first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanAfter a long wait, we’ve made it to America’s biggest weekend of the year — the television event that annually draws more viewers than presidential debates, inaugurations and State of the Union addresses. The New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick seeking their sixth championship since the turn of the century (and their third ring in four years).But as we approach Sunday, I feel close to zero hype — and it’s not just because this is my nightmare Super Bowl matchup as a New York Giants fan. I’m simply getting sick of all these damn dynasties.Let’s recap what has happened in the sporting world since the Pats’ trip to the Big Game last season: The Golden State Warriors lifted their second NBA title in their third consecutive trip to the Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins successfully defended the Stanley Cup for the first time ever in the salary cap era and Alabama topped college football once again to win its fourth national championship of the decade.Sportswriters love to preach, “appreciate greatness,” during runs of extended dominance. But let’s be honest — in the moment, greatness sucks. Who outside of Alabama, New England or the Bay Area has enjoyed the recent year-to-year repetition? We cherish sports for their unpredictability. Watching the same teams win it all every season eliminates one of the most central reasons why we tune in in the first place. It’s completely irrational, but excellence feels cheap when witnessed so regularly.So of course, having said all of that, I’m here to tell you: Let’s appreciate the Patriots’ greatness when they (probably) bulldoze the Eagles in Minneapolis.Because even when compared to their modern counterparts in Tuscaloosa, Pittsburgh or Oakland, the Pats’ preeminence is unprecedented. They will have appeared in eight of the last 17 Super Bowls, and New England last missed the AFC Championship game in 2011. I normally hate when people do this, but here goes: The last time Brady and company didn’t play for a Super Bowl berth, Michael Vick was quarterbacking the Eagles (and Carson Wentz was still a senior in high school). Brandon Moore’s ass hadn’t yet brought an end to Mark Sanchez and “the Sanchize” in New York. Marshawn Lynch had just upset New Orleans with his famous “Beast Quake” run — in Pete Carroll’s debut season with the Seahawks.With a sixth championship on Sunday, the Patriots will move into a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins ever, having won every single title under owner Robert Kraft and the Belichick-Brady brain trust. It’s almost impossible to overstate how remarkable this feat would be in the context of professional football history. Only the San Francisco 49ers rival New England’s string of Lombardi Trophies in the early 21st century (the Niners won four Super Bowls between 1981 and 1990). But San Francisco achieved its dynasty thanks to many hands: Jerry Rice — the greatest wide receiver of all time — two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game in Joe Montana and Steve Young and a pair of legendary coaches in Bill Walsh and George Seifert. No single regime has dominated professional football like Kraft, Belichick and Brady; never have 29 teams gotten such a thorough look at the same beast without exposing  their weaknesses.When examined closely, this run of success blows the likes of Golden State, Alabama or Pittsburgh out of the water, thanks to one reason: history. Nick Saban was hailed as the greatest college football coach of all time after guiding his Crimson Tide to its fifth national championship in January, but Bear Bryant won six national titles in Tuscaloosa. The Warriors’ two rings and three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals pale in comparison to the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls or the Los Angeles Lakers’ run under Phil Jackson. Back-to-back Stanley Cups are nice, but remember when Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to five championships in six years?In other words, when it comes to other “dynasties” in modern sports, they are nothing we haven’t seen before. College football, the NBA and NHL have all had powerhouses under a single transcendent coach or player that won championships by the fistful. Meanwhile, the NFL hasn’t had one since the Green Bay Packers played in a 12-team league in the 1950s. With a win on Sunday, the 21st-Century Patriots will earn a title held by arguably no other franchise in any sport: the greatest team in history.Obviously, this is no lock. After losing a perfect season to a 9-7 Giants team in Super Bowl XLII, Brady and company know better than anyone that everything could go wrong this weekend despite the odds. But if Philadelphia somehow manages to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history, toppling the New England dynasty while riding its backup quarterback, that would be the most exceptional achievement of all.Ollie Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SBC Events has encouraged all companies planning to get involved in Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September) to do so quickly, or risk missing out on the sports betting event of the year.Demand for tickets and accommodation for the conference, which has moved to Olympia Conference Centre this year, has been so high that the official event hotel – the Hilton London Olympia – has already sold out. The show floor is also reaching capacity with over 90% of the exhibition space already taken.With fewer than two months to go until the start of #boscon2017, SBC Events has managed to secure additional, discounted rooms at the nearby luxury K-West Hotel, but these are also selling fast.