Andy Shouse won a second straight Sprint Series of Oklahoma outing Saturday ay Elk City Speedway. (Photo by Mike Howard)By David Smith Jr.ELK CITY, Okla. (May 13) – Defending series champion Andy Shouse started on the pole and led every lap of Saturday’s Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature at Elk City Speedway.Shouse held onto the point through restarts on the first and fifth laps and had a full straightaway advantage over Tristan Oakes while Blake Dacus and Chad Koch battled for third at midway.Slower cars were not a challenge to the leader over the second half of the race. The reigning IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national champion never missed a beat and went on to cruise to his second straight series victory and third career with the SSO.Oakes and Dacus finished a career best second and third respectively with eighth starting Koch coming home fourth. Steven Shebester settled for fifth and while Jake Martens started 18th and ended in sixth.For the fourth week in a row, the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products will be in action, coming up this Friday night, May 19, at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore in a co-sanctioned event with the Sprint Series of Texas.Feature results – 1. Andy Shouse; 2. Tristan Oakes; 3. Blake Dacus; 4. Chad Koch; 5. Steven Shebester; 6. Jake Martens; 7. Shayla Waddell; 8; Cody Whitworth; 9. Blake Scott; 10. Blake Green; 11. Loyd Clevenger; 12. Justin Fisk; 13. Todd Schwartz; 14. Jerry Jumper; 15. Warren Fields; 16. Chase Smith; 17. Cody Jarvis; 18. Brandon Long; 19. Justin Mowery.
Laurent Koscielny (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will miss out against Harry Redknapp’s side, but could return against the Hammers. Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are sidelined. QPR’s main threat will be supplied by Charlie Austin, who fired a hat-trick against West Brom last weekend to increase his goalscoring record for the season to 11 in 15 Premier League appearances. Redknapp insists the 25-year-old, who was signed from Burnley for £4million in August last year, will definitely complete the season at Loftus Road and will hopefully stay beyond that. “Charlie has got 18 months left on his contract so he is going nowhere in January,” Redknapp said. “Once he gets into the last year of his contract it is a different proposition. We will have to wait and see what happens then. “We want to keep him here long term but we have to stay in the division this year, which I am confident we will do. “If we do that I am sure that we can tie him down longer and secure his future at QPR. “Charlie has proved he’s a Premier League player and he wants to play in this division, but he has to keep scoring goals. He will keep his feet on ground as he’s a very level-headed lad.” Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal team to use their Christmas fixtures to prove they are in a false position in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The sixth-placed Gunners face QPR on Boxing Day and then travel to West Ham and Southampton, clubs who sit directly above them in the table and rivals for Champions League qualification. “We have to make sure that over Christmas we take advantage of the schedule we have and put the performances in,” Wenger said. “We have a good opportunity over Christmas to show that we are much better than people think we are. “Every team has difficult games, so it is the consistency in that period that will matter.” QPR have yet to register an away point this season, but Wenger refuses to take victory at the Emirates Stadium on Friday for granted. “We expect a QPR with nothing to lose. They will come and have a go at us,” Wenger said. “You focus on your own performance and don’t expect any weakness from your opponent. In the Premier League every game is difficult and you just want to turn up. “We played QPR two years ago and they were very difficult games. West Ham at the moment are in very good shape. “We go away to Southampton, which is a very difficult as well. Again, it’s down to our performances.” Arsenal will welcome back playmaker Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper David Ospina after they recovered from thigh problems.
