September 21

Reds’ resolve thrills Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers watched Luis Suarez “create havoc” in the 3-2 win over Tottenham but felt the character of the whole side pulled them through. Suarez opened the scoring only for Jan Vertonghen to score twice – with both goals created by Gareth Bale – to turn the match around. However, a bizarre back-pass from Kyle Walker allowed Stewart Downing to equalise and when Suarez was fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Steven Gerrard stroked home an 82nd-minute penalty winner. The Premier League’s leading scorer Suarez took his tally to 29 for the season – but asked whether that just made him more attractive to Europe’s big clubs in the summer, Rodgers said: “Football is worldwide now so everyone has seen how good he is.” He continued: “But he is very happy among his mates here and you have seen it doesn’t matter where he plays – he was in the number 10 role and then he went in from the side he still created havoc. “He knows the trust I put in him and that gives him the platform to go and perform.” Liverpool recorded three successive league victories for the first time since May 2011 but it was as much about character as performance for the Reds boss. “It was very important win for us,” said the Northern Irishman. “We are on a great run at the moment and we knew this was going to be a severe test of our qualities and character against a team in great form. “For us to get three points and show the character was fantastic and I am delighted for the players because they worked ever so hard. “You can see the mentality in the group. I thought we had to show different characteristics than what we have had to do in recent weeks. “We’ve been comfortable in a lot of the games and been able to control them but against a top side we came through. I had to make some changes to get the control back and when we did that I thought we were good value for the win.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 19

Spanish prosecutor wants jail time for Barca’s Neymar

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Spain’s public prosecutor has called for Barcelona soccer player Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing yesterday.Judge Jose Perals also called for a five-year sentence for former Barca president Sandro Rosell and a fine of 8.4 million euros ($8.9 million) for the club, but called for charges against current president Josep Maria Bartomeu to be dropped.The case stems from a complaint by a Brazilian investment group, DIS, which owned 40 percent of Brazil forward Neymar’s transfer rights and which alleges it received less money than it was entitled to, as Barca concealed the real transfer fee.Altamiro Bezerra, CEO of Neymar’s company, told Reuters they were “very relaxed” because there was “nothing new”.“… It (the case) had been filed away, and now the Public Ministry has to present new reasons to show why it is asking for it to be reopened, and present evidence, and then ask for a sentence; this isn’t a new case,” he told Reuters.“The whole process has still to happen. The Public Ministry presents its arguments for reopening the case, the judge can reopen it and will still have to hear the prosecution and the defence. The process is going to drag on.”Barcelona have been engulfed in legal troubles over Neymar’s transfer since 2013. Rosell resigned as the club’s president in 2014 for his role in the affair and testified in court in February alongside Bartomeu, Neymar and Neymar’s father.The club struck a deal with prosecutors in June to settle a separate case and paid a 5.5 million euro ($6.2 million) fine and avoided trial on charges of tax evasion over the transfer.Barca thought they had brought the affair to a close when judge Jose de la Mata archived the case in June, although Spain’s public prosecutor successfully overturned the ruling in September, allowing the case to proceed.At a news conference in Madrid yesterday, Jose Barral, chairman of Sonda, umbrella group for DIS, called for stiffer prison sentences and said Barca should pay compensation while Neymar should be banned from playing during the trial.last_img read more