`Also reaching capacity is the conference agenda, which includes 42 sessions and will encapsulate 150 leading speakers across eight conference tracks.Key speakers include Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, British Horseracing Authority CEO Nick Rust, Danske Spil Head of Sportsbook Jens Nielsen, XL Media CEO Ory Weihs, Better Collective CEO Jesper Soegaard, Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood, Ladbrokes Coral Director of Player Protection Graham Weir, Mybet CEO Markus Peuler, BetBright CEO Marcus Brennan, Betstars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, Superbets’ Jamie Hart and Matchbook CEO Mark Brosnan.With over 1,200 senior executives attending, combined with room for more than 50 exhibitors in 1,768 sqm of exhibition space, Betting on Sports 2017 is a must-attend event for the entire sports betting sector.Mr Green and SBTech were recently unveiled as two of 22 first-time exhibitors for #boscon2017, alongside Erlang Solutions, Matchbook Trading Conference, Trustly, eMerchantPay, OtherLevels, OddsRing, LeonBets, Secure Trading Group, EvenBet Gaming, Finnplay, Tal Ron Drihem, AlgoSport, Abios Gaming, 1xbet, Crown Technologies, Wiraya, Setanta Sports, Spottocash, GameCo and Millennial Esports.However, there is still an opportunity for operators, suppliers, affiliates, sports clubs, regulators, payment providers and media companies to acquire exhibition space at a venue which was subjected to a £30 million redevelopment and rebranding just four years ago.As well as a handful of spaces alongside these companies, there are still packages available for the networking party on Thursday 14 September at Roman Abramovich’s favourite London nightclub, Under the Bridge. Sponsorship for the first official networking party on Wednesday 13 September, held at the spectacular Altitude 360, has already been snapped up by HiPay.NOTE: There is a 25% discount on Betting on Sports 2017 tickets if you order 3 or moreClick here to find information about hotels for the event UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020last_img

first_imgChelsea midfielder Frank Lampard could be offered £1million a month if he moves to China, according to reports.The 34-year-old is due to fall out of contract at the end of the season and it looks as though he will be heading to pastures new as Chelsea are in no rush to offer him a new one.Lampard is playing a bit-part role this season and no longer figures in the long-term plans of Roberto Di Matteo.The midfielder will not be short of offers and the chance to join David Beckham in the MLS is there, but he could decide to turn his back on America and head to China, where he will be offered big bucks.Didier Drogba’s club Shanghai Shenhua are ready to make him an offer he will struggle to refuse, while their Chinese Super League rivals Beijing Guoan are also keen.The reports have claimed that Lampard will be offered £250,000 a week after tax to move to China and that could be too good for the midfielder to turn down.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThree games into his NBA career, Ball is shooting 34.8 percent from the field and has made just 5 of 17 3-point attempts. However, he buried 41.2 percent of his shots from distance as a freshman at UCLA.Miller is the former Indiana Pacers Hall of Fame guard whose 2,560 career 3-pointers are second most all-time to Ray Allen. His form has often been mimicked and mocked, much like Ball’s cross-body windup.“I’m obviously not calling him Reggie Miller,” Walton said, “but (Miller’s) shot probably could have been fixed by a thousand people who wanted to fix it and he is one of the greatest shooters our league has ever seen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Luke Walton has a message for anyone who thinks Lonzo Ball needs to abandon his unorthodox shooting form.“I’d tell them to go study Reggie Miller’s career,” he said. “It doesn’t look great. It can be an issue, yes.”But?“He has a track record of being a really good shooter,” Walton said. “So for us to try to mess with it would be silly.”last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Makena, a rapidly improving 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, made short work of six rivals on Friday at Santa Anita, winning the track’s $58,000 allowance feature under Drayden Van Dyke by 3 ¼ handy lengths. Trained by Scott Hansen and based at San Luis Rey Downs, Makena negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.98.Quick out of the gate from her number three post position, Makena sat a comfortable second just outside of favored Our First Girl throughout, prior to taking command at the quarter pole and won eased up in her second consecutive win.The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Makena paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Owned by Gary Broad, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $102,120. A maiden special weight winner going a mile here on March 3, Makena’s overall mark now stands at 6-2-2-2.