Smarkets revels in record breaking Grand National

first_img Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Smarkets has revealed that last Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National broke the Smarkets record for most trading volume on a single event.The previous record was set at last year’s National, when a total of £44.5m was traded on the world’s most famous horse race. This time around, the Smarkets exchange had £57.4m of volume across all its National markets, an increase of 29% on 2017.Smarkets CEO Jason Trost commented: “Once again our platform performed superbly, despite the record volume, while other operators had to restrict users in the build-up and after the big race. Having also released some awesome updates to the platform in recent months, 2018 has been a great year so far.”The record Grand National volume comes just a few weeks after an extremely successful Cheltenham Festival for Smarkets, when £138m was traded over the festival’s 28 races. Press Officer at Smarkets, Pascal Lemesre emphasised why he thinks Smarkets continues to be a popular platform for horse racing punters: “I think our focus on great technology, along with strong pricing and liquidity, is why more and more people are choosing to use Smarkets for their betting and trading. The platform has been performing well and with the recent addition of a fresh design and new app, we’ve seen plenty more people signing up to Smarkets.” Looking ahead he continued: “With more custom comes greater volume, which is always good, but we have to keep releasing exciting and useful updates to stand out from the crowd. It’s already been a great start to 2018 and we’re excited for the next few months in what is a World Cup year.”last_img read more

Carmelo Anthony’s inspiring comeback tour arrives at Staples Center

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “It was inspiring. To me, to everyone. Gave everybody hope and faith that you can achieve your goals, for sure.”Now Anthony’s inspiring comeback has become the story of the moment in the NBA, which Monday named the 35-year-old forward the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1 – a span in which he averaged 22.3 points (shooting 57.4 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from 3-point range and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line), and tallying 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists as Portland went 3-0.It was the 19th time Anthony garnered a Conference Player of the Week honor – but the first time since March 10, 2014, when he was a member of the New York Knicks.“It’s evident how much respect there is for him throughout the league,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Even when he was out of the league for those 12 months, he had a lot of supporters, and now having him on our team and seeing all the attention that he gets, and the tweets and everything, he’s beloved by and respected by every player in the league.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers coach Doc Rivers joined the chorus voicing their enthusiastic support for the Carmelo Anthony Comeback Tour.“It’s just a great example of a guy who was on top as a player who can still play, but maybe is not a superstar anymore – but maybe he is?” Rivers said before Tuesday’s game. “Most people did see him play, but the guys who haven’t, they get a chance to still see a Carmelo Anthony play.“I’m just happy for him because he’s he stayed in shape and he did all the things that he needed to do to get back in, and he fought through all the negative baggage about him, just hung in there long enough and had a belief system to allow him to get back. And now he’s back in and he’s playing well, so very happy for him.“I don’t want him to do well tonight, but other than that, I’m very happy for him.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Most of the guys on our team were in high school when he was at his peak and grew up kind of looking up to him, so I think there are a lot of players in the league who are like that. And then, you have his contemporaries, who played in All-Star Games with him and played against him and played on the Olympic team with him. He’s had a remarkable career. There’s a lot to like and a lot to respect.” LOS ANGELES — Like so many of the NBA’s current personnel, Rodney McGruder was in high school when Carmelo Anthony was at the top of his game.But for young players who grew up in Maryland, as McGruder did, watching the meteoric ascent of the baller who honed his game in Baltimore meant something extra special.“It was nice, especially seeing what he did his freshman year at Syracuse, you know?” said McGruder, one of three Clippers sidelined by injury Tuesday for their team’s first matchup this season with Anthony, the 10-time All-Star who inked a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers two weeks ago after not having played professional basketball for a year.“A guy from Baltimore going to Syracuse, winning a national championship and leading that team? And he was a superstar. He really woke everybody up. Like, you know he was good coming out of high school but, like, what he was able to accomplish, that was dope.last_img read more

