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Jurgen Klopp apologises to Tony Pulis after handshake snub

first_img “In that situation it was not easy to switch on the lamps and switch them off.” On his comments after the match, Klopp added: “It was not a game where five minutes were enough to come back to a normal situation.” The 48-year-old, though, denied the relationship with other managers is more heated in the Premier League than the Bundesliga. “Only the coaching zones are closer, that’s the only difference,” he said. “We are all emotional and best friends in the league. We talk completely normal before the game, we ask about our families after the game and during the game. “We are coaches of different teams and we say things you never would usually. That’s how it is on the pitch. But it was not that serious.” Liverpool will be without midfielder James Milner for the Watford game after he sustained a calf injury in training, with Klopp admitting he does not know when the England man will be available. D efender Dejan Lovren misses out with the knee problem he suffered against West Brom but there was good news on the former Southampton player. It was initially thought he would be out for around a month but Klopp revealed Lovren could be back for the Boxing Day clash with Leicester. He said: “That was one of the best pieces of news after the West Brom game. It’s not that serious. If he could train next week from Tuesday or Wednesday, it would be an option for Leicester. I think after Leicester for sure he should be available again.” The pair interacted with each other on a number of occasions during the feisty 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield and Klopp did not exchange the customary handshake with his opposite number. Speaking immediately after the match, Klopp said he had not shaken hands because “i t was not a friendly game” and also criticised West Brom’s style of play. Pulis clearly was still stewing over the incident when he spoke to the media on Friday and argued Klopp’s criticism was to deflect attention from the Reds’ failings. The Welshman said: “‘We apologise. We actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than what Liverpool played in that game. “But if I had a team that was worth £200million, playing against a team that was worth less than £20million and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win.” Klopp learned of Pulis’ comments just before his press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Watford but chose to extend an olive branch. The German insisted he had simply forgotten to shake hands in the heat of the moment as he went to his players to celebrate their late equaliser and thank the fans. Klopp said: “I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game because I am very emotional, I think Tony Pulis is similar, and there were a few words. We were very close together. “For me it was not a big problem but it was very intense and after the game I wanted to go to my team. Really I forgot to shake hands. That’s all. “If we meet today, it would be no problem to say sorry and to shake hands, to have a talk about whatever. I have big respect for his work, no doubt about this. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an apology to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his behaviour during and after last weekend’s heated encounter. Press Associationlast_img read more

Woman shot and killed by officer who was trying to shoot her dog

first_imgAuthorities in Texas are reporting that a patrol officer who was conducting a welfare check on a woman, accidentally shot and killed the woman while trying to shoot her dog.The incident occurred Thursday in a commercial district in Arlington.Officials reported that they received a call about a woman who seemed to be passed out in a grassy area. The officer went to the area and found the woman, however, when he began calling out to her, the woman’s dog began barking and then charged at the officer.The officer fired several shots at the dog, however, he struck the woman who was said to have “cried out” during the incident.The woman was taken to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.Authorities are now reviewing the officer’s bodycam to determine what exactly happened.It is unclear if the dog was shot.last_img read more