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Savannah Sky was attentive to the pace and finished second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Girl Downstairs. Off at 7-2, Savannah Sky paid $3.60 and $3.00.Like the top two finishers, Girl Downstairs, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, was attentive to the pace and was easily third-best, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Our First Girl. Off at 18-1, Girl Downstairs paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 47.01, 1:11.45 and 1:23.34.First post time for a 12-race program on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Derby Day at 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgWhen is Champions League draw? Live stream, date, UK time, TV channel for last 16 THE Premier League’s Big Six are set to back a drastic revamp of the Champions League which could result in dramatic changes to the make up of the English game.Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are privately in favour of an expansion of the Champions League group stage to 32 teams from the 2024-25 season, reports claim.2 Big changes: The Champions League could be set for and overhaulCredit: AFP or licensorsSuch plans would lead to the traditional footballing calendar being torn up, with FA Cup replays and two-legged League Cup semi-finals being scrapped and could even result in the number of Premier League teams being cut.Such a move would be met with fierce opposition from clubs sitting outside the Big Six, and the Daily Mail reports the Premier League remains committed to maintaining the prominence of the domestic game.The Big Six joined every other club in the top tier in signing a Premier League statement opposing the expansion of the Champions League group stage last June.That statement argued against the introduction of a 14 match group stage, but it is understood the new approach, which would see four rather than eight more group games, is of greater appeal to England’s top sides.They have held meetings with other European Club Association (ECA) members which have proved productive and are coming round to the idea of an expanded Champions League.Many fear the changes could pave the way for a European Super league and ultimately result in the continent’s top sides no longer taking part in their domestic competitions.As ever, money is a big part of the appeal for the giants of the game as a larger Champions League group stage would allow for greater match-day revenue.However, the giant £9billion Premier League TV deal far outweighs that which is paid for Champions League rights and the Big Six remain keen to protect its value.2 Harry Kane is the only Prem player in the CL group stage best XIThey will also be aware that supporters are hardly tuning in in their droves to watch Champions League football.The competition saw a 35 per cent drop in viewing figures in the 2018/19 campaign, which provided a number of hugely entertaining ties, and this has fuelled the desire for a change in set up.Smaller clubs are concerned domestic games will have to be sacrificed to meet the wishes of the Big Six.The FA Cup and the League Cup will be most at risk of change despite all 20 Premier League sides being committed to appearing in the competition.The FA has already done away with cup replays, which are often hugely lucrative to smaller sides, from the fifth round onwards and is open to removing them completely.most read footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe Premier League, EFL and FA remain committed to keeping English football’s structure in place despite an expansion of Europe’s elite club competition now being seen as inevitable.Real Madrid are particularly keen for an overhaul and changes, which could create a greater divide between the Premier League’s haves and have-nots, are expected to be made before 2024.The Big Six have already formed a splinter group from other Premier League which has led to private meetings being held.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img read more

first_imgLeague74two341 Cuptwotwoone170 James’s numbers in 2019-2020 CompetitionPjPTPCMin. TOTAL101035765 2019-2020twotwoone0170 Championstwoone081 Super Cupone0013 The Copa del Rey has traditionally been paid land for rotations. The old double-play qualifiers against lower-level rivals in the initial stages opened the window of minutes to less used players and, to the extent permitted by the regulations, to youth players. The new single-party format (except the semifinals) has reactivated the prominence of the headlines, but Within the rotations that Zidane is practicing in the times of Real Madrid, there is a clear benefit: James Rodríguez. SeasonPjPTPCGoalsMin. TOTAL1275605 2015-2016oneone0078 PT – headline matchesPC – full matchesSource: Opta.James had the transfer poster hung last summer after two seasons on loan at Bayern. But the lack of agreement for the payment conditions of the transfer to Naples and the refusal of Madrid to facilitate its signing by Atlético led to it being left under Zidane. Discarding, he went on to play 341 minutes in the first nine days of the League (four games as a starter) and 81 ‘in the first three Champions commitments (it was the game in Paris). The injury he suffered in the fall, of which the club did not issue a medical part, cut his sum of minutes.James’s numbers in the Copa del Rey Source: Opta.The Cup has returned him to the arena, but his ‘idyll’ with this competition is not new. James has been a starter in every game of the KO tournament since arriving at Real Madrid, except for the last three of his previous stage, in which he was not available for Zidane due to injury. 2014-2015440two258 The Colombian has been one of the six players (Areola, Carvajal, Marcelo, Valverde and Vinicius are the other five) who has repeated ownership in the two white cupper games: against Unionistas and Zaragoza. In La Romareda he was replaced, for which he adds 170 minutes in the KO tournament. The situation contrasts with that of the League, where he has not yet had minutes since he recovered from the injury that kept him in the dry dock the last two months of 2019. He did enjoy 13 minutes in the semifinal of the Super Cup against Valencia , in what meant his comeback since he played his last minutes (11) in the match against Galatasaray in Istanbul (October 22). 2016-201733two3259last_img read more

