft by the Eagles in 1987. Both were downgraded primarily due to lack of top-end speed.The careers of Thomas and Carter tell us great success for an NFL wide receiver is about much more than pure speed. It’s also about innate ability, durability, heart and dedication to the craft. Both Thomas and Carter have those qualities in abundance.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. This NFL wide receiver played at Ohio State. He’s 6-3, 210 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He catches passes from a Hall of Fame quarterback, runs impeccable routes and is a magician working the sidelines. His hands are among the best ever, and he has multiple 100-catch and Pro Bowl seasons. He should be firmly in the conversation for NFL MVP in his best season.The player I’m describing is Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who was an elite receiver for the Vikings during my years as general manager in the 1990s. But Carter has a clone in Michael Thomas, the Saints’ exceptional receiver who also is a perfect fit for the above description. MORE: NFL playoff picture | Updated draft orderAs Thomas and the Saints prepare to face Atlanta on Thanksgiving night en route to an almost certain third straight NFC South title, Thomas is on pace to set the NFL record for receptions in a season. With 104 catches through 11 games (for 1,242 yards and six touchdowns), he’s projected to catch 151 passes — that would break Marvin Harrison’s record of 143 receptions in 2002.It’s a record that Carter held for one year after 122 catches in 1994 before Herman Moore surpassed him and later Harrison set the standard.In what will soon be a record year for Thomas if he stays healthy, he clearly deserves to be in the MVP conversation. He almost certainly won’t win it due to the outstanding seasons that QBs Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson are having for playoff-bound teams. But Thomas was still dominant when Teddy Bridgewater was under center and the Saints were 5-0 while Drew Brees was out with a thumb injury earlier this season, further proving Thomas’ value.Even with their tremendous impact on the sport, wide receivers don’t get the love that quarterbacks and sometimes running backs get when it comes to MVP voting.Despite his record-setting performance in 1994, Carter did not receive any votes for NFL MVP, as 49ers QB Steve Young won the award with Lions running back Barry Sanders right behind him. In fact, no wide receiver has ever been selected as the AP NFL MVP, not even the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice. Eleven of the past 12 winners have been QBs with Adrian Peterson the lone exception in 2012.We’ll see if Thomas fares better in the voting, but he’ll likely finish well behind Jackson and Wilson, and probably Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Christian McCaffrey, too.At least Thomas has an MVP-worthy contract as the NFL’s second highest-paid receiver. His five-year, $100 million extension ($20 million per year with $61 million guaranteed) that he signed in late July was No. 1 until Julio Jones topped him on average at $22 million per year. Just as Saints GM Mickey Loomis rightfully rewarded Thomas, I did the same with Carter in 1998 when I signed him to a $5 million per year deal that was equal to the highest-paid NFL receivers at the time.Thomas and Carter are also similar in that their forte is moving the chains via the intermediate route with their career average per catch around 12 yards. They excel as physical receivers who know how to win the battle for the ball against even the most elite defensive backs.They are fortunate to have played their best years with two of the most productive QBs of all time — Carter with Hall of Famer Warren Moon and Thomas with future Hall of Famer Brees.WEEK 13 NFL PICKS: Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsBoth receivers benefited from strong rushing attacks — led by Pro Bowl backs Robert Smith in Minnesota and Alvin Kamara in New Orleans — to set up the passing game. Kamara is an outstanding receiving back, and Smith was productive out of the backfield. There were some excellent wide receivers and tight ends to complement Carter and Thomas, although Carter had a better group with players such as Randy Moss, Jake Reed, Anthony Carter and Steve Jordan compared to who Thomas had with the likes of Ted Ginn, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener. Both played with strong offensive lines as part of the equation.And don’t underestimate the importance of working with excellent and innovative offensive coaches who know how to get their great receivers open against the double coverage they often faced. That’s been Sean Payton and Pete Carmichael for Thomas and Jerry Burns, Tom Moore and Brian Billick for Carter.They’re both clutch players, as Carter always made critical third-down, fourth-down and touchdown catches while Thomas does the same thing. An example was the third-down reception for 24 yards by Thomas with 37 seconds remaining that helped set up the game-winning field goal in New Orleans’ 34-31 victory over Carolina last Sunday, essentially wrapping up the NFC South for the Saints.It’s often said the NFL Draft is an inexact science. Thomas and Carter are two more examples. Thomas was a second-round pick, the sixth wide receiver selected in the 2016 NFL Draft behind the likes of much less accomplished first-rounders Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Doctson and Laquon Treadwell.Thomas was impacted somewhat by playing on a run-oriented team at Ohio State that limited him to 56 catches for 781 yards in his final season with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 1,821 yards as the main cog in the offense.last_img read more

Ferdinand blesses Saúl: “What a player! I’ve been saying it for years …”

first_imgThe English team would be willing to give 80 million for the international and Ferdinand understands that the effort is worth it. This is how the Englishman, 41, sees it: “I think he is an important footballer. Very complete, calm, with a great left foot, a charming game driver, he scores goals and he is very well formed tactically “. Saúl has been watched by the Premier clubs for years. United, in fact, has always been one of the most interested in mounting a competitive eleven. He 8 has a contract with Atlético until 2026 and a termination clause of 150 million. This interest is debated among the fans and there is already an authorized voice that gives the approval to the signing. Ferdinand says yes. With those qualities, he sees him as highly capable of being one of United’s leaders of the future. “You can see Simeone, he has his teams very well organized and he is in the middle orchestrating and dictating“, Add. “Saúl is huge and is in the newspapers this week because Manchester United is interested in him, but we will have to wait to see …”, concludes Ferdinand.center_img Manchester United’s interest in Saúl has fueled the gatherings around the news of the red devils. One of the last to join the debate is Rio Ferdinand, who would wholeheartedly approve the arrival of the Spanish midfielder to your former team. “What a footballer! I’ve been insisting with Saúl for a few years… ”The former defense said in a video on Instagram.last_img read more

Long Running Train set for smooth ride in Caymanas feature

first_imgHaving finished a fighting second to top stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2,400 metres on Boxing Day, the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN should go one better in the open allowance mile at Caymanas Park today.Trained by ‘most improved trainer’ nominee Harry Parsard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN returns down in class with only 50.0kg under former champion Wesley Henry, and with a mile more to her liking, is confidently expected to lead home old rivals CAMPESINO, the recent CTL Fan Appreciation Trophy winner ALL CORRECT, and former St Leger and Gold Cup winner COMMANDING CHIEF in a 10-strong field.Before the Harry Jackson Memorial, the 4-y-o filly by Flower Alley out of Cuz You Never Know finished a good third to PHINEAS and CAMPESINO in the fast-run Gladiator Trophy over 1,400 metres on December 19 but had won back-to-back races in October and November, the latter over 1,300 metres in overnight company with a bit in hand.Reporting in good nick for this race, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, given her fine turn of foot, should prove too strong for the front-running CAMPESINO, ALL CORRECT, and COMMANDING CHIEF (working well) in the closing stages.Also on the 11-race card are the 3-y-o maiden special Eight Thirty Sprint, to be run in two divisions over the straight-five course and the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over 1,400 for the Allan E. ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial Trophy, to be contested by 11 starters, including top contenders BRAWN and MOM’S STUDENT.Recent winner BRAWN (Aaron Chatrie) is tipped to repeat for trainer Gary Subratie in the ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial. The well-advanced debutante PINELOPE (Shane Ellis up), from the Dwight Chen stables, gets the nod over fellow debutante DANCING QUEEN in division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint, while it should be POISON GAS (Omar Walker) in division two following her promising debut behind GLOBAL recently.last_img read more