September 18

Austin voted senior cricketer of the year  at Reliance Hustlers Awards ceremony

first_imgESSEQUIBO Franchise selectee, Mark Austin, stole the spotlight as he was adjudged the senior cricketer of the year when the Reliance Hustlers Sports Club held their second annual awards ceremony on Saturday  last at the residence of Trevis Simon in Reliance.The colourful and equally impressive presentation saw the attendance of ECB Secretary, Autto Christiani and former Essequibo senior inter-county players, Ramesh Narine, Latchmikhant Narine and Elroy Stephney, among other special invitees.Senior Cricketer of the Year, Mark Austin, displays his trophies.During his brief remarks, Christiani implored the awardees to remain committed on improving every aspect of their game and to cooperate in achieving the goals of the club which he described as being one of the more organised and progressive body within the county.Captain and Chairman of the Reliance Grounds Committee, Trevis Simon, give an overview of the Club’s performance in 2019 which he described as a successful one, both on and off the field, including the transformation of the Reliance ground.Meanwhile, former Essequibo senior inter-county captain, Elroy Stephney, during his remarks, challenged the awardees to maintain a high level of discipline and fitness which, he affirmed, is the key towards attaining consistent and desirable results. He also advised them to seek guidance from former players in an effort to build on their strengths and improve their chances of national selection. Twenty-three members each received a trophy, compliments of Suraj Rajah Contracting Service. Special awards then followed with Mark Austin also being adjudged the Best Senior Batsman of the Year. The other awardees were best bowler– Trevis Simon; best bowling performance– Pavindra Persaud; best batting performance– Narendra Mandolall; best fielder– Rovindra Parasram; most entertaining player– Rovindra Parasram; most improved player— Sedeshwar Shivambar; senior emerging player –Alex Tyrell; junior cricketer of the year– Abdul Nadir; junior emerging player– Shazif Hannif.The Captain’s award was presented to a long-serving member and supporter, Lokesh Lall, for his commitment and dedication, while other executives from the Committee also received special tokens for their service. Among the sponsors for the lavish and well-attended occasion were Ammrata Enterprise, Factory Price, Najab Trading, Pream Mega Sounds, Bombay Fasion, Rakesh Liquor Store, Riff’s Natural Juice, Buju’s Pools’ Hall, Bahadur’s Accounting Firm, Elroy Stephney and Latchmikhant Narine.last_img read more

September 17

PCP: (Hesiman) Election ’08

first_imgMason:Bear with me while I throw some numbers at you.3,147. 28. 8-0.Can’t figure out what they mean? Those are Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell’s passing yards, touchdowns, and the Red Raiders’ record (in that order, of course).Absolutely ridiculous.Harrell has proven himself as, statistically, the best quarterback in college football. He’s thrown for almost 400 yards more than the next highest challenger — Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, who has played the same number of games as Harrell (though Bradford has him bested in the touchdown department by one, but both trail David Johnson of Tulsa’s 32).His interceptions have also dropped dramatically from a year ago — just five so far this season compared to 14 a year ago. He’s also been sacked a mere three times, which doesn’t necessarily reflect on him, but it shows he’s getting the ball to his receivers quickly.But that aforementioned unbeaten record has Texas Tech at No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Red Raiders are one of four top 10 teams without a blemish on their record and are eyeing up a BCS bowl bid.But wait, you say. What tough teams have Harrell and the Raiders beaten? True, their only win against a ranked opponent came this past weekend against then-No. 23 Kansas. You can’t fault Harrell, however, for the schedule. All the man does is throw for five scores against both the Jayhawks (to go along with 386 yards through the air) and Texas A&M (oh, and he posted 450 yards passing in that game). I know a certain Badger team that wouldn’t mind having those numbers.Tebow? Te-boo. McCoy? More like McBoy. Moreno? Know-way! Harrell for Heisman!Zetlin:OK Count Dracula, you want to play numbers games? Fine, feast on these:360.242.It’s funny you pick Harrell for Heisman because the real trophy winner will be standing across the field from him on Saturday. Oh, and he’s 8-0, too, just so you know.As for those numbers? The first would be Harrell’s total attempts this season; the second is Colt McCoy’s total. Get it?Of course you’re going to have higher totals when you throw the ball 78 more times! Want some more?71.1.81.8.Harrell’s completion percentage versus McCoy’s. 81.8 percent, Mason! Against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri (I know they have no defense, but the other two are legit).Not only is McCoy the best player on the best team in college football (the Texas Longhorns, for those of you who don’t know), but he’s the best player, period: a sure-thing recipe to bring home the Heisman.But I’ll be fair with you, Mase, because I like Harrell too. If the Red Raiders win on Saturday, I’ll concede this PCP immediately. Too bad they don’t stand a chance. Get ready for Tech to get trounced!The crazy part is, Texas head coach Mack Brown said earlier this season the Horns were going to be better next year. Plus, McCoy already said he’ll be staying for his senior campaign. Scary.Colt McBoy? More like Colt McJoy, when he’ll have one leg up and one arm out come December.last_img read more

