Champion jockey Mellor dies aged 83

first_img(Reuters) – Three-times champion jockey Stan Mellor – the first to ride 1,000 winners over jumps during a celebrated career – has died aged 83, the British media reported yesterday. Mellor, the champion jockey between 1959 and 1962, also enjoyed success as a trainer with more than 750 winners over the years. His landmark 1,000th victory as a rider came on Ouzo at the Christmas Spirit Novice Chase in Nottingham in December 1971.Despite not winning the Grand National in 13 attempts – finishing second on Badanloch in 1960 – or the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Mellor is considered by many in the horse racing world as one of the sport’s greats.He guided Stalbridge Colonist to victory over great Irish racehorse Arkle in the 1966 Hennessy Gold Cup, becoming one of the few riders to manage the feat. Born to a timber merchant in Manchester, Mellor secured his first win at 16 on Straight Border in Wolverhampton before tasting success for the first time as a professional on Wirswall Prince at Ludlow in 1954.He retired in 1971 having ridden 1,035 winners over jumps in Britain with another nine victories in Ireland.He later trained both Royal Mail (1980) and Lean Ar Aghaidh (1987) to victories in the Whitbread Gold Cup. Both the horses managed third-place finishes in the Grand National.last_img read more

Betting Gods’ Darren Moore: Should sports tipsters be regulated?

first_imgShare Share Related Articles Martin Lycka: Gamblng advertising – Here be monsters! January 7, 2020 Submit Spelinspektionen clears four of underage betting allegations October 18, 2019 AGA presents a US Betting Overview: Plans, Progress & Partnerships webinar September 27, 2019 Is it time for sports tipsters to be regulated in order to weed out bad and fradulent practices? Darren Moore of tipster website BettingGods.com asks the question. We hear it again, that dire word regulation. Aren’t we trying to renegotiate the terms of our EU membership to reduce it? Is it not just more paperwork and bureaucracy slowing down economic growth; wasting resources, and stifling entrepreneurship?On the other hand, do you want a dentist with dirty drills? Do you want food-poisoning when you visit your local restaurant? And what about the economy? If financial services in the economy were not regulated then it would collapse. Bookmakers are regulated. Share tipsters are regulated. Sports Tipsters are not regulated (The Gambling Commission’s position is that if a business is not handling bets then no licence is required.)Sports Tipsters sell advice that enables punters to make better-informed gambling decisions. The punter who subscribes to such a service is buying inside information which he would not otherwise have, or is paying someone else to do the research for him that he does not have the time to do himself.If the researched information or detailed analyses do not exist then this is theft. Not only is the tipping fee being stolen from him, but his stake is as well if it ends up just being placed on a random horse (one assumes that if a sports punter is paying for a tip then he is likely to have a wager on the recommendation.)Share tipsters (even those operating on the internet) are required to register as financial advisors on the basis of ‘consumer protection’. Financial regulators have imposed fines of up to £50k on registered share tipsters who advertise misleading information on their historical tipping performance. There is no reason sporting backers should not be similarly protected on the same basis.An estimated £1m-£4m is lost to sporting tipster fraud in the UK every year. The purchasers could have bought them by persuasion from false advertising (exaggerated past results;) from pressure selling on the telephone; through junk mail, or more likely from redirected advertising from search engines bots if they had done sports betting related searches.They could have even fallen to the classic scam whereby the tipster offers a free trial service, gives 64 different people a win double tip on two 8 horse races, and ends up with one person ready to pay handsomely for the next tip because he has already had a nice payback.Sports tipping scams are used as an introduction to other fraud. In Australia, it led on to sales of phony analysis software and invitations to join ‘betting syndicates’. Losses were Au$4m and many people lost their life savings.The advantages of regulating sports tipsters would be:The general betting public and potentially vulnerable members of society would be protected from tipping ‘scams’Tip purchasers could have confidence in ‘past results’ reportedPurchasers would be offered better cybernet protection of their personal and bank detailsThe UK sports tipping industry would have an enhanced reputation, and could grow in line with the explosion in on-line betting worldwide. This would create jobs, and increase tax receipts and exportsSome of the extra revenues generated would flow back into the sport through sponsorship and advertisingThe scheme would be self-financing through a registration levy and annual fee, so the only people to lose out would be:Bookmakers (more winning bets)Scammers and fraudstersReputable existing operators in the market place, such as Betting Gods Ltd, support and encourage the adoption of such regulation. Nobody wants more regulations, but there are areas where regulation is necessary for the protection of society. One such area is in the sporting tipping industry, and the need for regulation is greater now than it ever was before with the growth of the internet. Websites come and go overnight; there are a myriad of on-line payment options, and likely targets are easily identified through adbots (“interested in gambling” or “seeking a second income.”) The situation is so bad on twitter that there are special feeds on ‘tipster blacklists’.Registration under a regulatory scheme needs to involve looking behind the tipping organisations at the reputation of the people who set them up. It needs checking that they have a proper corporate identity and are registered for relevant taxes. An on-line register needs to be kept and easily accessed by the public.Action needs to be taken against unlicensed operators, and spot checks undertaken on the reported ‘past performances’ of registered firms. Transgressors must face financial penalties and potential exclusion. Finally like the share tipping regulations, newspapers should be exempted from the scheme.In the meantime, punters should do their research before buying sporting tips. Shamsters shy away from publicity whereas genuine information providers such as Betting Gods actively seek it by advertising at and sponsoring sporting events, being featured in the industry and national press, plus seeking out opportunities for review and now even appearing on TrustPilot. StumbleUponlast_img read more