A year after working with a defensive front filled with four future NFL draft choices, Wisconsin defensive line coach John Palermo finds himself tutoring a group of relative unknowns in 2005. No more Erasmus James. No more Anttaj Hawthorne. No more Jason Jefferson. No more Jonathan Welsh.“I just think you’ve got to look at it, it’s a new group of kids, and they have to create their own identity right now,” Palermo said. “So we do have a bunch of talented young players. We’ll find out in the first game if they’ll play up to their abilities when the lights come on.”Projected starting defensive ends Jamal Cooper and Joe Monty are the only members of the group with starts under their belts entering this season’s opener against Bowling Green. Beyond that, only starting right defensive tackle Nick Hayden has seen significant playing time. As a result, the unit enters the season as a question mark and has the unenviable task of filling the void left by last year’s accomplished group.“Replacing them, it’s tough, coming behind them in their footsteps,” Hayden said. “They taught us what they knew and now we’ve got to carry it over and just do the same thing they left here — dominate inside and compete our [butts] off.”Last season, the Badger starting front four of James, Hawthorne, Jefferson and Welsh combined to record 19 sacks and 32.5 tackles for losses, setting the tone for a defense that dominated the season’s first nine games.By contrast, this year’s projected starting front four of Monty, Cooper, Hayden and redshirt freshman Jason Chapman, who took over for sophomore Justin Ostrowski after the latter suffered a leg injury, has totaled just three sacks in their careers. For his part, Cooper looks forward to seeing this group make its own mark.“You can’t replace them,” Cooper said. “You’ve got to go out there and be yourself. It’s a different attitude with this line. I think we’re more laid back. Those guys were just crazy and stuff. But we can’t go out there thinking that we have to replace them. They can’t be replaced. We’ve got to make our own stuff.”Despite their inexperience, the group offers plenty of talent. Though consistency has been a problem, Cooper flashed his pass-rushing potential last season. Hayden came to UW last season with a decorated prep resume, and was impressive in both the team’s spring and fall camps. Monty, according to Palermo, is the group’s best leader, and Chapman was effective at both end and tackle in camp.“Everybody’s got their different things that they do good,” Cooper said. “That’s the good thing about this group. One person just helps off the others, like a yin-yang thing with the D-line.”Palermo will keep his young group fresh by rotating players through the front. Redshirt freshman Mike Newkirk will give Hayden and Chapman breaks at tackle, while sophomore Kurt Ware and true freshman Matt Schaughnessy will see time at end. Schaughnessy, a newcomer from Norwich, Conn., has put himself in a position to contribute with a solid fall camp in which he showed a good burst off the edge.“Matt Schaughnessy’s really had a great camp, so I look for him to play a lot of football for us this year,” Palermo said.Speed rushers like Schaughnessy and Cooper could prove vital Saturday against the pass-happy, spread offensive attack of Bowling Green. The season opener will also provide the group of virtual unknowns with its first chance to prove its detractors wrong.“Not too many people think we’re going to be that good,” Cooper said. “That’s good. That’s going to be real fun by the end of the season.”
Fijabi also thanked sponsors and organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, saying their intervention has rescued boxing.“A person like me would never have gone professional if not for GOtv Boxing Night. I wanted to remain an amateur because there was nothing to aspire to as a professional. But GOtv came, offering considerably better remuneration and offering encouragement to boxers. I am glad I took the opportunity,” said Fijabi, a two-time winner of the N1million cash prize for the best boxer at the event.He called on other corporate organisations to emulate GOtv by getting involved in the promotion of boxing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, national light welterweight boxing champion, has explained why he stopped Tombraye “Tornado” Christmas, his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night 8, in the first round.Fijabi, whose explosive combination of punches ended ‘Christmas’ dream of an upset in 58 seconds, said his fight with Christmas was aimed at putting fear into his future opponents.“I knocked him out as a warning to my future opponents. I hope they got the message that I am not that type of guy to go messing around with. This warning is to every boxer in my category on the African continent, as I am gunning for the African title. That is my immediate ambition,” he said.
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegas ABStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has detailed a positive opening to 2019 trading, as the company adjusts to new regulatory conditions within the UK and Sweden.Publishing its Q1 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), LeoVegas reports a 12% increase in corporate revenues to €86 million (Q12018: €77m), as the company records double-digit growth in customer metrics related to – ‘depositing players’ up 23% to 370,000 (Q12018: 300,000) and ‘returning customers’ up 26% to 196,000 (Q12018: 155,000).