Syracuse expecting to get Villanova’s best in return home

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Head coach John Desko has stated over and over again this season that his current squad hasn’t garnered the titles and the accolades of seasons past. But heading into each game, it doesn’t feel that way. The opponents always give a little more. The level of play goes up. Syracuse has seen every team’s best effort.‘I told the guys, ‘You are going to get the best out of every team you are going to play,” Desko said. ‘They elevated their games for us, playing Syracuse University, who won the championship last year. We are going to get that out of everybody.’And Desko expects much of the same when No. 3 Syracuse (5-1, 1-0 Big East) returns home after two straight road games to face Big East counterpart Villanova (5-2, 0-0) on Monday at 3 p.m. Though Villanova is unranked and was dismantled by SU, 21-6, two years ago, that is the last thing midfielder Joel White wants his team to think about. ‘We need to have a different mindset,’ White said. ‘We can’t go into the game thinking we are going to blow this team out because they have previous losses. We have to play every team as hard as we can.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most recent example of this was the 9-8 overtime win against an unranked Hobart team last Tuesday night. Though Syracuse pulled off the victory, Hobart led 5-2 late in the third quarter. The Orange got off 56 shots but saw Statesmen goalie Max Silberlicht total a career-best 23 saves. It is efforts like these that opponents put up when Syracuse comes to town. For most teams, it is the biggest game on their schedule. At times, it is even a season-changing game that can be the catapult into the national rankings and possibly a postseason birth.The way teams raise their games against Syracuse was on full display against Hobart. ‘I watched Hobart on film and I got to tell you all the players on the team were a half step faster, a half step quicker, did better on ground balls, better on one-on-ones,’ Desko said. ‘We cannot take anyone lightly and certainly cannot take Villanova lightly coming up.’While Hobart is the most recent example, it is hardly the only time a team put forth a best effort against Syracuse. There is no question that the Orange has a big target on its back. In three tough wins this season against Army, No. 8 Georgetown and No. 12 Johns Hopkins, the Orange held leads but had to fight off comebacks by each team late in the game. Army came back from a three-goal deficit in the third to tie up the score. Georgetown was down four at halftime but cut the lead to one with seven and a half minutes to play. And Johns Hopkins was down 8-1 with eight minutes to play but stormed back and scored four straight goals. When a team is down late in a game, it is sometimes easy to fold and call it a day. Not when Syracuse is on the other sideline. This is a pattern Syracuse has seen time and time again this year and does not expect it to change any time soon.Especially against a much improved Villanova team.‘You look at Villanova, and they just beat a Drexel team who just got done beating Notre Dame,’ said goalie John Galloway. ‘So where do you put them in the national scene? They are one of the top teams right now.’While Villanova lacks the national prominence that a Virginia or a Johns Hopkins has, the Wildcats have come a long way in two years. They will bring a two-game winning streak into the Dome, with wins against Delaware and No. 14 Drexel.  Galloway was quick to point out the vast improvement the Wildcats have made.‘I think anyone who knows anything about lacrosse can see the improvement they have made in the past two years,’ Galloway said. ‘They are really becoming a good lacrosse team. This is a very good team who is on a hot streak right now.’And there is one thing Galloway and Syracuse can count on. Villanova will be ready to play its best lacrosse of the season come Tuesday. Just like every other team has done against the Orange.   restern@syr.edulast_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin set for home-opener versus reigning champion Minnesota-Duluth

