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Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mikel Arteta could benefit from a new UEFA plan (Picture: Getty Images)UEFA have floated the possibility of handing out Champions League places for next season based on their coefficient scores if domestic seasons are cancelled, which would see Arsenal sneak back into Europe’s top competition.Contingency plans are being drawn up for if major leagues across Europe cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.While there would be much argument over teams being awarded title and if sides should face relegation, there is also the issue of which teams qualify for Europe next season if this campaign is voided.UEFA held a video conference with all 55 national associations and one idea that was put forward was handing out European places based on the UEFA coefficient, regardless of current position in the domestic tables. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis would see Arsenal make it into next season’s Champions League, despite sitting ninth in the Premier League at the moment.The coefficient would also hand would also give Champions League places to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Leicester City and Chelsea missing out.If Man City’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld then it is Spurs, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, that would take their place, leaving Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves to contest the Europa League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe team currently in seventh, Sheffield United, would not get a spot in Europe.The proposal remains just that at this stage, with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin not thought to be in favour of it.UEFA are pushing for domestic leagues to be completed, being restarted by the end of June if at all possible.A statement from UEFA after their online meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.‘But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.’MORE: Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart RobsonMORE: Chelsea eyeing shock deal for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League seasonlast_img read more

History unearthed at Taringa development site

first_imgHarold Peacockwith some items found on the Velocity Property Group site at Targina. (AAP image, John Gass)Brass doorknobs dating back to the 1870s, a cologne bottle from the 1920s and octagon diamonds from a vintage chandelier were among the finds at a Taringa development site.Historian Harold Peacock was granted permission to scour the site by Velocity Property Group, the developer behind Ellerslie Crescent.“Back in 1884 the land around the country home (Ellerslie) was subdivided to start anew Brisbane suburb of South Toowong,” Mr Peacock said.“The original building is now gone but the boundaries of that block are still easily discernible.“I identified the location of the original home and the high western side appeared to be largely undisturbed.“A quick scan of the old newspapers told me that plenty of history took place on the site . . . I asked the builders if I could look around and they referred me to Velocity.”Velocity Property Group is building three luxury homes at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with the present character house, dating back to 1936, relocated to another part of the site and put up for sale.Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Stage two of the development will see 23 luxury townhomes constructed at the 4200sq m site.Ellerslie Crescent is named after the original “Ellerslie” homestead, which was built in the 1870s and was home to leading stock inspectors, coal miners and bankers.Mr Peacock said the developer was immediately keen to unlock some of the site’s secrets.“We were interested to see what he might find to connect the history of the site to its new chapter,” Velocity managing director Brendon Ansell said.“His finds have been really interesting and we plan to incorporate some of them into the foyer of the apartment building in the final stage of our project.”With the use of a metal detector, Mr Peacock dug up:• Two beautiful 1870s brass door knobs believed to be from the original house• A glass stopper from the same period• A 1920s cologne bottle most likely from the original house• Several 1930-1950s Chandelier octagon diamonds most likely from the1930s homes• A 1950s screw-top ink bottle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSome of the items located by historian Harold Peacock (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Peacock said the original homestead and its location had been associated with some remarkable people in Queensland history.“From the 1870s there was Patrick Robinson Gordon, the Chief Inspector of Stock for 30 years and leader of Queensland’s early stock breeding industry who drafted the Meat Export Act administered in Queensland prior to Federation,” he said.“He was followed by Richard Davies Graham, a licensed surveyor and coal miner. Mr Graham opened mines in Bundamba and some of the best seams in Central Queensland. His huge economical legacy is still being felt today.“Then there was John Piper Mackenzie, the head office manager of the Queensland National Bank. Mackenzie is a descendant of Captain John Piper, the one-time commander of the Norfolk Island penal colony who became one of the wealthiest men in Australia. It’s after Captain Piper that salubrious Point Piper in Sydney is named.“Before the turn of the century was Edward Owen Rees who was an Insurance Agent ruined by the 1893 floods. He’s better known as the father of Lloyd Rees, the Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.”But Mr Peacock said it was John O’Neill Brenan, the Queensland ImmigrationAgent, public servant, and son of an Irish-born barrister, who likely lived on the site the longest.He said Brenan married the daughter of the Auditor-General and Chairman of the Queensland Public Service Board, and his son was one of the first Anzacs ashore at Gallipoli.Mr Peacock said his most exciting find was the brass doorknobs.“The doorknobs are the most exciting to me because so many hands have actually turned those handles,” he said.On development in Brisbane, Mr Peacock said it was inevitable.“Brisbane and everywhere else continues to develop, but that doesn’t mean history is lost, it just gets forgotten by some people,” he said.“I like to remember what came before us and connect it to real people.”Mr Ansell says he likes to take the same approach.“Wherever we can, Velocity Property Group strives to incorporate heritage homes into our projects so that they can experience a new chapter as a family home or business,”he said.“The heritage home here at Ellerslie Crescent and at our ‘The Hathaway’ project at Auchenflower have new town homes and apartments alongside them to balance the modern spaces and the heritage of the Queenslander homes.”The three luxury houses at Ellerslie Crescent, which are under construction, are priced from $1.665 million to $1.75 million, and are sized from about 480sq m to 520sq m.The heritage home has been relocated to 39 Ellerslie Crescent and is for sale now.last_img read more

