Cricket South Africa sack chief executive Moroe

first_imgSOUTH African cricket’s governing body has sacked its chief executive Thabang Moroe for what it says were “acts of serious misconduct”.Cricket South Africa (CSA) says the decision was based on legal advice after an independent investigation.Moroe was initially suspended in December over the allegations.In a statement CSA said Moroe had “sufficient opportunity” to make representations to the CSA board which he “failed and/or refused to utilise.”Acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender is to continue in the role until a permanent replacement is appointed.In December, a number of journalists had their media passes revoked, with Moroe saying he was unhappy with their reporting on the governing body.The passes were later reinstated, but the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) called on Moroe and the CSA board to resign, saying poor leadership had put South African cricket in a “disastrous position”.Standard Bank also decided not to renew its sponsorship deal of the men’s team because of the issues at CSA. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Syracuse reflects on freshman forwards’ contributions, looks ahead to next season

first_imgJust minutes into Syracuse’s season opener, three freshman forwards poured onto the ice for the first shifts of their college careers.“I went down and I basically iced the puck back down to our end and I was like, ‘Oh my God this better not be how the season is going to go,’” forward Alysha Burriss said.It wasn’t.The trio of Burriss, Stephanie Grossi and Emily Costales proved to be some of SU’s top players and helped guide the Orange (11-15-10, 8-6-6 College Hockey America) to a CHA conference championship game — a double-overtime loss to Rochester Institute of Technology on March 7.Grossi won CHA Rookie of the Year and tied for the team-high in points with 29. Burriss tallied the second-most points on the team with 24, while Costales was one of eight players on the team not to have a negative plus-minus rating.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter having a taste of the conference championship game and successful individual seasons, the three freshmen are primed to return for their sophomore years in pursuit of SU’s first NCAA tournament appearance.“All three of them did very well,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “(Grossi) being one of the better freshmen in the country, that’s impressive … Burriss kept quietly chipping away … Emily scored a big goal in the playoffs and she complimented (her teammates).”Flanagan ran with the all-freshmen line as his third option off the bench, until a few games in, when he quickly bumped all three players up to the second rotation.Grossi led all CHA rookies in points and plus-minus rating during the regular season and Burriss was the only player on the team to record a hat trick when she did it against RIT on Dec. 6.In Syracuse’s first win in 31 total tries against perennial CHA powerhouse Mercyhurst, Grossi provided two assists and Burriss netted one of her shots.Costales scored SU’s only goal in the championship loss to RIT.“I think that we’re all just getting started right now,” Costales said. “Next year we’ve got a lot of good things coming.”Six players are graduating after this season, including Allie LaCombe, Kaillie Goodnough and Julie Knerr, who combined for 34 points.Grossi said she plans to spend the offseason working on her shot and strength to improve her finishing ability. For Costales, the emphasis is on stick handling, she said.Burriss wants to take aspects of her teammates’ play, like Knerr’s ability to block shots, and mold them into her own style of play.“A lot of the focus is about losing the seniors and everyone’s been kind of upset about that just because they’re a big part of the team, but next year we’re expecting more,” Burriss said.None of the freshman forwards expected to have such a big effect prior to the season, but by the end of the year, Grossi and Costales were starters and Burriss came in on the second line.They fought off early-season jitters and adapted to the speed of Division I hockey to help Syracuse come within a goal of winning the conference championship.Flanagan isn’t satisfied and wants the loss to drive the freshmen to try to push the team further next season. When he considers how well they performed this season, he’s excited for the next, he said.Said Flanagan: “When you have three freshmen that can step in and put up some numbers and play a lot and do good things, you start to feel the future is pretty bright.” Comments Published on March 26, 2015 at 12:01 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

