‘Fixing Kingpin’ Chawla likely to be flown on Monday, top bookies jittery

first_imgNew Delhi: The UK Home Department is expected to give a final go-ahead to extradite cricket betting kingpin Sanjeev Chawla to India on Monday.The UK High Court had dispatched a sealed envelope to Home Department to take a final call on Chawla, whose appeal against extradition was turned down by two judges of the High Court on Thursday, highly placed sources in Delhi Police told IANS.London based businessman Sanjeev Chawla, who turned a major bookie for the D-company in the late 1990s, would be the second person to be extradited from London since the UK signed an extradition treaty with India in 1992.Sources said Chawla is expected to be flown to India on an Air India flight reaching Delhi early Tuesday morning. Ram Gopal Naik, DCP Crime, Delhi Police, is presently in London with his team to take custody of Chawla, once the UK Home Department issues the order for the bookie’s release.”The High Court has already given its orders. Now we are only awaiting certain extradition formalities to be carried out by the Home Department. It seems by Monday afternoon we will have the orders in hand,” said an official of the Delhi Police Crime Branch.Sources said that Chawla operated one of the biggest betting syndicates in the late ’90s under the patronage of Mumbai-based business tycoons and operatives of D-Company. While Chawla fixed matches through top cricketers in South Africa, India, Pakistan, and other countries, D-Company ensured that bids are settled smoothly through overseas hawala transactions.”Though Chawla is being brought to India after 19 years, his interrogation in Delhi would expose several big faces in the cricketing world,” said Ajay Raj Sharma, who was the Delhi Police Commissioner in 2000 when the match-fixing scandal rocked the sporting fraternity. IANSAlso Read: Royal Challengers Bangalore will come hard at us, need to be alert: Piyush ChawlaAlso Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal, sets up Wimbledon final clash with Novak Djokovic

first_imgRoger Federer has won Wimbledon eight times, the most by a male player.Martina Navratilova has won nine Wimbledon singles titles, the most by any player.Novak Djokovic has a positive head-to-head record against both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. New Delhi: Roger Federer produced an epic performance and added yet another storied chapter in his famous rivalry with Rafael Nadal. The duo and their rivalry, considered one of the greatest in the modern tennis era, squared off in Wimbledon after 11 years. Federer always had a poor head-to-head record against Nadal, but in Wimbledon, he held the edge. Federer’s love for Wimbledon was more than enough to take him past his most fiercest rival and the Swiss maestro did not disappoint. Federer produced a performance for the ages as he defeated Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final. In Federer’s path to an unprecedented ninth men’s Wimbledon title stands Novak Djokovic, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final on Friday. A Federer-Nadal clash is expected to be one of intensity and many twists and turns. Nadal had thrashed Federer in the French Open final and the Spaniard showed his legendary status by winning the French Open for the 12th time. However, in Wimbledon, it was Federer’s turn to show Nadal who is the boss. Both players played with intensity as they did not yield an inch. The first set went to a tie-breaker and Federer always held the advantage, considering his magnificent record in tie-breakers over the years. Nadal committed a couple of unforced errors and Federer won the tie-breaker 7-3 to clinch the first set.Nadal, though, is not someone who could lie down easily and he roared back to form to put Federer under immense pressure. The Swiss maestro once again seemed to be committing the same mistakes which he had done against Nadal all those years ago and he buckled to lose the set 1-6. However, in the next two sets, Federer’s serve proved to be magical and Nadal found it difficult to find an opening. Federer held his nerve and broke Nadal early to clinch the third set 6-3. Federer and Nadal were at their intense best in the fourth set but a break by Federer gave him a 5-3 lead and he was given the chance to serve the match out. However, Nadal refused to yield and he saved two match points on deuce. It was third time lucky though as Federer clinched the game and the set to reach the final. Earlier, defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his sixth Wimbledon final Friday as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal prepared to meet at the All England Club for the first time since their epic 2008 title showdown. World number one and four-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic booked his 25th Grand Slam final appearance with a nervy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Spain’s 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut. “This has been a remarkable tournament for me and to be in another final is a dream come true,” said the top seed. “I had to dig deep, Roberto was playing his first semi-final at a Grand Slam and he was not really overwhelmed. “It was a really close opening four to five games of the third set that could have gone either way—thankfully it went mine.” The 32-year-old will go into Sunday’s final seeking a 16th major title with a career advantage over both his great rivals.He leads Federer 25-22 and Nadal 28-26. “I will watch Federer and Nadal. I am a fan of that match up—it’s one of the most epic rivalries of all time.” Watched by a Royal Box crammed with sports and movie A-listers—David Beckham, Rod Laver, Gary Player, Jude Law, Damian Lewis—Djokovic swept through the first set with breaks in the second and eighth games.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Korger: Optimism remains after devastating weekend of injuries

