Chelsea declared English women’s champions on points-per-game

first_imgChelsea were awarded the Women’s Super League title on Friday as the Football Association applied a points-per-game formula to decide standings from the curtailed season. The English women’s football season has been ended by the coronavirus pandemic The Blues were a point behind Manchester City at the top of the table when the campaign was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, but had played one game fewer. At the other end of the table, Liverpool are relegated to the Championship, with Aston Villa promoted to the 12-team top-flight. Chelsea and City will represent England in the 2020⁄21 women’s Champions League. “Football pales into insignificance at a time like this, but it also has the capacity to bring joy and happiness to fans and communities everywhere,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes. “For my players and staff, winning the league is something to be proud of and I will tell them that when I speak to them. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears from every player, at every club, has gone into this season and it is important we recognise that and celebrate the fact we have ended a highly competitive season as champions.” The cost involved in providing testing kits to complete the season was a major hurdle for even the top level of the women’s game to overcome. Liverpool expressed their disappointment that the WSL would not follow the example of the top two leagues in the men’s game in England by returning to complete the campaign. “Liverpool FC is disappointed by today’s decision on how the 2019⁄20 Women’s Super League season has been concluded, which will see the Reds relegated to the Championship,” the club said in a statement. “The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so. Loading… Read Also: Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury “We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical.” However, City accepted the decision that sees them miss out on the title by the finest of margins. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

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Kathryn M. (Decker) Freese Conrad

first_imgKathy Conrad passed away April 2, 2020 after a short battle with the Covid-19 Virus. Born on February 21, 1939 to Howard and Mary Matilda (Voegele) Decker, she was a life-long resident of Batesville. She was married to Virgil Freese and Larry Conrad both predeceased her.She was the mother of three sons, Judge Robert (Karen) Freese, Dan (Lori) Freese, and Gary Freese; a proud Grandma to Jessica Freese (George) Turner, Michael (Abigail) Freese, Jenifer Freese (Kevin) Rollings, Jacob Shotwell, and Savannah Freese; and a Great-Granny to 7, Emma Kathryn, Olivia, Dominic, Kate, Conner, Madelyne, and Mariah.Her brothers, Mike, Tom, and Dave predeceased her and she is survived by her brothers Tony and Eric, and sisters Mary, Tania, Becky and Talia.Kathy spent over 50 years owning Freese’s Bar and the Big 4 Tavern. Her work ethic has been passed on to her children and grandchildren. She additionally received a certificate as a hairdresser later in life.She was an avid Bingo player and was active in the Batesville VFW Post #3183 Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. Kathy will be missed by all who knew her.Because of the social constraints, there will be a private viewing for family at Meyers Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at St. Louis Church Cemetery on Thursday, April 9, 2020.In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Veteran’s Service Fund at the Ripley County Community Foundation, 13 E. George St., Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006.You are also encouraged leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhome.com on Kathy’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

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Sturridge could face Swansea

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be fit for the resumption of the Barclays Premier League campaign against Swansea. Press Association However, Press Association Sport understands Liverpool remain optimistic about his progress and believe the forward, who has scored in each of their opening three league matches to fire the Reds to the top of the table, has a good chance of facing Michael Laudrup’s side. Manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to make a decision on whether to include the England international, who has five goals in four appearances this season and has scored 16 in 20 matches since joining from Chelsea in January, late on at the weekend. There is slightly better news concerning Glen Johnson, who limped off with an ankle injury against United. Despite reports he could be out for 10 to 12 weeks Liverpool did not put a timescale on his recovery but it seems the diagnosis is more positive. “Injury doesn’t seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected! #BetterNews,” the England international wrote on Twitter. “Thank you everyone for the ‘Get well’ messages.” Johnson is likely to be out for around five more weeks and in his absence Rodgers has a decision to make over how to compensate for the loss of the right-back. England Under-21 captain Andre Wisdom came on for Johnson against United and having initially been lined up for a loan spell that prospect has now diminished. The 24-year-old, who despite struggling with a thigh injury scored the winner against Manchester United almost a fortnight ago, had to pull out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine because of injury. Sturridge has been undergoing rehabilitation at the club’s Melwood training ground ever since but is not scheduled to train for the first time until Saturday ahead of the match in south Wales on Monday evening. The Reds boss also has the option of switching to three at the back as summer signing Kolo Toure, impressive in his first two matches before missing the United game through injury, is ready to return. Martin Skrtel deputised excellently on his first appearance of the season and it would be as difficult omit him against Swansea as it would Toure. Liverpool’s strength in the centre of defence was increased by the signing late last month of Paris St Germain’s Mamadou Sakho, who could be set for his first inclusion in the squad on Monday. last_img read more