September 17

Volleyball hoping to send seniors out with wins

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team (15-12, 4-12) enters its last homestand of the year this weekend when it battles No. 22 Minnesota (20-8, 10-6) and Iowa (7-18, 2-14).The Badgers are coming off a devastating loss in five sets to Ohio State last weekend and are looking to bounce back on their home court. It won’t be an easy task starting the weekend against a Minnesota squad that won in four sets when the teams played in Minneapolis earlier this season.“The important part is that we do bounce back, and we look forward and move forward,” head coach Pete Waite said. “We still want to keep improving our game. That’s been our goal the whole time.”Wisconsin was disappointed last weekend after losing to both Penn State and Ohio State. Like they’ve done all season, though, the Badgers are continuing to keep their heads up and stay positive. UW has been mainly concentrated on improving everyday and focusing on one match at a time.“We definitely just need to control our side and be aggressive on defense and offense,” junior Janelle Gabrielsen said. “[We] can’t worry so much about what they’re going to bring at us, so that whatever they bring at us, we’ll be ready.”Wisconsin is preparing for this weekend the same way it prepares for all Big Ten opponents. The Badgers know every game in the conference is going to be a tough challenge, so they don’t take anybody lightly.“We didn’t play our greatest when we played at Minnesota, and it was still a close match, so it’s [about] improving on the last time we played them and changing some things,” senior outside hitter Allison Wack said. “There are no guarantees in the conference. We went to five [sets] at Iowa, so we want to play a lot better here and get on them quicker.”The last two weeks of matches have all been on the road for the Badgers. Coming off their longest stretch of road games, the team is glad to be home.“We haven’t been home in awhile, so hopefully we’ll get a big crowd,” Gabrielsen said. “Playing here in the Field House is awesome, so I think we’ll definitely play well.”Since it’s the last home stand of the year, senior night will be on Saturday when Wisconsin plays Iowa. Waite spoke very highly of the team’s three seniors who will be playing their last matches at the Field House this weekend.“Jessa Benson, Allison Wack and Kim Kuzma have done a phenomenal job during their years with the program and as leaders for the whole group,” Waite said. “I know the entire team wants to work extremely hard for them to make it a great weekend in their last one here at home.”Kuzma is third all time for Wisconsin in digs and digs per set. She’s been a major leader for the team and a reliable libero in the middle for the Badgers.Wack has also been very valuable to Wisconsin over the past few years. This season she leads the team with 280 kills, and she’s played in an astounding 114 matches over her career as a Badger.“For the seniors, it’s a bitter sweet weekend,” Wack said. “We have a lot of family coming and a ton of support. None of us can believe this is our last home weekend.”Although she’s excited for senior night, Wack’s main focus is still on the matches this weekend and showing people how well her team can play. “We’re excited because this is our last chance to show the fans what we have,” Wack said. “We want to just show these teams that we’re a team to be taken seriously. We want to fight for what we have and improve every match.”last_img read more

