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Men’s hockey: Wisconsin takes on Penn State in final home series of season

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team will have their last home series this weekend against Penn State, and both the Badgers and the Nittany Lions are coming off their most recent series against Ohio State.Wisconsin (6-16-8, 1-11-4 Big Ten) is trying to end their troublesome season with some confidence. The Badgers have not won a game since late January and are coming back from a loss and a tie from Ohio State last weekend. Similarly to last season, the Badgers are at the bottom of the conference with little time left to dig themselves out of an all too familiar hole.Penn State (19-9-4, 9-6-1 Big Ten) is coming off a bye-week with their last opponent being Ohio State, where they broke even with a win and a loss respectively. The Nittany Lions are slowly moving up in the USCHO.com Men’s Hockey Poll — currently standing in at No. 14. Penn State no longer has any home games and is looking to keep jumping up in rankings this weekend against Wisconsin.The games begin at 7 p.m. CT both Friday and Saturday.Men’s hockey: As final home series approaches, Badgers seek to give seniors proper send-offAs the final push of the regular season approaches, Wisconsin men’s hockey (6-16-8 overall, 1-11-4 Big Ten) is set to Read…Wisconsin keys to victoryUW needs to stick to aggressive play style and rack up some points before the season is over.Playing against a strong, experienced team such as Penn State will definitely prove to be a challenge for the young, upcoming Badgers. The game results will be a good indication of where improvement needs to be made in the future.Wisconsin’s top line has been looking good in previous series against Michigan State and Ohio State, but missed opportunities are still settling the Badgers’ unfortunate fate. Patience and fluidity between offensive lines while still maintaining a fast pace is going to be key this weekend against Penn State’s defense.On the defensive end, freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik has shown an impressive improvement in rebounds. Continuation of this will be crucial against the highly-ranked Penn State team.Penn State player to watch: Junior forward David GoodwinGoodwin from Des Peres, Missouri, has had an exceptional season thus far. Goodwin is the team-leading point scorer with 5 goals and 9 assists.With 7 multi-point games on the season, he has proven to be hard to stop in all facets of the game, and his great hands and speed will test Wisconsin defense and goaltending in this weekend’s series.last_img read more

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GVC set for £4bn Ladbrokes Coral takeover