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Gauhati Town Club register record win, Riyajuddin hits ton in Tinsukia

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Unbeaten ton from Bishal Roy and five wicket haul from Bikash Chetry gave Gauhati Town Club second victory in Assam Premier Club Championship today. They outplayed santipur Athletic Club by 292 runs at Judges’ Field which is regarded as the biggest win in the championship till date.Electing to bat, GTC scored 355 in 40 overs losing 5 wickets. Middle order batcman Bishal hit unbeaten 111 in just 73 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes. Opener Avijit Singha Roy struck 82 off 73 balls including 11 fours and 2 sixes. Later Bikash Chetry added 51 off 43 balls with 4 over boundaries. In Reply Santipur AC were bundled out for just 63 in 27.5 overs. left arm spinner Bikash took 5 wickets for 11 in 8 overs.Tomorrow Bus Cricket Club will take on New Star Club.From Lakhimpur: Nakari Club beat Dholpuria United Sports by 51 runs to register second win today. Batting first, Nakari managed 271 runs in 40 overs losing 9 wickets. Hrishikesh Bora’s unbeaten 53 runs off 21 balls including 5 sixes was the highlight of the innings while Hafizuddin Ahmed and Saurav Kumar Saha added 59 and 41 respectively. The Dholpur based team were bowled out for 120 runs in 33.2 overs. Hafizuddin claimed 3 wickets for 7.Tomorrow D&B Club will face Thana Road Genious.From Dibrugarh: DCCC-Dibrugarh beat Nabarupa Sangha by 4 wickets. Brief Score: Nabarupa 157/9 in 40 overs (Amit Paul 51, Pankaj Saikia 51, Nitesh Raut 4/24, Mousuf Shah 3/31). lost to DCCC 161/6 in 28.5 overs (Salim Ahmed 50, Wasim Ahmed 44no).Tomorrow’s match: CCD vs JBC Blue.From Tinsukia: Opener Riyajuddin Ali struck unbeaten ton while Anuj Pathak claimed a five-fer as Tinsukia Cricket Academy thrashed Rudra Club by 148 runs. Tinsukia CA put on 222 in allotted 40 overs losing 7 wickets. Riyajuddin scored 100 off 115 with 9 fours. He added 114 runs for the second wicket with Ayush Agarwal (55). Dinesh Sharma grabbed 4 wickets for 35. Then Anuj Pathak (5/19) and Abhijit Paul (4/10) wrapped up Rudra Club’s innings at just 74 in 20.4 overs.From Goalpara: Halcyon Club beat Amar Shakti Club by 40 runs. Brief Score: Halcyon Club 154/10 in 38.1 overs (Juber Ahmed 30, Nur Azam 30, Utpal Kalita 3/22, Shivam Nath 3/40) beat Amar Shakti Club 114/10 in 34.2 overs (Monthan Das 31, Gaurav Chakrabarty 2/9).Tomorrow’s match: GDSA Academy vs Zenith CC.From Nazira: Nazira Cricket Club down NA-MatiJafrana Club by 6 wickets. Brief Score: NA-MatiJafrana Club 89/10 in 27.4 overs (Tanveer Shah 3/12, Mayukh Hazarika 3/15) lost to Nazira CC 93/4 in 8.5 overs (Shaban Ali 29, Jahir Rehman 4/41).From Silchar : Gana Sur beat Itkhola AC by 22 runs. Brief Score: Gana Sur 214/10 in 38.1 overs (Subham Roy 58, Prakash Bhagat 3/18) beat Itkhola AC 192/9 in 34.4 overs (Krishnu Dutta 42, Suhajit Paul 37, Deepjyoti Das 3/20).From Udalguri: Rising Cricket Club beat Friends Cricket Club by 69 runs. Brief Score: Rising CC 211/9 in 40 overs (Kausik Das 37) beat Friends CC 142/10 in 29.1 overs (Rajdeep Das 41, Gunjit Das 38no, Kamal Krishna Sharma 3/20).From Jorhat: Jai Hind Club beat Royal Club by 60 runs. Brief Score: Jai Hind 135/8 in 30 overs (Lav Kaushik 28, Parthob Hazarika 280 beat Royal Club 75/ 10 in 22.4 overs (Sambhu Yadav 3/17).Also Read: LOCAL SPORTSlast_img read more

