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Lifetime moments, connections made at Challenger Little League Jamboree

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. ELLSWORTH — For two days, Carolyn Miller’s sons were baseball’s biggest stars.As Miller, an Ellsworth mother of two boys with rare medical conditions, awoke Sunday morning, she did so to the joyful yelling of Timothy, 6, and Oliver, 5. This was game day morning, and there was no containing her boys’ excitement.“They woke up yelling, ‘Baseball! Mom, get my shirt, it’s baseball day again!’” Miller said Sunday. “They couldn’t wait to get out here and play. I can’t even describe how ecstatic they were.”A few years ago, Miller never could have imagined Timothy, who suffers from a congenital joint condition called arthrogryposis, or Oliver, who has spinal muscular dystrophy, playing baseball. Thanks to this weekend’s Maine State Challenger Little League Jamboree, though, both her boys and dozens of other joyful children throughout the state got that opportunity.Ellsworth Challenger Little League players and buddies participate in the Maine State Challenger Little League Jamboree parade Aug. 24 at Demeyer Field in Ellsworth. Four teams from around the state came to Hancock County over the weekend to take part in the two-day tournament. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Maine State Challenger Jamboree came to Hancock County over the weekend with games played Saturday and Sunday at Demeyer Field and a recreation night Saturday evening at Camp CaPella on Dedham’s Phillips Lake. The event brought together players, parents, buddies and other volunteers from around the state and ensured every child got a chance to take part in America’s pastime.Challenger Little League is an adapted Little League program that serves youth players with physical and intellectual disabilities. The format pairs those players with school-age partners known as “buddies” and other adult volunteers to create an environment where everybody bats, everybody scores and everybody wins.“Everybody deserves to play baseball, and our league and this weekend is really about that when it comes down to it,” said Todd Wagstaff, one of Ellsworth Challenger Little League’s co-founders. “This is something that’s for everybody, and it’s important for these kids and their parents and family members to make those opportunities happen.”No league in the state has been more pioneering in its Challenger Little League exploits than the Ellsworth chapter, which began its inaugural season in 2015 with a jamboree that brought face-painting, pizza, a fire truck-led parade of players and weekend full of baseball to Demeyer Field. The event was hailed as a roaring success, and two years, Wagstaff wanted to take it statewide.“We wanted the other leagues around Maine to be able to be a part of this,” Wagstaff said. “It’s big for the parents to be able to collaborate, connect and network with each other, and that’s kind of what gave us the idea to get started with it. After how popular the first one was, we did it again down in Boothbay last year.”This year, the event returned to Hancock County with games beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Ellsworth. At noon, players from Ellsworth and three other Challenger Little Leagues (Lincoln County, Medomak Valley and South Portland-Biddeford) received medals as they were recognized in the outfield.Ellsworth Challenger Little League co-founder Todd Wagstaff helps Ellsworth’s Kyle Salisbury put on his medal during the Challenger Little League Jamboree award ceremony Aug. 24 at Demeyer Field in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn the evening, the party moved 12 miles north to Camp CaPella for a night of barbecue, boating, swimming, swinging and more. Events wrapped up late Sunday morning as parties from the visiting leagues had to begin their long trips home, but many of the 42 players clad in Ellsworth’s maroon T-shirts stayed around with parents, buddies and adult volunteers to soak it in even more.“This is my favorite two days of the entire year,” said Conner Wagstaff, who has been an Ellsworth buddy since 2015. “The faces you see on everybody here is something that’s so incredible. We’re so fortunate that people keep talking about it every year and saying good things about what Challenger is doing.”Of the many delightful moments that took place, the biggest of all came on the Demeyer softball dirt. No scores or stats were kept, but the hits and runs all felt as if they were worth 1,000.The festivities didn’t last forever, and by early afternoon, even the heartiest baseball enthusiasts had left. Yet in little more than 24 hours, the event had connected everyone from Challenger’s early days in Maine to first-year volunteer parents such as Carolyn Miller in ways that will last a lifetime.“I played softball as a kid, and I’ve always wanted my kids to have that same chance to have the same fun that I did,” Miller said. “I’ve been crying with the coaches all weekend because this has given us all these things we never, ever would’ve expected.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Other Sports Malaysia Open: Srikanth seals quarterfinal spot