September 17

Murray scores 4 straight goals to start game, powers Syracuse past Stony Brook into NCAA quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 On Syracuse’s first possession, the offense appeared stagnant. It was passing the ball around the perimeter of the 12-meter arc. When the ball came to Alyssa Murray, she called out a play and stuck her index finger in the air. Then she passed the ball again, and cut toward the goal. Kayla Treanor found Murray, a fellow Tewaaraton Award finalist, whose shot found the back of net to spark an offensive explosion for Syracuse. “We set up a couple of plays off of our normal offense,” Murray said. “And it ended up opening up something that we hadn’t practiced. It was perfect. “We just ran the play and went from there.”  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurray had Syracuse’s first four goals to jumpstart a near-flawless first half for SU. Her teammates cruised the rest of the way as second-seeded Syracuse (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) cruised to a 13-6 win over Stony Brook (17-4, 4-1 America East) in the second round of the NCAA tournament at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The Orange advances to face Boston College in the quarterfinals next weekend. “They came out and they executed from the opening whistle,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Just an awesome first half.” On Friday afternoon, Stony Brook earned the right to play Syracuse after it rode a 9-0 first-half outburst against Towson. It was the Seawolves that pounded the cage that day, making 9-of-10 first-half attempts.  On Sunday, though, the Orange took the Seawolves out of contention almost immediately. Just 25 seconds after Murray’s first goal, Katie Webster found Murray streaking across the net. She caught the pass and bounced it into the goal.She scored twice more on free-position shots just minutes later. After her second one, she flipped her stick in the air, and waited for her teammates to greet her.Against the nation’s best defense, which allows just more than four goals per game, the rout was only just beginning.   “(Murray’s) got that killer instinct,” Gait said. “She wants to win, and she comes in super focused. She had opportunities and she put the ball away.”And when the Stony Brook defense adjusted to close Murray out of the goal, her teammates struck.Kailah Kempney scored twice. Taylor Poplawski connected. Bridget Daley did as well. What was a one-woman show became a full-on throttling by much of the SU roster. “That kind of gave other people opportunities,” Murray said. “If they’re paying more attention to me, the back side or the opposite side might be open.” Stony Brook had a lively contingent of fans at the start of the game, but those fans hardly made a peep as the gap in the score widened. Nearly every possession started in the hands of the Orange. Kempney and Kirkland Locey combined to win 10-of-12 in the draw circle in the first half. Stony Brook’s best chance to work its way back in the game came with 16 seconds left in the first half as the Seawolves trailed 9-2.Courtney Murphy had a free-position shot, but Stony Brook committed a foul and Syracuse took possession with 10 seconds to go in the half. The Orange got out in transition, and Kayla Treanor found a wide-open Devon Collins to the right of the goal. She punched it in the bottom-right corner with two seconds left on the clock. What could have been 9-3 became 10-2. On a play that could have swung the momentum Stony Brook’s way, it instead left the Seawolves dejected as Syracuse’s place in the quarterfinals seemed all but assured.“For confidence on the field,” Kempney said, “getting a couple goals at the beginning is definitely helpful for our team to get the momentum going.” The second half was a formality for Syracuse. Gait emptied his bench as the lead grew to 10 and the running clock ticked away. Syracuse knows it faces a competitive road to a first national championship. It’s made the final four each of the past two seasons. But it was clear from the first few minutes on Sunday that Stony Brook would not be a tough test to overcome. “Playoff season is a second season,” Gait said. “And we’re in it. We’re 1-0.“Our goal is to be 4-0.”  Comments Related Stories Syracuse dominates draw circle in victory over Stony BrookSyracuse defense stifles Stony Brook, helps Orange win turnover battlecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 17

Fresno State hosts struggling Women of Troy

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team hopes to end its current three-game road stretch on a high note as it prepares for a bout against Fresno State on Wednesday.Homecourt · Sophomore forward Alexyz Vaioletama has helped the Women of Troy win three home games. The team is 1-1 on the road, however. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (3-3) split the first two games of the road trip, beating UC Santa Barbara (2-5) 62-51 last Tuesday and losing to San Diego State (4-2) 80-46 on Friday.USC committed 13 turnovers and 14 fouls in both games, but those were the only common statistic across the games. The Women of Troy shot 32 percent from the field against San Diego State and 49 percent against UC Santa Barbara. They were also out-rebounded 48-29 by the Aztecs, in contrast to outrebounding the Gauchos 28-22. It was the first game this season that USC was out-rebounded by its opponent.“It’s in the back of our mind every time we get on the floor or watch film,” junior forward Desiree Bradley said. “In every aspect we take that game to get better.”Junior forward Cassie Harberts, USC’s leading scorer and rebounder, has averaged 16.0 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game on the road trip, while sophomore guard Ariya Crook, USC’s second-leading scorer, is averaging 10 points per game on the road.The Bulldogs (4-2) are led by guard Ki-Ki Moore, who is averaging 16.7 points and 6 rebounds per game, and Alex Sheedy, who is averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. They are currently in the third game of a four-game home stretch, beating Washington State 82-59 on Friday and UT Arlington 70-45 on Sunday.“We’re really still a work in progress,” USC associate head coach Daron Park said. “There’s a lot of areas that we need to continue to address and work on to get better. … We spent a lot of time watching film, talking about what kind of team we want to be and how we want to do things and what we wanted to commit to doing to form our identity.”USC and Fresno State met last season, with the Women of Troy winning 65-57. Harberts scored 14 points in the 2011 contest.USC then returns to the Galen Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 to take on Texas A&M (3-3) at 12p.m. . They will then compete in the Women of Troy Classic at the Galen Center against UC Davis on Dec. 21st at 5 p.m. and against Duke on Dec. 22 at noon.last_img read more