first_imgThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) will get its first chance to play in the Kohl Center this weekend against reigning NCAA Champion No. 3 University of Minnesota-Duluth.After a tough road loss in the season opener at No. 6 Boston College (1-1-0), Wisconsin handed out an 11-goal onslaught to Merrimack College this past weekend. They will look to keep that momentum going this weekend as the freshmen-littered Badgers get their first chance to play in front of their home fans against an extremely talented Duluth Bulldogs squad.As we’ve already seen in the first two games, the Badgers’ young talent is going to be the main focus of every possession. Between freshman Alex Turcotte — the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft — and freshman Cole Caufield — who was selected No. 15 — Wisconsin has enough offense to compete with anyone.Caufield is the star of the show to this point, scoring two goals in both games, the first Badger since at least 1963 to score multiple times in each of their first two career games. Turcotte also scored two goals against Merrimack.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits season-opening weekend in MassachusettsThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) had a decent outing this past weekend in Massachusetts, bringing three of a possible six points back to Read…In addition to the two first-rounders, Wisconsin freshmen Dylan Holloway and Owen Lindmark found the back of the net. The numbers are a little overwhelming because of the sheer amount of goals against Merrimack, so don’t expect 11 goals against Duluth.As back-to-back reigning national champions, Duluth came into the season as the nation’s top-ranked team. An all-around consistent force, the Bulldogs have dominated the field over the past two seasons, and have made the NCAA Tournament the last five years.Duluth doesn’t necessarily have a superstar this year on the offensive end, but they dominate in the neutral zone and on defense, starting with senior goalkeeper Hunter Shepard. Shepard locked up All-American honors last season and paired with an 8-0 record in NCAA Tournament games, you’ll understand why he’s one of the most imposing goalies in all of college hockey.Duluth also returns junior Scott Perunovich, a defensive wizard, as well as senior Nick Wolff and junior Louie Roehl, who anchor the rest of the D.Men’s Hockey: Chance for hot start to season lies aheadThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will face off against two Hockey East conference teams in their regular season-opening Read…On offense, they’re slightly less dangerous but boast a freshman who’s given reason for hope with Quinn Olson. Olson, paired with sophomore brothers Jackson and Noah Cates, has been part of their most effective line.Overall, Badgers-Bulldogs is going to be a battle. Expect Duluth to look to dominate time of possession and keep the puck away from Caufield and Turcotte, but don’t be surprised if the freshman sensations manage to sneak a few in.The schools haven’t matched up against each other since 2013, with Wisconsin going 3-0-1 in their last four matchups.It’s arguably the biggest weekend of the year for the young Badgers, so tune in this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. to Fox Sports Wisconsin or listen in on WIBA radio.last_img read more

Sandro Di Michele – Sky Betting and Gaming – Ceding control to the punter through interactive products

first_img StumbleUpon Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Submit Share Neil Banbury: 32Red – Gambling operators can do more than just support a club’s performance on the football pitch April 17, 2019 Related Articles Share Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 A huge growth in the amount of data has preceded a surge in the number of betting markets made available by sports betting operators ahead of next summer’s World Cup, as the battle to keep customers engaged for longer heats up.Sandro Di Michele, Head of PR & Social Media at Sky Betting & Gaming, explained to SBC News how the operator ensures that it continues to provide one of the most dynamic sportsbook products in the industry, placing a specific focus on customer interaction through RequestABet and individual player bets. SBC: With promotions and price boosts a regular feature