(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formally asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday to rule on Russia’s four-year ban for doping, after the agency handed down the punishment for manipulating laboratory data. The move was expected after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) sent a letter to WADA last month formally disputing the punishment, which bars Russia from competing in this year’s summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 winter Games in Beijing.Only athletes who can prove they are clean competitors would be permitted to compete under the ban, and would have to do so as so-called “neutral” athletes.The ruling has hit Russia’s national pride in its athletes, with the country regularly sending large delegations to both the summer and winter Olympics. WADA previously handed Russia a four-year ban for doping after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with a limited number of athletes permitted to compete as neutrals in the 2016 Rio and 2018 Pyeongchang Games.Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the most recent ban after it was imposed last month, arguing that any punishment should be individual and not collective.The United States, however, said the punishment was not severe enough, with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart telling Reuters that the previous sanctions only emboldened Russia. A top U.S. Olympic official also expressed doubt that a concession allowing clean Russian athletes to compete in Tokyo could be properly enforced.The final decision on the punishment now rests with CAS, whose ruling on the matter would be binding.
A cracker of a series is anticipated between West Indies and host Sri Lanka when the two sides kick off their three-match ODI and T20 series today in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. The series may fly under the radar as the world’s attention may be fixed on India’s ongoing tour of New Zealand while David Warner and Steve Smith’s return to South Africa has been grabbing the headlines, providing plenty of talking points. Nevertheless, the three-match ODI and two T20s between the eighth and ninth-ranked Sri Lanka and West Indies could jolt the cricketing world’s attention their way if all the stars align.
With the spread of the Covid-19 virus increasing locally, Adrian Giddings, secretary of the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA), has confirmed that the current situation has thwarted all the entity’s developmental plans. Speaking exclusively with Stabroek Sport, Giddings said, “It has a major setback as we were expected to resume on the 11th. We were supposed to continue our senior league and U11 tournament. We also wanted to do the U15 and U17 tournaments. I spoke to various business entities as it relates to the youth tournaments so basically all of that should have started this month end but due to the threat of the Covid-19 we had to rethink our plans and push everything back for the safety of our players and their families.”
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association closed their practice facilities due to positive COVID-19 tests, the teams said yesterday, as the league prepared to resume its season. Teams across the league are expected to travel to Orlando, Florida, this week to restart the season, which was abruptly suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with players living and playing at Walt Disney World.A spokesman for the Bucks confirmed the team had closed its practice facility after receiving test results from Friday but declined to comment further. The team’s first scrimmage in Florida is scheduled for July 23 against the San Antonio Spurs.A member of the Kings’ traveling party to Orlando also tested positive, prompting the closure of the team’s practice center. A spokesman said the team still plans to travel to Orlando this week. Its first scrimmage is July 22. The Denver Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets also closed their practice centers after players tested positive last month.The Orlando restart officially begins on July 30.The NBA said last week a total of 25 players and 10 staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 since June 23, when testing began.
StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Steven Valentine – ComtradeManila and Isle of Man sports betting operator Dafabet has confirmed the appointment of Comtrade Gaming as its igaming platform provider.Dafabet will integrate Comtrade Gaming’s iCore gaming platform provisions as its core solution. The iCore system will include a full suite of player management services, back-office capabilities and data intelligence functions.Comtrade will now be a core supplier to Dafabet igaming operations, servicing player management systems, payment processing, fraud and risk analysis and game content managementComtrade Gaming’s Director of Interactive, Steven Valentine commented on the new account:“Comtrade are incredibly proud to be selected as Dafabet’s long-term strategic platform partner. Dafabet are the leading operator in Asia and highly respected across the industry, and this deal is a great endorsement of the focus and work we have put into our platform. We have always believed we are leading the way with platform functionality, but performance and stability is our real USP for large operators.”Dafabet’s Group CTO Mark Biegel commented on the agreement“As a large operator, the demands and expectations placed on our technology are significantly higher than most other operators. Our partnership with Comtrade Gaming means we can focus our efforts on enhancing the customer experience, safe in the knowledge we have the right platform to support our business.” Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles
Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 Sky Vegas have taken steps to promote a brand association with this week’s Grand National, by announcing a ‘Golden Ticket’ promotion in Liverpool that could net a lucky winner up to £10k.Bosses at the online casino have attached a winning Grand National ticket to a drone and released it from the skies. The ticket’s whereabouts is being tracked by GPS technology and has landed in a secret location in the Liverpool area.Liverpool was recently revealed as the luckiest city in the UK, so Sky Vegas have decided to put the luck of the Liverpudlians to the test. 35% of residents claim to have had luck on their side in the past and 57% of people in the city believe they are luckier than most.The ticket, which has been released to support the Sky Vegas Millions campaign, must be found before the race starts, and guarantees the equivalent pay-out of a £50 bet on the winning horse at the Grand National this Saturday.Sky Vegas is excited about the race, especially after Willie Mullins trained runners proved so costly for the bookies at Cheltenham. His 80-1 shot Ballycasey is running in the National and if it places first, the winner of the Golden Ticket will be in for a four-figure pay out. Similarly, if any of the current 200/1 outsiders takes the title, the finder could be in for a £10,000 win.Daniele Phillips at Sky Vegas, said: “We’re really excited to see if someone can find the ticket before Saturday – it really is a race against time!“Liverpool is not only home to the Grand National, but has also been revealed as the UK’s luckiest city making it the perfect place to release a winning ticket. We hoping ‘Liverpool luck’ will be on someone’s side this week.” Share Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon
During the 2013 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “12-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 12-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next dozen games on the schedule.To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-6 mark?Drew: BetterLuke: Better2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable PlayerDrew: MVP – Chris Davis; LVP – Tommy HunterLuke: MVP – Chris Davis; LVP – Tommy Hunter3. Biggest surpriseDrew: Ryan Flaherty starting the year 2-for-24Luke: Adam Jones’ early defensive struggles4. Best thing about the 12-game stretchDrew: Chris Davis’ performance at the plate and in the fieldLuke: Rule 5 selection T.J. McFarland looking like a viable option in the bullpen5. Twelve games from now…Drew: The Orioles will be under the .500 mark.Luke: Jake Arrieta will be out of the starting rotation.6. Record in the next 12 games (three with Tampa Bay, three with the Los Angeles Dogers, three with Toronto, three at Oakland)Drew: 5-7Luke: 7-57. Stock rising/falling over the next 12 gamesDrew: Rising – Wei-Yin Chen; Falling – Nate McLouthLuke: Rising – Nolan Reimold; Falling – Chris Davis8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 1-12Drew: BLuke: C
(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens convened for the start of their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday, a critical piece of their offensive line was nowhere to be found as Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda was absent from the field.Coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t disclose the exact ailment from which Yanda is recovering, but The Sun reports that the seventh-year lineman underwent offseason shoulder surgery. Yanda was present for the Ravens’ trip to the White House and the ring ceremony last week but will not return to the practice field until training camp as he continues to rehab.“We expect him back by camp to some degree,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s done a great job. Marshal Yanda has done a great job with the rehab. He’s right on schedule, probably ahead of schedule. He’s doing really well.”Yanda missed two games last year after suffering an ankle injury against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 9 but recovered to play in all four of the Ravens’ postseason games en route to the franchise’s second Super Bowl championship. Two years ago, Yanda suffered chest and leg injuries in the penultimate game of the regular season but played the following week as he helped the Ravens clinch a division title and first-round bye in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.He was elected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and is not only regarded as one of the toughest players on the team but also as one of the best guards in the NFL.The long-term prognosis for Yanda doesn’t appear to be concerning, but the 28-year-old would be eligible to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list should he not be ready to practice by late July. Jah Reid and Ramon Harewood split time filling in for Yanda as the starting right guard on Tuesday.Ngata feeling “80 percent” Speaking to reporters in Owings Mills for the first time since he sprained the MCL of his left knee at the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata declared himself to be 80 to 85 percent of where he needs to be after spending much of the offseason rehabbing the injury.Ngata did not need to undergo surgery, but the eighth-year defensive lineman acknowledged feeling frustrated after dealing with a plethora injuries over the last two seasons, including knee, shoulder, thigh, and ankle ailments at different points. He just began running a few weeks ago after rehabbing the knee injury that knocked him out of the second half of Super Bowl XLVII.“It’s been real tough,” Ngata said. “Especially towards the end of the season, it just limited me. What I wanted to do was be an explosive player, and not being able to really come off or getting off blocks as well … It definitely was tough towards the end of the season, but you just fight through it, and we got a Super Bowl out of it.”Much was made of Ngata’s noticeable weight gain last season as he played with 10 extra pounds after complaining of wearing down during the latter half of the 2011 season. Ngata doesn’t appear lighter than he did at the end of last season, but Harbaugh didn’t express concern over the defensive tackle’s level of conditioning with training camp roughly six weeks away.