146th Open Championship gets underway this morning

first_imgPadraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug when the famous old tournament last visited the Southport course, and goes out in the group immediately after Clarke’s.Shane Lowry’s another morning starter, taking to the course at 10.20.While out-of-form Rory McIlroy remains convinced he’s just one round from turning his year around – he’s out just before ten-to-3 in a group that also contains world number one Dustin Johnson. Photo © – Tipp FM The 146th Open Championship gets underway this morning.Mark O’Meara – who won at Royal Birkdale in 1998 – is first to tee off at 6.35 this morning.Darren Clarke is the first Irish player out, teeing off at 9.25.last_img

Global Stars Group updates long & mid-term operating directives

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Submit Related Articles The executive team of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has today disclosed the firm’s medium-to-long term directives, having significantly enlarged its global identity acquiring Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) and the Australian assets of CrownBet and William Hill Australia.Today in New York, the Stars Group hosted its ‘Investor Day’, outlining core potential growth opportunities, medium-term financial planning, leveraged targets and enlarged corporate cost-synergies.Opening the Stars Group’s investors day, Group Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi stated:“The Stars Group is now a diversified global market leader with what we believe to be leading product offerings and an expansive geographic reach. Building on this strong foundation, we are introducing medium-term growth targets as we continue to progress with our vision to be the world’s favourite iGaming destination.”Updating stakeholders, on the firm’s long-term strategy and financial planning, Ashkenazi and Executive Chairman Dave Gadhi, detailed the following 3-to-5 year operating directives:Stars Group to maintain constant currency year-on-year growth at 8-12% rangeStars Group targets delivering adjusted annual net earning og at least 10%EBITDA Margin range broadly in line with the implied Adjusted EBITDA Margin from Stars Group’s 2019 financial guidanceStars Group will operate at debt capacity/leverage of 3.5x or lower.Supporting the firm’s 3-5 year strategy, the Stars Group governance details that the TSX firm will benefit from Sky Bet ‘incremental recurring cost synergies beginning in 2020’.In its update governance expects that Sky Bet UK operational efficiencies along could deliver the company $30 million in corporate cost savings, contributing significantly to its $100 million per year target.For 2019, the Stars Group has reserved approximately $84 million in expected implementation costs.“Looking ahead, we will strive to enhance our leadership positions within the high-growth markets in which we operate, as well as leverage the full suite of assets and capabilities across our businesses to provide what we believe to be the most exciting and engaging gaming experience to our customers,” continued Ashkenazi.“With powerful structural growth drivers in our industry, including a broad trend towards locally licensed online gaming, we believe that as one of the most licensed online gaming operators in the world, with proprietary technology that supports a highly scalable business model with limited CapEx, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this trend.“We are focused on using our competitive advantages to continue to deliver strong organic growth and steady free cash flow generation to support our accelerated deleveraging plans while driving long-term shareholder value.” Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

ID disruptor MIRACL delivers industry ‘binary proof’ solution – ‘MIRACL-Trust’

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Rob Griffin – MIRACLMIRACL, developer of specialist ID verification provisions for highly regulated markets has announced the launch of its purpose-built ‘MIRACL-Trust’, customer authentication solution for online gambling incumbents.The update sees MIRACL, who have developed multi-layered authentication solutions for financial services firms Credit Agricole and Experian, launch its first module for the online gambling sector – with the company detailing that it seeks to challenge ‘increasingly out-dated concept of passwords and stored credentials’.Launching its Trust solution, MIRACL details that it has delivered online gambling a ‘Zero-Knowledge Proof  ID protocol, developed by combining military cryptography algorithms with 7-patents.Benefits delivered for industry stakeholders see the MIRACL Trust solution hold no stored user data, with customers utilising a standard 4-6 digit pin to access authorised domains – which sees MIRACL minimise cybersecurity threats and user data liabilities.Rob Griffin, CEO of MIRACL explains, “Everyone hates usernames and passwords; users and operators alike. They represent the single biggest threat to safe online gaming and need to be replaced immediately. “Leading MIRACL, Griffin underlines that the firm’s development team has built the Trust solution customised to meet the diverse KYC and duty-of-care requirements enforced on gambling incumbents, which has seen all operators make undertake operational adjustments during the course of 2019.The multi-factor authentication solution operates in-app and cross-platform keeping user experience on a consistent basis by providing ‘binary proof‘ that a customer has given user consent to authorised gaming devices.“During the last year, the body of usernames and passwords that is for sale on the dark web has ballooned so things have reached a tipping point that has rendered them no longer fit for purpose in a real-money gaming environment with growing regulatory pressure and fraud considerations.” Rob Griffin adds.“It is time to re-evaluate. MIRACL Trust enables secure log-in and transactions across browser or app, mobile or desktop with a 4 digit PIN, supported by patent-awarded IP that enables the most secure multi-factor authentication on the market. It’s a world-first and a concept that I believe is a no-brainer for the highly active online gaming sector.”last_img read more