“Stop Boris!” – Betfair places Theresa May as 11/8 Tory Leader favourite

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Betfair has placed UK Home Secretary Theresa May as 11/8 market favourite to replace David Cameron as Conservative Party leader.With the Tory party in political turmoil following last Friday’s leadership resignation of  David Cameron, May becomes the market favourite having been branded as the  ‘Stop Boris’ candidate.‘Leave’ campaign leader Boris Johnson has been placed as a close 11/5 second favourite. However, this week multiple news sources have reported that the divided Tory party may choose not to back the former Mayor of London.May’s candidacy to be the UK’s next Prime Minister, has been supported by early opinion polls, which have detailed her to be the most favourable choice by the public. Other runners in the market include Andrea Leadsome at 13/1, Liam Fox at 14/1 and Jeremy Hunt – who today confirmed he was considering to stand – at 35/1.Commenting on the market Colm Rock, Politics Trader for Betfair, said: “This market has really kicked into action in recent days with Theresa May and Boris Johnson battling it out for favouritism since David Cameron’s resignation and now Theresa May is 11/8 favourite to take over a Conservative party in desperate need of leadership. Boris Johnson is now the 11/5 second favourite.”Betfair Next Tory LeaderTheresa May           11/8Boris Johnson          11/5Andrea Leadsom      13/1Liam Fox                 14/1Stephen Crabb          17/1Jeremy Hunt            35/1Michael Gove           94/1David Davis             89/1Nominations for the Tory party leadership open on Wednesday and close the following day, with a new leader in place by September 2.last_img read more

Ladbrokes Political Animals hold their own against rugby elites!

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 On  Wednesday 7th September the all parliamentary ‘Political Animals’ took to the rugby pitch, supported by Ladbrokes. MPs, Peers and political staff all took to the field at London’s prestigious Honourable Artillery Company to try a non-contact format of the game.The  Political Animals’ were joined by journalists from the lobby and the world of sport, whilst rugby league legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kyle Leuluai and Paul Sculthorpe were also on hand to provide expert support.The game was a tense affair ending 5-5, which provided Jamie Peacock with some extra game time following his recent u-turn after coming out of retirement for the remainder of the season for Super League side Hull KR.Following the match, a reception was held in the House of Commons Thames Pavilion, to celebrate rugby league in the UK. At the reception, the award for the best player on the day was presented to Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP.Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and Captain of the Political Animals rugby league club, Greg Mulholland MP, hosted the reception in Parliament. He said“I am delighted that colleagues were able to join me and experience our great game first hand. Thanks to Ladbrokes, who are already big supporters of rugby league, for making this event possible, and allowing us to connect with even more politicians to spread our passion for rugby league. I hope that those who took part will look to get involved in the future and see the great work that our game does for communities across the country.”Grainne Hurst, Director of Corporate Affairs at Ladbrokes added “We’re incredibly passionate about sport at Ladbrokes and rugby league is hugely important to us. As sponsor of the Challenge Cup we are delighted to be able to support the game at all levels and recognise the excellent work that it does for communities all over the country. It was great to see politicians and journalists who have never played the game before take part today, and I hope that their involvement will continue to grow the profile of the sport in Westminster and beyond.” Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020last_img read more