Men banned from becoming Queen (UK)

first_imgReferences to mothers, fathers, husbands and wives are also to be amended to avoid future confusion.Legal experts said it was a necessary “tidying up” exercise, but the Coalition for Marriage, which campaigned against same-sex marriage, said it showed the change had left the law in a “complete mess” and accused the Government of trying to “sneak” the changes through while political attention was on the floods.Colin Hart, its director, said it was a “systematic drive to airbrush” words like husband, wife and widow from the law.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10654305/Men-banned-from-becoming-Queen-as-700-years-of-law-redrafted-ahead-of-gay-marriage.html Civil servants have drawn up a list of scores of statutes and regulations dating back as far 1285 to be amended or specifically excluded when the Government’s Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month. The Telegraph 4 March 2014Men are to be banned from becoming Queen or Princess of Wales as part of an unprecedented effort to rewrite more than 700 years of law to prevent unintended consequences of gay marriage.Even a 14th Century act declaring it high treason to have an affair with the monarch’s husband or wife is included in the sweeping redrafting exercise.center_img Under proposals to be debated by MPs and Peers as early as next week, terms such as “widow” will be deleted or reworded in legislation covering topics as diverse as seamen’s pensions and London cab licences to take account of the new definition of marriage.last_img read more

Lady Indians Tennis Results

first_imgAfter several hard fought battles on the courts, the Lady Indians of Milan were defeated by a solid Shawe Memorial team (0-5). However, outstanding performances were put in by Juniors Margo Taylor and Megan Berger, who have both begun to establish themselves as forces to be reckon with going into their Senior season in 2019, making several athletic shots against tough competition.Dominating Junior Varsity victories were scored by Freshman Delaney Bushhorn (8-4) and Sophomore Doubles partners Lucy Ortt/Calista Koehmstedt (8-3), showing great promise for next year as well.The Lady Indians will host Franklin County HS tomorrow for Senior Night and the last home match of the 2018 season.The Lady Indians paid a visit to Madison Consolidated HS Thursday hoping to steal a victory against the Cubs. The Senior Doubles tandems of Tori Haessig/Abby Riehle and DeLanie Weber/Tulsi Patel emerged victorious for Milan with scores of (4-6, 7-6, 10-4 tiebreak) and (7-5, 6-4), but the Lady Indians fell just short, losing the overall match (2-3) after hard fought Singles play.Junior Harley Bruns and Sophomore Jessica Starkey chalked up a Doubles victory in JV competition (7-5) to finish a night of impressive Doubles play for Milan.The Lady Indians will host Shawe Memorial HS next Monday (5-7).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Flynn.last_img read more

