Tottenham defender Federico Fazio returns to Sevilla on loan

first_img Press Association The central defender, who has three caps for Argentina, joined Spurs in 2014 but has struggled to establish himself at White Hart Lane. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been manager Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred pairing this season, backed up by Kevin Wimmer. And the club announced on their website: “Federico Fazio has joined Spanish side Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. “The defender returns to the team he joined us from in the summer of 2014 having made 32 appearances in our colours to date.” Another player leaving Spurs is Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic, who has joined Werder Bremen on a permanent deal. Veljkovic has signed a contract until 2019 and Werder chief executive Thomas Eichin told his club’s website: “We have been monitoring Milos for a long time now. This transfer is an investment in the future.” center_img Tottenham’s Federico Fazio has rejoined his former club Sevilla on loan, the Premier League club have confirmed.last_img read more

If BCCI wants T20 WC’s slot for IPL they’ll get it, feels Chappell

first_imgMelbourne: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes players have an obligation towards their country and they should skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) if it clashes with Australia’s domestic season. Chappell’s comments comes just a day after Aussie speedster Pat Cummins expressed his desire to play in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league, which currently stands suspended due to coronavirus pandemic. Chappell feels top Australian cricketers are looked after financially really well by Cricket Australia (CA) these days so they must choose Sheffield Shield over IPL if the dates of the two were to clash this season. “Well this is coming from someone who’s never been a fan of the board, but the top players are looked after very well by Cricket Australia these days, so I think there’s an obligation there,” Chappell was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports. “It’s also a chance to stand up and say the cricket world isn’t going to be pushed around by India. “I could mount a case more for a peripheral player who doesn’t earn a lot of money in Australia; if the bulk of his income is going to come from the IPL, well that’s something I would have some sympathy for if I was a CA board member. But the top players are well paid, and that argument doesn’t hold any water. Their obligation should be to Australia.” The BCCI is currently looking at a October-November window to host the glitzy tournament as dark clouds continue to circle over the fate of the T20 World Cup, currently scheduled to be played Down Under in October. Despite CA chief executive Kevin Roberts saying it’s ICC’s call to make, Chappell stated there is no chance of hosting a tournament of such magnitude this year. So according to him, if BCCI wants to use that window to host the IPL, they will ‘get their way’. “The first thing you know is that the BCCI will win,” he said. “They’ll get their way if they want to play in October. At this point it appears to me that the chances of the T20 World Cup going ahead are somewhere between Buckley’s and none. “With so many countries, I just think it would be logistically way too difficult, but that’s purely a cricketer talking, not a medical person or someone with experience running a tournament like that. “But it seems to me with 16 teams to worry about it’s probably going to be too hard, and if the BCCI want the IPL to take that slot they’ll probably get their way.” IANS Also watch: Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Naba Doley briefinglast_img read more

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton secures pole position in German Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel unable to take part in qualifying