first_imgKidambi Srikanth made his way through to quarter-finals. PV Sindhu out of the BWF World tour event. P V Sindhu went down in straight games in women’s singles competition at the USD 750,000 Malaysia Open. highlights Srikanth opened up a 6-2 lead early on and then jumped to a 14-6 advantage. The Indian continued to dominate the proceedings to pocket the opening game. Nothing changed in the second with Srikanth again marching ahead early and holding his fort to comfortably shut out the match. In the women’s singles match, after some good rallies, Sindhu enjoyed a three-point lead at 8-5 but Sung Ji Hyun drew level with a cross-court smash.The Indian again managed to hold an 11-9 lead after the Korean went wide. After the interval, Sung Ji erased the deficit and grabbed a 16-14 lead after Sindhu miscued two shots. A backhand aimed at the body helped Sung Ji to move up to 19-16. Sindhu then misjudged the shuttle twice at the backline to hand over the opening game to her rival.Sung Ji raced to a 5-0 lead early on before moving to 10-5. A precise down-the-line return helped her to grab an 11-6 advantage at the break. It was one-way traffic after the breather as the Korean took 10 of the next 11 points as Sindhu made some uncharacteristic mistakes. Eventually, two unforced errors from the Indian helped Sung Ji seal the quarterfinals spot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kuala Lumpur: India’s Kidambi Srikanth made it to the men’s singles quarterfinal but an erratic P V Sindhu went down in straight games in women’s singles competition at the USD 750,000 Malaysia Open here Thursday. Eighth-seeded Srikanth, who had reached the finals of a BWF World Tour event after 17 months at the India Open last week, defeated Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab 21-11 21-15 in little over half an hour to set up a meeting with Olympic champion and fourth seed Chen Long of China.The 26-year-old is now the lone Indian survivor in the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament. Fifth seed Sindhu blew a 13-10 advantage in the opening game to go down rather meekly 18-21 7-21 to world No 10 Sung Ji Hyun for her third straight defeat to the Korean. The Indian had to the Korean in the first round of All England Championship and 2018 Hong Kong Open. Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 21-15 17-21 13-21 to a local combination of Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia India to bow out.last_img read more

The Latest: Premier Leagues hopes team can play at home

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Premier League says it hopes government authorities will allow all 20 stadiums to be used if the competition resumes next month. The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.___ The Turkish Basketball Federation says it is canceling its season amid the coronavirus outbreak.Federation president Hidayet Turkoglu says the decision was reached following consultations with all basketball clubs and no team will be declared champion.Turkoglu says “this was the best decision for basketball.”Turkey suspended all league sports in March but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___ May 11, 2020 Associated Press The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday. The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums.Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.” The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The police had asked that games be played in neutral venues but that plan was opposed by many relegation-threatened clubs who believe it harms the sporting integrity of the league.Liverpool led the league by 25 points when it was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are nine games remaining.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says “it is the preference of all of our clubs to play at home if possible.”Masters says clubs discussed what would happen if the season had to be curtailed for the first time.___center_img The Latest: Premier Leagues hopes team can play at home Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums. All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice.The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.” ___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday. ___The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.last_img read more

Europa: Welbeck Grabs Late Winner for Arsenal in Lisbon

first_img Loftus-Cheek scores hat trick in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat of BATE Borisov at Stamford BridgeDanny Welbeck’s late winner gave Arsenal victory over Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, as they retained their place at the top of Europa League Group E.Elsewhere on the night, Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat trick in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat of BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge.Back to Lisbon, Welbeck pounced on a Sebastian Coates error and slotted a shot through the keeper’s legs after 77 minutes. Danny Wellbeck celebrating his winning goal for Arsenal in Lisbon Earlier in the second half, the former Manchester United player had a headed goal ruled out after he was judged to have fouled the defender in the build-up.Arsenal has now extended its winning run to 11 games in all competitions.After Monday evening’s impressive Premier League win over Leicester, there was plenty of Arsenal optimism, even though they had never beaten a Portuguese side away from home, losing on their past three visits.The first half seemed to point towards a dreary goalless draw despite the Gunners controlling the possession – with the visitors managing just two tame shots on target before the break.Nani had Sporting’s best chance with a high curling effort after half-an-hour before Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s free-kick was punched away by keeper Renan Ribeiro.But Arsenal picked up their performance slightly in the second half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied twice.His chip was well saved after he had used his pace to get in behind centre-back Coates and he had a shot saved from a wide angle.Those chances seemed to spark a bit of life into Arsenal and shortly afterwards Matteo Guendouzi’s cutback found Welbeck, only for his close-range shot to be deflected out for a corner.But Arsenal’s determination to turn their 67% possession into a goal eventually paid off.Welbeck’s form under Emery continues to improve and he has now bagged five goals in 10 appearances this season – including two in the Europa League.Arsenal remain top of the group with nine points from three wins, while Sporting trail in second.On the whole, the hosts showed little attacking intent – Sporting choosing to defend deep and counter-attack in rare spells.Full-back Marcos Acuna caused a few problems in the first half for stand-in right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner down the flank, as well as winning a number of corners with some energetic runs through the middle.There were a few neat touches from former Manchester United winger Nani too but Arsenal never looked like conceding despite manager Unai Emery making six changes to his starting XI.Lucas Torreira did see a set-piece palmed away before Welbeck’s goal condemned the home side to defeat – but they are still in position to make the knockout stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