first_imgSome Liberians residing in the Diaspora are presently in Liberia to engage the government and other stakeholders on the citizenship issue arising in the Constitution review process. Their position is simple: not about dual citizenship, per se, but “retention of Liberian citizenship” forLiberians who have naturalized abroad.The group under the banner, “Liberia Advocacy for Change (LAFC),” is pleading that Liberians that are in foreign countries including the United States are not supporting dual citizenship to allow people of non-Negro descent to become citizens, but that citizenship of Liberians living in the Diaspora be retained.LAFC Chairman and Executive Director Togba R. Croyee Porte said, “We are saying that Liberians that were naturally born here and went to another country and naturalized there for one reason or another, should be allowed to maintain their citizenship as enshrined in the Constitution.”The LAFC’s position is based on Chapter IV Article 27 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which says, “All persons who, on the coming into force of this Constitution were lawfully citizens of Liberia shall continue to be Liberian citizens.”Mr. Porte argued that under this clause, Liberian citizenship is maintained and not tampered with, but the Immigration Act of 1974 which calls for renouncing of citizenship of one country is tempering with this cardinal right, and Liberians of all walks of life should see reason to allow their brothers’ and sisters’ citizenship be retained.“An act that did not go through referendum to get endorsement of majority of the people should not be above the organic law of this country,” he said, referring to the 1974 Act.“The 1847 Constitution also guaranteed this right, but for Liberians in this country to take it away from their brothers and sisters today, we don’t think it is right,” Mr. Porte argued.He added that an Act passed in 1974 should not be enforced to subordinate the power of the 1986 Constitution, which is the organic law, noting that the Constitution is the supreme law of Liberia. He said the Immigration and Naturalization Law of Liberia embarrasses them when they decide to visit Liberia.“The Immigration and Naturalization Law is not reading the intent of the Constitution. It is still going by an archaic law that does not recognize our citizens when they come [home]. When Liberians in the Diaspora come here, they are treated as foreigners and not as Liberians who were born here,” he said.Togba R. Croyee Porte, son of the late Julius Porte of Crozierville, co-owns a funeral business in the State of New York and works with the New York City office of the chief medical examiner is former vice president and political action coordinator of the New York City Health WorkersUnion. According to him, he has maintained his Liberian citizenship since he went to America since 1989. He says, however, Liberians in foreign countries naturalized abroad for one reason or another, so that they can find means to survive, but did not intend to deny their citizenship in Liberia.“When Liberians come in their own country and are discriminated by the law and people, making them to go to immigration after 30 days to regularize their status as if they were not born here; then, there is a problem,” he added.One argument that has characterized the issue of dual citizenship in Liberia is the allegation by many Liberians at home that Liberians were ‘imported from the United States to work in government and they have stolen money and transferred to the U.S. to support their families’.Liberians living in the country therefore fear that granting dual citizenship to Liberians and foreigners in the country will lead to taking the country’s resources to another country and leaving it undeveloped.In response to this concern, Mr. Porte said Liberia is a signatory to all international conventions, and if any Liberian comes here and behaves disorderly or steals money as the case may be, the government can use extradition treaty to get the concerned people from whatever countries they are to Liberia for prosecution and subsequent punishment as may be required by law.He said government is responsible to make and implement policy, and its failure should not be a condition to deny citizens of the country their right.In addition to advocacy for retaining citizenship for Liberians in the Diaspora, Mr. Porte stressed that the Constitution is not gender sensitive.He said unlike Liberian fathers whose children are allowed to declare citizenship to Liberia under the Immigration and Naturalization Law, children born to Liberian women by foreign fathers are not allowed, which he said needs to change.In pursuing the change LAFC is advocating for, Mr. Porte said they are not coming to impose their will on Liberians here, but to sit, discuss and reason together on issues that can make the country better.He dispelled that Liberians abroad were not