Debuchy “destroyed” by injury

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Mathieu Debuchy is “destroyed” and “embarrassed” after it was confirmed the injured defender would endure a second lengthy spell on the sidelines this season. “He is destroyed,” Wenger said. “He is such a keen player, so professional and so willing. “It is his first year here and of course he is embarrassed. But it is not his fault.” Debuchy had to be carried off on a stretcher in the 13th minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke last Sunday after he was pushed into the advertising hoardings by Potters midfielder Marko Arnautovic. “The push was not needed,” Wenger continued. “It was a bit unlucky as well because there was a divot after the touchline which may have made it worse. “Arnautovic did not have a chance to get the ball – I don’t think it was malicious but he had no chance to get the ball so I’m saying it was not needed. “It’s not obvious what his intention was, I don’t think he wanted to hurt him but I don’t think it was needed.” Arsenal visit Manchester City on Sunday, hoping to avenge last season’s 6-3 hammering at the Etihad Stadium. One player who could make the difference for the Gunners this term is Alexis Sanchez, whom City boss Manuel Pellegrini described this week as “the best player in England”. “It’s a great compliment because Pellegrini knows football well,” Wenger said. “I agree with him – at the moment Sanchez is one of the top performers in the league.” Sanchez has 18 goals in all competitions this season, one fewer than City striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero could make his first start since December 3 against Arsenal on Sunday, after the Argentine recovered from a knee injury. “There are some other great players but Sanchez and Aguero are two of the best performing since the start of the season,” Wenger said. “Aguero has been less consistent because he’s been injured more – in the last year he has suffered from being a bit in and out – but of course he is a world-class player. “Alexis is full of energy, full of enthusiasm as well. That is what is fantastically refreshing when you see the number of games he’s had to play – he’s always keen to go out and play. “What everyone admires about him is his game is always full of enthusiasm, a desire to do well, to take people on and fight to get the ball back. It’s fantastic and it’s infectious.” Kieran Gibbs will have a fitness test on Friday but is expected to have overcome a heel problem while Mesut Ozil, Calum Chambers and Theo Walcott are all fit again. Wenger had hoped Danny Welbeck would also be available for the trip to Manchester but his thigh injury has not healed as fast as expected. “That was the wrong hope,” Wenger said. “I think he has two more weeks.” The Frenchman also reiterated his disdain for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award, which was presented to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year running on Monday. Only national team managers, national team captains and selected journalists are allowed to vote on the prestigious prize but Wenger insists he would not take part even if he could. “I would not vote for any Ballon d’Or,” Wenger said. “I’m totally against it. I’m a team lover and a specialist of somebody who loves teamwork. “I’m completely against it and would not vote for anybody.” Press Association Debuchy has started only nine Barclays Premier League games since joining the Gunners from Newcastle in the summer. The France full-back was out for three months earlier in the season following ankle ligament surgery in September and will now miss another three months after an operation on his right shoulder. last_img read more