Chassis decision pays off again for Melton

first_imgBy Neal Palmer BOYD, Texas (Oct. 12) – Chad Melton decision to change chassis paid off again Saturday at Boyd Raceway.Melton won another October special, pocketing $2,000 for winning the Grand Nationals main event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds in his new CAM Chassis. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier picked the line he liked and set sail, leading the entire 25-lap feature distance. Glen Hibbard, Tommy Fain, Darryl Campbell and Charles Brewer rounded out the top five.2013 track champions Dean Abbey and Gabe Tucker defender their Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car turf, respectively. Abbey had to pass Chris Cogburn and then Brad Shirley for the lead. He was working his way through lapped traffic on the final circuit when something let go in the motor, but he was able to keep the pedal to the metal long enough to get to victory lane.Tucker went to the front early on and left the rest of the field fighting for second. Matt Guillaume put up a strong run as well but was unable to run down the dominant Tucker. Former national champion Duain Pritchett battled his way to third.Justin Melton quickly raced from sixth starting to the front of the non-winged IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car field and stayed in command to the checkers.Jeremy Oliver had a fast car from the onset but had to overcome the challenge of Kenny Ware to get the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win. Danny Baggerly was the best of the field when the checkers flew over the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Chad Melton; 2. Glen Hibbard; 3. Tommy Fain; 4. Darryl Campbell; 5. Charles Brewer; 6. Justin Fowler; 7. Justin Radcliff; 8. Robbie Daniels; 9. Robin Martin; 10. Aaron Benedict; 11. Ben Ketteman; 12. Nicholas Littlejohn; 13. John Gober; 14. Steven Orebaugh; 15. Jimmy Doremus; 16. William Gould; 17. Chris Elliott; 18. Jeff Emerson; 19. Charlie Harmon; 20. Varian Sisson. Stock Cars – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. Matt Guillaume; 3. Duain Pritchett; 4. Kevin Sustaire; 5. Randy Martin; 6. Kirk Martin; 7. Tom Earl; 8. Jeremy Carter; 9. Jeremy Montgomery; 10. Mark Adams; 11. Dennis Bissonnette; 12. Robin Martin; 13. Jay Bransom; 14. Greg Helenbrook; 15. Todd Ludwig; 16. Danny Brown; 17. Douglas Kennemer; 18. Mike Childs; 19. Michael Kaufhold; 20. Tony Anderson. Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Chris Cogburn; 3. Brad Shirley; 4. Chase Parson; 5. Jake Upchurch; 6. Jordan Lathram; 7. Todd West; 8. Chad Jones; 9. Kevin Rutherford; 10. Allen Montgomery; 11. Jeffrey Abbey; 12. Alex Hickham; 13. Jarrett Roberts; 14. Tim McDonald; 15. James Guyton; 16. Tyler Fain; 17. Gabe Tucker; 18. James Holder; 19. Bobby Edwards; 20. Luke Fritchen. Sprint Cars – 1. Justin Melton; 2. Kevin Ramey; 3. Chad Wilson; 4. Jeb Sessums; 5. Claud Estes; 6. D.J. Estes; 7. Jeff Day; 8. Colby Estes; 9. Logan Scherb; 10. Robert Vetter; 11. Charlie McDonald; 12. Justin Fifield; 13. John Ricketts; 14. Chipper Wood; 15. Payton Pierce; 16. Johnny Miller; 17. Steven Shebester; 18. Jason Howell; 19. Kyle Jones; 20. Steven Elliott. Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeremy Oliver; 2. Kenny Ware; 3. Garett Rawls; 4. Dan Van Haitsma; 5. Justin Lathram; 6. John Villars; 7. April Phillips; 8. Chase Edwards; 9. Gary Brown; 10. Jon Storm.Sport Compacts – 1. Danny Baggerly; 2. Gary Brown; 3. Steve Braver; 4. Tim Butler; 5. Robert Ferron; 6. Michael Burnside; 7. Richard Cadwallader; 8. James Lockaby; 9. Mike Kelly; 10. Willard Van Haitsma.last_img read more

