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Bet responsibly? A struggle for some as sportsbook ads widen

first_imgIn this July 30, 2018 photo, Heather Warker, an employee of the sports betting lounge at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. counts money inside the teller’s cage. It’s hard enough for compulsive gamblers to stop betting. Now, in a growing number of places, they’re being bombarded with ads urging them to bet on sports. It’s a temptation they didn’t face a year ago. And it’s raising questions as to how tightly regulated sports betting advertising should be in the United States. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The tagline makes the solution sound so simple: “Gamble responsibly.”It’s anything but for those who struggle with compulsive gambling. Instead, the footnote caps a powerful new temptation as ads for sports betting emerge in states that have recently legalized an activity once banned in most of the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “Imagine being an alcoholic sitting home on your couch and there’s no beer in the house, and then there’s this app that you can press and magically a beer appears,” he said. “That’s the kind of access that’s out there now and it’s tempting as hell. It’s really, really hard to maintain your recovery and not bet again. Everywhere you look, someone’s urging you to gamble.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ England plans to ban all gambling-related ads and promotions during live sports starting in August.European gambling giant GVC Holdings said UK laws show go even further and ban ads during replays and some other sports programming. GVC, which operates several huge brands including bwin, Ladbrokes, Sportingbet and partypoker, signed a $200 million deal last year to offer sports betting and online gambling in the U.S. with MGM Resorts International.“The (European) market has become swamped with these advertisements,” said Martin Lycka, the company’s director of regulatory affairs.Lycka said ideally, governments would set acceptable guidelines and individual companies would go farther than the minimums in policing their own ads.“A balance needs to be struck,” he said.In the U.S., leagues have generally had a hand in the content of their advertising; not long ago the NFL even stopped ads for Las Vegas casinos from airing nationally during the Super Bowl, a move that seems well antiquated now given the pending move of the Raiders to Sin City and a marketing and data deal between the league and Caesars Entertainment, one of the biggest gambling operators in the world.Scott Kaufman-Ross, head of fantasy and gaming for the NBA, said advertising for sports betting is OK “if a fan is interested in betting and they want to bet. But if they’re not interested if they’re a problem gambler, they should not have it thrown in their face.”Bill Ordower, executive vice president of Major League Soccer, said restraint for leagues makes sense after a backlash several years ago to daily fantasy sports ads.“Any game you watched you were inundated with that advertising,” he said.Fantasy sports ads became such an annoyance that they even drew attention from law enforcement, with DraftKings and FanDuel settling a dispute in New York for a combined $12 million. For Gary, a 63-year-old real estate agent who has lost nearly $2 million gambling since his first bad bet on the Dallas Cowboys beating the Giants when he was 13, the struggle to resist advertising is made more difficult by the ease of betting online, a relatively new option in the legal gambling world outside Nevada.“They make it so tempting. It’s the perfect drug for compulsive gamblers,” he said. “They can close the bathroom door, make all their bets, not talk to a live person, and walk back out into the living room in a minute, with no one knowing.”John Sweeney, a professor at the University of North Carolina with backgrounds in advertising and sports communication, said questions about advertising point to a common question for gambling: Should states regulate this or is a single national standard necessary as sports betting grows?Sweeney said he recently received mail offers for casinos in 14 states, many with their own responsible gambling programs and policies.“This is the time when all these gambling issues will be given regulatory structure,” he said. “There’s an enormous amount at stake.”Whyte, from the national problem gambling council, suggests that U.S. casinos dedicate 1% of their advertising budget to messages promoting responsible gambling and help for those with problems. The French lottery plans to allocate 10% of its TV ad budget to such messages, but in most other places, there is no requirement to fund responsible gambling ads.The trajectory of sports betting in the U.S., once mainly an underground activity, makes it unclear whether the ads themselves are making people with gambling problems bet more on sports.Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, said calls to the state’s hotline that involve sports betting are up 21% since it started last year. But most of those callers say they had been betting on sports long before it became legal.