Medeama tours with FA Cup trophy

first_imgAfter winning the MTN FA Cup over a week ago, Medeama will go on a trophy tour by showcasing the famous silverware at the offices of Cup sponsor, MTN Ghana.The entire team will take with them the trophy and will be joined by the FA Committee when they meet the management and staff of the telecommunication company in Accra on Friday.Medeama defeated Asante Kotoko 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in the final to become the new FA Cup champions, their first major trophy in their 3-year history.The Mauves are amongst the three different winners of the Cup in the last three seasons after Nania FC and New Edubiase.last_img

Serena Williams wins 6th Wimbledon title

first_imgSerena Williams is the Wimbledon champion, again.The American won her sixth title at the All England Club on Saturday, beating Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the women’s final.For Williams, it is her second “Serena Slam” — holding all four major titles at the same time.If Williams can win the U.S. Open, she would become the first person to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.Overall, it was the 21st major title for Williams, one shy of Graf’s Open-era record. Margaret Court holds the overall record with 24.More to follow… –last_img

Suspended sentence for Mason City woman accused of stealing credit card and rolling up $1000 in charges

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s a suspended prison sentence and probation for a Mason City woman who was accused of stealing a credit card and charging over $1000 at numerous stores. 46-year-old Angela Shave was originally charged with ongoing criminal conduct and unauthorized use of a credit card. A criminal complaint says Shave allegedly stole the credit card and made over 30 transactions at multiple convenience stores, grocery stores and online stores between October 24th and November 1st of last year totaling $1164. Shave was allegedly seen on closed circuit television security cameras at multiple stores making those transactions and forging signatures. As part of a plea agreement, Shave agreed to plead guilty to the unauthorized use of a credit card charge with the ongoing criminal conduct charge being dropped. District Judge Colleen Weiland this week sentenced Shave to a suspended five year prison sentence and placed her on three to five years probation.last_img