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Aussies edge ahead on tense second day

first_img…fifties for Renshaw and MarshBy Sudipto GangulyBENGALURU,(Reuters)-Shaun Marsh and Matt Renshaw struck contrasting half-centuries on an engrossing day of cricket to help Australia take a first-innings lead of 48 against India in the second Test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.After resuming the second day on 40-0, the touring side reached 237 for six at stumps against India, who were bundled out for 189 in their first innings on Saturday.Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 25 with Mitchell Starc 14 not out at the other end.It was an inspired bowling performance from India, who gave away only 197 runs in 90 overs but without much luck.The touring side, who lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 333-run win in the opening test at Pune, lost two wickets in a hard-fought morning session against a rejuvenated India but recovered through a 52-run stand between Renshaw and Marsh.The left-handed Marsh enjoyed some luck, being handed his first reprieve when he edged paceman Umesh Yadav to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on 14 but India made the mistake of opting against a review of the umpire’s not-out verdict.Marsh was then given out leg before against Umesh on 44 but the 33-year-old successfully overturned the decision on review.In the next over, paceman Ishant Sharma bowled a no-ball with replays confirming Marsh would have been out lbw if not for the illegal delivery. India’s frustrations were heightened with edges from the batsman falling short of their fielders.Marsh finally departed for 66, caught off Umesh, but not before he had added another 57 with Wade for the sixth wicket.EXCHANGE OF WORDSEarlier, India depended heavily on off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to weave some magic after his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon picked up eight wickets for 50 on the first day.The world’s top-ranked spinner did provide the breakthrough, spinning one around David Warner’s bat to hit his off-stump. The left-handed opener managed to add 10 runs to his overnight score before being dismissed for 33.The fall of Warner spurred on the Indian side as they came hard at Renshaw and Australia captain Steve Smith, with an exchange of words between opposing players forcing the umpires to intervene to calm the situation.Cheered on by a big Sunday crowd, Ishant’s hostile spell of fast bowling troubled Smith but Australia managed to keep India at bay for more than 20 overs with a second-wicket stand of 30.After a 10-over spell by Ashwin, during which he conceded just eight runs for the wicket of Warner, India captain Virat Kohli brought on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.He gave India the second success of the morning when Smith was out for eight, getting an inside edge to his pad to be caught by Saha.The 20-year-old Renshaw, who scored 68 in Pune, was dropped by Kohli off Umesh on 29 and went on to complete his third half-century in Tests.Renshaw, who made 60, hit Jadeja for the first six of the match over long-off but was outsmarted two balls later when the bowler got one to spin past the batsman for Saha to complete the stumping.Jadeja grabbed a third wicket when he dismissed Peter Handscomb for 16 with Ashwin completing a juggling catch at mid-wicket.INDIA 1st innings 189 (L. Rahul 90; N. Lyon 8-50) Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 40-0)D. Warner b R. Ashwin 33M. Renshaw st Saha b Jadeja 60S. Smith c Saha b Jadeja 8S. Marsh c Nair b U. Yadav 66P. Handscomb c R. Ashwin b Jadeja 16M. Marsh lbw b I. Sharma 0M. Wade not out 25M. Starc not out 14Extras (b-8 lb-2 nb-5) 15Total (for 6 wickets, 106 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-52 D. Warner,2-82 S. Smith,3-134 M. Renshaw,4-160 P. Handscomb,5-163 M. Marsh,6-220 S. MarshTo bat: N. Lyon, S. O’Keefe, J. HazlewoodBowling: I. Sharma 23 – 6 – 39 – 1(nb-3),U. Yadav 24 – 7 – 57 – 1(nb-1),R. Ashwin 41 – 10 – 75 – 1, R. Jadeja 17 – 1 – 49 – 3,K. Nair 1 – 0 – 7 – 0.last_img read more

