first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal have answered their critics by closing in on Champions League qualification once again, but admits failings against the Barclays Premier League’s top three killed off their title dream. The Gunners will be guaranteed a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the 17th consecutive season should Everton come unstuck again when they tackle Manchester City on Saturday, or Arsenal beat West Brom 24 hours later before attentions turn to ending the club’s trophy drought in the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley. As positive an ending as the campaign may yet bring, Mertesacker cannot help but reflect on what might have been, with Arsenal at one stage seven points clear of current leaders Liverpool at the top of the table before paying a heavy price for a series of poor results against their direct rivals. “We have struggled heavily with a couple of injuries, but we have regrouped very well and how we managed the situation was maybe more important than last year, so securing Champions League football was another test for us,” he said. “It is not done yet, Everton play Manchester City on Saturday, but we have it in our own hands. “However, everyone wanted us to get further up, especially the fans, and we were top of the table for a long time. “Everyone dreamed about the title, but it takes more than staying top until the winter period. “We could not afford those (losses) in big games against big teams, so we did not deserve to be in the first three. That is something we have to manage much better next year. “The (defeats in the) early away games (at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea) killed us this year. Hopefully we can learn from that. Press Association Arsene Wenger’s side took a significant step towards securing a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, where fit-again record signing Mesut Ozil scored one and created another. Arsenal are now four points clear of Everton with just two games to go, with the Toffees having been beaten by Southampton at the weekend. “Everyone questioned our qualities, but how we came back as a team, that makes us stronger for the future.” Mertesacker added: “We are in a cup final and it is important to secure Champions League football, so these are good targets to go for. “We are happy to have a lot of players back. The squad is getting stronger and stronger.” Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Newcastle match because of a groin complaint which although not serious will leave the England man touch-and-go for the FA Cup final. Newcastle, meanwhile, will head back to the north-east looking to regroup following what was a sixth straight defeat which has left their place in the top 10 now under serious threat. Alan Pardew, who returned to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban, accepts the supporters have a right to voice concerns following a miserable run of just 13 points from 17 league games since the turn of the year – with many of the 2,000-strong Toon Army calling for the manager’s head during Monday’s night’s latest feeble offering. Midfielder Dan Gosling said: “Having the manager there on the touchline again was a great help, but ultimately it is the players who cross the white line who have to do the job, and again at Arsenal, we did not do that. “We have lost some games where we should not have, but we can’t just keep saying that. “We are disappointed, but we will go again now on Saturday and have a cup final against Cardiff. “The fans have always been tremendous and we get a great travelling army, and at home we will need them now more than ever to push us over the line.” last_img read more


first_img– Guyana to host Jamaica on Monday SHELDON Holder scored the lone goal of the Guyana versus Aruba clash last evening in Curacao, as the Golden Jaguars opened their CONCACAF Nations League campaign by securing three points.Playing in Group C of League B, Holder put the Guyanese men in the lead in the 22nd minute when he received a nice past from his Morvant Caledonia United Kelsey Benjamin and easily slot his right-footed shot out of Aruba’s Molvin James’ reach.Newly appointed coach, Brazilian Márcio Máximo started with Akel Clarke in goal, while Samuel Cox, Kevin Layne, Matthew Briggs and Liam Gordon marshalled the defence.Keanu Marsh-Brown, Neil Danns, Clive Nobrega and Daniel Wilson were placed in the midfield, and Holder and Benjamin paired upfront.Coach Máximo’s starting 11 behind Briggs and Cox especially, kept Aruba attackers at bay, but in the attacking third, Guyana didn’t make good use of their countless opportunities.At half time, France-base forward Terrell Ondaan replaced Holder, as Máximo kept his feet on a gas, hunting more goals.The Golden Jaguars coach then replaced Benjamin with Guyana Defence Force (GDF) forward Delwin Fraser and Neil Danns made way for Pernell Schultz.Aruba came close to scoring from a freekick, but, just when it seemed like the ball was making its way into the goal, Clarke went into ‘superman mode’ – full stretch to deny the Arubans.Despite finishing with a win, Guyana will sit in second place in Group C, since Jamaica earned a 2 – 0 win over Antigua and Barbuda in their opening game.The Golden Jaguars will return to Guyana today to prepare for their clash against the ‘Reggae Boyz’ on Monday (September 9), from 19.00 hrs at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.last_img read more