first_img Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Share FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings has today detailed its proposed bid for bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc, putting forward a takeover deal that could be worth up to £4 billion, creating a new multi-channel, multi-market gambling group.Bringing clarity to its initial bid (first announced 7 December), GVC’s proposition values Ladbrokes Coral at 160.9p per share, equating to approximately £3.2 billion.However, deal stakeholders have attached a ‘contingency entitlement’ of an additional 42p per share, should Ladbrokes Coral gain a favourable UK government judgement on FOBTs wagering levels, increasing GVC’s takeover deal to £4 billion.Under the terms of the deal GVC Holdings who operate bwin, Sportingbet and Party Gaming brands would own 53.5% of the proposed combined group. Based on £4 billion deal outcome at 207.2p per Ladbrokes Coral Share, GVC’s offer represents an investor premium of approximately 19%.UK betting stakeholders, eagerly await the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) industry review on FOBTs machine wagering and advertising standards.  In its review, the department has stated that a cap on machine stake wagering will be implemented, with a cut from the current £100 maximum to between £2 and £50 outlined.In its accepted proposition, GVC governance puts forward that an enlarged enterprise combination would create ‘a fast-growing, diversified, international online and retail sports betting led gaming group.’ Kenneth Alexander, CEO of GVC, said: “The creation of one of the world’s largest listed sports betting companies, combining a portfolio of established brands, proven technology and leading market positions in multiple geographies, is a truly exciting prospect.“In a dynamically evolving industry, the transaction creates an Enlarged Group with the scale, diversity, proprietary technology and management expertise to pursue many opportunities globally.“GVC has a proven track record of creating shareholder value through the successful integration of acquired businesses and the GVC Board believe this transaction will create further value for our shareholders and those of Ladbrokes Coral.”In its previous deal announcements, GVC governance has put forward Kenneth Alexander as designated CEO of the enlarged FTSE gambling group.Should the takeover bid be approved by Ladbrokes Coral investors, deal stakeholders believe that the enlarged enterprise can deliver £100 million per year in cost savings.John Kelly, Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral, added: “In its relatively short time as a merged entity, Ladbrokes Coral has demonstrated why scale can be so effective in this market. “The management team have delivered a very successful merger that has created a leading betting and gaming business built on strong brands well positioned in key markets. “We have a leading multi-channel offer that utilises our retail and online businesses and offers us a promising future.“Notwithstanding that, the Ladbrokes Coral Board believes that the proposed combination with GVC accelerates our strategy to improve the customer experience, drive faster online growth and build a more diverse and extensive international portfolio of businesses.“The Acquisition has compelling strategic rationale allied to an opportunity to use the best of both from proven management teams and will create material shareholder value. It secures earlier delivery of our long-term value potential, which is why the Board of Ladbrokes Coral has unanimously recommended GVC’s offer.”At present, both operators are undertaking strategic realignments following corporate enlargements in 2016; Ladbrokes combining with Gala Coral UK and GVC Holdings acquiring bwin.party Entertainment assets.Moving forward, Ladbrokes Coral investors will now vote on whether to approve the takeover of the business by the smaller GVC Holdings. Labelled by industry analysts as a ‘bold and ambitious bid’ proposed by GVC governance, will Ladbrokes Coral investors be convinced of a further corporate merger in 2018? Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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How to watch the NHL’s Global Series 2019: Time, TV channel, live stream

first_imgThe first regular-season NHL games in Sweden were also played in 2008; Swede Daniel Alfredsson collected two assists in the second one, an Ottawa Senators victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. This weekend’s games will feature seven Swedish-born players: Buffalo’s Linus Ullmark, Rasmus Dahlin, Lawrence Pilut, Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson and Victor Olofsson, and Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, who is expected to suit up despite having missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury. While the games are always a fun element to the season, four points will be up for grabs as Buffalo (9-4-2) looks to end a two-game losing streak and Tampa Bay (6-5-2) tries to right the ship.What are the dates and times of the 2019 Global Series?Friday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ETSaturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. ETOn what channel is the Global Series being aired? Friday, Nov. 8: NBCSN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)Saturday, Nov. 9: NHL Network/MSG-B/SUN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)Which teams are in the Global Series?The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Buffalo Sabres in the back-to-back series.Where is the Global Series being played?The Global Series will be played at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Which teams have played in previous Global Series?DateResultLocationOct. 4, 2019Philadelphia Flyers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3Prague, Czech RepublicNov. 2, 2018Florida Panthers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2Helsinki, FinlandNov. 1, 2018Winnipeg Jets 4, Florida Panthers 2Helsinki, FinlandOct. 6, 2018New Jersey Devils 5, Edmonton Oilers 2Gothenburg, SwedenNov. 11, 2017Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3Stockholm, SwedenNov. 10, 2017Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)Stockholm, Sweden The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to compete in the latest version of the Global Series. Their two-game set in Stockholm, Sweden, will mark the 33rd and 34th regular-season games to be played outside North America in NHL history. Each team has played abroad once before — Tampa Bay lost two games to the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2008, and the Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in Helsinki, Finland, and Berlin, Germany, respectively, in 2011.last_img read more

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Trial puts spotlight on dark side of college basketball