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Alumni discuss ‘Miss Juneteenth’ film

first_imgWith the ongoing nationwide protests in support of Black lives and against police brutality, Peoples noted that they served as a catalyst for her to complete her work.  The duo expressed how wonderful the community support was in Fort Worth when production was underway. In their eyes, the community was willing to help them create the authentic, nuanced world they wanted for the film. They were able to use the town’s bars and were given permission to record parts of the Fourth of July parade held yearly to use in the film.  Before closing the Q&A portion with Harris, Williams acknowledged that two fellow alumni also worked on the film; Emily Rice, who worked as the composer, and Satomi Martin, who was the first assistant director.  “Miss Juneteenth” is a compelling, soulful and emotional story. Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) is a single mother to a rebellious and free-spirited teenage daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze), who she tries to prepare for the Miss Juneteenth pageant in Fort Worth, Texas. The pageant features young African American women vying for a college scholarship.  When Peoples was first beginning to generate ideas for a feature film, she expressed to Harris how she wanted to write a story about a Black woman who has a dream deferred and who discovers a new dream in the process. From there, Peoples’ inspiration and idea for the film was created.  Sade Famuyiwa, a rising junior majoring in cinema and media studies, shared her love for the film’s aesthetic and asked why Turquoise’s background wasn’t explicitly stated as Famuyiwa felt it was told more subtly as the film progressed.  (Photo courtesy of IMDb) SCA alumni explore overlooked elements of African American culture, community and the bonds of a mother daughter relationship in “Miss Juneteenth.” The powerful opening of the film begins with the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Shirley Pace and a scene of Turquoise placing the Miss Juneteenth tiara on her head and holding her dress, which then cuts to Turquoise scrubbing a toilet. Beginning the film in this way shows the depth and unique narrative of Turquoise’s character and why she pushes her daughter the way she does. It gives audiences an intimate look into who Turquoise is underneath the crown.  The pageant was a formative event for Peoples, as it’s had a lasting influence on her as a writer and director.  “Miss Juneteenth” is not only aesthetically distinctive in its setting but is also detailed and purposeful in its choice of locations and props. Each scene was filmed at a real location in Fort Worth. For example, the juke joint used in the film was a place always known to locals to be open and only closed on their own time. When Peoples and Williams were filming there, local residents were waiting in line to go inside.  With this film coming out at such a pivotal time in the fight against social injustice, Williams sees “Miss Juneteenth” taking on a more meaningful role in revealing the larger issue of institutional racism in the United States.  “What I had to learn personally was not to get too locked down in just one way of solving a problem or approaching a scene because you may get everything together and it all changes,” Williams said.  “It’s been hard for me to navigate being entirely focused on getting a film out into the world when these tragedies are happening right now,”Peoples said. “For Black people right now, it’s about our survival … I felt more of a sense of determination to get [the film] out into the world, especially after these tragedies happened.”  As the evening progressed, Harris inquired about the role Peoples and Williams believe movies play in education and how such was cultivated in “Miss Juneteenth.” Peoples remarked that this was the very reason she and Williams first bonded during their time at USC. Their shared interest in making films that highlight historical moments in the African American community from a different perspective has stayed with them since those early days.  Juneteenth has always been a date worth celebrating in the United States. To uplift and honor the holiday, the SCA African American Cinema Society hosted a live Q&A session Monday night with alumni and the creators behind “Miss Juneteenth.” During the event, writer and director Channing Godfrey Peoples and producer Neil Creque Williams discussed current events and what the making of the film meant to them at such a pivotal moment in our nation’s civil rights history.  “That [song] is the Black national anthem,” Peoples said. “For us, it’s our sense of reverence and respect. It’s a moment of reflection for our ancestors. In the lyrics [of the song] it talks about the past and the future and that’s something that Turquoise is navigating in the space of the film.” The event was moderated by Luke Harris, a rising junior majoring in film and television production and co-president of AACS. Harris spent time analyzing various cinematic elements of the film, including Peoples’ and Williams’ choices for production and sound design, along with central themes in the narrative and conceptualization of characters.  A former beauty queen herself, Turquoise was crowned Miss Juneteenth in the 2004 pageant, a title which honors when enslaved people in Texas were told they had been free for two and a half years on June 19, 1865. But Turquoise’s life didn’t turn out as expected by her winning title. As a result, she is determined to rectify the past and in doing so, prepare her daughter to win the local Miss Juneteenth pageant, even if Kai isn’t interested. “I got to see all these beautiful, talented, intelligent women that looked like me,” Peoples said.  “Our film is very much about the humanity of Black life,” Peoples said. “Who better to tell our stories than from our perspectives as Black people?”  As a writer and director, Peoples’ parting advice emphasized the importance of doing research and conveying the vision for the film to other creatives on set. During the Q&A, Peoples showed one of the binders she used that was full of visual inspiration to help communicate to the creatives the tone of the film. When asked about the development of the story for “Miss Juneteenth,” Peoples replied that growing up in Texas, Juneteenth was always an important date. She explained how it was a celebration that was always in the fabric of her life and is a reverent time to remember ancestors.  At a time when Black voices are increasingly getting the recognition they deserve, Peoples said she hopes that “Miss Juneteenth” will become one of those voices.  “It was exciting that the film was coming out but extremely bittersweet that it took not only the pandemic but also the George Floyd situation, the protests and everything for there to be a moment to reflect on some of the bigger dynamics of racism in the country,” Williams said. When asked what were the biggest lessons they’ve learned through this film and if they had any tips for young filmmakers, Williams remarked about the importance of adapting and the ability to change approaches when necessary. (Photo courtesy of IMDb) The film centers around the real-life Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant that takes place in Fort Worth, Texas and which Peoples grew up attending. “I wanted us to go on that same journey with [Turquoise] in the sense that I didn’t want us to get bogged down in what her back story was and to look at the film for where she is now and where she needed to go,” Peoples said. last_img read more

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Heisman Trust to keep 2005 award vacant

first_imgAfter former USC running back Reggie Bush officially forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy Tuesday, the Heisman Trophy Trust met Wednesday and announced it would not re-award the trophy.“As a result of Reggie Bush’s decision to forfeit his title as Heisman winner of 2005, the Trustees have determined that there will be no Heisman Trophy winner for the year 2005,” a statement from the Trust said.The NCAA deemed Bush ineligible for the 2005 season and hit USC hard with sanctions when it was discovered that Bush, along with one-and-done basketball player O.J. Mayo, accepted lavish gifts from outside agents during their time at USC.The NCAA’s discoveries gave the Trust the opportunity to take away Bush’s award on account of his ineligibility in the 2005 season. By giving up his Trophy willingly, however, Bush avoided that scenario and said he is dedicated to helping the Trust in the future.“It was a difficult decision to return the Heisman Trophy and he exhibited great character in acknowledging his mistakes and accepting the consequences,” the Trust said.This is the first time in its 75-year history that the Heisman Trophy has been returned by one of its recipients.Former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who was the runner-up to Bush for the award in 2005, said he is not disappointed the Trust did not retroactively award him the prize.“I would not want to have it, and don’t want the trophy,” Young, who is now the Tennessee Titans quarterback, said to reporters on Wednesday. “Like I said, 2005 Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. Why would I want it?”last_img read more