Weekend showcases top Pac-10 talent

first_imgThe No. 13 USC men’s swimming and diving team welcome Pac-10 and in-state rivals No. 4 California and No. 2 Stanford in back-to-back dual meets this Friday and Saturday at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium. Both teams swamped the Trojans last season, and the USC men are looking to make a much bigger splash this time around.“We expect the guys to rise up to the talent level of Cal and Stanford and compete with some of the best in the country,” senior captain James Martin said.The Golden Bears boast some of the top swimmers in the nation, including 2009 NCAA Champions Nathan Adrian and Damir Dugonjic, along with six other returning All-Americans.Freshman French Olympian Clement Lefert, senior Hungarian Olympian Zoltan Povazsay, sophomore captain Patrick White, Martin, and freshman backstroker Alex Lendrum have lead the Trojans (7-1) this season.USC’s fight against Cal will come down to the middle-distance freestyle races, where the team will be looking to swimmers like Povazsay and White to swim over and above themselves. The breaststroke events will also be key, which will be led on the Trojan side by junior Dillon Connolly.“The Cal meet will come down to a couple of important races and one is the 100 breast where Connolly, if he performs well, will really turn the tide on the meet,” USC assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said.The Cardinal squad will be featuring the nations top 100-yard backstroker Eugene Godsoe as well as three of the best middle-to-long distance swimmers in the United States;David Mosko,  Chad La Tourette and Michael Zoldos.USC will be relying heavily on its British distance star in these races with sophomore Richard Charlesworth looking to start off the competition strong in the opening individual event of the day, the 1,650-yard freestyle.“Charlesworth is going to have his work cut out this Saturday as Stanford has one of the best       1650-yard [freestyle]  Americans, which will be Charlie’s first big test this season,” Kipp said.As the last dual meet for the men this season, the team will be honoring graduating seniors Povazsay, Martin and Evan Marcus. Povazsay owns NCAA consideration ‘B’ cuts in the         200-yard (1:36.55) and 500-yard freestyle (4:21.55) and is ranked 12th and ninth in the United States, respectively.Martin will be the individual medley component for the Trojans this weekend; having already clocked three ‘B’ cuts in the 200-yard (1:49.25) and 400-yard IM (3:49.23) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.42).The Trojan divers competed against Stanford and Cal last weekend during the women’s dual meet, and their scores will be included in this weekend’s results, giving the Trojans a starting lead of 24-14.“This is a huge plus going into the meet,” Kipp said.last_img read more

Volleyball seeks second straight win over Gophers

first_imgAfter spending the last two weeks ranked sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the Wisconsin volleyball team bumped up a spot to fifth in the nation in this week’s poll.This week, the Badgers have two matchups with No. 23 Minnesota in this year’s installment of the Border Battle.The team will look to take advantage of that scheduling oddity — playing the same team twice in four days — according to head coach Kelly Sheffield. However, this is something the coach has never had to prepare for.“Usually you got two different opponents that you’re focusing on throughout the week, and this week it’s all about the Gophers,” Sheffield said Monday in his weekly press conference. “So we’re excited about that. They’re a really talented team. It’s a place that we’ve had a difficult time going and winning and playing well at their place, so we’re excited about that challenge.”From a preparation standpoint, Sheffield said playing the same team with a quick turnaround has some of its advantages, such as focusing on one opponent for an entire week.“I guess what it does allow is that you’re focusing on one team. You get to go back, watch video. You get to train and prepare again and fix some of the things that didn’t go your way the first time and try and make it better,” Sheffield said. “From a coaching standpoint, I kind of like it.”The Badgers had not won a game on the road at Minnesota since 2007. For the senior class, that is something they wanted to end Wednesday night.“We need to beat them at their house,” Thompson said before the game. “We haven’t done it since I’ve been here … There’s definitely an urgency.”Thompson and her fellow seniors achieved that goal Wednesday, earning a three-set sweep against Minnesota (25-16, 25-19, 30-28). Senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman led the way for UW with 12 kills.Thompson, a Plymouth, Minnesota, native always has a large crowd of supporters when Wisconsin plays Minnesota. She said she used to press during matches at Minnesota, but calming down in front of her fans is something that came with maturity.“It’s really special,” Thompson said. “I get to play in front of the people that love me the most. Being able to play well and have that support is awesome … and it being my last time [playing there] it will be just as special, if not more.”Her play this season, along with the emergence of fellow blocker sophomore Haleigh Nelson, has given the Badgers viable offensive options in the middle of the court. Their offensive attack usually stems from a quick set from sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, and then either Thompson or Nelson bury the ball before opposing defenses are able to react.Nelson leads the team with 3.38 kills per set, while Thompson averages 2.38 kills per set. They both make the most of the opportunities, with Nelson (.388) ranking fifth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage and Thompson ranked eight (.367). The two both picked up six kills in Wednesday’s match.Carlini herself is on a hot streak. In addition to averaging 11.55 assists per set, she ranks seconds on the team in digs per set (3.05) and leads the Big Ten in double-doubles with 11. Wednesday night, she had 34 assists and a career-high 18 digs.Carlini’s defensive emergence is a byproduct of her adjustment to the college game, she said.“I feel like I had a lot on my plate to focus on last year,” Carlini said. “I’ve been able to focus a little bit more on things other than just setting, so that’s why my numbers have gone up a little.”Up front, the Gophers display heavy-hitter Daly Santana. The junior outside hitter averages 4.08 kills per set and had a match-high 17 kills against the Badgers Wednesday night. Sarah Wilhite, a sophomore outside hitter, also provides an offensive presence for Minnesota, averaging 3.31 kills per set. Those two players also lead the team in digs on the defensive side of the ball.Minnesota was held to a .103 hitting percentage by Wisconsin, behind a match-high six blocks from Nelson. Junior libero Taylor Morey had a match-high 24 digs.More than a third of the way through conference play, the Badgers solely commanded second place in the Big Ten with a 6-1 conference record, trailing Purdue, who is undefeated through its six first conference matches.The Badgers have now won six straight conference matches, their longest Big Ten winning-streak since 2007 when the team won its first nine conference matches.Wisconsin will host the Gophers Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.last_img read more