first_imgIf there’s something I’ve learned in my life as both a fan of sports and as a journalist, it’s that athletic prowess and success can be taken away at the drop of the hat.Or a single hit. Or an ACL tear.But that’s just the nature of sports. The game is physical, the demands on the body extremely rigorous and sometimes, pure chance plays unfavorably to the athlete in motion.But the measure of the player comes in his response to the injury, to an event that threatens to derail the dreams of a season. The measure of the athlete’s team comes in its response to that absence, from the players who step up to meet the challenge and take on new roles.So, does the team crumble under the adversity? Do they rise up to meet the challenge? Or is it a shadow of itself simply going through the motions?Time always yields the answers, but sometimes as onlookers we lose the real message in the entire situation where pessimism reigns supreme.It’s just one player.If these sports truly are team sports, then one player does not win or lose a game. Granted, the special ones find a way to make their presence and impact known on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean their absence dooms an entire season.At least, not this year.Stave was a growing star in this Wisconsin football season – that’s a given. The redshirt freshman had his struggles, but when the team needed him most, he rose to restore faith in the campaign for a third-consecutive Rose Bowl appearance. After amounting the best first half in his career as a starter under center, against one of the best defenses in the country, Stave’s collarbone was broken by the sheer force of a physical hit to start the second half.Josh Gasser was supposed to emerge stronger and more talented then ever in his junior campaign for Bo Ryan and Wisconsin basketball, providing veteran leadership and taking over the void left at point guard by campus legend Jordan Taylor. With an extremely young and unproven backcourt coming into the season, Gasser was supposed to help mitigate the learning curve that George Marshall and Traevon Jackson would experience during their increased roles.Two leaders gone. Now what?Sure, Danny O’Brien’s performance after he replaced Stave inspired less confidence than a ship with holes in it plugged with Swiss cheese. And yes, the Wisconsin offense had less flow than a clogged toilet. But at least O’Brien has some starting experience this year. Keep in mind, Danny O’Brien probably received about a third of the snaps that Stave did during the week. It’s no excuse for his poor play, but his preparation for Michigan State was probably lacking compared to the man he was replacing. Remember, the last time O’Brien found the field in an actual game situation was at Nebraska during a questionable two-minute drill. With a bye week approaching at the perfect time, O’Brien will have adequate time to prepare for what essentially amounts to a one-game play-in for a spot in the Big Ten Championship game against the Hoosiers. If O’Brien can manage the offense well enough to give Wisconsin a win in Bloomington, the team will get its shot at a return trip to Pasadena. And in just one game, who knows what can happen?As for Gasser’s injury, it’s definitely shortened the length of the learning curve for the young Marshall and Jackson. With the most seasoned guard missing from Wisconsin’s roster, Marshall will most likely take the reigns at the point faster than expected. But heck, he was expected to play eventually, so why not right away?Yes, the team will miss Gasser immensely. His terrific defense was always a brutal necessity in a long Big Ten season full of terrific guards, as was his steady three-point shooting. But fans can take solace in knowing that young players like Sam Dekker, Marshall, Jackson and Ben Brust have the talent necessary to keep this Badger backcourt competitive enough to once again reach the NCAA tournament under Bo Ryan.Because, let’s be honest, it’s Bo Ryan. He finds a way to get it done. And don’t forget about Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren.So don’t let one of the most awful weekends in recent memory for Wisconsin sports get you down. There’s still plenty of football to be played and an entire season of basketball remaining. Nothing is, by any means, over.Nick is a fifth-year senior majoring in English and history. He is also a featured member of WSUM’s “The Badger Herald Sports Hour” on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and “The Student Section” on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. Have a thought about the column? Email him at or reach out via Twitter @NickKorger.last_img read more