first_imgSebastian Vettel suffered a turbo problem which forced him to miss qualifying.Charles LeClerc will start 10th due to a fuel systems problem.Lewis Hamilton secured his 87th pole position. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Hockenheim: Lewis Hamilton secured a gift-wrapped record-extending 87th pole position of his career on Saturday when he made the most of a double disaster for Ferrari in qualifying at the German Grand Prix. The defending five-time world champion, who had struggled for pace and consistency in his Mercedes in practice, improved to clock a best lap in one minute and 11.767 and outpace Max Verstappen of Red Bull by 0.346 seconds. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull while Charles Leclerc, who had been fastest for Ferrari in final practice, failed to run in the Q3 top-10 shootout due to a fuel systems problem with his car.     The Monegasque will start 10th, 10 places ahead of his luckless Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel who was unable to take part in qualifying due to a turbo problem and will start at the back of the grid for his home race.     Kimi Raikkonen was fifth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas, Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Sergio Perez of Racing Point and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault. “Congratulations Lewis – you never stop amazing us,” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff as the Briton drove his slow-down lap.      “Thanks, Toto,” he replied. “A great job guys – I don’t know how we did that.”Also Read | Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc suffers engine problem     Hamilton’s lap was the only one in the 1:11’s all weekend at the Hockenheimring, where he last took pole in 2008 and gave his team a perfect cause for celebration on the anniversary of 125 years of motorsport and their 200th Formula One race start. “My first lap was spot-on and the second lap was better in places,” said Hamilton.     Verstappen said: “We could have been closer, but went a bit wide and bottomed out and I lost the rear end, but this is a good result.”Also Read | Hackers leak intimate videos of Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton, singer responds     Bottas said: “I think the weather is going to play a big part tomorrow. I’m a bit disappointed, especially with the pace in Q3. Ferrari had been very quick here… so we’re in a good place.”      On an overcast and much cooler day after heavy overnight rain, the Williams team were first on track for Q1, in front of an enthusiastic crowd boosted by Verstappen’s ‘orange army’ and many local supporters for Vettel in Ferrari red.Luckless Vettel     Leclerc was soon on top for the ‘scarlet Scuderia’ ahead of Verstappen, but it was bad news again for the luckless Vettel. After sitting in his car, stranded under repair in the Ferrari garage, he climbed out, condemned to start from the back of the grid.     “I don’t know exactly what happened, but we lost the turbo and the car would not run. I feel bitter, of course, as the car is great and it’s a big chance lost – but we have another chance tomorrow. I am looking forward to the race, of course, but I would prefer to be right up at the front than at the back.”      After struggling with their own problems, Hamilton and Bottas qualified third and sixth for Mercedes with Gasly and Raikkonen between them, while British rookies Lando Norris of McLaren and Alex Albon of Toro Rosso joined the Williams men George Russell and Robert Kubica with Vettel in taking an early exit.     Hamilton was first out in Q2 on mediums as the sun returned following a dull morning in Baden-Wurttemburg. His initial lap in 1:12.149 set the standard with Leclerc and Bottas slotting into second and third before Gasly, defying his critics, split them.     The Q3 session began with Mercedes out first again in their anniversary-liveried cars while Ferrari was besieged as Leclerc’s car was under examination in their garage. As Hamilton set the pace ahead of Verstappen and Bottas, Leclerc climbed out of his Ferrari and out of contention.     “We brought upgrades here, but the Ferraris were on another level all weekend. I think my time, in the end, was good enough to compete with Charles if he had done a lap!” said Hamilton. “The track is incredible and it gets faster every year.”last_img read more

Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return Leg

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria has arrived in Cameroon ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier return leg against the Indomitable Lions on Monday.Nigeria moved up to 9points after goals from Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Super Eagles to a convincing 4-0 win against the African Champions in Uyo on Friday.The @NGSuperEagles have landed in Yaounde. They are lodged at the Hilton Hhonors. #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/JIH8r1efHE— The NFF ?? (@thenff) September 3, 2017Cameroon, who have just 2 points from three matches of the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifier, host Nigeria in the reverse fixture in Yaounde on Monday, 4 September.Video Credit: Twitter.com – Nigeria Super EaglesRelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”FIFA Clears Chelsea Youngster To Represent NigeriaSeptember 2, 2017In “National Team”VIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Observe Traditional Team Walk Ahead Of Cameroon ClashSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Peter Woodfine, Vermantia: Why retail can still rival the solitary world of online betting