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was portrayed at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a world where major schools and their heralded coaches count on athletic gear giants to funnel cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide them to their doorstep. File Photos-Shown in this picture are coaches and assistant coaches being investigated by the FBI for solicitation of bribery and other fraud conspiracy charges. (l to r) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland, Arizona’s assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (AP Photos) Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark repeatedly said the schools are victims and urged a Manhattan federal court jury to convict an Adidas executive and two other men of fraud charges, saying their lies put multiple schools at risk of NCAA sanctions and the loss of millions of dollars.Defense lawyers, though, placed the blame largely on the schools’ lust for basketball glory, saying blue-chip athletes were used to attract tens of millions of dollars in donations and revenues.Mark began his opening statement by describing how $20,000 in cash provided by former Adidas executive James Gatto was stuffed in an envelope and handed to the father of a highly sought-after high school prospect from Michigan, Brian Bowen Jr., at a meeting last year in a New Jersey parking lot.It was a down payment in a scheme to get Bowen to attend Louisville, an Adidas-sponsored program, that could launch him to the NBA, where aspiring agent Christian Dawkins could represent him, Mark said. When the payment to the Bowen family was uncovered, Louisville pulled his scholarship and fired its legendary coach, Rick Pitino.“This is what corruption in college basketball looks like,” the prosecutor told the jury.Prosecutors say recordings from wiretaps and testimony of cooperators will show that Gatto, Dawkins and Adidas consultant Merl Code were behind similar payoffs to players sought by Kansas and North Carolina State that sometimes involved bidding wars with Nike, Mark said.All three men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges. Their lawyers challenged the theory that the college programs were defrauded because of the defendants’ lies.Gatto’s attorney, Casey Donnelly, argued major college basketball programs were complicit because they stood to make so much money themselves.Her client “was not trying to hurt these universities, he’s trying to help them. … He’s supposed to help these schools shine,” Donnelly said. “When Jim was helping these families, he felt he was doing his job.”Donnelly said her client had no intention to harm Louisville because steering top athletes to schools was a “win, win, win,” good for the school, good for Adidas and good for the athlete.The lawyer said Gatto was driven by the knowledge that some schools sponsored by Adidas would do almost anything to build “a nationally renowned basketball program, one that has the entire campus cheering.”“A successful basketball program is the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket,” she said, noting that Louisville’s program generated nearly $40 million in 2017 while Pitino earned $7 million, more than he had made coaching in the NBA. The NCAA, she said, made $1 billion.Yet, she told jurors, “kids on court are not allowed to earn a dime.”Lawyers for Gatto and Code acknowledged that their clients broke NCAA rules by steering cash to prospective college stars.Attorney Steven Haney Sr., representing Dawkins, said his client had known Bowen many years, considered him a younger brother, and believed any financial help fell under an NCAA exemption permitting help to be given by anyone with a pre-existing relationship with the athlete.Haney said Dawkins believed that “helping these poor families was what the schools wanted … by any means necessary.”Attorney Mark Moore, representing Code, said his client worked at Nike 14 years before setting off on his own with various clients, including Adidas.He said Code knew all about the so-called “shoe wars” between shoemakers seeking to sponsor schools and athletes.Moore said elite coaches counted on shoe companies to provide money, almost always cash, to the families of top recruits.“Nobody was dumb enough to do this in the open and wave it in front of the NCAA,” he said.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Grads 2004-2005 Team

first_imgGrad 2004-2005 Team claimed the crown by rolling to a 5-0 record in the five team tournament.Grad 2004-2005 Team clinched the title with a thrilling 52-50 overtime thriller of the championship game. The runner-up Grad 2009-2012 squad finished with a 4-1 record and was led by former Mount Royal University point guard Chase Rickaby and former Columbia Bible College guard John Zak. Mallard’s Source for sports applauds all the grads, but especially the winning Grad 2004-2005 Team, with Team of the Week.Grad 2004-2005 Team consists of Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby, Bryan Gaschnitz, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph, Galen Taylor and Jesse McLaughlin, Galen Taylor, Jesse McLaughlin and and underclassmen Avery Kushner.The tournamentraised more than $1,400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. Bomber grads return every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and play in the Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.More than 45 players flocked to their old basketball court to slip on the runners and compete against Bomber stars of yesteryear.last_img read more

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