‘The Showstopper’ Peterson-Griffith turns tables on Sinclair to win Strongest Man competition….

first_imgCarlos ‘The Showstopper’ Peterson-Griffith deadlifted a car for 20 reps, part of his show stopping performance at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday night which earned him the top honours in the Guyana’s Strongest Man competition. Petterson-Griffith upstaged his Space Gym teammate and last year’s winner, Julio ‘The Beast’ Sinclair to become the second local to take home the prestigious title in the third staging of the event.‘The Showstopper’ turned out to be mightier than ‘The Beast’ and third place finisher Wilson Balansi of Suriname during the competition which included a 250-pound Bag Throw over a 4ft high bar, walking with 600+ pounds on their backs and dead lifting a Nissan Sylphy.During the course of the event which was held under floodlights in the parking lot of the venue, the line-up of nine behemoths went back and forth swapping incredible feats of strength, but Peterson-Griffith and Sinclair were so equally strong that the deciding factor turned out to be the amount of reps the former deadlifted. Twice the amount of Sinclair. During his attempt, Sinclair seemed a bit stuck in neutral but eventually gained his footing to complete 10 reps. When it was Peterson-Griffith’s turn, it seemed like the his batteries were fully charged. Running on an adrenaline high and encouraged by the large and vocal crowd, the ‘Showstopper’ seemed unstoppable and he dead lifted rep after rep, having to stop as his time cap expired. Anis Ade-Thomas who also competed with the team that finished second in the CrossFit competition minutes earlier, showed he is a true strong man, finishing just off the podium in the nine-man line-up.Peterson-Griffith who had a large entourage cheering him on on the sidelines, now has a year’s worth of bragging rights, $150,000 and the title of ‘Guyana’s Strongest Man’. During last year’s inaugural staging, Suriname’s Dononvan Dongo earned the winner’s spoils.last_img read more

Wolves beat Pistons despite Griffin’s return

first_img(Field Level Media) Forward Andrew Wiggins poured in 33 points and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled the return of All-Star forward Blake Griffin with a 120-114 win over the Detroit Pistons yesterday. Wiggins, who surpassed the 8,000-career point mark in the first half, added six rebounds and five assists.Karl-Anthony Towns supplied 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Jake Layman contributed 16 points off the bench. Treveon Graham added 13 points and six rebounds.Griffin missed the first 10 games of the season due to hamstring and knee injuries. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 23-plus minutes. Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 25 points and seven rebounds. Langston Galloway tossed in 18 points off the bench while Tony Snell chipped in 16 points and Andre Drummond added 11 points and 12 rebounds.The Timberwolves, who scored 41 first quarter points, made nine of 16 3-point attempts in the first half and raced to a 66-51 halftime lead. The barrage came one day after Minnesota made just six of 45 shots from long range in a home loss to Denver.Layman scored 11 points off the bench and made all three of his 3-point tries. Griffin kept his team from completely losing contact with 16 points in 10 minutes. The Timberwolves steadily built their lead in the first seven minutes of the second half. Layman made it a 19-point spread, 84-65, with another 3-pointer.Detroit began to chip away, scoring the next eight points, five by Kennard. The Pistons cut their deficit to nine points before Towns finished the third quarter with a driving dunk.When Galloway drilled a 3-pointer with 9:34 remaining, the Timberwolves’ lead was down to seven. A Wiggins layup midway through the quarter made it 109-98. Minnesota’s offense then stalled and when Snell made a 3-pointer with 2:30 left, the Pistons were within five at 109-104. Wiggins answered 28 seconds later with another long ball.Towns made an open three with just past a minute left to seal Minnesota’s victory.last_img read more

Today is `D’ day for Champion-of-Champions dominoes tourney

first_imgToday is D Day, the time is 2pm and the place is Rona Place (pardon the pun), Ogle. The event, the second Champion-of-Champions dominoes extravaganza organized by Mark Wiltshire, himself a dominoes player extraordinaire. Yesterday, Lloyd Rollins, an ardent dominoes fan, at a simple ceremony held at Trophy Stall, Bourda Market, presented the third place trophy to organiser Wiltshire.Rollins in brief remarks, exhorted Wiltshire to ensure that the level of discipline is of a high standard and wished the teams well. Rollins said that he is always happy to be involved in the sport.Wiltshire, who is the captain of Mix Up one of the top teams in the country, expressed gratitude to Rollins for the gesture.Only teams which have won tournaments for the 2019 season will be eligible to participate in the year end grand finale. Wiltshire, however, informed that a number of guest teams will be accommodated.Entrance fee is $12,000 and at stake are cash prizes, trophies, medals and hampers.Teams are asked to be on time to facilitate a prompt start at 14:00hrs. Teams can call Wiltshire on 659 8672 for registration.last_img read more