first_img George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 Share Submit Share SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 On the eve of next week’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Peter Woodfine – Business Development Director at Vermantia – says in-shop betting is changing. But he is a firm believer that retail will always be detail.There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the death of retail, but to paraphrase Mark Twain – it’s been greatly exaggerated. While online giants like Amazon have changed how we buy things forever, when it comes to the betting industry there will always be the four walls of a betting shop. Customers thrive on live action, and when you put a television on the wall, you instantly cross into the world of shared entertainment, something which will never be achieved in the solitary world of online betting. While we can be confident that these shop-goers will always relish the thrill retail can provide, this is not to say change isn’t needed. It is. The retail industry needs to adapt to survive against the competition of online. There are many ways it can, of course, both by meeting the evolving demands of the new generation of customer and by reducing the cost of operation. For retail betting the digital experience is both a threat and an opportunity. The tech-savvy customer of the new generation is far different to their predecessor. They want the same convenient, digitised, and cashless retail experience that they are used to in other areas of life, with a user experience that is personalised to them. If retail can provide the benefits of digital while also offering the thrill that physical betting provides, the future will certainly be bright, and more exciting than ever before. Supplying customers with the right live pictures and data and giving them an incentive to engage with exciting live action is going to be an essential proponent of that successful retail offering. Live content is what draws them in, and the better the quality of data and content that we can provide operators with, the more engaged the customer will be. As any of our partners will tell you, the holy trinity for customer engagement is good quality data, readily available markets, and live pictures. Content-driven technologies, like ultra-low latency have a big part tο play here too.However, this trinity isn’t enough on its own to compete with online. Delivery needs to be around the clock, instantaneous and tailor-made for every corner of the world. We’ve created an end-to-end solution to provide for this, with a complete odds service, adaptable data feed, automated channel production platform, and the latest in broadcasting and streaming technologies. But there’s one final piece missing from retail’s evolutionary jigsaw: the sale itself. The digitisation of retail betting needs to be a complete ecosystem, and as part of the next generation of the retail experience, the SSBT will have a key role to play. As we already know, younger customers want their user experience to be as simple, convenient, and frictionless as possible. Our new breed of self-service solutions V-POS and FLAVOR cater for that demand by merging premium gaming content with cashless payment options. By remodelling the player journey, our award-winning FLAVOR offers infotainment and a self-contained betting environment, while V-POS, our complete betting ecosystem, will act as a shop within a shop for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Unlike the larger cabinet-based SSBTs, our solutions offer a compact desk top self-service with a complementary printer, integrated bank payment POS and mobile app, as well as a decoder, with which to coordinate the on-screen live action in-shop. This unique combination of retail solutions is here to unlock a cashless and cardless world full of opportunities, bundled with both card and mobile payment solutions. The future of retail is far brighter than many think – and as the key provider of every aspect of the physical betting experience aside from the walls themselves, we’re excited to be there to meet that demand. From our modern SSBT solutions that provide customers with the convenient, digitised and cashless retail experience to our expansive content portfolio that ranges from our ultimate live racing and sports channels, we’re here to deliver on a localised, content and data-driven future that is customised for every corner of the world.Held from 19-22 March, Betting on Football is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address the recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry.Stamford Bridge provides the perfect setting for 200 expert speakers across 40 sessions, including high level business and networking opportunities for key suppliers, top affiliates, sports clubs and organisations to meet with the operators.For more information about Betting on Football, please click HERE.last_img read more

Productive times, snipers and solid backlines- Revelations from AFCON 2019 stats

first_imgInformation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was used in this work. Citi Sports editor, Nathan Quao, takes a look at the some of the interesting statistics that have emerged from the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations which was won by Algeria.We all watched the matches and enjoyed the highs and lows of the competition that lasted for about a month. We all witnessed Algeria’s brilliance, Madagascar’s bravery, the shock of Egypt and Morocco exiting the tournament and everything in between.Now that things have settled down, the numbers that went with the performances have come up and some of them shine a totally different light on the tournament.How many goals were scored?102 and that is three more than the tally from the 2008 edition which is considered by many as a very good tournament in terms of the brand of attacking football that was played.Then, 16 teams featured and a total of 32 matches were played. This year’s competition had 24 teams and 52 matches in total were played.If you do the math, then one can say that the additional 20 matches produced only three goals.Productive matchesOf the 52 matches played, three produced the most goals- 5.The matches were the ones involving Mali and Mauritania which ended 4-1 to the Malians and Nigeria and Cameroon in the Round of 16, Kenya and Tanzania in the group stages both which resulted in 3-2 scorelines.Penalty merchants, dead ball kings, snipersIn all, 8 penalties were awarded and some of the countries that got the decisions in the box were Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia.The most successful team from free kick situations was Madagascar. On the way to their quarter final finish, they scored three goals from free kicks.While most teams would rather score from close range, Mali had other ideas. They loved firing from range and it is not surprising that they topped the charts with four goals from outside the penalty box.Adama Traore, Amadou Haidara and their captain Abdoulaye Diaby all found the target from distance in the tournament.Productive timeAn examination of the tournament’s statistics show something very fascinating.37 of the 102 goals were scored between minute zero and 15. While that may sound exciting, it highlights probably the lack of concentration and readiness on the part of most teams.The second most productive period of the tournament was between minutes 60 and 75. That time band had 27 goals being scored by teams.The least productive period was between the 15th and 30th minutes where only 10 goals were scored.Strangers to concessionThe overall winners, Algeria, had the looks of a champion from a very stage of the tournament and the numbers go further to reveal their strength and toughness.For instance, they never conceded first in the entire competition. To add to that, they never fell behind to a first half goal. In addition, they scored 69 percent of their goals in the first half.They were clearly a dominant side and if you want to believe in patterns and coincidences, they repeated their tally from the 1990 competition that they won. They scored 13 goals then and they equaled the haul in 2019.Goal gettersNigeria’s Odion Ighalo was the deadliest forward in the competition as he grabbed 5 goals from 7 matches for the Super Eagles. Sadio Mane of Senegal, Adam Ounas of Algeria and Cedric Bakambu of DR Congo all had 3 goals.last_img read more