15 Miami-Dade high school seniors to receive scholarships

first_imgFifteen graduating Miami-Dade high school seniors will receive four-year Florida Prepaid University Tuition Scholarships and be recognized by Credit Union Board of Directors and staff.on Thursday.The Hubert O. Sibley Four-Year Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship began in 1995. Since then, South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union has helped hundreds of students attend college. The presentation will be made at the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union in Miami.South Florida Educational FCU is the largest Credit Union headquartered in Miami-Dade County and serves educators, students and the families of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College.  South Florida Educational FCU is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students in Miami Dade County.last_img read more

Betby outlines plans for international growth

first_img StumbleUpon Share BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Betby goes live with Advabet July 15, 2020 Sportsbook supplier Betby has outlined plans for international growth, after revealing plans to expand into a number of new betting and gaming markets. The supplier, which launched its Casino-x and Joy Casino brands earlier this year, hopes to deliver a wide range of both promotional and marketing features to operators considering entering the sports betting sector. BETBY’s CCO Chris Nikolopoulos believes the unique proposition is now ready for a wider audience among operators looking to get into sports betting, or those who are frustrated by the limitations of their current solution.He said: “BETBY is a sports betting provider that is not afraid to go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. As simple as it sounds, I think that makes all the difference.“We decided to invest in a sports book software because we saw a gap in the market both from a product and services perspective and were confident we could fill it. Our day-to-day growth shows that so far we are doing that the right way.”Nikolopoulos explained that Betby plans to offer a ‘complete’ business relationship to allow the supplier to stand out from its competition, as part of its fully managed sportsbook solution. He added: “We are not only offering a product, but a complete business relationship. Most sportsbook suppliers are too slow to adapt to changes or too narrow-minded to see beyond their own short-term profit. “I’d like to think we can offer something different, putting our partners first and listening to what they and their customers need. We are a B2B provider that likes to think as an operator. “I think we all agree that the only way for long term co-operation is to establish a fair and mutually beneficial partnership that is based on the right business ethics. This is the one and only approach we have.”Nikolopoulos continued: “Our software has been developed in-house from scratch and is flexible enough to be able to deliver tasks quickly and efficiently.“In today’s market there is no “one fits all” solution, and we focus on being able to deliver customisation based on an operator’s needs. For instance, we have developed several UI layouts which can cover different segments of players, no matter if they are coming from a traditional sportsbook, or a more modern, casino-related background. “At the same time, we are harnessing machine learning software, which is used to predict and detect customer behaviour, whilst also facilitating automated personalisation techniques, both in terms of sports book content and betting options.”last_img read more