Messi leads thrilling Barca at Betis

first_imgSEVILLE, (Reuters) – Lionel Messi produced a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona pulled off a gutsy 3-2 win at Real Betis after trailing twice in an enthralling match in La Liga yesterday, finally giving the Catalans something to celebrate after a week of upheaval. Clement Lenglet headed home the decisive goal in the 72nd minute from a Messi free kick, earning second-placed Barca a first away win in the league in four matches and cutting the deficit behind leaders Real Madrid back to three points.French defender Lenglet was then sent off for two bookings, moments after Betis’ Nabil Fekir had been dismissed for earning two yellow cards in the space of a minute.Barca coach Quique Setien was making his first appearance back at Betis since being sacked by the Seville club last May and desperately needed a victory after Real had beaten Osasuna 4-1 earlier in the day. But the visitors got off to a terrible start when Sergio Canales gave Betis the lead in the sixth minute from the penalty spot after a VAR review showed Lenglet had handled the ball.Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong promptly equalised with the help of a lofted pass from Messi but Barca soon found themselves on the back foot again when Betis restored their lead with a strike from World Cup-winning forward Fekir in the 26th minute.Messi proved pivotal in the Catalans levelling right before halftime, delivering a free kick into the path of Sergio Busquets who converted from close range. The Argentine was also able to pick out Lenglet for the winning strike, setting up a goal for the fifth time in three games.The topsy-turvy encounter was a fitting end to a dramatic week for Barca in which Ousmane Dembele sustained a serious injury, Messi lashed out at sporting director Eric Abidal and the team lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao to exit the Copa del Rey.“This is a hugely significant win for us because Betis are a great team and were being roared on by their fans at home,” Barca coach Setien told a news conference. “This is a very important victory because it keeps us near the top of the table and it will give us a huge psychological boost.”Barca, who hired Setien last month after sacking Ernesto Valverde, had not won away from home in the league since beating Atletico Madrid on Dec. 1 and were smarting from a recent defeat at Valencia as well as the last-gasp loss in the Cup to Bilbao.“It was so important for us to win after losing in the Cup in the last minute but we just had to keep playing in the same way and that’s what we did,” added Barca’s Sergi Roberto. “It was vital that we found our form and started winning away from home again so we go home feeling happy.”last_img read more

Do-or-die time for Windies

first_imgHAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, CMC – Shai Hope, who made his ninth ODI hundred in the series opener which the West Indies lost to Sri Lanka, is aiming to repeat his outstanding performance but hoping for a different result when his side takes on the hosts in their second match tomorrow. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 115 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo – the highest score for the Windies in Sri Lanka, surpassing the 110 made by Adrian Barath at the same venue in 2011 – to lead the Windies to a competitive 289.He reached his half-century off 77 balls at the start of the 26th over, before reaching his ton in the 43rd over off 128 deliveries – his second in his last seven innings.“I had to ensure that I came out and stamped my authority on the first game. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out to be a wining effort, but it was still nice to get some runs under my belt,” Hope said. “I think there were some key moments, where we could’ve probably put our foot down a bit more. The run out [between myself and Bravo], we probably could’ve gotten a lot more out of that partnership,” he added, looking back on the opener.As the Windies arrived here ahead of their second match, the 26-year-old was hoping his heroics would lead to a series win over Sri Lanka.West Indies need to win both of the upcoming matches – the other scheduled for Sunday – to achieve the goal of winning their first ODI series in Sri Lanka. “It’s now do-or-die for us. We’re 0-1 down and we have two more games to make amends. I’m sure the guys have what it takes to come out and turn it around,” Hope said.West Indies entered the series one point behind Sri Lanka in the ICC ODI rankings and are looking to move ahead of the hosts. Securing back-to-back wins in the ongoing series will be necessary to achieve that feat.Tomorrow’s day/night contest will be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium here. First ball is 2:30 p.m. (5 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/4 a.m. Jamaica Time).last_img read more