September 8

Chelsea Looking To Halt Liverpool Title Charge

first_imgLiverpool will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself when Chelsea visit Anfield in today’s big Premier League clash.The Reds famously fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to the same opposition when last challenging for the league back in 2014, a result that ultimately saw them miss out on the title to Manchester City.However, there are two different managers in the dugouts and probably 20 different players in the starting lineups (Mohamed Salah is one of only two survivors and was in the Chelsea ranks that day). More relevant is Liverpool’s failure to beat Chelsea in the last eight encounters at Anfield and their opponents’ problems on the road, with Maurizio Sarri’s side losing four of their last six away league games.Liverpool haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games at Anfield against Chelsea (D4 L2); the Reds have never endured a longer winless home run against an opponent in the competition.Chelsea have only lost twice in their last 16 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (W6 D8), though both of those defeats came at Stamford Bridge. The Blues’ last defeat at Anfield came back in May 2012 in the Premier League (1-4).The Blues have already won away at Liverpool this season, beating them 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. However, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League games at Anfield – only once in their top-flight history have they had a longer unbeaten home run (63 between Feb 1978-Dec 1980).Chelsea have won three Premier League games in a row for the first time since September 2018, when they won their first five matches in the competition under Maurizio Sarri.However, the Blues have lost their last five Premier League away games against fellow ‘big six’ opponents, including all three this season by an aggregate score of 1-11. Interestingly, they have won three of their last four away league games against sides starting the day top, including that 2-0 victory at Anfield in April 2014.Looking at the players that will step out in today’s game, Andrew Robertson will return to the Liverpool side having been suspended for the midweek Champions League win over Porto.That means James Milner, the Scotland captain’s stand-in last Tuesday, is available for a midfield role – giving manager Jurgen Klopp a selection dilemma as Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson have both performed well in the last two matches.Fellow midfielder Adam Lallana is expected to return to the squad after missing the last two games with a muscle injury.Chelsea will recall Eden Hazard for the trip to Anfield after he was only used as a substitute against Slavia Prague. Hazard has had a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (28 – 16 goals and 12 assists). The only league season in which the Belgian has been involved in more goals was in 2011/12 with Ligue 1 club Lille (36).Callum Hudson-Odoi was left out of the squad but may also be drafted back into the fold while Emerson Palmieri will undergo a fitness test.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

September 8

Sarita Devi contracts COVID-19, takes heart from cancer-battling Dingko who beat virus