on modern betting sites, how important is the customer engagement that comes with ‘RequestABets’ and ‘Crowd boosted enhancements’Sandro Di Michele: At Sky Bet, we’ve moved over the last couple of years to give customer engagement a much bigger role within our business. By giving punters increased control over what they’re betting on with RequestABet or giving them an emotional attachment to the bet in the Crowd Boosted Acca, we’re aiming to enhance the customer’s experience from start to finish.SBC: Do you think giving the punter this level of control in the bet they are making is symbolic of how betting is evolving?SDM: In general, as our use of social media in day to day life increases, customers of all businesses expect more. Quicker and better responses to enquiries, engaging and entertaining content and breaking down walls in communication between customers and relevant people within businesses. Within the betting industry it’s no different.At Sky Bet, we like to think we’re pushing the boundaries of how social media can be used to engage with customers in ways that we haven’t seen before. RequestABet was groundbreaking in that it allowed our customers a direct route into our trading team that simply didn’t exist before. And it’s helped us by finding out exactly what customers want to bet on, in their own words.SBC: Is the popularity of the ‘RequestABets’ feature aided by the additional data that is available to fans in the modern day?SDM: Stats and data are so prevalent within the way the game is covered nowadays that they’ve had an effect on all types of betting, not just the RequestABet product. That said, it’s hard to get away from the fact that these bets often delve deeper into games than merely the results, and corners and booking points can be tracked and predicted in a much more statistical fashion than traditional markets. There always has been room in betting for those who like to study the form book and statistics religiously, just as there has always been room for those that are more instinctive. RequestABet has given both of them a much wider range of markets to pique their interest.SBC: Sky Bet are leaders in betting on stats and data, how popular do believe individual player bets will be at the World Cup?SDM: Match result accumulators will always have their place and are still going strong but RequestABets give customers the opportunity to land the big one within a single match instead of relying on multiple matches. A large proportion of RABs feature players but we also find there are customers who are more interested in other incidents like goals, corners & bookings.  Most punters like cheering on things to happen in matches rather than things not to happen, and players to score and/or get carded certainly fits this criteria. In past international tournaments we’ve seen an increase in individual player bets because people follow the players they know, rather than teams they might not be aware of. Take Iceland for example, customers know Gylfi Sigurdsson but may not be able to name another player in the team.  SBC: Lastly, how important is it that with the Crowd boosted enhancement there is a way to add an extra element to the betting journey for the punter, as not only do they have the excitement of placing the bet and potentially watching it land, they also can watch the popularity of the bet increase and the price go up?SDM: This is the key behind the Crowd Boosted Acca that we’ve trialed last year and have made regular during the 2017/18 season. The Crowd Boosted part is fundamental to the user experience, and knowing that the odds will increase the more people are involved adds excitement before the game has even kicked off. As important as the engagement between us and our customers, is the ability this format has for friends to encourage each other to join in the bet, with the goal of increasing the price for everyone. We will see friends tagging each other and commenting on the tweets as the price increments build up, potentially bringing us brand new customers or at least additional punters on that market. The CBA can be a risky for us as increased customers, plus a higher price means big liabilities build up very quickly, but we believe this is a price worth paying for great customer engagement and increased affinity with our brand.last_img read more