WI cricketers set to be paid

first_imgCricket West Indies (CWI) has begun processing payments for a number of international cricketers but match fees for the West Indies Championship remain outstanding. So says CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, who offered clarity on the issue when contacted by Stabroek Sport.“At the moment processing payments for our women and men international players,” Grave stated.Johnny GraveHe also indicated that in upcoming days, the female cricketers will be paid for the T20 World Cup in Australia while the men will receive payments for Ireland and Sri Lanka tours all held earlier this year. Grave admitted that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made it even more difficult to keep the organisation’s head above water and, as a result, admitted that they are yet to pay match fees for the West Indies Championships.“We are still owing the players who took part in the West Indies Championships but this will be done, although I cannot put a definite timeline on it at the moment,” he statedIn an earlier interview, Grave admitted CWI owed players their match fees dating back to January despite the tournament prematurely ending two months ago. However, salaries have been kept up to date amidst the pandemic. Grave was reported as saying that the financial blow the pandemic has had on the CWI is not as severe as it could be.The final two rounds of the West Indies Championships, as well as the Regional Under-15 tournament, has been cancelled.Recently, CWI President, Ricky Skerritt also spoke of the body’s financial situation. Skerritt told Guardian Media Sports, “This crisis has put our already poor financial state into ICU. It is like going to the doctor with an illness, and as he is about to prescribe the medication you get a stroke.”According to Grave, CWI’s income is divided into three streams with the International Cricket Council (ICC) accounting for 40 percent, Television (TV) attracting a similar percentage, and sponsorship, responsible for 20 percent.last_img read more

Rain hurts preparation for opening Test

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – Rain forced the abandonment of the opening day of the West Indies’ final ‘inter-squad’ warm-up contest here Monday. The four-day affair at Old Trafford is key to the tourists’ preparation for the first Test at Southampton starting July 8 but players were kept from any action due to persistent showers.Further showers have been forecast for yesterday’s second day.West Indies played their first warm-up last week, a three-day fixture here which finished in a tame draw but afforded players valuable time in the middle. Due to the lockdown in the Caribbean because of the COVID-19 pandemic, players arrived here earlier this month short of match readiness, leaving the two planned tour matches here critical to preparation for the series. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, all of whom are expected to be in the XI for the first Test, struck half-centuries in the first warm-up game.And speedsters Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel, widely tipped to be part of a four-pronged pace attack, were among the wickets.The second Test will be played at Old Trafford from July 16-20 with the final Test carded for the same venue from July 24-28. The tour marks cricket’s first ever “bio-secure” series due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