Cody Bellinger is leveling up, and the other coolest things in MLB last night

first_imgChristian Yelich joins the 10 home run— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 19, 20191. Cody Bellinger is breaking out — againWe probably shouldn’t act surprised that Bellinger is hitting so well this season given his breakout rookie campaign.Yet this run is something greater than before, a step forward from a previous quantum leap. His home run rate is up. His hard-hit percentage is up. He’s set to have a career season even if he cools down significantly.This home run was absolutely destroyed.CODY BELLINGER.This is his rookie year mode leveled— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 19, 2019 So far this year, though, he has found his best power stroke. On Thursday, he hit his 10th home run of the season — a go-ahead laser beam in the sixth inning against Brewers relief pitcher Matt Albers.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWith Bellinger in an April groove, Los Angeles (13-8) is off to a much better start than last season, when it lost 17 of its first 29 games.His latest power display was the coolest thing we saw Thursday night. Here’s the rest of the list:5. Felix Hernandez turns back clock, then Seattle survives wild comebackIt has been tough watching Hernandez turn from elite iron man on the mound to floundering veteran, even though the decline was somewhat inevitable. His career started at age 19 and he has logged more than 2,500 career innings. Few in modern baseball have been the same after such a workload.For the first six innings Thursday night, though, Hernandez offered a momentary glimpse of what he once was: efficient and mostly unhittable.King Felix is pitching like it’s 2010.It’s pretty awesome to see.Six innings, two runs allowed and 86 pitches— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 19, 2019He couldn’t keep it up, surrendering two runs in the seventh inning and failing to record an out in that frame. Seattle’s bullpen then imploded and the Angels turned an eight-run deficit into a tie game in the eighth. That’s how things have gone for Hernandez over the past few years.There was still a positive outcome, however, as Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the ninth gave Seattle an 11-10 win and ended its six-game skid.4. Aaron Judge dives to rob Royals of hitAnything Judge does in the outfield looks a little stiff given his height (listed as 6-7), but he’s able to cover a lot of ground with his long strides and can be a sneaky good fielder in right.His defensive ability was on display early Thursday evening against the Royals when he made this diving grab.Aaron Judge goes all-out for this— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 18, 20193. Chris Davis raises batting average above .100Davis, who set the MLB record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit, raised his batting average to .106 with a pinch-hit single against the Rays. He’s no longer the worst-hitting Orioles player, either; center fielder Cedric Mullins dropped below him at .089.Davis later scored the game-winning run vs. Tampa Bay on this Joey Rickard double.The Orioles beat the Rays.Joey Rickard notched the game-winning hit.Chris Davis scored the game-winning— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 19, 20192. Christian Yelich hits scoreboard with home runThe Brewers lost to the Dodgers, but Yelich continued to impress, crushing a home run off the center-field scoreboard at Miller Park.He now has five home runs in his past four games. Cody Bellinger began his career in 2017 with one of the most torrid home-run stretches for a rookie in baseball history. He hit 24 long balls in his first three months with the Dodgers and finished the year with 39 blasts.Then he went cold for prolonged stretches in his second season, bouncing between first base and the outfield and struggling at times at the plate.last_img read more