Rodgers: Carroll may shine elsewhere

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is convinced Andy Carroll can again become a goal machine, just not necessarily at Anfield. “Through no fault of his own he arrived on the back of an incredible price tag for someone so young and inexperienced, and the early stages were difficult for him. “But there’s no doubt Andy has great qualities. Look at one of his two goals last week for West Ham from the corner (in a 3-1 win over Wigan). There are not too many better sights in football when you’ve the big guy going and heading the ball like that. Three of his five goals this season have come from set plays, one from a cross and the other a penalty. “As to his future, there are other things involved, it’s not as simple as him being here. There are other things we need to consider in it all. But do I think he can be a top player? Is he a top player? He certainly has that potential. If he gets that opportunity of playing in a team that suits his style, then there’s always a chance.” The last comment is arguably the most telling because the way Liverpool and Rodgers like to play, with the ball on the ground, is undoubtedly not to Carroll’s style. With his Anfield days seemingly numbered, and with Liverpool understood to be happy to cut their losses if a club offers £17million, speculation is rife as to a likely destination. A return to Newcastle and a potential swap deal with Hatem Ben Arfa has been rumoured, although Rodgers has refused to bite. “That’s normal, that’s the football world. There’s always gossip and speculation,” said Rodgers. “The important thing is Andy is at a very good club with a very good manager. As I’ve said, it’s one where we will see it through to the end of the season and we’ll take it from there.” Rodgers will at least not have to cope with Carroll on Sunday as the striker is not allowed to play against his parent club. Going into the game, Rodgers’ only doubt is forward Raheem Sterling, who is struggling with a thigh injury. Press Associationcenter_img Rodgers believes that at the age of 22, the £35million price tag hung heavy around Carroll’s neck when he joined from Newcastle in January 2011. Upon Rodgers’ arrival last summer, Carroll was farmed out on loan to Sunday’s visitors to Anfield, West Ham, with whom he has scored five goals in 17 appearances during an injury-hit campaign. Rodgers has this week made it clear he will not make a firm decision on whether Carroll stays or goes until the end of the season, but is convinced the 24-year-old still has a big future in the game. “It was very unfortunate for Andy when he joined this club because he had limited experience of the Premier League,” said Rodgers. last_img read more

Ramos Leads Rejuvenated Madrid in 600th Appearance

first_imgSergio Ramos While many will point to the impact teenager Vinicius Junior has had on the team going forwards, it is invariably the leadership of captain and centre back Sergio Ramos that has helped get Real back on track.Few would have imagined how much of an impact a skinny long-haired teenager from Andalusia would go on to have in Madrid after joining for 27 million euros ($30 million) in 2005. The fee remains a record for a Spanish teenager to this day, and few would dispute that he has been worth the investment.Should he, as expected, lead his side out against Ajax in what will be his 600th appearance, he will move just one game behind club legends Fernando Hierro and Paco Gento in the all-time appearance list at Madrid, and fourth behind Manolo Sanchis (710), Iker Casillas (725) and Raul Gonzalez (741).A relentless winning machine, Ramos has lifted 20 trophies since making his debut for the club in September 2005. Initially a marauding full-back, he moved into central defence under Jose Mourinho in 2010, making the position his own despite a revolving door of partners at the back.Now captain for both club and country, Ramos is looking to help Real to their fourth consecutive Champions League crown.“He has been and remains a fantastic captain,” coach Solari said of the 32-year-old. “I think it’s brilliant how he carries out his job as leader, which isn’t an easy one.”Despite being a defender by trade, Ramos is most revered in the Spanish capital for his dramatic last-gasp headed equaliser against city rivals Atletico in the 2014 Champions League final.It is a goal that is played before every home game on the big screens at the Bernabeu, much to the crowd’s delight, and he also scored in the 2016 Champions League final.Indeed, Ramos has become something of a specialist in front of goal, with 11 strikes in all competitions this season.No defender has ever scored in three Champions League or European Cup finals, but with Real looking back at their brilliant best, you would not put it past Ramos to create yet another piece of history come the end of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League group game in December they looked far removed from the defending champions, let alone like the side that had just won the competition for the third straight time.It compounded a woeful few months for the club as coach Julen Lopetegui came and went before former player Santiago Solari replaced him in November. They sat sixth in La Liga and appeared a team in decline, sorely missing forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer.But fast-forward to February and all of a sudden Real look like they could once again be the team to beat in Europe this year. Rejuvenated and unbeaten in the league since early January, they head into Wednesday’s game with Ajax full of confidence having climbed to second in La Liga, five points off top spot.last_img read more