It seems like time for the Buss to board — Jerry Buss

first_imgIn a town where misguided terms like celebrity and fame get thrown around about as often as a new stadium proposal is sent to the NFL, it’s not surprising that Los Angeles’ most successful living sports figure has been largely overlooked by a society more enthralled with activity than achievement.Yet, if you were to ask Jerry Buss, that’s probably the way he prefers it.Regardless of the USC alum’s contentment with living in relative obscurity, free from the praise and adoration bestowed upon his employees and renowned investment these past 31 years, it’s time we tip our caps, raise our glasses and applaud until our hands go numb, because — let’s face it — he is more than overdue for a good old-fashioned Hollywood spotlight.In this 21st century world of sports, owners are no longer just wealthy, well-dressed, aging men looking to frivolously spend a few bucks for mere entertainment.No, today’s breed of owners are convinced they are the entertainment.Somewhere in the industry’s modern-day about-face, these dot-com billionaires, affluent bankers and real estate moguls have fled from behind the glass of their cozy luxury suites and into the front rows of an arena near you.While for any franchise it’s important to have a face, an identity for the people to relate to, that representation should not be of a grown man flicking off fans or waving a foam finger or cursing out referees after a blown call.For as long as I can remember there has been an established order in the world of sports: Players play, coaches coach, fans cheer and owners watch from afar as their investment grows. Sadly, that appears to be nothing more than a fleeting image these days.However, just as I was about to say my final goodbyes and bury this now-indistinguishable concept, I found myself mesmerized by Buss, who just moments after the Lakers captured their 16th title in franchise history, took the time to remind me that some owners still value the age-old notion that whole is still greater than the sum of its parts.When Buss first arrived in Los Angeles back in 1953, there were no dreams of ticker tape parades, no lofty goals of championship rings, no aspirations of overseeing one of the most powerful sports brands in the world. In fact, sports did not bring him to this place that would one day play host to his life’s masterpiece —education did.Buss’s path to the pinnacle of the industry began with a master’s and doctorate from USC in, of all things, physical chemistry.While he would ultimately make his life’s fortune in the housing market rather than a field that aptly suited his post-graduate degrees, his lasting impact on this city and its sports scene was ultimately the by-product of his uncanny ability to instill one central ingredient into the business of running a franchise: chemistry.On paper, a chemistry major turned real estate entrepreneur looked like a bad match for an organization in need of an owner who could handle the pressure of pleasing championship-crazed fans in a town where success and pizzazz are yearly expectations, not over-sized dreams. But since his landmark purchase of the Lakers, Kings and the arena in which they would play in 1979 ($67.5 million was the largest sports transaction in history at the time), all Buss has done is put the title back in title-holder.From drafting Ervin “Magic” Johnson, to hiring coaching icons Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, to reinvigorating the nightly fan experience with cheerleaders and A-list celebrities, to moving the team to a brand new, state-of-the-art arena in the heart of Downtown, every choice made during his 31 years of ownership has been a testament to his willingness to do what it takes to create an atmosphere conducive to organizational excellence — both in terms of banners hanging in the rafters and in the minds of those who walk through the turnstiles from October to June.What makes the 76-year-old owner so rare, though, is not the statistics his franchise has accumulated in 31 years. Sure, it’s easy to get lost in the 10 NBA titles, the 16 Western Conference championships, the 29 playoff appearances and the astonishing amount of enshrinement ceremonies held for his former employees in Springfield, Mass., over the years.These numbers never get old reciting if you bleed purple and gold, but it’s been done before in other sports, just ask George Steinbrenner.But where Steinbrenner’s passion for winning at all costs has largely been criticized over the years as a detriment to the game, for Buss, the anti-Machiavellian figure, the thrill is as much about the means as it is the ends.Although intermolecular forces and reaction kinetics have no place in a world dominated by eight-figure salaries and ego-filled athletes, the central principle remains the same: combining mixed parts to find the ideal formula. And in that regard, the chemist in Buss makes for the perfect owner — a man willing to defer responsibility and authority if it’s in the best interest of all involved.His name may be attached to the deed of the franchise, but Buss recognizes that money has afforded him a privilege, not a right. It is a privilege that allows him the opportunity to share the blessing and the burden of overseeing a professional sports franchise with the thousands of names and faces unrecognizable to even the most die-hard of enthusiasts.We tend to view sports on the surface, and in that sense, Buss’ finest leadership qualities go unnoticed. While it is easier to associate the Lakers with the high-arching hook of Kareem, the majestic no-look passes of Magic and the once-in-a-generation shot making abilities of Kobe, neglecting to value the significance of Buss’ imprint on the franchise’s historic rise to worldwide acclaim during the past three decades sends a chilling message — one that further promotes the declining values that have slowly permeated one of the most sought-after positions in the industry.It is an industry wrought with divorce proceedings, YouTube drunken follies and men who view stature and title as an excuse to choose self-promotion over organizational preservation.However, before you, too, say your final farewells to the games as you knew them, look no further than the astonishing journey that Buss took — and it all began at the gates of USC. It is a timeless success story that illustrates even in sports there is hope, that the mundanity of excellence and character can still prevail over the shock-and- awe value of scandal.And this August, the former Trojan will make his way to another Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield. Only this time, it will finally be a ceremony in his honor.Odds are, during this moment of celebration, Buss will be quick to thank others, smile politely and then continue to walk off the stage back behind the anonymity on the other side of the glass — a fitting exit for man who hasn’t let fame and celebrity steer him away from upholding the integrity of the job.“For The Love Of The Game” ran every other Wednesday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Dave at dulberg@usc.edu.last_img read more