“Some people are having difficulty with the ads,” she said. “The good thing is they all have the 800-GAMBLER number at the end. You don’t see that with beer ads.”Charlie, the IT professional, said gambling is often easier than drinking alcohol when he finds himself alone in hotels with nothing to do. Salah joy, Liverpool beats Tottenham to win 6th European Cup Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES “We want to get in front of this in a way that is meaningful,” said Sara Slane, the group’s senior vice president of public affairs. “We view the opportunity to offer sports betting on a state-by-state level as a privilege, and there needs to be responsible advertising that’s tied to that.”Indeed, those who struggle with gambling find ads touting Super Bowl or March Madness wagers similar to beer ads tempting those with alcoholism or fast food ads enticing those with unhealthy eating habits. Though a hurdle for some, the ads are an understandable facet of expanded betting with sportsbooks chasing new customers to bet legally and leisurely, just like millions of people who visit casinos, buy lottery tickets or drink and eat without harmful consequences.“There’s not one commercial break it seems where you don’t see one of these ads. As much as I tried to stop, there are all these incentives: a $500 free bet, we’ll refund your first bet even if you lose. They’re everywhere I look,” said Sharon, who lives in a New York TV market that’s a key target for advertisers of New Jersey sportsbooks. “It’s a constant reminder of my problem. It brings an incredible amount of guilt and shame for me, and yet there’s still this incredible temptation that these ads make worse.”Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, thinks the details of gambling ads haven’t been explored enough.“In the U.S., if you say, ‘Gamble responsibly,’ you’ve now met the responsible gambling standard,” Whyte said. “It’s going to be a big issue. There’s heightened concern for people struggling with gambling addiction and relapse. And I don’t see a lot of discussion about this.”Major sportsbooks all say they train their workers to spot people with potential gambling problems, offering various solutions including self-imposed betting “timeouts” for those who want them. In New Jersey, some money from licensing fees for sports betting fund compulsive gambling treatment programs, and ads are required by state law to mention a 1-800-GAMBLER telephone help line. Regulations in other states are relatively similar.“We’re always mindful of the tone and content in our advertisements,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “We are committed to doing what we can to help lead the industry in seeking to minimize the harm gambling can cause to the vulnerable.”European regulators haven’t left that up to casinos.In 2018, Italy banned all gambling advertising — including on TV, radio and internet — as part of a “dignity decree” aimed in part at fighting gambling addiction.Sweden is considering similar restrictions. Under new regulations in Belgium, online casinos will be banned from advertising on television. Sports betting ads will air only after 8 p.m. and no such ads will be allowed during live sports broadcasts. View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “It’s right in front of my eyes, and even though I’ve been in recovery for years and go regularly to Gamblers Anonymous meetings, it’s starting to bother me,” he said. “I can feel it.”Advertising supporting the nascent sports betting industry has not drawn the same level of scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. as counterparts in Europe, where several countries strictly regulate or even ban gambling ads, including those for sports betting.One year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended an effective monopoly in Nevada, eight states have begun taking legal sports wagers. Three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to create new markets and a handful of legislatures are still considering bills. None of the laws passed has significant restrictions for sports betting ads.The commercial casino industry wants to keep it that way.The American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s main trade group and lobbying arm, recently issued voluntary guidelines for sports betting advertising in a bid to stay ahead of possible government regulation, drawing on the experience of the liquor industry to develop self-regulations.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sharon, a 39-year-old homemaker, decided with her husband to move from New Jersey to New York specifically to get away from legalized sports betting, but still sees ads frequently that remind her of the tens of thousands of dollars in debt she racked up on a wagering app.Charlie, an information technology professional from suburban Philadelphia, says the advertisements and easy access makes wagering “tempting as hell,” even as his losses mounted to $400,000 as he bet online while traveling on service calls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThey’ve complicated addiction recovery for Gary, a real estate agent from New Jersey who attends support group meetings and has lost nearly $2 million over a lifetime of gambling.“It seems like every fourth commercial, there’s one telling you how easy it is to bet on sports and make money,” said Gary, who like other gamblers spoke to The Associated Press on condition that his full name not be used because of stigmas some people associate with unhealthy gambling.last_img read more