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Syracuse penalty kill shines in 3-0 win over Penn State

first_img Published on November 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edu Coming into Friday night’s matchup against Penn State, Syracuse had allowed 11 power play goals, only killing 70.6 percent of penalties. SU ranked 30th amongst 40 teams in the country in the penalty killing category.Behind a major improvement on the penalty kill — SU killed all eight of PSU’s power play opportunities — the Orange (2-7-1, 1-0-0 College Hockey America) defeated Penn State (2-7-4, 0-1-0), 3-0, for its first victory of conference play.Senior captain Stephanie Grossi, who scored two goals in the first period, credits the extra practice on the penalty kill to Friday’s success on special teams.“The penalty kill has lost us games in the past,” Grossi said. “Today we really tightened up, blocked shots, and when we had a chance to get the puck out of the zone, we got it out.”SU’s hard work in practice to improve on the penalty kill was on full display Friday. The team was successful in killing all eight of Penn State’s penalty opportunities, raising their overall killing percentage on the season to 80 percent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoaltender Abbey Miller, who was instrumental in SU’s victory against Penn State, recording her first shut out of the season with 14 saves, said SU showed great improvement with the penalty kill against PSU.“We had a ton of kills,” said Miller, “I think we did a good job of blocking shots, getting in shooting lanes, and getting sticks in passing lanes.”Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan has stressed the penalty kill in practice because of the Orange’s early season struggles with it. Flanagan believes SU responded well after the extra practice and that the success with the penalty kill was essential in beating Penn State.“I believe it was really important at times to get through it without getting scored on,” said Flanagan. “The penalty kill can really diffuse any momentum you have, our penalty kills helped us maintain that momentum.”SU’s improvement was a key cog in achieving their first victory of conference play and continuing its dominance against PSU, recording its 19th victory in 23 tries. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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West Brom cling on to Cup hopes

first_imgTony Pulis’s side are through to a fifth round tie against Reading – but only after they were pushed all the way by their League One hosts.The teams were 1-1 after 90 minutes and following extra-time, before Lee Angol’s poorly struck spot-kick allowed West Brom to snatch at 4-3 win on penalties.last_img

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John Pettit – PBS – Configuration on a minute-by-minute, terminal by terminal level