Randolph to make rare start for Hammers

first_imgThe Hammers host Swansea and regular number one Adrian  misses out through injury and he could be out for the rest of the season.Slaven Bilic’s side still have an outside chance of making the top 4 if they win their remaining 3 matches.Staying with Premier League matters and Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain is out for up to two months. The Arsenal attacker has a knee injury and will miss the Gunners remaining 2 games as well as England’s Euro 2016 campaign.Arsenal face Manchester City this Sunday knowing a win will give them a real chance of finishing second in the table.last_img

Henry Confirms Arsenal Exit after Wenger’s Ultimatum over Pundit Role

first_imgThierry Henry has confirmed that he will continue his career as a pundit in favour of a coaching role at Arsenal.The Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer had been working with Arsenal’s youth sides in order to gain his UEFA A coaching licence, and was then offered a permanent role with the Under-18s.But Henry was issued an ultimatum by Wenger to give up his £4 million-a-year role as a pundit with Sky Sports in order to focus on his full-time position at Arsenal.“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s at Arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” Henry posted on Twitter. “However I respect Arsene Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams, who has managed Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani side Gabala FK, is expected to be officially named as Henry’s replacement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

AgiproNews Italian View – Coalition warned on the dangers of implementing ‘Luigi’s Blanket’

first_img AgiproNews Italian View: Salvini betrayal serves up another guessing game August 21, 2019 AgiproNews Italian View – Can DP make sense of Italian gambling September 11, 2019 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share AgiproNews Italian View: AGCOM faces coalition collision over Decree criticism August 5, 2019 The stark reality of governance by a populist Lega and Five Star coalition is dawning on all Italian industry stakeholders as a draft law circulates of a ‘total ban on betting advertising’.This week the Italian Cabinet will review the draft mandate personally penned by Five Star leader and Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio.Di Maio and Lega leadership counterpart Matteo Salvini have made no secret of their disdain of gambling, stating in their respective 2018 elections campaigns that their parties would implement severe industry restrictions seeking to create a ‘stronger social contract against the ills of gambling’.Italian news sources report that Di Maio’s draft mandate will seek to implement a blanket ban on any form of betting/gambling advertising, sponsorship or marketing/promotion.Furthermore, the coalition will implement severe fines on operators, advertisers, publishers and sporting organisations that breach the draft mandate’s provisions.The proposed fines are set to amount to 5% of advertising/sponsorship value, with a minimum penalty requirement of €50,000 for each law breached by the offending parties.Di Maio has pressed for the Italian Cabinet to speed up the review of the draft mandate, stating that the blanket ban will be one of the first directives implemented by Lega- Five Star coalition.In 2017, the betting sector invested circa €200 million in Italian advertising verticals, with TV commercials accounting for a total of €80 million.Niklas Lindahl – Leo Vegas ABLast week, Niklas Lindahl Managing Director of Stockholm-listed Leo Vegas AB’s Italian gambling division wrote an open editorial on Corriere della Sera, warning Lega-Five Star of the ramifications of undertaking a blanket ban on sector advertising.Lindahl detailed that a total ban on advertising would simply aid unlicensed operators and bad actors targeting Italian betting consumers, thus weakening Di Maio’s desired stronger social contract on gambling.Seeking an alternative consensus, Lindahl and Leo Vegas Italia advise that the coalition work with operators, sports bodies and advertisers to implement effective and responsible gambling laws over the proposed blanket ban.Lindahl’s editorial would not fall on deaf ears, as Di Maio personally responded to the executive, stating that betting advertising had become excessive and that the coalition’s industry directives would reduce gambling activities throughout all verticals.Giulio Coraggio – DLA PiperSpeaking to AgiproNews on the potential political and legal ramifications of the blanket ban, Giulio Coraggio, Partner at DLA Piper, commented“If online gambling operators cannot communicate their business to the public, this will inevitably have an impact on tax entries (to the benefit of unlicensed operators). Also, operators that hold a license (or just applied for a new license) might bring a claim seeking the refund of their license fees and investments which will lead to considerable disputes up to the Italian Constitutional Court and even in front of European courts with potential damages that the State might be obliged to refund”._________________last_img read more