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Karbonn launches Wind 4 Windows phone at Rs 5,999

first_imgKarbonn has introduced its first Windows based smartphone with the launch of Titanium Wind W4. The new device is available at Amazon India exclusively for INR 5,999.Similar to the launch of Titanium S10, Karbonn has not made any official announcement for Wind 4 also. The device runs on Windows 8.1 OS and comes with 4 inch WVGA (480X480 pixel) LCD display powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 512MB RAM.The dual SIM windows smartphone, Wind 4 has an inbuilt storage capacity of 4 GB which can be further expanded to up to 32 GB and 15 GB preinstalled OneDrive cloud storage space. It sports a 5 MP rear camera accompanied by a LED flash and also houses a 0.3 MP front camera.The device is presently available only in white color. It might be worth mentioning that Microsoft’s lowest priced Lumia smartphone, Lumia 530 is priced at INR 7,349.Recently, Karbonn launched its first Android One device in India called Karbonn Sparkle V, valued at Rs. 6,399.last_img read more

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Kevin De Bruyne in line for Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out

first_imgManchester City playmaker David Silva will miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Crystal Palace with an ankle injury, but Kevin De Bruyne could make his debut in the Spaniard’s absence.Manager Manuel Pellegrini will not risk Silva for the clash and the midfielder has joined Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the injury list.Delph, a close-season signing from Aston Villa, is expected to be out for around six weeks, Pellegrini said, after he picked up a hamstring injury playing for England against Switzerland.”The injury list is Zabaleta, he has a problem with his knee and Gael Clichy. Also, Fabian Delph has a hamstring injury,” Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.”Those three and David Silva has a kick in his ankle.Also read: De Gea agrees new four-year United contract “Silva is out for tomorrow as I think it would be a risk for him to take another knock. I hope he will be OK for Juventus (in the Champions League on Tuesday).”Fabian worked with us before he went to his national squad — he worked without problems and he played some minutes with our team. It’s very unlucky to have that injury but it happens.”I don’t know how long Fabian will be out — we’ll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half.”Silva’s injury has opened the door for De Bruyne to make his City bow, following his move from VfL Wolfsburg, with Pellegrini hailing the attacking flexibility of his summer capture.advertisementAlso read: How much did Real Madrid ask PSG for Cristiano Ronaldo “Kevin is an important player, like Raheem (Sterling), he has characteristics we need,” Pellegrini said.”His position is easy to settle in our team. He will be a very important player for us. He’s in the squad list, we’ll see tomorrow whether he starts,” Pellegrini said.”I think that he can play in all three (attacking) positions, on the wings or as a striker with no problems.”City will put their 100 percent record to the test against a Palace side who are also flying high, having won three of their first four games.A remarkable 2-1 victory at Chelsea before the international break moved Palace up to second in the table behind City, who they beat 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.last_img read more

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Lenovo to launch Vibe Shot camera phone on September 22 in India

first_imgChinese company Lenovo is all set to launch its camera-centric Vibe Shot phone in India on September 22. The company will be holding a digital launch event via video sharing website YouTube, instead of going for a more traditional launch in front of a live audience. This means everyone can witness the launch of the Vibe Shot live using YouTube starting at 12PM IST, on September 22 by simply going to this link .The Vibe Shot was first announced by Lenovo at the Mobile World Congress event held in Barcelona earlier this year. The phone was recently showcased to select tech journalists through an interactive photography workshop organised by Lenovo in New Delhi. The workshop – that was curated by Hannah Reyes, a photographer from Nat Geo Creative – gave journos a first-hand look of the Vibe Shot, specifically its camera capabilities.Also Read: Lenovo Vibe Shot first impressions The Vibe Shot is first and foremost a camera-phone, something that is accentuated by its point-and-shoot camera looks. The phone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, autofocus and a tripleLED flash. It also includes an 8-megapixel camera on the front.Rest of its specifications are in line with what you expect from a mid-range phone (possibly around the Rs.20,000 price bracket). It comes with a 5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.It is rocking a 1.7 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.advertisementThe dualSIM phone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with the company’s own Vibe UI on top. Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE among others. It uses a 3,000 mAh battery which is non-removable.On the face of it, the Vibe Shot looks a lot like the Motorola Moto X Play, that was recently launched in India at a very aggressive price of Rs.18,499 for the 16GB variant and Rs.19,999 for the 32GB one. The Vibe Shot certainly holds an edge – on paper – in the camera department, but the Play gives you stock Android Lollipop and Moto X’s trademark Active Display and Touchless control functions.Motorola Mobility is owned by Lenovo, so it would be interesting to see how the two phones fair in market. Of course, it would also depend on how Lenovo prices the Vibe Shot, but considering the hardware, we are looking at an aggressive pricing here as well.Also Read: Moto X Play hands-onlast_img read more

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Indian T20 and ODI squads for South Africa series to be picked on September 20

first_imgThe Indian squad for the three T20 Internationals and five ODIs for the upcoming series against South Africa will be announced in Bengaluru on Sunday, September 20.Meanwhile it was also announced that a Borad President’s XI team will take on South Africans in the warm-up T20 game at the Airforce Ground in Palam on September 29.”The meeting of the All-India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI will be held on Sunday, the 20th of September 2015, at 12 PM at Hotel JW Marriot (UB City), Bengaluru, to select the Indian teams for the upcoming T20 Internationals (three matches) and One Day Internationals (Five matches) against South Africa,” BCCI release stated.Also read: Fearless Team India ready for formidable South Africa – Ashwin “The committee will also select the Board President’s XI team to play the only T20 practice match against South Africa at Palam Cricket Ground, Delhi on 29th September 2015,” the release added.As is the norm in the current regime, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil will address the media after the selection committee meeting is over.last_img read more