Top-ranked Women of Troy head to San Diego

first_imgThe Trojans will need to retain their well-rounded attack in order to face potential competitors in later rounds of the tournament, including No. 6 Arizona State and No. 4 UCLA. Sixteen  Trojans contributed points to their two matches last weekend, and these players will need to bring the same offensive pressure against stiffer competition. Sophomore driver Paige Hauschild goes for a goal against China Jan. 31 at home. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) USC has kicked off its 2019 season in  dominant fashion on both ends of the pool, outscoring opponents 140-19 in just eight games, four of which were against ranked teams. Along with their stellar play, Longan and Parker have taken on important leadership roles in and out of the pool, which will be crucial as the competition gets tougher. A win against Pomona-Pitzer would advance USC to a second game on Saturday afternoon against the winner of the Loyola Marymount-Long Beach State matchup. The Women of Troy could then compete in a semifinal match on Sunday with the aim of securing a berth in that day’s championship game. The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team looks to continue to wreak havoc on its opponents this weekend at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. The Trojans will begin their tournament against Pomona-Pitzer and play three subsequent games to determine their final place in the tournament. “We have a pretty young team and some new girls that have come and immediately made an impact,” Parker said. “I think [we need to] just put everything together and continue doing what we’re doing.” Despite their early success, the Trojans look to continue improving over the course of the season, with the hope of ultimately reaching another NCAA title match. center_img “[My goal is] obviously, to stop some shots,” Parker said. “[I also] just try to be a leader, command the defense and help to continue to improve our overall defense.” The Trojans’ young talent has also been on display this season, with the invitational setting allowing new players to integrate themselves in the program. Freshman 2-meter Tilly Kearns has been a powerhouse scorer for the Trojans with 14 goals, the second-highest total on the team. Freshmen drivers Alejandra Aznar and Mieria Guiral also boast 13 goals apiece so far this season. The team has also demonstrated its defensive depth early on this season. Senior goalie Amanda Longan, last year’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year, currently leads the MPSF conference with 12.9 saves per game. However, the Trojans’ talent in scoring is not limited to Longan. Redshirt sophomore goalie Holly Parker has played 3.5 of the Trojans’ eight games thus far, and opponents are averaging just 2 goals against her in these games. “We need to work on 5-on-6 defense [and] improve our center plays and half-court plays to achieve [a national title] at the end of the season,” Parker said. In contrast, Pomona-Pitzer has struggled to find a win so far this season, falling in its first two games to Azusa Pacific and Loyola Marymount. While Pomona-Pitzer had a perfect 14-0 conference record last season, it fared poorly in non-conference play, resulting in a 22-11 overall record. In their meeting last season, the Trojans defeated the Sagehens 21-3. The match against Pomona-Pitzer will take place Saturday. With a win, the Trojans would take on the winner of LMU-Long Beach State later the same day. The semifinal and final matches take place on Sunday, as well as the consolation matches to determine each team’s tournament finish.last_img read more