Caps Dominate Game Six To Even Up The Series

first_imgWith their season on the line in a must win game six in Pittsburgh, the Washington Capitals needed their best performance of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they delivered it. The Caps were relentless for the first 56 minutes building a 5-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory over the Penguins in Steeltown on Monday night.This was one heck of an effort by the Caps. The Penguins had a few good early shifts, as expected, but the Capitals withstood the pressure and then started finding their game.Washington would get the first power play of this tilt, when Jake Guentzel lost his mind and hit Evgeny Kuznetsov (two assists) in the head. The Caps would not score on that man advantage, but they built momentum off of it and kept pushing the play. Early on they had nine of the first 10 shots on goal. Shortly thereafter, with Tom Wilson breaking to the net on a two on one, Sidney Crosby had no choice but to put his stick in Willy’s gloves to prevent a great scoring chance and the Caps were back on the man advantage with 11:56 gone in the opening frame.The Capitals would not waste this power play and a great feed by Kuznetsov to T.J. Oshie allowed the Osh Babe to bury the biscuit in the slot and give the Caps a very important one goal lead. Kuznetsov then took an undisciplined slashing penalty following that tally, but Washington killed it off and they maintained their one puck edge after 20 minutes. It was a very strong frame for Coach Barry Trotz’ crew as they outshot the Penguins, 11-3.Second periods have not been kind to the Capitals in this series, but they managed to extend their lead at 6:36 of the middle stanza. Oshie made a great play to bat down a Conor Sheary clear on the right wing boards and when the Penguins tried to wheel the biscuit around the left wing side, Andre Burakovsky hit and stole the puck from Ron Hainsey. #65 then broke in two on one on Marc-Andre Fleury (21 saves) and with the Flower leaning to his left thinking a pass was going to go to the Osh Babe, Burkie beat him short side to give the Capitals a huge two puck lead.Burakovsky would then take a pretty careless offensive zone hooking penalty on Olli Maatta, he needed to keep his stick down there and just play the body, but his teammates picked him up and killed off the man advantage very easily. The remainder of the middle frame was very tight checking and the Pens mustered six shots on net to just five for Washington.That set up a critical third period. Would the Capitals be able to hold onto their two goal lead and force a game seven? Nicklas Backstrom gave us a pretty good idea of the answer just 16 seconds in when he took a puck down the left side of the ice and with the Pittsburgh defender going down to block the shot, Nicky rifled it over Fleury’s glove to make it 3-0.Lars Eller was whistled for holding at 1:34 and the Penguins had a chance to get back in it, but the Capitals penalty killing unit was stellar, once again, allowing only one shot attempt, a 56 footer by Maatta that Braden Holtby (16 saves) stopped cleanly.Pittsburgh started to get a little frustrated with their lack of offense and that was evident when Bryan Rust crashed into the Holtbeast at 4:31 and headed off for goalie interference. The Caps best chance on their third power play was an Alex Ovechkin wrister from in close, but Fleury came up big.Washington was smart, though, and didn’t sit back. They knew the Penguins would have to gamble and they were patient with their opportunities. After Matt Cullen and Jay Beagle collided in the neutral zone, Cullen slashed Beags in the gut and that set the Capitals up for their fourth power play of the evening. John Carlson would get two shots on net during the first part of the sequence and they were stopped by #29, but then the third one was the charm. His slapper through traffic beat Fleury to make it 4-0 with 8:43 remaining. Things were looking extremely good for the Caps, and then, just 72 seconds later, Burakovsky made a steal at the defensive zone blue line. Burkie carried the puck down the right wing side, faked Chad Rudwehel, who was making his NHL playoff debut, to the ice and cut to the slot to beat the Penguins keeper rather easily from in tight to the glove side. At that point, the Penguins fans exited the arena en masse.The Capitals would keep up the heat, but Pittsburgh scored twice in four on four after two Washington giveaways. The Caps let up and those late goals should be a good reminder that they cannot ease off of the throttle on the speedy and highly skilled Penguins for even a moment.Overall, this was a dominant win by Washington. They were very sound defensively allowing only 18 shots on goal. They controlled the puck, as evidenced by the 51-38 edge in shot attempts. This is the sixth straight game in the series that the Caps have outshot the Penguins and they also outhit them, 38-32.The move to put Burakovsky with Backstrom and Oshie has paid huge dividends and Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan tried to counter the successful game five move by Coach Trotz by reuniting his HBK line (Carl Hagelin-Nick Bonino-Phil Kessel). It did not work as the Eller, Ovechkin and Wilson line gave them fits all night. Wilson had five hits and Ovechkin added three. The Gr8 only had five shot attempts, but that line wore down the Pens defense, which opened things up for the Backstrom unit. Nicky’s trio was outstanding on Monday night and with the way Kuznetsov and the second line is going, the Caps have three groups of forwards that can score. Add in some great hard working guys in Beagle and Daniel Winnik, who had an under the radar great game, including some super PK work, and Coach Trotz is getting big contributions from his forwards.On the back end, Matt Niskanen, who had a team leading 23:43 in ice time, and Carlson (22:49) were excellent. #74’s game has been building all playoffs and like last spring, he excels when facing Crosby and company. The Kevin Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt duo continues to move the puck up the ice quickly, which is a big change from last spring’s series, where the Capitals looked slow and intimidated on the back end. Dmitry Orlov also turned in a solid effort with an assist in 18:06. Karl Alzner and Brooks Orpik were each in the 11 to 12 minutes range in ice time and did well to win defensive zone board battles.Finally, the Holtbeast was rock solid in net. He didn’t have to face a lot of rubber, but when he had shots he stopped them without allowing any rebounds until the late goal by Evgeni Malkin, who was uncovered. #70 looked calm and collected in the cage.Washington played assertively and confidently in game six and seems to be wearing down the banged up Penguins.So now it’s a one game, winner take all affair, in Washington on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.The Caps have done well to climb back into this series with some strong efforts, but none of that will matter if they don’t close the deal at the Verizon Center. The Penguins are 3-0 in game seven’s against the Capitals, including 2-0 on Washington’s home ice. This team now has a chance to change the history and do something they haven’t done since 1998, advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.It will take another outstanding effort and require extreme discipline to defeat the defending Stanley Cup Champions, who you know will bring their best to DC.Bring on Game Seven!last_img read more