End of Year Report – How Britons gambled in 2015

first_img StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 The Gambling Commission has published its latest report which sheds some light on gambling behaviour in Britain in the past year. Vitally, and for the very first time, this research includes extensive information about how people gamble in terms of which devices they use, where they gamble and how many accounts they use for it. Paul Hope, Gambling Commission Programme Director, said: “It’s vital that we monitor gambling trends and behaviour across society. Reports such as these are essential for us when developing regulations and for the Government when developing public policies on gambling.”Below is a more concise look at this report organised via a focus on the main takeaways from it. One of the key points to note is that overall participation in gambling is down, with a major nod to the falling number of national lottery players as a factor. Moreover rates of problem gambling have remained the same, with men far more likely to be problem gamblers and in particular the 18-24 years demographic the most at risk.The methodology for this report consisted of telephone and online surveys. By telephone 1,000 surveys were made per quarter, in March, June, September and December of 2015 with a representative sample across demographics throughout the UK. The online surveys were conducted in the same intervals though a total of 8,000 were conducted (2,000 per quarter).Who’s gambling?Overall participation has taken quite a hit, down from 57% in 2012 to 45% in 2015 with the biggest slide in the past year alone; participation was at 53% in 2014. This was based on respondents having gambled in the past four weeks. In terms of age demographics the biggest fall was in the 25-34 years category which saw a huge dip from 55% to 38%. As the infographic above highlights, there has been a steady decline in those playing the National Lottery and whilst it is a crucial reason for the overall fall in numbers it isn’t the sole factor. Why the slide in numbers?Excluding those that gambled but only played the National Lottery, the level of participation fell from 31% in 2012 to 27% in 2015. From 2014 there was a fall of 6% (33% to 27%) compared to the 2014-2015 fall of 8% (53% to 45%) when those that only play the National Lottery are also accounted for. As such whilst this is a significant amount there are seemingly other notable factors involved.One potential reason is the worsening perception of gambling which is something the report also investigated. Respondents, both those that had gambled in the past 12 months and those that hadn’t, were asked about their feelings on whether they believed the gambling industry can be trusted and is fair. Overall there was a 2% decline from 2014 in those that answered positively that yes it could; this is a figure which now stands at an all time low of 39% compared with 49% in 2008.This fall was also more distinct in the group that had gambled in the past twelve months, down to 45% from a height of 61% in 2008, showing that the perception of gambling by bettors in the UK has worsened considerably year on year since then.The reasons for this can only be speculated upon though common sense suggests that the extensive mainstream media coverage of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals encouraging problem gambling, and match fixing scandals across sport in recent times, are factors.Online – Is everyone really going mobile?The short answer to this would be no. The report shows that 15% of all respondents gamble online and that 97% gamble from the comforts of their own home. Unsurprising then that laptop is still king, with 61% opting for their laptops to place online bets.Skeptics of the extent of this preference will highlight that this is across ages and whilst it is true that younger generations use mobile devices more for betting, a considerable 50% of 25-34 year olds who gamble online have tried it, the majority still favour the laptop. Some of the reasons given for a preference for laptop betting included: “I use it for other things and therefore have it on more than any other medium” and that it’s easier to “input accurate stakes in a timely fashion.” Those that had a preference for mobile meanwhile justified their choice by how easy it is to bet casually whilst you’re watching sports, there was a nod to apps in particular over having to visit a site and one respondent stated: “It is more flexible and can be used in any location.” It was the 18-24 years group that bet the most whilst actually at a sports venue or track (12%) whilst a 1/4 of overall respondents who gambled online stated they engaged in in-play betting.So laptops are the preferred device amongst each age group but what of other other devices? There’s a particularly noticeable decline in the use of desktop computers to gamble online as you look from the older to younger test groups. As a direct comparative example desktops were used by 44% in the 45-54 years category compared to just 27% in those aged between 18 and 24. The reason for this, it can be reasonably assumed, is that the younger age groups simply don’t have access to a desktop, and more will have their own laptop, which moreover is a device that they’ll have grown up. This is due to the increasing affordability of laptops over the past decade.Tablet use is at its highest in the 25-34 years demographic with 21% of respondents having used them for betting in the past four weeks, a figure which is somewhat lower at 16% for 18-24 year olds. This is only 5% higher than the 55-64 years category which stood at 11%. One reason for opting for tablet over mobile was “Bigger screen than mobile and always have it with me (sic)”. The 25-34 year demographic is also the likeliest to gamble whilst commuting (21%), and, importantly, this is something age groups above 34 seem to have very little preference for (11% and lower).What to remember from all this?With so much information to hand it’s easy to get lost in a sea of figures. Below are some of the points deemed to be the most notable…Overall participation in gambling fell by 8% from 2014-2015This can be largely attributed to a continuing decline in National Lottery players A positive perception of gambling, particularly by those that do gamble, is at an all time lowProblem gambling rates have remained largely the same, with no rise or fallLaptop is by far the preferred choice for online gamblingThose in the 25-34 year old category gamble on tablet (21%), on mobile (42%) and on their commute (21%) more than any other Share Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Fine China – What opportunities does the growth of Chinese football give bookmakers?