contributing to the development of the country, recalling World Bank’s remittance record of 2015 revealing that Liberians abroad sent over US$600 million to Liberia every year through Western Union and MoneyGram.He then wondered why people here will be rejecting those in the Diaspora from getting citizenship when these Diaspora Liberians are remitting money to them at all times from whatever countries they are.Meanwhile, a retired nurse and founding LAFC member, Mrs. Elizabeth N. Garwo, said she has lived in the United States since 1974 on a permanent resident status.She said she and her late husband, a medical doctor who won a government scholarship to study medicine in the U.S. in the early 1970s, refused to become U.S. citizens, since they had planned to return to Liberia after his education. According to her, upon their return during the 1980s, Dr. Garwo had difficulty finding work in Liberia during the Samuel K. Doe regime, so he and his wife returned to the U.S. to work and raise their children. Dr. Garwo died in 2000. As a retired nurse, Mrs. Garwo is also in Liberia to construct a clinic in Grand Kru, her county of birth. She said those with the opportunity to travel are not going because they want to deny their citizenship, but to learn and seek other means to impact the lives of their relatives and families, including their country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSigning bonus saga continues to unravelAs the oil bonus saga continues to unravel, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Thursday revealed that not only did the entire Cabinet know of the signing bonus, but in fact approved the setting up of a special account to deposit the funds.He told reporters that the “full Cabinet” approved of the setting up of a special foreign currency account to receive the US$18 million signing bonus from US oil giant ExxonMobil.This comes one day after President David Granger told media operatives that not all Government Ministers had knowledge of the US$18 million signing bonus received from ExxonMobil.Commenting on the ongoing controversy surrounding the money received, Minister Greenidge told the National Assembly that Cabinet agreed to collect the bonus and in June 2016, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman reported that negotiations were completed.He added that the full Cabinet then approved the terms negotiated and the arrangements to receive the funds.Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Minister further told reporters during a subsequent press conference that the entire Cabinet knew of the money.Greenidge, however, said only those directly involved knew how the monies would be spent. He further revealed that not all of the money would go towards paying an “enlarged” legal team to represent Guyana’s interest once the border controversy is referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by the United Nations Secretary General at the end of this year.The Foreign Affairs Minister said US$15 million would go towards legal fees and the other US$3 million would go towards urgent training for Guyanese in areas such as petroleum and geology.Government had opted to keep a lot of the details surrounding its deal with ExxonMobil under wraps; citing among others, security reasons, especially the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.In fact, now that news of the signing bonus and its intended purpose is out, Minister Greenidge says it poses a risk to Guyana’s strategy to defend its territorial integrity when the matter is taken before the ICJ.After months of denying that there was any signing bonus, a letter was leaked on Friday last – by this newspaper – revealing that Government had set up a special foreign currency account in September 2016 for the purpose of receiving payment of the US$18 million signing bonus from the oil company.last_img read more

first_imgFSJ – Fast, from MacKinnon, L. Apsassin – 8:15WCT – Sinatynski, from Brown, Lavoie – 9:20WCT – R. Hore, from B Hore, Quaife (PP) – 15:27WCT – Quaife, from Sinatynski, Brown – 19:153rd.Advertisement [asset|aid=1115|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=edd95896844295cc7e06e080d1139fff-Huskies lose 8-4 to the White Court Wolverines_1_Pub.mp3]Scoreline:1st.FSJ – Pappin, from Kalb, D. Apsassin (PP) – 5:44Advertisement Huskies lose game two 8-4 to the Whitecourt WolverinesThe Huskies seemed to be energized in the beginning of the first period, and again they proved they can play with the Wolverines.  But, a couple of defensive breakdowns, coupled with a couple of suspect calls from the referee, and Whitecourt led 3-2 after one.  In the second period, the pups got into some penalty trouble, and though they allowed only one powerplay goal (on a 5-on-3), Whitecourt still extended their lead to 6-3.  – Advertisement -Finally, fatigue and frustration set in in the third, as Whitecourt capped things off with an 8-4, to take a 2-0 lead in the seven game series.  The Huskies will hope to push the Wolverines back, when they return to Fort St. John for games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Thursday. Listen to this highlight package Advertisement WCT – Lavoie, from Quaife – 8:10FSJ – Pappin, from Kalb, Wongstedt – 9:39WCT – Brown, from Sinatynski, Charrois (PP) – 13:08WCT – Ternan, from Rose, Reid – 17:102nd.Advertisement WCT – Stead, from Stubbs – 3:22FSJ – Norris, from L. Apsassin (PP) – 4:23WCT – Lavoie, from ? – 8:27Shots:WCT 41 – Fort St. John 24Powerplays:WCT 2/9 – Fort St. John 2/9last_img read more