Over 1,000 students to attend Sumner County Youth Summit in Wellington Tuesday

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Over 1,000 high school students from across Sumner County will converge at Wellington High School for the “Sumner County Youth Summit” on Tuesday, Jan. 21.The event will feature two speakers: Bill Cordes, a motivational speaker; and Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, who will be speaking to high school students from Wellington, Oxford, Caldwell, Belle Plaine, South Haven and Argonia from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is open to the public.The Summit is organized by Karla Defore’s Leadership Classes and partnered with the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. There will also be leadership seminars and luncheons in which schools will be broken down into small groups for team building and ice-breaking activities. The project has been a work in progress since September and started after several WHS girls took a trip to Central Burden High School to hear another motivational speaker Alexis Jones. The seminar spoke about “empowering girls.”“The girls came back all excited,” Defore said. “We started discussing about it in class and we were wondering if we could do something similar here but also include the boys. After all the seminar in Central was only including half the population.”The Summit will touch on theme about the importance of empowerment and self esteem especially with females. The two genders will be separated. Cordes will speak in the high school gymnasium to just boys. Vail will then speak to the females in the high school auditorium. After the morning session then the two groups will switch with Miss Kansas speaking to the boys and Cordes speaking to the girls.“The two genders obviously have different issues, and the Summit will work two-fold,” Defore said. “Ultimately, the goal is to knock down the stereotypes of ‘putting girls in their place.” But it will be viewed from both a boys and girls perspective.”Cordes has spent more than 20 years teaching teachers, teens, college students and business professionals better ways to live their lives. He is known as the YOGOWYPI guy which stands for “You Only Get Out What You Put In.”  Cordes has co-authored six books and has spoken to groups in 49 states. He has been a former high school teacher, college instructor, coach, television talk show host, husband and father of four.Vail received international fame when she became the first Miss America contestant to openly display tattoos during the swimsuit competition in the Miss America 2014 pageant. She placed in the top 10 and won the “America’s Choice” award. She is currently at Kansas State University and a mechanic and section leader in the Kansas Army National Guard Medical Detachment.Her platform at the pageant was “Empowering Women: Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers.”Defore’s class has been working on the Summit since September 20 that included organizing the events throughout the day. They invited the whole student bodies of the six other schools to attend. Conway Springs was the only school to turn them down.There will be a pre-program before the other schools get there at 10 a.m. that will include Vail speaking about her various hobbies including her archery skills.last_img read more

Four 2020 candidates speak to Iowa State Education Association

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — One of the largest labor unions in Iowa hosted four of the Democratic presidential candidates Saturday.Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was first to speak Saturday at the Iowa State Education Association event.“To have strong public schools, you must have a strong ISEA,” Klobuchar said, to cheers. “And that is exactly what you are.”Republicans changed Iowa’s collective bargaining law in 2017. Public employee unions like the ISEA now must hold “re-certification” votes on whether a union can keep representing public workers before every round of contract talks.“ISEA has done a great job on fighting back, but you shouldn’t have to be in that position,” former Vice President Joe Biden said, to chers. “You should have leaders at every level who will fight for you…Look at my record and I promise you I will.”Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also mentioned unions during his remarks.“We’ve got to make sure we’re supporting the unions that stand up…for teachers, but also for parents and for children,” Buttigieg said.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has said as president she’d seek passage of a federal law that guarantees public workers can organize and collectively bargain in every state, but she did not bring up the issue during her 15-minutes of speaking time. Warren, like her three competitors, drew cheers from the teachers by saying Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s Education Secretary, would not work in her administration.“My secretary of education will be someone who has taught in public school,” Warren said, to cheers.The forum was livestreamed on four union-related Facebook, giving teachers in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada a chance to watch the candidates. Nearly 34,000 teachers are members of the Iowa State Education Association and about 300 ISEA members attended Saturday’s event in West Des Moines.last_img read more

PNGRFL says thank you to supporters

first_imgChairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said he was humbled to learn of the overwhelming support given to the Kumuls team, the coach Michael Marum and his support staff. “I visited the dressing room after the win on Saturday night and the boys were really excited and appreciated the congratulations I conveyed to them on behalf of every supporter of our PNG LNG Kumuls.“Skipper David Mead in his usual soft spoken character asked me to convey his thanks and those of his team mates to each and every one for your support, well wishes and prayers,” said Tsaka.He went on to thank sponsors, partners and stake-holders for their continuous support for the Kumuls. “PNGRFL is proud to be in partnership with them and the win by the PNG LNG Kumuls has raised the support and belief to another level.“It has really united us all and I want to thank all sponsors on behalf of the players, coaching staff, their families and all our supporters across the country and Pacific,” said Tsaka.Tsaka also extended his appreciation to everyone in Sydney for their hospitality and support to the team during their preparations leading up to the game, during the game and post- match.“The red black and gold supporters cheering on the Kumuls was unbelievable and really made me proud as chairman of PNG Rugby League.I wish to also thank the media here in PNG as well as overseas for their positive coverage of our beloved PNG LNG Kumuls,” said Tsaka.Meanwhile, Tsaka said the International Rugby League Board will issue a statement once the calendar is confirmed that will advise for any upcoming matches for the Kumuls.last_img read more