GVC secures investor approval of Ladbrokes Coral takeover terms

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Issuing a market update, FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed that it has secured the outright approval by the majority of its shareholders to acquire Ladbrokes Coral Plc.Holding an ‘extraordinary general meeting (EGM)’ this morning, the FTSE gambling firm’s investors have approved the takeover terms set out by GVC governance in its deal prospectus (published 9 February 2018).Securing a 99% approval to back GVC governance’s leveraged £3.9 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC investors will support the deal’s structure including; the allotment of new enterprise shares, the authority to increase share capital and the amendment of GVC corporate articles.GVC governance currently awaits the transaction’s approval by Ladbrokes Coral shareholders, who will vote on the takeover today.Should the takeover be approved, the transaction will be forwarded to the UK High Court for final judgement, with a hearing set to take place on 26 March.Tomorrow Ladbrokes Coral Plc will issue a corporate update detailing the results of its shareholder vote relating to GVC proposed takeover terms. Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Chelsea boss Sarri ‘done’ after FA Cup exit – Chris Sutton

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be sacked before their next game, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton said after their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.Fans booed the Italian’s substitutions during the fifth-round match, and joined in when United supporters sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.“This is Maurizio Sarri’s last game at Chelsea. The Italian job is over for them,” said BBC Radio 5 live pundit Sutton after the 2-0 home defeat.“He’s done.”Sutton, who played for Chelsea in 1999-2000, said: “He’ll get the sack for numerous reasons – things he’s said, that he can’t motivate the players, his inability to be able to adapt and change.“He won’t survive tonight. Well he might until 9am tomorrow [Tuesday].”Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba scored United’s first-half goals as they reached the quarter-finals, where they will face Wolves.Chelsea, who are sixth in the Premier League, meet Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday, and Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.“Why risk him taking charge of a game against Manchester City?” said Sutton, speaking eight days after City beat Chelsea 6-0 in a Premier League game.Former Napoli boss Sarri – who has never won a trophy as a manager – replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte last summer.He altered the team’s tactics from a wing-back system to a 4-3-3, with several players struggling to adjust to the change.Sarri has also been criticised for what are seen as predictable substitutions. Monday’s game was the sixth time in 10 matches that one of Ross Barkley or Mateo Kovacic has been substituted on for the other in the second half, with Willian and Pedro involved together in another four changes in that time.Blues fans called for teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Sarri when Italian right-back Davide Zappacosta instead came on for the final eight minutes.‘I don’t think they should sack him now’Sarri told BBC Sport after the defeat that he was not worried about his position, and former Manchester United defender Phil Neville said he should be given more time.“I don’t think they should sack him now,” Neville said on BBC One. “He plays good football, even if it is a little predictable.“But Sarri is stubborn and stubbornness can get you the sack.“Winning a trophy on Sunday might drag him out of trouble.“He has brought in four players and needs another four or five and he has to keep Eden Hazard. He needs to bring in quicker players who can play his style of football.”‘Sarri-ball is broken’Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made 12 managerial changes since buying the club in 2003, and Sutton says he would “have to question the owner’s ambition” if he does not sack Sarri now.“Sarri-ball is broken,” said Sutton of the Italian’s tactics.“Would the owner fancy getting into the top four with recent performances, with a manager who says he can’t motivate his players and says he will let his star man go?“The Chelsea owner will be thinking, ‘Will we get top four? Can I go to the Manchester City game with confidence?’ Absolutely not. Is he going to chuck all his eggs in the Europa League basket with a manager who can’t motivate his players? No.“History tells us the Chelsea owner doesn’t mess about.”‘Something needs to change’BBC pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who scored 81 goals for Chelsea, said these are “worrying times” for his former club.“They’ve got important matches coming up and they need to pick themselves up,” he said. “Without the ball they showed no reaction, no hunger to get the ball back. It’s all nice with the ball, but they didn’t create.“Chelsea are in trouble. Something needs to change. The balance in midfield is not right.“Sarri sticks to his beliefs. That is the system he wants to play, fair enough, but something is not right in that midfield.“Chelsea are not creating enough for the strikers.”‘The team are not responding to anything he does’Former Arsenal full-back Lee Dixon also thinks “something has to change”.He said: “If Sarri is reluctant to change the personnel or tactics, or maybe put some young players in, you have to say the owner will look at this and say: ‘Where can we go from here?’“The fans let the players and manager know how they were feeling. The night fizzled out. The tactics… we know what will happen from minute one to minute 90. Sometimes it works. When it doesn’t work, they look awful.“The midfield look terrible without the ball right now. The defence is shell-shocked. They’re not scoring goals from midfield. When you’re leaking goals and not scoring goals, your confidence is low and the tactics don’t really change. There are no positives tonight apart from the work-rate of Hazard.“Sarri has got some serious thinking to do. The team are not responding to anything he does.”–Source: BBClast_img read more

Scorpions, Hurricanes in close battle

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Nikita Miller has moved past Gudakesh Motie to become the leading wicket-taker in the WICB Professional Cricket League which resumed with the start of a lone fixture in round six yesterday. The Jamaica leg spinner’s four-wicket haul for 63 runs has taken his tally to 37 after a performance which helped bowl out Leeward Islands Hurricanes for 155 runs after tea. Hurricanes were blown away by Miller and his spin partner Damion Jacobs, the main destroyer with five wickets for 50 runs. At the close, the Scorpions were in trouble on 54 for the loss of four wickets after Rahkeem Cornwall dislodged openers Paul Palmer and John Campbell cheaply. Sent in by Jamaica Scorpions, Volcanoes cruised to 51 for the loss of one wicket by lunch after a quiet morning session. However, Hurricanes innings plunged into chaos in the post lunch session as Jacobs and Miller wreaked havoc. Daron Cruickshank struck a defiant 51 which contained eight fours while opener Montcin Hodge resisted with a knock of 41. Only two other batsmen, Jacques Taylor 18 and Jahmar Hamilton 13, got into double figures. Jacobs finished with five wickets for 50 runs, including the scalp of captain Nkrumah Bonner, who was caught behind without scoring moments after surviving a confident shout. At stumps, Scorpions, who lost Jermaine Blackwood for 26, were attempting a recovery on the back of an unbeaten 19 from Andre McCarthy. Cornwall has conceded 31 runs in taking two of the four Scorpions wickets to have fallen thus far.last_img read more