Oklahoma State and Jaden Hobbs end SU’s season in NCAA Tournament, 84-57

first_img Published on March 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham STARKVILLE, Miss. — As Jaden Hobbs, an unsuspecting 5-foot-8 redshirt freshman wearing a bulky brace on her left leg, who prior to Saturday averaged four points a game, ran down the court, she looked at the SU bench and smiled.“I kind of wanted to prove myself to everyone watching but to them as well,” Hobbs said of her glance.There was just over a minute left in the third quarter and she had just buried her fourth-straight 3-pointer, this one a 25-foot heat check from the right wing to open up a 25-point lead for Oklahoma State. In two minutes, Hobbs put what was previously a close game out of reach and put a dagger in Syracuse’s season.Hobbs finished 8-of-9 from deep, scoring a career-high 27 — her previous high was 12 — and it was her offensive explosion that led No. 9 Oklahoma State (21-10, 11-7 Big 12) past No. 8 Syracuse (22-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast), 84-57, in a back-and-forth contest turned blowout at Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The 27-point drubbing in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament was SU’s worst loss of the season.“They put the ball inside and collapsed us and put the ball outside and shot 3s,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth teams came to Starkville after late-season disappointment. OSU dropped three-straight late in the season, then was ousted in its first game of the Big 12 tournament. Syracuse fell to Virginia Tech in the Orange’s conference tournament opener, failing to make a shot in the fourth quarter.Saturday was a chance to get on track, to start a run. To exorcise any postseason demons that lay within. But if anything, SU’s demons manifested further.“It’s not a good feeling,” Tiana Mangakahia said. “Knowing they’re on a roll and you’re on the back foot. It’s hard to get back into that, it’s hard to get out of that mental low.”The Cowgirls burned SU early on when starting center Amaya Finklea-Guity appeared to bang knees with Kaylee Jensen and had to take a seat. The Cowgirls drove to the basket relentlessly to little resistance and after Loryn Goodwin hit an easy transition layup capping a 9-2 OSU run, Hillsman took a timeout.But then SU started running. OSU missed, SU sprinted down the court. OSU made a shot, SU inbounded and sprinted down the court. The pace started to wear on the Cowgirls and the Orange clawed back, eventually tying the game and briefly taking a lead.And that’s how it went. Every mini Syracuse run was followed by Oklahoma State re-establishing control and building a small lead. Then SU punched back, and so on.Sometimes it was minutes before a team took back momentum, sometimes it was seconds. With 4:30 left in the second quarter, Goodwin sprinted to jump a passing lane and trucked Mangakahia, laying the Australian out. Mangakahia picked up the foul, but 26 seconds later, she planted herself and took a charge as SU’s bench exploded.Courtesy of Devin Lawrence Wilber | The O’CollyIn the second half, Oklahoma State took a seemingly vulnerable eight-point lead and ballooned it to as much as 30. The Cowgirls had finally put a stranglehold on the game.“Obviously not very happy with the game,” Hillsman said. “Obviously at the end of the day, ultimately as a coach I’ve got to get us into a better position to win these games.”“That’s a tough swing,” he later said of the third quarter.Goodwin and Jensen did their parts as expected — the two combined for 38 points — by doing what they always do. Jensen played bully-ball down low, establishing position under the basket to get countless second- and third-shot opportunities.Postgame, Hillsman said that he knew Finklea-Guity would be overmatched and SU, in general, didn’t have the personnel to match Jensen’s physicality. OSU, he said, also ran plays to move the weakside help away from the post and free up Jensen for easy backdowns and putbacks.“It might come as a benefit to us to just stick to our rebounding and what we know best,” Jensen said at Friday’s press conference.Goodwin scored 19 without ever seeming to shoot the ball. She mostly took driving opportunities when they easily presented themselves or teammates were too closely guarded. But ultimately, it was Hobbs that singlehandedly provided the near-perfect 3-point onslaught that was too much for Syracuse, or probably any team, to overcome.“It’s frustrating when it comes from one player on the team,” Drummond said. “Number 23, 8-for-9. We just didn’t adjust against her.”Hobbs started her scoring early, hitting a 3 to make it 9-5 in the first quarter, coming within one point of her season average. Then she went quiet, scoring four points between her first make and the start of her barrage.It was a barrage hauntingly familiar to the drought Syracuse went on in the ACC Tournament, when an upstart Virginia Tech team poured in 29 points while SU’s offense fell silent for an entire quarter.While Hobbs hit shot after shot after shot, the basket froze over for SU. For every Hobbs make, there was an SU miss. Long or short, left or right. It didn’t matter. All that did was in a span of 2:02, OSU’s lead exploded from 13 to 25. “She did a very good job of hunting her shot and knocking them down,” Hillsman said.Coming out of halftime, it seemed SU could erase the Cowgirls’ eight-point lead and get back in the game — the Orange had done it already — but Goodwin and Jensen, and Hobbs, kept SU at arm’s length out of the break. Then Hobbs hit a catch-and-shoot 3 from the right side. Then she came off a middle screen and buried it. Then another the same way. She was able to hit the same look twice because Syracuse was flat switching, rather than hedging, Hillsman said.Finally, Goodwin found Hobbs on the right side and with a three that caught nothing but net and a grin from Hobbs, Syracuse’s season was wrapped up before the third quarter ended. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UKGC issues “call to action” in enforcement report

first_imgShare Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published an enforcement report, in light of action it has taken against operators in the past year.Just last week 32Red were ordered to pay a £2m penalty package, for failing to protect a consumer from gambling-related harm and money laundering failures, following similar such actions against LeoVegas (fined £600,000 for self exclusion and ad failures) and William Hill (handed a £6.2m penalty package for social responsibility and money laundering failures).The report seeks to offer guidance to operators in order to strengthen strategies surrounding fair, safe and crime free gambling, with overall enforcement efforts seeking to minimise risks to licensing objectives, and put consumers interests first, as well as opening up a more fluid path of communication with the regulator.Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UKGC, said: “We want operators to pay attention to the lessons set out in this report. We want them to focus on ways to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers in Great Britain.“We also want gambling businesses to collaborate and to invest the same amount of resources into data, technology and research into building better protections for consumers, as they do to creating new products, or advertising and marketing campaigns.“This is a call to action to the leaders of operators to set the tone from the top, to lead a culture of compliance that puts doing the right thing for your customers first, and to strive to continuously raise standards for consumers.”The report is split into a number of key sections, namely anti-money laundering, customer interaction, self-exclusion, unfair terms and practices, marketing and advertising and illegal gambling, within which the UKGC states it has been most active during the past year.In the broken down topics the UKGC details four key aims of each:Provide an overview of the enforcement work in which we have been engaged.Highlight areas of regulatory concern within the industry.Bring together lessons that are frequently published in our public decision notices.Help those within the industry raise standards and improve overall regulatorycompliance. StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