Essequibo Coast house partially destroyed by fire

first_imgThe Guyana Fire Service came in for high praises on Sunday morning after they prevented a house from being engulfed by flames at Spring Garden, Essequibo Coast.The blaze reportedly started at about 02:45h in an apartment occupied by the owner’s nephew, Kujeshwar, also called “Naresh” in the lower flat of the building.Madai Sharma, 76, was at the time on vacation in Georgetown.The interior of the bottom flat of the houseHowever, based on information received, the nephew was reportedly preparing a meal on a kerosene stove but left the home to run an errand and upon his return, he saw the lower flat of the 40-year-old house on fire.One of the man’s uncle, Gowkarran Sharma, who lives next door reportedly saw smoke emanating from the building and raised an alarm. Residents quickly formed a bucket brigade and started to put out the flames. The fire station was summoned and responded promptly.The house that was saved at Spring Garden, Essequibo CoastAlthough the blaze was put out, the apartment in the lower flat of the house was completely destroyed along with its furniture and appliances. These include beds, a microwave, a refrigerator, a gas stove and music system among others.At the scene, Gowkarran told Guyana Times that he was preparing to observe Maha Shivaratri on Monday when he saw the smoke followed by flames. He noted that it was indeed a miracle that the entire wooden structure did not go up in flames.Fire officials have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Government and industry meet with First Nations at B.C. LNG Summit

first_imgThe conference continues tomorrow with closed discussion sessions. Among them was Prince George – Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, who argues the summit itself is a big step in building relationships between First Nations, government, and the natural gas industry. “Just having that dialogue with Aboriginals about the issues and about the development just so we can understand each other and I think appreciate each other’s position.” Zimmer was most moved by the speech by Japanese ambassador Norihiro Okuda, who said he could empathize with the First Nations, as Japan also has a culture that goes back thousands of years, but also stressed his country’s need for LNG. Okuda argues that Japan’s energy production is almost at a standstill due to radiation issues and needs the imported energy. – Advertisement -“To hear from that perspective that it’s more than just dollars and cents to other countries, it’s a need that they need filled for a sustainable source of alternative form of energy,” Zimmer says. “It’s a way of life and they want to see that sustained from a reliable source and a trusted democracy such as Canada.” Zimmer maintains that the federal government is gunning for LNG projects to proceed, as they’ll benefit all Canadians. Advertisementlast_img read more

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner handed lifelong ban from football

first_imgDisgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life by FIFA’s ethics committee and described as a “key player” involved in illegal payments.Warner, who is fighting extradiction from Trinidad to the USA on corruption charges, resigned from FIFA in 2011 following a bribery scandal and has not been involved since then.FIFA’s ethics committee opened an investigation into Warner earlier this year and has now banned him for life from football-related activities.A statement from the ethics committee said: “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.“In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”The ban is effective from September 25, 2015, the date on which the present decision was notified.Warner claims there is no coincidence that his ban has been announced at the same time that Blatter and Michel Platini are themselves under scrutiny from the ethics committee.In an email to Press Association Sport on Tuesday he said: “I left the FIFA in April 2011 and if in September 2015 the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing then so be it. “I do not believe however that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be.“Given what is happening in Zurich with Blatter I wish to say that there is no such thing as coincidence.” 1 Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner last_img read more