Editorial: No suspicious officiating in the last few FCPPL games, please!

first_imgIt’s matchday 25 in the First Capital Plus Premier League as the first game is played on Friday between WAFA and Bechem United in Sogakope.The league is gradually approaching its end it’s been exciting so far, on the whole.Hearts of Oak and Kotoko , the traditional big boys have had on and off league campaigns, with both teams flirting dangerous with relegation in the league.Yes, they may be the two biggest clubs in and yes, they do deserve respect but the Ghana Football Association and the Premier League Board should not sanction any plotting that will however aid Hearts and Kotoko to stay in the league.It is becoming a normal trend – especially when the league reaches the last ten mathcdays or so – that many clubs and officials get involved in match fixing to aid others to escape relegation. It is a little bit worrying when people who should know better make comments that seems to suggest that they will be in support of a grand plan to help some clubs. Last week, the Vice Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), Isaac Koomson, was quoted by saying: “It will be suicidal if Hearts and Kotoko are made to be relegated”.Mr. Isaac Koomson’s comments may not have any ill will but a man of his position should not be heard making utterances that go to confirm the longstanding belief that the Ghanaian leagues are suspiciously run. There may be no vivid evidence but with where we are in the FCPPL, it will be no surprise if some teams record some unbelievable results.In football, there is a saying that anything can happen but some results that are already being recorded in the league make one believe that there is something dubious going on.The GFA and the PLB should be alert and not involve any match fixing issues to help keep the integrity of the local game.  CLICK TO READ: PLB boss warns Hearts v Kotoko ref to be fair–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Manchester United manager on permanent basis

first_imgHaving left his post at Molde to return to Old Trafford, Solskjaer led United to wins in his first eight games as the interim manager.Restoring the feel-good factor at the club also helped Solskjaer to inspire an amazing comeback in United’s Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.Despite losing the first leg 2-0 at home, a late Marcus Rashford penalty awarded following a VAR check sent United improbably through to the quarterfinals, where they will face Barcelona.That victory led to increased calls for United to give Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis, despite losing back-to-back games since, and his appointment on a three-year deal was confirmed Thursday.”From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” Solskjaer said. “It was an honor to be a Manchester United player and then to start my coaching career here.32 – Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Man Utd in December, the Red Devils have won more points than any other Premier League team (32). Wheel. pic.twitter.com/J2gHZBEAwg— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 28, 2019″The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far.”This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.”United has taken more Premier League points than any other club since Solskjaer’s arrival, although it lost to Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.”Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Manchester United’s new manager on a permanent basis, the Premier League team announced.The former United striker took charge on an interim basis in December when Jose Mourinho was fired and quickly inspired an upturn in form. “More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.”I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007, including the dramatic late winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.last_img read more