Ravens wide receiver Perriman still sidelined with hamstring injury

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman left the field earlier this week with a hamstring issue originally not believed to be serious, but he missed his second straight practice Thursday.When he’ll return remains unclear with head coach John Harbaugh not exactly painting a picture suggesting an imminent return. The 2015 first-round pick earned strong reviews in offseason workouts and is aiming to break out after catching 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns last season.Perriman missed his entire rookie season with a partially-torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and missed most of training camp last year with a partially-torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that did not require surgery. He returned to play in all 16 games in 2016 and is expected to serve as Baltimore’s No. 3 receiver behind veterans Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace this season.“Things happen for a reason, and maybe this is a blessing in disguise,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll continue to work on all the things he needs to work on, in terms of his body, catching, things like that. He’ll get the mental work in the [walk-through] practices. I would say he’s had a plus camp, and hopefully it’ll lead to a really good season.“I’ll also follow with [saying] I wish we had him out there practicing the rest of the time, obviously, but that’s what we have right now.”Wide receivers coach Bobby Engram described Perriman’s development as “night and day” compared to last year as he’s shown more consistent hands and improved route-running ability. Quarterback Joe Flacco also praised the strides the young receiver had made this spring, making this latest ailment a disappointing development for an offense in need of youthful upside.Of course, the Ravens are wise to be cautious with the start of the regular season still five weeks away.“I think he’ll be fine,” said Engram about Perriman’s mindset after another physical challenge. “Obviously, it is a part of our profession, which none of us like to deal with. But mentally, he is in a really good place. He has a great group of guys in this room that are supporting him. He knows this organization is behind him. He just has to get healthy, come back, and let’s roll.”Flacco missed his seventh consecutive practice with a back issue as the Ravens continue to roll with Ryan Mallett leading the starting offense. Center Ryan Jensen was also absent with an undisclosed issue while former practice-squad member Matt Skura served as the first-team center during Thursday’s practice.Others missing from Thursday’s workout included first-round rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey (undisclosed), wide receiver Kenny Bell (hamstring), offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (undisclosed), and defensive backs Maurice Canady (knee) and Sheldon Price (undisclosed). Humphrey did not take part in a large portion of Wednesday’s practice.Harbaugh also gave a lengthy list of veterans the day off as wide receiver Mike Wallace, running back Danny Woodhead, tight end Benjamin Watson, cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr, safety Lardarius Webb, and linebackers Terrell Suggs and Albert McClellan were not present during the morning session.Recently-signed tight end Larry Donnell left practice after hurting his hand and did not return, but Harbaugh wasn’t aware of the severity at the conclusion of practice. The Ravens can hardly afford to lose another player at the position with Dennis Pitta, Darren Waller, and Crockett Gillmore already gone for the season.last_img read more