‘Great Lakes Worst Shipwreck Disaster’ Presentation Coming to Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- One of the most disastrous and fatal shipwrecks in Great Lakes history will come to life at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center next Thursday.Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center will present the story of the Eastland, a passenger boat designed to carry people between St. Joseph, Michigan and Chicago on Lake Michigan. Dr. Perry Dial will talk about what happened that summer day in 1915, providing imagery and discussion about the ship. Visitor Experience Manager Andrew Augustyn will be helping with the presentation which has plenty of rich maritime history.“It’s all about the maritime heritage and the shared stories we have, so being a Lake Michigan shipwreck, a Lake Superior shipwreck, even a Lake Huron shipwreck… that maritime heritage that they represent, the stories behind that, the type of ship, it’s all just one type of singular story. It’s all relative,” said Augustyn.The presentation is part of the Maritime Center’s series of speakers and films, taking place each month. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00pm.Details:Eastland, the Great Lakes Worst Shipwreck DisasterApril 26th 7:00pmGreat Lakes Maritime Heritage CenterFree and open to the publicAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local 911 Dispatchers Honored for ‘National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week’Next Family Preps for Annual Fundraiser ‘Sam’s Gift’last_img read more

Three-nation tournament in Liberia postponed

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) has postponed this week’s three-nation tournament in Monrovia that includes Ghana.The local Black Stars were scheduled to play Guinea and the host nation from 24-26 May.However, the LFA wrote to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Tuesday afternoon informing the GFA of the decision by the country’s government to postpone the tournament to next month.“This tournament is governmental and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed us of the change for which we have decided to have same communicated to you at this time,” the letter from the LFA read.The tournament, which is being organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African Union, will now be played from June 28-30 in Monrovia.The GFA will meet to decide on its next line of action.last_img read more

Messi tries to forget last year’s troubles

first_imgFour-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has admitted that he struggled to overcome injuries in Barcelona’s first trophyless campaign for six years last season.As well as the disappointment at club level, Messi suffered the devastation of losing the World Cup final with Argentina and saw Cristiano Ronaldo oust him to win the World Player of the Year for a second consecutive year.”Last season, I had an inconsistent season. I was out for a long time with injuries and I missed a lot of games,” Messi told Barcelona’s website.”When I returned to playing I didn’t feel good. It was a year I have tried to forget quickly to get back to my best with the effort, work and joy with which I have always had and thankfully now I feel very good.”Messi has stormed back to form since this season with 45 goals in 44 games to put Barca in position for just the second treble in the club’s history.Luis Enrique’s men lead Real Madrid in La Liga by two points with seven games to play, face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final and travel to Paris Saint-Germain for the first-leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. “We went through times that we won everything, every year we would win a title and sometimes the fans and us didn’t value what we were doing,” Messi added.”We had a bad year when we didn’t win anything and now, when the success comes, we give it the importance it deserves and we enjoy it more because we know how difficult it is to achieve.”The one area of Messi’s game that has let him down in recent months has been from the penalty spot as the 27-year-old has missed five of his last 11 spot-kicks, including against Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.”It angers me. Both with Barca and the Argentine national team I am the penalty taker and the goalkeepers study you and know you better every time.”It is true that a well-taken penalty is very difficult to save, but at the moment it is more difficult for me when I’m taking penalties. “These things happen in football, but I do get very annoyed when I miss, like against Manchester City when the goal would have given us a much bigger advantage.”–last_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Browns’ acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. costs another WR contract with team

first_imgAfter Cleveland’s reported acquisition of wideout Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants, general manager John Dorsey and Perriman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus agreed the wide receiver would be better off elsewhere.So now, according to ESPN, Perriman is signing the same deal, but with the Buccaneers. Related News This is an odd one.The Browns were rumored to have re-signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year, $4 million deal Tuesday, but that deal has apparently fallen through. NFL trade news: Browns acquire WR Odell Beckham Jr. from Giants The 25-year-old receiver led Cleveland in yards per reception (21.3) but only caught 64 percent of the passes directed his way on the year.Perriman will sign with a Buccaneers team that just traded DeSean Jackson to the Eagles on Monday. After trade for Odell Beckham Jr., Browns’ GM John Dorsey and agent Drew Rosenhaus mutually agreed to not to follow through on verbal agreement with WR Breshad Perriman, per @mortreport and me. Perriman now will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with Tampa Bay, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019Perriman caught 16 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns with the Browns last season. He signed with Cleveland after he was released by the Ravens three years after the team took him with a first-round pick.last_img read more