“LeoVegas has had a good start to the year – customer loyalty and the inflow of new customers has never been better,” said Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO LeoVegas AB.A marquee quarter would see LeoVegas begin its new services for the re-regulated Swedish online gambling marketplace, in which LeoVegas increased marketing investment to maintain its position as a leading brand.In its update, the Stockholm enterprise details that it has undertaken wholesale changes in customer service, marketing adjustments, gaming duties and player management provisions to service Swedish customers.Away from Sweden, LeoVegas details that the UK online gambling marketplace has become ‘challenging in the near term’, as the company adjusts to the ‘regulatory tightening’ which took place at the end of 2018.Seeking to comply with new regulatory requirements, LeoVegas has implemented a new action plan, aligning operations, routines and processes for its UK acquired Rocket X and Royal Panda assets.Pointing towards its earnings results, LeoVegas details that during the period gaming duties increased to €11.5 million, an increase of EUR 4.3 m compared with the preceding quarter, which impacted the firm’s operating margins.Closing a busy Q1 2019 trading period, LeoVegas would post a group EBITDA of €7.2 million (Q12018: €9.5m), reflecting an EBITDA margin of 8.3% (12.3%).“We are seeing positive effects from our highlighted focus on efficiency and cost control within the Group,” Hagman continued. “We continue to work on renegotiating supplier agreements in gaming, payments and marketing, among other areas, where we are benefiting from our size and position as one of Europe’s leading casino operators.“At the same time, we are continuously reviewing our internal operating costs and processes. The effects of this work are expected to begin showing gradually in 2019 in the form of increased scalability on a growing revenue base.” Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020
Share Submit Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Despite a series of regulatory changes across its core markets, LeoVegas AB has praised its ‘continued solid growth and profitability during a period of exceptional circumstances’ as it published its Q2 2020 results (period ending 30 June).The Stockholm-listed online gambling group noted that ‘the effects related to COVID-19 are judged overall to have had a positive impact on NGR during April and May’, having increased by 17% to €110.7 million from €94.4 million in Q2 2019.Operating profit reached €16.3 million, up from €8.5 million last year. Meanwhile, EBITDA also increased by 52.3% from €15.1 million to €23 million.Gustaf Hagman, President and CEO of LeoVegas, said: “We had favourable development in most of our markets during the second quarter. Growth has been driven primarily by a record-large depositing customer base, which grew 24% compared with a year ago. The Rest of Europe region experienced exceptionally high growth, with Italy posting record-strong performance.“The effects related to COVID-19 are judged overall to have had a positive impact on NGR during April and May, mainly in the markets that were entirely shut down during the period. In these markets, LeoVegas has taken market shares from the land-based gambling industry.”The number of depositing customers also increased by 24%, up from 350,298 in 2019 to 434,453.In its trading outlook, LeoVegas drew attention to the temporary restrictions on online gaming that have been sanctioned across a number of European countries to reduce the risk of problem gambling during the pandemic.Of utmost concern, LeoVegas addressed the recent controversial deposit limits imposed by the Swedish government, emphasising that such restrictions – which it stated were ‘implemented entirely without supporting factual data’ – have had a negative impact on both revenues and player protection.Hagman added: “During the quarter, several countries implemented measures to reduce the risk for problem gaming in connection with COVID-19. Spain, for example, introduced a temporary ban on gambling advertising. On top of these restrictions, LeoVegas has chosen to implement its own proactive measures to strengthen player protection.“Most of the temporary restrictions throughout Europe ended in June, and Spain and the UK, among other countries, have reverted to normal regulations once their respective societies opened up again.“It is therefore remarkable that Sweden, despite massive criticism from most areas, has moved in the opposite direction and introduced new, temporary restrictions, effective 2 July, focused particularly on online casino. There is a large risk that these restrictions, implemented entirely without supporting factual data, are undermining the Swedish regulation system and driving players to companies without Swedish licences, where player protection is nonexistent. These restrictions therefore risk being counterproductive and instead contribute to an increase in problem gaming in Sweden.“We advocate for balanced and clear regulations for achieving long-term sustainable licensing systems. LeoVegas wants to contribute to this through a broader dialogue and collaboration with the authorities in the countries we are active in.” Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles
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CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. D Megan Rickert Houston Baptist So. Round Rock, Texas 4.00 Nursing F Juliana Ocampo Lamar Jr. Bogotá, Colombia 3.68 Management 2017 Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year: M.J. Eckart, Lamar D Nikki Schaaf McNeese Sr. Cypress, Texas 3.61 Nursing Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. 