“He’s in good shape. He’s fine,” Harbaugh said. “He’s right where he needs to be at this time. He’s doing well.”With the offseason signings of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, Ngata will not be asked to play defensive end this year and will instead play inside at nose tackle and defensive tackle where he feels he can take better advantage of interior linemen with his strength and quickness.Ngata didn’t offer any predictions or specifics when asked about a specific weight goal he has in mind for this season, but the Ravens privately hope he’ll be in better condition than he was last season.“We’ll see what it is. I definitely just want to come in in great shape,” Ngata said. “After this minicamp, these next five weeks are going to be really important for me to make sure I’m in really good shape to come in and participate in camp.”The four-time Pro Bowl selection signed a five-year, $61 million contract early in the 2011 season and carries an $11.5 million salary cap number for 2013.Leach’s presence will be missedWith the official release of Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach on Tuesday, there was plenty of talk about how the veteran will be missed not only on the field but in the locker room.Leach was scheduled to make a $3 million base salary and was released when he and the Ravens were unable to work out a restructured contract.“Vonta [Leach] has been as much of the heart and soul of this team as anybody since he’s been here,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been a great leader. He’s been a tremendous performer. I’ve never had more fun with a player since he’s been here, personally as a coach, than I have had with Vonta.”Attention will now turn toward rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who is expected to inherit Leach’s starting role despite possessing different skills than the traditional blocking back. Teammates are looking forward to the versatility the fourth-round pick can provide at the position after gaining a reputation as an excellent receiver out of the backfield at Harvard.Juszczyk caught a team-high 52 passes for 706 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season.“I would just say his athleticism and the ways you can use him,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Catching the football, blocking, running the football, lining him up in diesel formations and having him run routes. Obviously, we’re going to have to wait to see when we put on the pads in training camp to get a good sense for what he does with that kind of stuff.”The Ravens began shying away from using Leach on a regular basis as the offense became more pass-heavy last season, but that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old’s departure and Juszczyk’s increased presence will dramatically change Baltimore’s plans on the offensive side of the ball.“It doesn’t,” run-game coordinator Juan Castillo said. “[Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery] is working with Kyle to get him so he can learn our schemes. He’s a rookie. He’s been working hard to learn our schemes. He should be able to do a good job once he gets some experience.”Slimmer Suggs CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>
(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Starting quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t the first to defend the Ravens’ current leadership in response to former teammate Ray Lewis’ criticism earlier in the week, but his words rang the loudest on Wednesday.Responding to Lewis’ comments made on ESPN questioning the team’s current leaders in the aftermath of the party bus altercation that resulted in wide receiver Jacoby Jones being smashed in the head with a champagne bottle early Monday morning, Flacco defended the team’s recent track record when it comes to off-field behavior and downplayed how much leadership can influence what players do away from football.“It is what it is. Ray knows better than that,” Flacco said. “Things happen. I think we’re usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there are probably a lot of leadership problems then. So, like I said, Ray knows better.”No charges were filed and there is no evidence to suggest any player who attended left tackle Bryant McKinnie’s birthday celebration committed any crimes, making the story inconsequential in Flacco’s eyes.Coach John Harbaugh addressed the incident with the entire team on Monday, warning the players of the dangers of being out in public late at night.“When you get the information of what happened, it just is what it is,” Flacco said. “You laugh about it, kind of. It’s funny some of the things that we deal with. I don’t really have too many comments on it, because they’d all be taken the wrong way and out of context. But it’s not really an issue.”While Flacco stood his ground and took Lewis’ comments to task, linebacker Terrell Suggs took a more apologetic stance for the man he teamed with the defensive side of the ball for a decade. Suggs suggested Lewis’ words were taken out of context even though he was on camera speaking freely in response to the news of the incident.It’s possible that Suggs only read the transcript of Lewis’ words or wasn’t familiar with what Lewis actually said, but the Ravens had to know questions would be asked of Suggs on Wednesday.“I guess it’s something that I’ll have to hear him say,” Suggs said. “We all know the media can ‘word-play’ [and] misconstrue things. We texted Ray this morning. It’s one guy’s opinion. Like I said, we don’t know what was actually said. You can never take anything for face value. If he says it in front of a camera, it’s a different thing.”Understandably, Suggs shares a closer relationship with Lewis than Flacco does, but his response to his longtime teammate’s criticism didn’t have near the impact of the stance taken by the quarterback.A transcript of Lewis’ comments from Monday night are below:“We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership. I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?’ Because the leadership is being strong in the locker room and winning games. Listen, talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point.“When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens, they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata made it clear Tuesday he hopes to finish his career right where it started with the Ravens.Whether that happens or not will largely hinge on how well the 30-year-old performs in his ninth season in Baltimore.Under contract through the 2015 season, Ngata carries the second-highest cap figure of any defensive tackle in the league at $16 million this year. His cap figure remains the same next season, but the Ravens would stand to save $8.5 million in space should they elect to part ways with him after the 2014 season, making it highly unlikely they’ll simply allow the defensive lineman to play out the final year of his deal.General manager Ozzie Newsome explored a contract extension this offseason to lower Ngata’s cap figure and afford him the opportunity to finish his career in Baltimore, but the sides didn’t get far when discussing how much additional money would be included in a new deal. It’s a strategy the organization executed with linebacker Terrell Suggs, who signed a four-year extension earlier this offseason to lower his 2014 cap number in the process.“I would love to be a Raven for life,” Ngata said. “If we can get something done, that’d be great. We’ll just let my agent and Ozzie take care of that business off the field.”Trying to determine Ngata’s value is a tricky proposition despite the 2006 first-round pick coming off his fifth straight invitation to the Pro Bowl. Nagging injuries over the last three seasons have limited his offseason preparation and in-season production, leading many to believe Ngata isn’t the same player who continues to receive the accolades. He has typically started each of the last few seasons well before fading down the stretch when physical ailments begin hindering him.In 15 games last season, Ngata collected 52 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks, his lowest sack total since the 2009 season after three straight campaigns in which he collected five or more. According to Pro Football Focus, Ngata ranked 18th among all defensive tackles in the NFL last season as he received his fifth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.Telling reporters and coach John Harbaugh this is the healthiest he’s been in several offseasons, Ngata envisions himself providing a greater presence as a pass rusher than he did a year ago. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, Ngata looks much like he did last year for the Ravens’ mandatory minicamp and did not attend the last three weeks of voluntary organized team activities.“This year, I just tried to lose more body fat and just stay around the same weight,” said Ngata, who spent much of last offseason rehabbing the medial collateral ligament sprain that sidelined him in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII. “Towards the end of the season, I lost some strength, but [I’m] just trying to lose body fat and lean up a little bit more.”A simple look at the last couple drafts indicate the Ravens are in the midst of rebuilding their defensive line. After selecting defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the third round of last year’s draft, Newsome took Florida State standout Timmy Jernigan in the second round this year as the pair will battle for the starting job vacated by free-agent departure Arthur Jones.The Ravens envision Williams as a nose tackle, which would prompt defensive coordinator Dean Pees to slide Ngata back to the 3-technique tackle spot. However, Jernigan has a similar profile to Jones, which could keep Ngata at the nose position where he primarily played last season. Strong seasons from both Williams and Jernigan would enable the Ravens to take a strong stance as it relates to Ngata’s contract demands and future beyond 2014.Jernigan is just one defensive lineman eager to soak up as much information as he can from the perennial All-Pro talent.“It’s a blessing to play with another great defensive tackle,” Jernigan said. “It’s a defensive lineman’s dream to be able to play with a great player beside him. It definitely will take a whole bunch of pressure off me, and he’ll definitely be a great person to learn from.”In the same way that Ngata learned from veterans such as Kelly Gregg and Trevor Pryce when arriving on the scene in 2006, the Ravens hope Ngata can help the likes of Jernigan, Williams, DeAngelo Tyson, Brent Urban, and Kapron Lewis-Moore take their play to the next level. Never one to be outspoken, the veteran acknowledged he might need to step outside his comfort zone to help lead such a young unit along with fellow veteran Chris Canty.In reality, Ngata could find himself mentoring his imminent replacement with his future so cloudy beyond this season.“Haloti is not going to change his personality,” Harbaugh said. “I have always felt like he was a great leader according to his personality. He works hard and he talks to the guys. He’ll continue to do what he’s always done. If he feels like he needs to talk a little more, it would be great.”The biggest statement Ngata will need to make this season is with his play if he hopes to remain in Baltimore or at least put himself in optimum position for another payday on the open market if the Ravens deem his contract demands too expensive next winter.No matter how much longer he remains with the Ravens, the league’s 12th-ranked defense from a year ago needs him to be a force in the trenches to take a significant step forward and get back to the postseason. And they’ll hope he recaptures his once-dominating form — and sustains it — with the benefit of a healthy offseason.“I want to get better and better and try to at least get to double-digit sacks,” Ngata said. “That’s something I’ve never done. Hopefully, I can continue to get better and get to my goals.”