first_img 4 months ago I went into depression for being unable to resume my treatment: Dingko Singh 4 months ago Vijender, Manoj help raise funds for ailing Dingko Singh SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 12:38 IST Sarita Devi Contracts COVID-19, Takes Heart From Cancer-battling Dingko Who Beat Virus Boxer Laishram Sarita Devi, who contracted COVID-19, is taking inspiration from champion boxer Dingko Singh, who beat COVID-19 while battling cancer. Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medallist Laishram Sarita Devi and her husband, Thoiba Singh, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The 38-year-old boxer and her husband were in her hometown in Imphal, Manipur and decided to take a test after Devi was running a fever and had a cold for three days. The couple has been shifted to a government-run COVID-19 care centre at UNACCO School in the West Imphal district, where they will be observed for a fortnight. Also read | Sarita Devi to represent India at AIBA’s Athlete Commission: Sports newsSarita Devi COVID-19 test in Imphal comes back positiveWhile talking to Indian Express, Sarita Devi revealed that she was “suffering from fever apart from soreness in the body” and a “light cold”. Her symptoms started after she visited her brother’s home, where she helped their family after his wife gave birth. They initially thought she had muscle cramps but decided to get tested. While she and her husband tested positive, her eight-year-old son Tomthil, cousin sister and her daughter tested negative. Devi is a three-time world champion and a five-time Asian medalist who was a part of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Boxing Association in 2019. Also read | Vijender, Manoj help raise funds for ailing Dingko Singh: Sports newsSarita Devi taking inspiration from Dingko Singh, who beat COVID-19 despite battling cancerTwo months ago, 1998 Asian Games boxing champion Dingko Singh tested positive for COVID-19. Devi helped Dingko Singh and his wife Babai Devi travel to Delhi. Devi remained in touch with him after they returned to Imphal. During her interview, Devi revealed that Dingko was one of the first people she talked to after her diagnosis was confirmed. “Dingko sir recovered from COVID-19 while battling cancer. He talked to me and assured me that everything will be fine,” Sarita Devi added. Before leaving for her treatment, Devi told her son not to worry about her and his father, and keep himself occupied by reading books. They are aware of the recovery stories through newspapers and other forms of media and expect to recover as the Indian hockey team players did. They are being given medicines to reduce fever, while she talks to her son over the phone to keep herself occupied. “There should not be any stigma around COVID-19 patients. But on the other hand, we should follow all the precautions,” Devi said.Also read | I went into depression for being unable to resume my treatment: Dingko SinghSarita Devi boxing careerThe boxing champion wants to get back to her training, as she has now moved to a lower weight category. Before the Olympic qualifiers in Jordan, the Manipur native was defeated by Simranjit Kaur in the 60kg category. Kaur qualified for the Olympics, and Devi will be trying to qualify in the 57kg qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. While the national camp for Indian women boxers remains on hiatus, Devi will resume her training from home after recovery. She also added that in the 57kg category, her height will prove to be an advantage. “I had been training at my home since March and once full training resumes, my focus will be on fast feet movement, which will be a key in this new category,” Devi explained.Also read | Boxer Sarita Devi to take call on retirement after Tokyo Olympics: Sarita Devi boxing(Image credits: PTI) WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Boxer Sarita Devi to take call on retirement after Tokyo Olympics LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND Devika Pawar FOLLOW US 11 months ago Wrestler Sarita Devi says ‘I’m not finished yet’, vows comeback 9 months ago Sarita Devi to represent India at AIBA’s Athlete Commission First Published: 18th August, 2020 12:38 IST COMMENTlast_img read more

August 30

Mr Green CEO tips England for ‘year of redemption’

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink has predicted a “year of redemption” for English football, but expects Germany and a Kylian Mbappé inspired France to contest the World Cup final.Kärrbrink, who will play a starring role during Betting on Sports Week (18-21 September), has made a series of predictions for this summer’s tournament in Russia, which concludes in Moscow on Sunday 15 July.Kärrbrink tipped 19-year-old Mbappé, who he described as “football’s next super scorer”, to win the Golden Boot, with Les Bleus to battle reigning champions Germany for the trophy.He said: “The drama and the battle between efficiency and artistry, the fight between neighbours and the class of the players for Germany and France could make this to one of the best games ever. Like a Champions League final on steroids.”Despite predicting an all-European final, Kärrbrink still thinks Lionel Messi will be crowned Player of the Tournament, while he expects countryman Victor Lindelöf to put his Premier League struggles behind him to become the biggest surprise of the World Cup 2018.“It’s a subjective and impossible category to bet on”, said Kärrbrink, “but it’s still an interesting one to speculate about. He might have struggled at Manchester United, but he has the potential to be a super star defender. I think he will show it this summer.”The Mr Green leader also had a positive outlook for the chances of England, who were dumped out of Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland – his tip as the ‘surprise advancement’ from a group featuring Messi’s Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.“2018 is the year of redemption for English football,” he said. “England has been favourites (in England) since 1966 but never really lived up to the expectations, perhaps with the 2000’s as an exception.“This year, they have a great team, a strong coach and less pressure. And surely, they cannot repeat the fiasco from 2014. I predict they will reach the semi-final stage.”Finally, he expects Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera to be picked in goal for the Team of the Tournament, just pipping his other favourite stopper – Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. Karrbrink could well be reflecting on these predictions when he appears on the CEO Panel discussion during Betting on Sports in September. He will be joined on a star-studded #boscon2018 panel by Betway Group CEO Anthony Werkman, Fortuna Group CEO Per Widerstrom and George Daskalakis, Founder and CEO at Stoiximan and Betano.He will also be speaking on the CEO Panel at the CasinoBeats Summit, which is co-located with Betting on Sports at Olympia London. Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Related Articles Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020last_img read more