NLCS Highlights: Dodgers beat Brewers in Game 5 at Dodgers Stadium

first_imgHighlights from Game 5 of the 2018 National League Championship Series as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 5-2, Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 coming Friday in Milwaukee.The Brewers got on the board first when Lorenzo Cain hit a one-out double to drive in a run against Clayton Kershaw in the top of the third inning: Kenley Jansen puts an end to it: Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Dodgers tied it in the fifth inning with Austin Barnes’ single up the middle that scored Chris Taylor: Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers broke it wide open with a two runs in the seventh:center_img Yasiel Puig give Kershaw a cushion in the bottom of the sixth inning: Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Max Muncy’s softly-hit ball put the Dodgers up 2-1 in the sixth inning. Kershaw had the slow curve working early: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articleslast_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green spoke with Kevin Durant, dismissed long-term concerns

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWant real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.The Warriors held a team dinner on Wednesday night, which is a typical practice on trips. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he spoke to Green privately and to the team before Thursday’s morning shootaround. Though Kerr declined to share any details, he described the mood during shootaround as “pretty quiet.”When the Warriors opened up the end of morning shootaround to the media, Green and Durant appeared cordial and completed their shooting workouts at the same basket. Durant did not speak to reporters after morning shootaround and maintained a sullen expression as he sat on a bench and thumbed through his phone after his workout. But Kerr maintained he “feels extremely confident in this team’s ability to get through any adversity.”“I know the character of the group. I know the history of this group,” said Kerr, whose team has won three NBA titles in the past four years. “It’s way too strong and way too powerful to be upended by the type of adversity that can hit any team in this league. We’re going to get through this.”After all, the Warriors defeated the Rockets here in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals before winning their second NBA championship in consecutive seasons. Green and Durant also had on-court arguments during his inaugural season two years ago. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I’ve read a lot about how ‘Is this the end of the run? Is it over. Did I ruin it? Did I force Kevin to leave?’” Green said, rhetorically. “At the end of the day, as I have said before, whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay [Thompson] decides to do, we’ve had great years together. I support everybody whole heartedly 100 percent. As a man and human being, you have the right to do with whatever you want in your life. I’d never question that.”Green did question one thing, though. He dismissed any concerns on whether his verbal altercation with Durant would disrupt the team’s chances in winning its fourth NBA title in four years or convince Durant to leave next offseason when he plans to decline of his $31 million player option to become a free agent. One Warriors staffer walked out during morning shootaround and jokingly said within ear shot of reporters, “break it up; it’s all over.”“Nobody in this organization, from a player, not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else, is going to beat us. So if you are one of them 29 teams in this league, you gotta beat us,” Green said. “We are not going to beat us. We’re going to continue to do what we do. I’m sorry if that ruins everybody’s stories. I know everybody got a job to do. I apologize for ruining y’all stories, if it did. But if this only makes Kevin, myself, the rest of my teammates stronger, that’s what it’s going to do. You think you saw something before, good luck with us now. We’re not going to crumble off an argument. We’re going to move forward.”One way Green wants to move forward: not answer any more questions about anything involving his disagreement with Durant. Green delivered an opening statement for about two minutes on this situation, but declined to answer a follow-up question regarding the front office’s stance. The Warriors suspended him for one-game without pay because of Green’s language toward Durant. The Warriors then had a team discussion in the locker room, though the team said the substance of those conversations did not influence their decision to suspend Green.