Korger: Best measure of UW comes this weekend

first_imgSometimes in sports, you find yourself on the wrong end of a play, cheated by chance or on the wrong end of amazing.Saturday night’s final play flashed me back to a similar scene I had witnessed years ago in my past, during my senior year of basketball in high school. When Michigan State hauled down the unthinkable win last weekend, like some sort of post-traumatic flashback, I suddenly found myself no longer standing up in utter shock in my living room. I was sitting on the bench of a basketball game in Oshkosh.We were up three with two seconds left against our bitter cross-town rivals (ironically, they were also named the Spartans). In my three previous years, our varsity team had never lost to them once on the court. It looked like, in front of a sell-out crowd, we were going to continue the trend. Up three with two seconds left, we had one of our guys shooting a double bonus with three seconds left.Clank went the first one. A collective groan from our fans. Clank went the second. With no timeouts remaining, one of the Spartan players seized the rebound and passed it to a guard, who heaved up a desperation shot from far beyond half court.Swish.Our bench deflated and the gym exploded. I remember watching that shot from the bench (where I spent the majority of my illustrious basketball career) and thinking there was no way the ball would find a way in. But somehow, the worst possible situation came true and that shot proved to be the turning point in the game, as we lost in double-overtime.That game and that shot created one of the lowest feelings I had and still have ever felt following any game. How could this game we were supposed to have won turned on us in such an unbelievable manner? I mean, what were the chances of some miracle shot like that going in? Losing was hard enough, but being on the wrong end of some desperation heave like that? The game of basketball had played a fast one on me. Which is how I came to my conviction. There’s no loss that’s harder to recover or rebound from than one that occurs in the last second.The locker room was dead silent. But words found their way to someone’s mouth. We couldn’t give up. We shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We had fought our way back from being down throughout the game, we had shown what we were made of and we got bested by chance.We also understood that we had made mistakes as a team throughout the game that allowed that chance of a miracle defeat to even exist. Missed free throws, allowing second-chance points – there were many things that had to be done to never allow our opponents a chance to win like that again. We went on to beat our rival on a last second shot that same year in the playoffs to go to state. Looking back at the loss this past Saturday night, the Badgers had the Spartans by the throat with a 14-0 lead. Then some mistakes were made and the wheels fell off in the second quarter. The Badgers had to battle back. Faced with the largest amount of adversity they had seen all season, Russell Wilson led the offense back from the jaws of defeat. Down 14 in the fourth quarter, Wilson showed his true character, poise and heart in responding from an earlier interception to tie the game. If the Badgers had gotten the ball back, the momentum seemingly would’ve pointed to a Wisconsin win.But that didn’t happen, and the Badgers had to deal with that same sinking, crushing feeling that I had felt so long ago.What still rings true in my mind is the idea that in those kind of moments – moments that you are seemingly at your lowest and all may seem lost – that the true caliber of a player and a team is revealed.Will the team and its players shake off that feeling? Will the Badgers slip again on the road? Will they respond with renewed focus and energy to finish the season strong and make a run at the Rose Bowl like they did just a year ago? Who will step up to drag the Badgers away from that disappointed feeling of losing a chance at the BCS title?Only time can tell, but how the Badgers respond this Saturday will serve as the largest indication to date of what kind of team Wisconsin is this year.One of my favorite speeches in sports history is Tim Tebow’s promise to the Florida faithful after his team lost to Ole Miss 30-31 in 2008, destroying the Gators quest at an undefeated season and seemingly diminishing their chances at a BCS title.“To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry,” Tebow said. “I’m extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see another player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God bless.”Tebow ended up leading Florida to the national championship that year, forever immortalizing his speech and his legacy as a winner. And that’s why I’m so interested to see what will happen to the Badgers come Saturday night. Do the Badgers have the leadership and the heart to rebound from disappointment like Tebow and the Gators did?All I know is when it comes to sports, it’s never about the fall. It’s about how you get back up. Sure, people will remember Saturday’s Hail Mary finish for a long time. But the Badgers have the chance to make people remember something else – potentially how they came back from the shock of a last-second miracle play to finish the rest of the season undefeated and capture their first Rose Bowl win since 2000.The fact still remains that the Badgers has its fate resting in their hands. Wisconsin needs no outside help to win the Big Ten title. It just needs to win.I hope Michigan State does the same thing. I want to see them in Indianapolis come December. Bielema and his squad may preach taking it one game at a time, but for fans, everyone is already hungry for revenge.Nick is a senior majoring in history and english. Know who’s going to step up for Wisconsin against Ohio State? Give him your opinion at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner calls for better education in esports betting