Rafiah ready to shine again in Irish test

first_img10 Oct 2019 Rafiah ready to shine again in Irish test GIRLS’ SQUADRafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey GC and Surrey)Libby Bell (Gosforth Park Ladies GC and Northumberland)Louise Burke (Broadstone GC and Dorset)Lydia Cryer (Nelson GC and Lancashire)Rachel Gourley (Arcot Hall GC and Northumberland)Lottie Woad (Farnham GC and Surrey) Photograph credit: Leaderboard Rafiah Banday is hoping to extend her winning streak against Ireland when she competes for England in this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Under-16 international challenge match.The Surrey golfer is part of a 12-strong squad – six boys and six girls – to face Ireland over two days this weekend at Hunstanton GC in Norfolk.Last year’s event at Limerick GC proved to be a runaway success for England as they secured a comprehensive 15.5-8.5 victory on away soil.For Royal Mid-Surrey GC player Banday, though, the weekend proved to be especially sweet.The talented 17-year-old swept to victory in all three of her matches – one foursomes, one fourball and a singles – to further enhance her growing reputation in junior circles.She was one of only three players – Caitlyn Whitehead and Ben Schmidt were the others – to rack up three points from three.Playing in a team alongside rising stars of the boys’ game – including Conor Gough and Schmidt – Banday looked at ease as she totted up a hat-trick of successes.On the morning of day one she partnered Ellie Gower to a one hole victory over Irish opponents Beth Coulter and Anna Dawson.Later that afternoon Banday was in tow with Daisy Kennedy as they brushed aside the threat from Lucia Masding and Katie Poots to win at the 14th.Finally, Banday rounded off a terrific weekend with a comprehensive 5&4 singles triumph over Poots who must have been fed up at the sight of her formidable opponent.Banday is very much looking forward to going head-to-head against Ireland in Norfolk this weekend as part of a team that continues to build for major team events in 2020.“It was a good experience to play golf in Ireland last year – the conditions at Limerick were pretty wet but I played quite well to win my three games,” admitted the modest Banday.“It’s a really different experience to play in match play events as most of the tournament we play as individuals are stroke play.“I played against Spain Under 16s as well this year and it was really good – even though we didn’t win.“The biggest thing I’ve learned is to keep your focus and not give up. Anything can happen in match play.“I played a few match play events at my home club, but not so many.“It seems strange as it’s all just golf – but stroke play and match play are two very different formats.“In match play you can have a bad hole, pick up and move on. You can bounce back quickly and you have to learn not to get upset at one bad hole.“The girls are all great and I’ve played with them in a number of events now and we’re all good friends.”The focus for both the girls and the boys this weekend is to gain vital experience in team events and formats as they build towards the European Team Championships and Home Internationals in 2020 and beyond.The Regional and National junior squads will also meet up for coaching over the winter months with one-to-one coaching and advice for the players forming part of a personal development plan. BOYS’ SQUADHugh Adams (Hagley GC and Worcestershire)Jack Bigham (Harpenden GC and Hertfordshire.)Josh Berry (Doncaster GC and Yorkshire)Jack Ingham (Eindhovensche, Holland.)Harley Smith (Rayleigh GC and Essex.)Reis Suart (Welwyn Garden City GC and Hertfordshire.)last_img read more

‘Not a big loss’ – says Palmer of Scorpions defeat to Leewards Hurricanes

first_imgJamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer Jr does not believe the loss against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes should been seen as a huge defeat given that the Eastern Caribbean outfit has a number of good players in their line-up.The Leewards, bottom of the six-team tournament, defeated Jamaica – who sat in third position heading into the contest – by 85 runs at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua at the weekend, in the sixth round of the WICB Regional First-Class Championship.”I wouldn’t say it’s a big loss,” said Palmer Jr, shortly after the team’s return yesterday.”The team is in transition, so it will never be easy to win games continuously or to come out on top in every game.”Likewise, the teams playing in this competition are good teams with quality players.”I just think Leeward Islands played better on the day than us. That is all.”Asked to bat first, the Hurricanes were bundled out for 155 in their first innings, to which the Scorpions replied with 158.368 FOR EIGHTSpearheaded by an unbeaten knock of 130 by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and 72 from opener Montcin Hodge, the Nkrumah Bonner-captained Leewards went on to post 368 for eight in their second time at bat.Set a victory target of 365, Jamaica were dismissed for 280, despite a defiant knock of 93 by Kirk Edwards.Top Jamaican batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Devon Thomas, Andre McCarthy and John Campbell, made 21, 15, 22 and eight, respectively, in the victory chase.The defeat represented revenge for the Leewards, who lost at Sabina Park in the first half of the tournament.It was also the second time in as many matches the Scorpions were losing away to the Hurricanes, having suffered defeated in St Kitts and Nevis last season.”We know what we did wrong,” highlighted Paul Palmer Jr, whose wretched run of form continued in the match with scores of one and 15.”We know the mistakes we made. We identified them, (primarily) in the second innings where we dropped catches.”Hamilton, who made a hundred, he was dropped twice, on 30-odd (off Nikita Miller) and 40-odd (off Sheldon Cottrell), and we paid the price dearly.”The other guy (Hodge), who made 70-odd, he was also dropped on 40-odd.”If we had taken those chances, more than likely they would not have got up to such a huge total.”Jamaica, with the loss, is all but out of the title race with four rounds of matches remaining. They will play Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, starting on Friday.last_img read more