first_img Related Stories Boston College 1-hits Syracuse in 3rd game of weekend series sweep Published on May 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 The Boston College dugout erupted after Jessie Daulton belted a two-run double off the “New York’s College Team” sign in center field. It was only the third inning, but the hit — already BC’s 10th — gave the Eagles a 5-0 lead.But that would be the end of Boston College’s offensive threat. Syracuse’s Jocelyn Cater relieved AnnaMarie Gatti in the next inning and shut down the red hot Eagles. She came in with two runners on and just one out, but struck out back-to-back hitters to end the inning. Her second strikeout had Taylor Coroneos fishing for a ball in the dirt.“You’re just trying to stop the bleeding at that point,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “To her credit, (Cater) was much more confident on the mound today.”Despite Boston College’s (28-21, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 6-0 win over Syracuse (27-24, 9-14) on Sunday at SU Softball Stadium, Cater silenced the Eagles’ offense. In 3 2/3 innings of work, she allowed two hits and one run to a team that had had back-to-back multi-run innings.In the series opener on Saturday, Cater allowed seven runs on 11 hits across four innings. She left balls up in the zone, walked three batters and hit two en route to earning her ninth loss of the season. On Sunday, though, she had much better command of her pitches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCater worked inside and outside effectively, inducing soft grounders and fly balls. Regardless of the count, she went to her changeup much more than she did Saturday to keep BC hitters off balance.“Generally I haven’t been comfortable with the change(up) on 3-2,” Cater said, “but that’s kind of what we had to do for them. We risked a couple walks just to mix it up because that’s how we got to them. They were hitting everything we had.”She did walk three, but she located her fastball and changeup well. BC hitters were aggressive all game, not afraid to swing at pitches off the plate or early in the count. They were also anxious at times, rolling over grounders or leaning forward on swing-and-misses down in the zone.In the seventh inning, Cater induced three consecutive fly outs against Annie Murphy, Tatiana Cortez and Chloe Sharabba — BC’s two, three and four hitters. The trio had a combined five hits on the day, but Cater sent them down in order.Cortez, whose .374 batting average ranks second on the team, had hit Cater hard on Saturday. Whether Cater threw it inside, outside, high or low, Cortez “rocketed it.” So during one at-bat, Cater threw Cortez four consecutive changeups. It worked.“I just thought that she had command of it and with their bigger hitter up, they had been sitting on the hard stuff all day,” said assistant coach Kristyn Sandberg, SU’s pitch caller. “The last thing you’re going to expect is four changeups in a row.”While Cater didn’t get a decision, she relieved Gatti and kept BC at bay. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Better Collective has highlighted the strength of its digital business model in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, as widespread sporting cancellations hindered performance during Q2.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.Publishing its interim results for the period 1 April – 30 June, Better Collective noted a 4% decline in revenues from €15.8 million in 2019 to €15.3 million, while organic revenue dropped by 24%.The Stockholm-listed affiliate marketing network attributed this drop to ‘the complete halt of all major sports events from mid-March through April and May’, with activity beginning to pick up from June.Adjusting to circumstances, Better Collective revised its period strategy channeling activity for its betting assets towards sports still taking place, supported by a ‘momentary’ increase in casino-games and a significant growth in esports.EBITA before special items also declined during the period, falling by 7% to €6.3 million from €6.8 million in 2019, while profits after tax amounted to €3.9 million, down from €3.7 million in the corresponding period last year.The number of new depositing customers (NDCs) was approximately 71,000, corresponding to a decline of 36% compared to last year – attributed as a result of the low sports activity and lower performance of some of the digital platforms both affected by lower traffic volumes and lower performance in searches’Commenting on the results, Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard said: “As expected, Q2 was a challenging quarter for online sports betting as the COVID-19 pandemic set a halt on major sports events. April was the low point, May still significantly affected, and in June some of the major sports in Europe resumed with accelerated play-offs.“Sports markets in large countries like the US and LATAM are still affected and will expectedly start again in the second half of the year. However, our digital business model has proven strong under these difficult circumstances and Better Collective has demonstrated the flexibility to withstand a period of low sports activity.”For the first six months of the year, revenue amounted to €36.2 million, up from last year’s YTD figures of €30.1 million, marking an 18% increase.A breakdown of marketing inventory saw revenue share account for 67% of corporate revenues (75% of player-related revenue) with 16% coming from CPA, 6% from subscription sales, and 11% from other incomeNDCs dropped by 18% to 186,000, a 90,000 drop during H1 2020 when compared to a ‘pre-COVID-19 estimate’, largely driven by the cancellation and postponements of major sports events.Søgaard added: “In general, the market development has so far been in line with the assumptions we made mid-March, when we decided to provide an extraordinary business update based on this unprecedented situation. I am very proud that we could maintain our financial earning target (EBITA > 40%) both for Q2 isolated and for the first half of this year.“With the underlying European business getting back up at Q1 average in June, we enter the second half of 2020 with cautious optimism, however still with some uncertainty mainly regarding US sports and the lost momentum when it comes to NDC-growth. We expect the remainder of 2020 to be somewhat affected by the lost momentum. Therefore, we see greater uncertainty than usual regarding our revenue growth targets.”.Looking forward, Better Collective predicted that the new tax on GGR in Denmark could have a ‘minor impact’ on its business from 2021. The affiliate addressed its infringement of the country’s Gambling Act in 2018, with a legal case ongoing.In its results, Better collective ‘believes that there are good arguments supporting that no infringement has been made’, however a potential fine is expected to be up to DKK 146000. DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020last_img read more