first_img LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Submit Share SBC’s Football Odds Expert Jeevan Jeyaratnam takes a look at one of the more ambitious football leagues in the world – the Chinese Super League – and asks how betting can benefit. Respectable news sources have recently been suggesting that the Chinese government have offered soon-to-be out of contract PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic an insane £59M per annum to ply his trade in China. Zlatan at 34 years old represents no resale value and must be seen a colossal loss-leader for the resurgent Super League.Interestingly the offer is alleged to be part of Communist Leader Xi Jinping’s expansive plans to raise the profile of football in China. There is no indication as for which team Zlatan would play, but there is unlikely to be a shortage of takers.The emerging Super League teams have little following outside of Asia and, arguably, fans will start to follow players and not clubs. The rise of player power has filled many a column but perhaps the Chinese Super League has sold some of its soul for player power. It is oft said that ‘no player is bigger than the team’, but this norm is being challenged.Chinese clubs have been trying to attract top talent from the biggest leagues since 2012 when Shanghai Shenhua made waves with the signings of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. Owners awash with money from the booming Chinese economy were aiming the spotlight on the country and its ability to compete fiscally with its peers. This early foray all ended rather acrimoniously, amid a chaotic organisational structure and suggestions that players weren’t being recompensed as promised.Fast forward four years and the Chinese Super League is attempting to succeed where it had previously stumbled. Perhaps tellingly the influence of government, as evidenced in the Zlatan story, indicates that this project has a better chance of success than before. Football is big business in China where average attendances for the Super League were nearly 22,000 last season. Although this campaign is still in its embryonic stages, average attendance has risen to over 28,000 (stats from TransferMrkt).There is already quality in Chinese football; Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, co-owned by the Evergrande Real Estate Group and online giant Alibaba, have won the AFC Champions League twice since 2013 and finished 4th in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.This season’s spending spree has seen even unfashionable clubs attracting top talent and it should make the league more competitive than some of its European counterparts. One must presume that the ultimate aim, from the government’s point of view, is to raise the status of the country and improve the national team. Rules for this season’s Super League mean no club can sign more than five foreign players, with no more than four fielded at the same time. Interestingly foreign goalkeepers are prohibited. The Russian Premier League has similar restrictions on foreign signings, though this has been criticised this season, notably by Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas.It isn’t just the Super League making a financial statement of intent. The lure of the Super League is helping boost the division below. The second tier clubs have also been spending, the familiar name of Nikica Jelavic is now plying his trade with Beijing Renhe. The north-eastern metropolis of Tianjin is home to Tianjin Quanjian and boast another former Brazil manager, Vanderlei Luxemburgo as coach. He has spent the thick end of £30M on Brazilian and Chinese players this winter. Luis Fabiano, now captain, was signed on a free transfer at the age of 35.From a bookmaking point of view this season’s developments have the potential to be favourable. The league runs from March to November, crucially offering betting opportunities during the sometimes barren summer months.The kick-off times are also encouraging, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting from 07:30GMT to 12:30GMT. We were asked to extend our goalscorer coverage to include the A-League for similar kick-off related reasons, with BT Sport showing every game live. The A-League sides pale in quality versus many of the the Super League teams; it would seem an ideal opportunity for Sky Sports to offer up live coverage to fill their morning schedules. IMG secured exclusive global TV rights to the 240 Chinese Super League matches in March 2016 and will surely be in the process of offering these to TV companies. It would seem that the Chinese Super League is here to stay this time and it might not be too long before myself and my colleagues at Super Soccer Oddsfeed are pricing up the goalscorer markets through our GPS feed. Jeevan Jeyaratnam works at Super Soccer Oddsfeed as a Senior Odds Compiler. He is speaking at next month’s Betting on Football Conference, held on 21st April at Stamford Bridge Stadium. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Realistic Games promotes Andy Harris to CEO

first_img StumbleUpon RPM Gaming secures global distribution agreement with DWG April 22, 2020 All the twos: Videoslots teases MotoGP prize with Core Gaming August 1, 2017 Submit Related Articles Share BetVictor & Realistic Games launch Liverpool FC ‘LFC Stars’ game July 31, 2017 Share Andy HarrisAndy Harris has been promoted to the position of chief executive officer at British slots and table games provider Realistic Games.Harris joined Realistic as commercial director in 2012 and has been integral to the significant growth the company has experienced ever since.He recently undertook a strategic review at the Berkshire-based business. On the back of this, a detailed business plan has been created which he and his team will now begin to implement.Commenting on his appointment, Harris said: “I am very excited about moving into the new role of CEO at Realistic. We have a fantastic business and an exceptional team, and are very proud of our ability to deliver great content to a wide range of excellent operating partners.“However, we have a significant appetite to improve the company in many ways, and have set ourselves some ambitious future goals and targets. We hope to achieve these by intelligently delivering the new business plan.”Harris has over two decades’ worth of experience working in senior operational roles in the retail and online betting and gaming industry.Following the completion of a graduate training programme with the Rank Group, he moved into general management at Grosvenor Casinos, before rising to become Head of Business Development at Rank Interactive.He then moved to BetVictor to oversee their Casino and Games operation, and subsequently became Director ofGaming at Ladbrokes.Realistic’s games are now a staple of some of the world’s leading operators and content aggregators, including bet365, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, Gala Coral, Stan James, Rank, Boylesports, NYX, PaddyPowerBetfair, William Hill, Bede, Daub, and Gaming Realms.last_img read more