“Anybody want to talk about basketball?” Green said. “I spoke on what I spoke about, if anyone want to talk about basketball. I’ll take some basketball questions. But that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”Green spoke indirectly, though, on his basketball philosophy that determines when to be a playmaker, find an open teammate or pass to one of the Warriors’ top scorers in Durant, Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. After Green grabbed a rebound in Monday’s game against the Clippers with six seconds left, he sprinted toward the other court and did not pass a trailing Durant after calling for the ball. Green also did not see an open Thompson before fumbling the ball as time expired.“Ball movement is always important, whether we got a matchup we like , whether a guy got it going, ball movement is always going to be important,” Green said in general terms. “Obviously there are going to be times you have to scrap that. A lot of times down the stretch, we scrap that. [Durant] is going to have the ball. Steph is going to have the ball. Klay is going to be finding his shot. A lot of times down the stretch, we scrap it. But throughout the course of the game, you want to have that ball movement and flow to keep everyone else in a rhythm and not allow the defense to key on those guys. Down the stretch, you have to go to your guys and they have to get you a bucket. That’s just a fact of the matter.”As for the ensuing argument between Green and Durant?Kerr maintained “it’s private” on how the Warriors determine when it is appropriate for Green to exert his fiery demeanor and when he crosses the line. But Kerr has long maintained Green’s on-court intensity and honestly provides more long-term and short-term benefits than consequences.“Draymond has a huge heart. He’s a champion. He’s a winner,” Kerr said. “He’s so passionate that at times he can go over the edge. He always comes back. I know he’s going to come back and he’ll be his usual competitive and passionate self. We’re going to move on.”Related Articles HOUSTON – Before anyone even asked a question, Warriors forward Draymond Green discussed the elephant in the room with the conviction and passion that matches his play.In his first public comments since Green and Kevin Durant had a verbal altercation at the end of regulation of Monday’s eventual loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Green shared that he “spoke” with Durant and that “we’re moving forward.”Green did not directly address calling Durant “a bitch,” criticizing him for his pending free agency or his one-game suspension in Tuesday’s win over Atlanta. Green also did not address an ESPN report that said he plans to appeal the Warriors-imposed $120,000 fine for his one-game suspension. But with Green active for the Warriors’ game on Thursday against the Houston Rockets, Green generally defended his on-court demeanor with Durant. The tensions began after Durant yelled at Green for not passing him the ball after grabbing a rebound during a tie game with six seconds left before committing a turnover as the buzzer sounded in regulation.“There is no secret I am an emotional player,” Green said. “I play with emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes it gets the best of me. If it doesn’t work in my favor, I’m going to live with it because it works in my favor to the good. That’s my resume. My résumé and the team résumé speaks to us more than it doesn’t So I’m never going to change who I am and I’m going to approach the game the same way it always do. We’ll continue to move forward.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Kerr appeared ready to move on by keeping his sense of humor. He joked he might filibuster his interview so no one asks any questions about Durant and Green. Kerr also joked that Rockets fans “might cheer” for Green during lineup introductions because of his spat with Durant. He dismissed whether this episode could strengthen the team, though, highlighting any other unpredictable events that could include injuries or personality conflicts.“I’m not going to sit here and pretend everything is rosy tonight and everything is going to be fine,” Kerr said. “This will unfold and we’re going to be fine and are going to be at full strength and we’re going to be ready to roll. But we’re human like everybody else. We have to deal with stuff. So we’ll deal with it.”And so far, Kerr said he likes how the Warriors have dealt with it.“The foundation is the key to everything,” Kerr said. “We have a strong foundation and that’s why we’re going to be fine.”Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Want to get answers to Warriors questions? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Abraham Ancer talks Pebble Beach, how late father helped his game