AFN Unveils List Of Qualified Athletes For Golden League (Photos)

first_imgRelated The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has released the official list of qualified athletes for the AFN Golden League in Port Harcourt.According to the national athletics body, athletes on the list have qualified for the final of the events listed on the days.It was also revealed that athletes not listed will have to compete in the qualifying rounds in a bid to pick the fastest times for the remaining final spots.last_img

Hamilton Extends Championship Lead With Spanish GP Victory

first_imgDefending champion Lewis Hamilton has extended his Formula One championship lead to 17 points after the Briton dominated and won the Spanish Grand Prix (GP) on Sunday.It was the Mercedes driver’s second successive win as he moved clear of rival Sebastian Vettel.Vettel could only finish in fourth position having dropped from second as a result of questionable calls from his Ferrari team.The German paid for Ferrari’s decision to pit him under the virtual safety car with him running out of tyre life prompting Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen of Red Bull to take full advantage by finish in second and third place respectively.Championship Standings (Top Four):1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes and Great Britain) 95 points2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari and Germany) 78 points3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes and Finland) 58 points4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari and Finland) 48 pointsRelatedlast_img read more

Steph Curry Escapes Death by the Whiskers

first_imgTwo-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry escaped serious injury Friday morning after being involved in a multi-car smash while en route to the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility.US media reported that the Warriors guard was westbound at around 9 am local time when his black Porsche Panamera collided with two other vehicles, damaging both the front and back end of his vehicle.An Oakland television station reported a California Highway Patrol spokesman as saying a Lexus car spun out on the freeway and collided with the front of the Porsche before a second car rear-ended it.Curry’s sports car suffered major front-end damage. But he was not hurt and eventually made it to the Warriors’ morning practice and said he was fine.Curry expressed his appreciation for concerns about his well being on his Twitter handle saying: “Don’t need any reminders but All the Time God is Great and God is Great all the time! Appreciate all the texts,” Curry wrote on his Twitter account.Police said the wet weather was likely a factor and that no charges have been laid.Curry will not play in Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers as he continues to recover from an injury to his left groin.Relatedlast_img read more

Arsenal Complete Suarez Signing from Barcelona

first_imgArsenal have signed Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the end of the season.The La Liga champions have extended the Spaniard’s contract until June 2021, although the Gunners have a purchase option in the summer.Suarez has played 71 times for Barcelona since joining in 2013 but has only featured eight times this season.He previously played under Gunners manager Unai Emery at Sevilla, when he was at the club on loan.The 25-year-old spent two seasons at Manchester City as a teenager but only made two first-team appearances before being sold to Barcelona as a 19-year-old.The Gunners remain in negotiations to sign a wide player – Inter Milan’s Croatia international Ivan Perisic is among the options being pursued, with Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco of Chinese club Dalian Yifang also linked.Despite a number of injuries, Arsenal are not likely to bolster their defence.Captain Laurent Koscielny could be in contention to return in time for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos – who like Koscielny was forced off during the FA Cup defeat by Manchester United on Friday – is not expected to be out for long.Relatedlast_img read more