Dean Sisun, Prophet: Bringing a new value proposition for exchange punters

first_img StumbleUpon What drives betting innovation: operators, players or suppliers? November 6, 2019 UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 6 of the Best: Prophet’s Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen October 10, 2019 Share Related Articles Share Submit Prophet co-founder Dean Sisun told SBC News that his company’s new style of betting exchange will ‘specialise in giving something back to the consumer’. Launched last week as the first customer-friendly ‘cashout alternative to bookmakers’, the Prophet exchange allows punters to sell their bets to interested buyers, deviating away from the cashout rates set by traditional bookmakers with the intention of offering up to 50% better cashout rates and 10-20% higher odds for the buyer.To explaining the mechanics behind it, Sisun said: “For example, you bet on Atalanta to beat Manchester City at 11.0 (10/1). They go up 1-0 in the 30th minute and their odds move to 3.0 (2/1). “Rather than cashing out at the rate your bookmaker dictates, you can sell your bet to a peer for a price of your choice. For example, if you sell it at 4.0 (3/1), the buyer gets better odds than the bookmaker offers them, the seller guarantees profit, and everybody wins.“And finally, with our algorithm, we recommend the selling price that will give buyers better odds and sellers the best cashout rate possible, taking out the difficult math and speeding up the process for consumers to cater to in-play markets.”The exchange, which is currently only available to UK punters, wants to appeal to a wide demographic while maintaining a core audience by developing a seamless user experience.Sisun continued: “We envision that the buyers of bets are going to be the more serious punters; those guys are the ones scouring sites like Oddschecker for the best available price. We will give better prices than bookmakers 99/100 times, so everyone who has beta tested the product, or who we have spoken to, understands the value proposition. “As for the more casual punters, we expect these guys to be the sellers predominantly, and we have catered to them by mimicking the cashout function to create a smooth user experience.“This was inspired by us not having enough options to monetise our bets as they were fluctuating in value. When we saw the cashout function was an increasingly popular phenomenon, we dug into the trend and realised how big the margin losses are for bettors.”Having only launched in the UK last week, the co-founders of Prophet have already outlined plans to bring the exchange to multiple other betting markets in a bid to secure global expansion, highlighting the recently-regulated US market as a key area of focus. “We are looking to get our Malta licence as soon as possible so we can launch in other European markets, not just Germany,” added Sisun. “However, we have a keen interest in targeting Germany because we are one of seven companies that are part of the LeAD/Sport1 accelerator there. “We plan to utilise the abundance of outstanding connections provided to us through their network to advance our way in Germany. Gambling regulations are being reshaped there, so the Malta licence won’t cut it anymore. “Outside Germany, European countries in general are highly appealing. Most have mature sports betting markets, and plenty of high-profile sports leagues, so it makes sense for us to expand into these areas.“As for the US, there are of course a lot of challenges. Every state has its own regulations, and we are working on some new technology for the market as well. We are eager to make a statement in what will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest sports betting markets in the world, but I can’t say just yet how that entry will look.”last_img read more