first_imgHighly respected broadcaster and esports veteran Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner has called for better education around esports betting.Esports has been hit by a number of scandals where gambling is concerned in the past, including issues around underage betting. In February, Chaloner signed an agreement to become an advisor for Luckbox – a new esports betting platform preparing to launch later this year.Chaloner sees something of a lack of understanding in the esports community about the risks of gambling, and will be looking to change that in his new role. He said: “We can educate them along the way – that’s the key part for me. I don’t want to see underage gambling and I don’t want to see irresponsible gambling. I want people to be educated so they understand what they’re doing and the risks involved.“And I think we can do that together with Luckbox.”Luckbox has launched with the primary intention of setting itself apart from the numerous shady operators by promising to comply with the highest levels of gambling jurisdiction, and going above and beyond to “do things right”.Chaloner said that, following discussions in this vein, this was among his main reasons for accepting the offer to work with them.He said: “For me, I’m not anti-gambling, never have been and I think gambling has a place and it needs to be done responsibly. I think that we’ve had far too many problems with gambling, both underage gambling and illegal gambling in esports over the years.“It’s always been my belief that we shouldn’t condone that and we should actively go out there and get rid of that.Until now, I haven’t felt there is a company I could work with that shares those core beliefs and those same values that would actively go out of their way to not only produce a great product but to look at the flaws in esports and tackle them head-on.”The growth and potential of esports is well documented and, with that, comes more and more inevitable interest from new avenues which includes betting companies. Chaloner says, until now, no one has really cracked esports betting. In September we’re running a conference, ESI London, which will have a full day dedicated to this; our second Betting on Esports Conference will have panels, workshops and extensive networking – the idea being to unite these two worlds properly and ensure esports organisations, and the industry at large, is better placed to gain from the business of regulated gambling. You can read more about the event, which takes place just prior to the FACEIT Major in the city, right here. On the subject of esports betting offerings to date, Chaloner commented: “I think we’ve had some attempts to do esports betting. The traditional companies have looked at it in a very similar way to sports perhaps but they haven’t looked at it as deeply as I would like. And in terms of doing something for esports people, with the way that we consume our media and watch the games, some of it has been very simplistic.“Yes I can bet on this team beating this team, but there is nothing else, there is nothing around it. I can’t join in socially around it, I can’t discuss anything about it with anyone other than my social media feeds. It’s very difficult to be social about it, and obviously Luckbox can change that.“Luckbox comes to a point where it does offer those things, does offer some social scaling and allows people to bet in a safe environment, which again means they can be sociable about it.”Esports Insider says: We’re definitely in agreement with Chaloner’s views that there needs to be a lot more education in esports betting, and that legitimate and regulated gambling for sure has a place in esports. We disagree that no one has really cracked esports betting yet but absolutely there are precious few operators ‘getting it right’. We look forward to seeing what comes of the Luckbox project, especially with Redeye involved.last_img read more

Kotoko youth coach bemoans Sunderland trip cancellation

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko youth team coach Karim Zito has bemoaned their inability to travel to the United Kingdom to participate in a pre season youth tournament.The trip was organized by their partners Sunderland in the English Premier League.The team was expected to arrive in the UK last Sunday to partake in the tournament involving hosts Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough.But the resignation of Executive Chairman Dr. KK Sarpong who was instrumental in securing the partnership between the English club and Kotoko, the club as a result have missed a fine opportunity to hand international exposure and experience to their youth side.“The resignation of Dr. Sarpong who arranged the trip affected our plans to travel since we could not fall on anybody to assist us,” Zito lamented on the missed opportunity to Joy sports“The players were sad when I told them that we were not going but I had to preach to them that this is the will of God and also used myself as an example that when I wanted to go to Europe the first time I could not make it because my mother fell sick but later I went to Europe four times without paying a penny. “As a youth developer, you are a father to them, you should know how to talk to them, they have confidence in me and I told them they shouldn’t worry because more tournaments will come.”last_img read more