2017 Soccer All-Academic Second Team F Ashley Smith2 Central Arkansas Jr. Plano, Texas 3.81 Management MF M.J. Eckart*2 Lamar Sr. Flower Mound, Texas 4.00 Exercise Science F Dylan Owens* Abilene Christian Jr. Willard, Mo. 3.77 Advertising and Public Relations F Chloe Fifer2 Abilene Christian Sr. McKinney, Texas 3.87 Interdisciplinary Programs 2017 Soccer All-Academic First Team MF Ellee Hall2 Houston Baptist Sr. Uintah, Utah 3.55 Biology F Megan Baer Abilene Christian Sr. San Antonio, Texas 3.91 Communication Disorders MF Alex Moore2 Central Arkansas Sr. Yukon, Okla. 3.40 Nursing F Kaitlyn Joy^ A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Dripping Springs, Texas 4.00 Environmental Science D Stacia Carroll* Central Arkansas Sr. South Jordan, Utah 3.71 Health Science/Physical Therapy F Madison Hall Stephen F. Austin Sr. Shreveport, La. 3.25 Kinesiology Eckart, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, holds a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. She was a First Team All-Southland Conference selection this season as well as an All-Tournament pick after the Cardinals’ championship run. Now a two-time all-academic honoree, Eckart was second on the team in goals scored (six) while playing 1,824 minutes. D Marie Lund* Lamar Sr. Bergen, Norway 3.38 General Business MF Hanna Barker* Stephen F. Austin Sr. Farmers Branch, Texas 3.23 Kinesiology Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major F Taylor Pritchard Sam Houston State So. Helotes, Texas 3.76 Kinesiology D Carli Arthurs^% Stephen F. Austin So. Lewisville, Texas 4.00 Mathematics Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major Four additional members of this year’s selections are also returning picks from the previous all-academic teams, including Abilene Christian’s Chloe Fifer and the Central Arkansas duo of Ashley Smith and Alex Moore. To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have hold at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. Abilene Christian and Lamar both lead with four selections. Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin each earned a trio of selections while Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State all earned a pair. McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each collected one all-academic spot. MF Beryl Smith Sam Houston State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas 4.00 Food Science and Nutrition MF Jayden Wheeler Northwestern State So. Heath, Texas 4.00 Education FRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior midfielder M.J. Eckart is the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday in conjunction with the All-Academic First and Second Teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. D Shay Johnson Abilene Christian So. Coppell, Texas 3.90 Communication Disorders GK Lauren Lovejoy Lamar Sr. Port Neches, Texas 3.25 Kinesiology GK Alex Latham Northwestern State Sr. Bradenton, Fla. 3.84 Accounting Stephen F. Austin’s Carli Arthurs and Kaitlyn Joy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi both earned automatic selections by virtue of national CoSIDA academic recognition. Joy was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team while Arthurs was honored with selection to the all-district list and was the Southland’s lone Academic All-American representative, earning third team distinction. * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District% Automatic selection; CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American2 Two-time All-Academic selection# At-Large Selection
Calabar High School could become the most successful high school 4×400 metres team in the history of the Penn Relays this week. Led by the outstanding Christopher Taylor, Calabar will bid for a record eighth Penn 4×400 metres when the Relays begin on April 27. Calabar go into battle with the fastest time of all entrants. Upset last year by Jamaica College, Calabar won at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 3.8:76 seconds ahead of a strong STETHS team that also went under 3.10 at 3 .9..97 seconds. The Calabar effort could have been faster as Taylor, who has run 45.41 for the flat 400m this season, cruised his anchor leg in 46.6 seconds. By contrast, the 2015 World Under 18 winner geared up to 45.1 seconds when he finished Jamaica’s bronze medal run at last year’s World Under-20 Championships. In-form Anthony Carpenter, the runner-up to Taylor at Champs in 46.53, 400m hurdlers Aykeeme Francis and Malik James-King and Brandon Heath are part of coach Michael Clarke’s deep squad. Should they succeed, Calabar would break their seven-win tie with Bishop Loughlin High School from Brooklyn. With the legendary Herb McKenley at the controls, Calabar finished first in 1976, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Clarke was in charge and directed wins in 2013 and 2015. St Jago were third at Champs and will reassemble their fastest team after lending Anthony Cox to medley relay duty there. A win for St Jago would bring the Monk Street school level with Calabar and Bishop Loughlin with seven Penn 4×400 victories. However, the most likely upsetters are STETHS with the Champs Class One 800m 1-2 finishers Rayon Butler and Javauney James.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has welcomed the decision by the FIFA taskforce that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played in November/December – but says he is stunned that it has taken them this long to make the recommendation.Key officials met in Doha on Tuesday and reached their conclusion after fears the summer temperatures that exceed 40C could be a major health threat to the players and fans.The recommendation is expected to be ratified by FIFA’s executive committee next month and Wenger says it is the only way that the tournament can go ahead.Wenger said: “I just regret that it took them so much time to realise that it is impossible to play in the summer.“It makes sense, if you want people to survive there at the games, it is the only way to do it in a decent way, in a comfortable way for the supporters. I think about the players, you don’t worry. For the supporters, it is the only way. It is the right decision.“At the moment they have chosen Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. You knew that everybody would have to adapt to that decision and that it would be impossible to play in the summer.“After that everybody will have to reorganise their fixtures and their season. That will not be easy – I’m not a specialist of fixture organisations but I’m conscious that it will be in the middle of the season, especially for the Premier League.” 1