US Open Champion Naomi Osaka dumped out of Wimbledon

first_imgSecond seed Naomi Osaka has been dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round, losing 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.Japan’s Osaka, the US and Australian Open champion, has suffered a dip in form in recent months and struggled throughout her match on Centre Court.Osaka told journalists she felt like she was “about to cry” after the match.“There are answers to questions that you guys ask that I still haven’t figured out yet,” said the 21-year-old.Osaka, who became the first top-two seed to lose in the opening round at Wimbledon in the women’s singles since Martina Hingis in 2001, was 3-1 up in the first set before she was broken back and edged out in the tie-break.She was then broken in the fifth and seventh games of the second, before her 38th unforced error gave the world number 39 victory.“I wouldn’t blame my age on anything,” said Osaka, after being asked if it was a factor in the defeat.“I’ve done a lot of good things. I’ve done a lot of bad things. But I’m not the type of person that would say because I’m young I can get away with doing certain things.”Putintseva also defeated Osaka at the grass-court event in Birmingham in June and the former world number one said that played on her mind.“I feel like I should have been able to play well today because I wasn’t practising bad,” she added. “You never know what’s going to happen during matches.”Putintseva, 24, impressed on her first outing on Centre Court and said it was “amazing” to progress against Osaka.“I did a good job out there. I’m very happy now,” she said. “Every match is a battle, but you never know what’s going to happen. I was hoping I would do my best.“Every year I feel better on grass, although I think clay is my better surface.”The Kazakh will now face Swiss world number 81 Viktorija Golubic in the second round.In the build-up to her opening match, Osaka said she had struggled with the “stress and pressure” of being world number one, which she earned by beating Petra Kvitova in Melbourne in January to win her second successive major.Since that victory, she has only reached one semi-final and also lost her top ranking to French Open winner Ashleigh Barty.On Monday, aside from the numerous unforced errors, luck also deserted the Japanese player when Putintseva’s mis-hit backhand caught the edge of the line and earned her a break for 3-2 in the second set.Osaka wasted an opportunity to break back when she fired a straightforward volley wide as her opponent grew in confidence and closed out the set.She now has two months to put things right before her defence of her US Open title.last_img read more

Tennis: Novak Djokovic holds top spot in ATP rankings, Stanislas Wawrinka rises to 9th Spot

first_imgWith 13,845 points, Serbian star Novak Djokovic held on for the 144th week the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings issued on Monday.Swiss Roger Federer placed a distant second with 8,385 points, followed by Scotsman Andy Murray and Spaniard Rafael Nadal, reports Efe.Meanwhile, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka jumped to the ninth place with 3,495 points, upsetting Croat Marin Cilic. The current ATP ranking and point scores are as follows:1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13,845 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,3853. Andy Murray (Scotland) 6,060 4. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 5,3905. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 5,2806. Milos Raonic (Canada) 5,0707. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 4,9608. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,490 9. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,49510. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3,405.last_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Texans star DeAndre Hopkins hints at Earl Thomas signing

first_img NFL free agency 2019: 5 teams that will dominate open market Houston won the AFC South with an 11-5 record last year but lost to the Colts in the wild-card round of the playoffs. View this post on Instagram @earl 👀A post shared by @ deandrehopkins on Mar 12, 2019 at 9:33am PDTThomas, 29, is a six-time Pro Bowler. He held out of training camp leading up to the 2018-19 season in an effort to obtain a contract extension from Seattle, but negotiations failed. He eventually joined the team and suffered a left leg fracture in a Week 4 matchup against the Cardinals, ruling him out for the season. He recorded 16 tackles and three interceptions in just four games.The Texans have already lost a big-time defensive anchor in Tyrann Mathieu to the Chiefs, so adding Thomas could solidify its secondary. Related Newscenter_img NFL free agency 2019: 5 players on the move DeAndre Hopkins appears to be in favor of Houston signing former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. The star wide receiver posted a picture of Thomas in a Texans jersey on Tuesday via Instagram.last_img read more

B&H Tennis Players Beat South Africa in First Round of Group 2 of Euro-African Zone Fed Cup

first_imgThe B&H women’s tennis team beat South Africa with 2:1 in the first round of group 2 of the Euro-African zone of the Fed Cup.In the first match Anita Husarić lost to Madrie Le Roux with a score of 6:2 and 6:4, Jasmina Tinjić beat Chanel Simmonds with 6:4 and 6:4 in the second single’s match.In the doubles match that brought the winning points, Natalie Grandin/Chanel Simmonds from South Africa lost to Dea Herdželaš/Jasmina Tinjić from B&H, with a result of 3:6, 7:6 (3) and 6:4.B&H is in group B of the Fed Cup, together with South Africa, Egypt and Georgia.The tournament is scheduled from 16 to 19 April in Siauliai, Lithuania.After the group state of the competition there will be play-off and play-out matches. Winners of the group will play finals matches for entry into the first group, while the last teams from the groups will play matches for survival.(Source: Fena/Photo: Twitter)last_img read more