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Jason Day says he’s ‘underachieved,’ but new caddy Steve Williams will help “It’s always tough,” Ancer told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Corona Premier. “Every day I think about it would be awesome to have him here with me watching me play, I know he still is, but I mean, just being a little selfish and just having him here it would be incredible just to see all the work and all the effort he put in and invested in me to get me here.”Abraham Sr. died in 2014 after suffering a heart attack. He never got a chance to see his son play on the PGA Tour, but encouraged his namesake in the game from the time he was in diapers.He had his son on the course in the family’s home town of Reynosa, Mexico, and did all he could to help the young man’s game. What came of that was a chance to play in junior college and eventually a scholarship to Oklahoma which served as a springboard to professional golf.It’s something Ancer would have loved to experience with his dad, especially when, a year after his father’s death, he earned his PGA Tour card.”It took a lot out of him money-wise, he went out of his way for me to play at junior events, whatever he could get me on he would do,” Ancer said. “So I’ll always be extremely thankful for that.”Ancer never really got to play in the high-level AJGA events growing up, but he said both of his parents did all they could to support him which helped him earn a chance to play at the next level. And now he has a chance to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. U.S. Open 2019: Dustin Johnson says he’s ‘very comfortable’ at Pebble Beach But when Ancer hits his first drive and rolls his first putt, he will be without the man who helped grow his passion for the game.Ancer’s father, also named Abraham, died in 2014 and never saw the 28-year-old play in a single major. It’s difficult for Ancer to deal with and something he would have loved to be able to share with his dad. Related Newscenter_img When Abraham Ancer steps onto the first tee at Pebble Beach in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday it will be a special moment for a lot of reasons.It will be his first appearance at the Open and only his third opportunity at a major, and of course, just playing at Pebble Beach is special in and of itself. It’s a moment not lost on the young golfer from Mexico and one he can’t wait to experience for the first time.”Every hole is just so good out here,” Ancer said. “But I mean the stretch from 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, all of those holes that are right along the ocean, I mean the views are incredible.”I’m going to try to just enjoy that and it’s funny to say that, at Corona their saying is to ‘enjoy the view’ and this is just perfect for this golf course.”last_img read more

‘NBA 2K’ tournament odds: Bracket favorites, prop bets for 2020 Players Tournament

first_imgMORE: Get the latest Players Tournament odds from Sports InsiderUnlike the real NBA, it’s hard to gauge will any certainty how players such as Kevin Durant, Trae Young and Donovan Mitchell will perform as video game players. That hasn’t stopped odds makers from doing their thing.Here’s a look at your betting options for the competition:’NBA 2K’ Players Tournament bracketThe Players Tournament will feature 16 NBA players competing over four rounds. The first two rounds are single-elimination, while the semis and final are best-of-three. To fill the sports void, the NBA is putting on the Players Tournament between its top stars on the video game “NBA 2K20.”The virtual competition, which begins Friday, will be broadcast live on ESPN. It will also be open to betting, a big plus for sports gamblers bored out of their minds over the past couple of weeks. (NBA) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/b1/nba-2k-tournament-bracket-ftrjpg_divfezvrdpee1jh6js1fowdbq.jpg?t=849235505&w=500&quality=80 Odds to win ‘NBA 2K’ Players TournamentDevin Booker is the heavy favorite to win the tournament. DeAndre Ayton is tabbed to finish in second place and Kevin Durant is projected to finish third.Booker regularly runs video streams on Twitch while playing various games, “NBA 2K20” included. In fact, he discovered the season was postponed indefinitely from a fellow gamer during a live stream. It seems that’s given sports books confidence he can lead the way in the Players Tournament. Here are the full odds for winning the tournament from Sports Insider:SeedPlayerOdds5Devin Booker+35010Deandre Ayton+5001Kevin Durant+70016Derrick Jones Jr.+10004Donovan Mitchell+100014Pat Beverley+10002Trae Young+100013Rui Hachimura+120011Demarcus Cousins+16003Hassan Whiteside+16008Montrezl Harrell+16006Andre Drummond+180015Harrison Barnes+200012Michael Porter Jr.+20007Zach Lavine+20009Domantas Sabonis+2800What are some available prop bets?There are several amusing prop bets available, including the player who will score the least amount of points in the first round. Sabonis is considered most likely there, followed by Barnes and Porter Jr.You can also wager on whether any first round game will go to overtime (+110) and whether anyone will win a game by 11 points or more (-140).last_img read more