first_img Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) was showcasing its latest product range at the recent ICE London exhibition. We dropped by the busy stand to speak to John Pettit, PBS Managing Director in UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia, about improvements made to the company’s SSBT offering, new displays for its ‘OTC’ coupons and further planned developments ahead of this summer’s World Cup.SBC: How would the reduction in stakes for FOBTs impact the use of SSBTs?JP: First and foremost, we want a healthy betting shop. A healthy betting shop is good for the SSBT. The more customers that are in the shop, the more shops are open. With our own product, we are advocates of responsible gambling, so we need to make sure that there is a correct balance. Within all of that, if there is a change in FOBT stakes, I think we are in a good position. A lot of FOBT business should stay FOBT business, but the one correlation is football. Although our terminals offer the full range of sporting content, football is the principle product, generating around 70% of turnover. So, if there’s one product in the betting shop that should benefit, you would think it would be SSBTs, because of the known crossover between SSBT and football, and football and FOBT.SBC: Can you explain the level of personalisation that the new ‘OTC’ coupon gives operators?JP: For personalisation, we recognised a few years ago that we had to provide more personalisation opportunities for the bookmakers. As much as a one-size fits all worked for us, it doesn’t work for bookmakers, so if you look around the stand today, our mantra is differentiation but working on a single version of code. So, whatever is developed for one area, one jurisdiction or one customer is immediately available to other customers. For example, everything we’ve done for OPAP is available in the UK. Everything we do is through configuration, and what that configuration allows us is a much greater level of personalisation for each of the operators.Every terminal here is operated from the same software stack. What we have is hundreds of thousands of configuration settings, which allow operators to get that level of personalisation and differentiation that they all crave. The OTC coupon is just another example of that process, but there will be more coming in the next six months.SBC: And can this personalisation be refined on a shop to shop basis?JP: Yes, because we come from a digital background, unlike most things in the betting shop which have been analogue pushed into digital. We started with digital, so it can be configured on a minute-by-minute, terminal by terminal level. You could have a front screen changing at 7pm to show the football, and then change it back at 10pm. The CMS system allows you to modify things by terminal. We call them nodes. Not only is that for the presentation, but for other things such as bonuses, offers and concessions.SBC: Do you monitor data on what your clients are doing, in terms of how they are utilising this opportunity to personalise their SSBT offering?JP: We do some of it, but what we’ve tried to do is build a tool for the operator to use themselves, because if we do it all ourselves, it kind of puts you in a very difficult position. Obviously, we want every operator to make as much money as possible, but we recognise the need for confidentiality, so what we want to do is build the infrastructure that will enable the operator to be successful.We want to be partners with our customers and operators, so as and when we see good ideas, it is always in our interest to share them where the IP in the idea is ours. There are also things we look at ourselves, especially because for some of our customers we offer almost a fully managed service.For some of the independents, we do almost everything for them. So, we learn that we have done ‘x’ here and it’s had this response. This customer has done this, but this one hasn’t, and there’s been a change in the performance. You get a tremendous amount of insight with such a configurable platform.SBC: Bet Tracker is now available to both iPhone and Android users on the Google Play store for the first time. Can you talk us through some of your other recent product developments?JP: From a product development perspective, we spent a lot of time with OPAP, but in the last six to nine months we’ve really started looking again at how we can maximise the UK product, especially with the World Cup coming up. There have been three or four key product developments that you’ll see hitting the market in the next six months. The first one that has just gone live is Lottoland, which is the ability to place a lottery bet across numerous regulated global lotteries, meaning you can win huge prizes such as £100 million in a betting shop. Following that, we’ve developed a Match Acca; imagine Sky Bet’s RequestABet on a terminal, where you can add multiple selections from the same game to create an in-game accumulator. That has been built with the World Cup in mind. It’s the same as RequestABet except it’s real-time so as you keep adding a selection, the returns on that in-game acca update immediately. For example, England to win, Kane to score the first goal, over 3.5 bookings and over 10 corners. That’s a bet you will be able to do using a real-time algorithm that calculates the price. We’re working with a company called Algosport – the algorithm determines how much are these markets related and how this impacts the price. For example, Argentina are 10/1 to win the World Cup next summer and Lionel Messi is 10/1 to be top scorer and therefore the double is 10/1. As this is a related contingency, the answer is no because obviously, if Messi is the top scorer, Argentina’s chances of winning must be greater than that (or less than 10/1). Match Acca allows you to build your own related contingency bet, increasing interest and excitement (not to mention operator margin) in a single match.We also have a development to Bet Tracker, which will go live for the World Cup, whereby you can build your bet outside of the shop – a bit like the old paper coupon which you took to the pub, had a chat with your friends and asked what they fancied. Here, you build it on your phone, which automatically tells you what the odds are, then you come back into the shop and transfer the bet from your phone onto the terminal. This should be ready in time for the World Cup, which is so important for us because it’s such a communal experience that gets people talking outside of the betting shop – they still get the anonymity they want, but their out-of-shop experience can then be transferred into the shop.Anonymity is key on the retail side, but we also know that retail customers like digital devices and innovation, so what we’re trying to do is build products that bring digital and retail anonymity together. SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Submit OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020last_img read more

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