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Kohli maiden T20 century in vain; Lions beat RCB by 6 wkts

first_imgIPL 2016 × Star batsman Virat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in an IPL match here today.Batting first, the RCB posted a challenging 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well T20 century but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare with a combined effort from their top-order batsmen.Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for the Lions with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches.The Lions, who had suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match here on April 21, now have eight points from five matches.Gujarat Lions began their run chase at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in a flier as they reached 47 for no loss in the first five overs with Smith and McCullum in an aggressive mood, hitting two sixes and three fours during that period.Smith was, however, the first one to be dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Kane Richardson as A B De Villiers took a fine catch to reduce the home side to 47 for one.Brendon McCullum then took over as he smashed Richardson with two sixes and as many fours in the same over as if taking revenge on the hapless bowler for the dismissal of Smith.The sixth over yielded 25 runs for the Lions at the expense of a wicket and at the powerplay overs, the home side were cruising nicely at 72 for one.McCullum fell in the ninth over to a fine delivery from chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi who had the batsman caught and bowled.The middle over saw captain Raina and Karthik batting sensibly, scoring mostly in singles and doubles with occasional fours.At the 15 over mark, the Lions were 136 for 2, needing 45 runs with eight wickets in hand and at an asking rate of just over nine runs per over.Raina was out at a crucial juncture in the 16th over as he mistimed his shot off a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery for Iqbal Abdulla to take the catch at long-off.Karthik was dropped in the 18th over when on 33 with Richardson failing to take a return catch off his won bowling and with it the chances of an RCB win ended. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Gujarat Lions coach Brad Hodge and skipper Suresh Raina April 24, 2016 Published oncenter_img Gujarat Lions coach Brad Hodge and skipper Suresh Raina SHARE cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Gujarat Lions look for winning start against Knight Riders

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL File photo of a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. × A top-heavy Gujarat Lions would look to better their debut season’s success and aim for a winning start against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here tomorrow.Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL, but finished third after defeats in the two Qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.But this time around, the Suresh Raina-led side would look to go one step up in only their second season of the IPL.Gujarat Lions boost of a robust batting line-up and were the only team last year to score 70 or more in the powerplay.Five of Gujarat Lions batsmen — Raina, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith — were among runs in the last IPL. They also have the likes of Jason Roy and in-form Dinesh Karthik in their rank.Having defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in both home and away games in the previous season, Gujarat Lions also enjoy a psychological advantage over them.On the bowling front, Gujarat Lions have an effective new-ball pair in Dhawal Kulkarni and Praveen Kumar. Kulkarni’s 14 wickets in the powerplay were the most for any bowler in 2016, and he combined well with Praveen.But Gujarat Lions will miss two of their key players — Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who is out injured early on.Jadeja, on the other hand, will sit out of the first few games after a long Test season.Another factor which will be in the mind of the Lions going into IPL 2017 is how to win while batting first. Gujarat Lions had lost five out of six matches, including two Qualifiers while batting first last year.Gujarat Lions had released eight players, including Dale Steyn but the team’s core group largely remained intact.They have also made concerted investments in their bowling department by signing experienced IPL campaigners like Munaf Patel and Manpreet Gony, apart from hiring fresh recruits in Nathu Singh and Basil Thampi, the fast bowler from Kerala who has a reputation of hitting 140 kph.Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, are one of those teams which cricket fans always root for — be it for Sourav Ganguly or for its owner Shah Rukh Khan.For the Knight Riders, revenge would be high on their mind when they take the field against the Lions tomorrow.The Kolkata outfit boost of the seasoned opening pair of captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, who lay a solid foundation.In Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey and Chris Lynn, the Knight Riders have batsmen known to intimidate the opponent. And in Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav, they have attacking lower-middle-order.But the real strength lies in their spin arsenal, consisting Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and mystery man Sunil Narine.With Umesh Yadav given much-needed rest for the first two games, the Knight Riders pace attack will be spearheaded by Trent Boult in the company of Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile. But they would definitely miss the services of all-rounder Andre Russell, who is serving one-year ban for violating anti-doping whereabouts regulations.Despite ending on the winning side on both occasions last season, Lions coach Brad Hodge is wary of Kolkata’s potential. “Kolkata Knight Riders is a very dangerous side having players like Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey… all are very good players. They have got skillful bowlers in Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav,” Hodge said. “I’m sure Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to bounce back.”Teams:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chriss Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajput, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Brandon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Akshadeep Nath, Ishan Kishan, Manpreet Gony, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Shivil Kaushik, Jason Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Tejas Baroka, Shubham Agarwal, Shelly Shaurya, Andrew Tye and James Faulkner. COMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Gujarat Lions were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage in the last IPL Published on cricket IPL 2017 File photo of a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. April 06, 2017last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: Liverpool Must Improve European Away Form, Warns Jurgen Klopp

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AnfieldAwayEuropeGenk First Published: October 23, 2019, 1:17 PM IST Genk: Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to improve their away form in the Champions League or risk paying the price as they prepare to face Genk in Belgium on Wednesday.The Anfield club went on to win the trophy last season for the sixth time despite losing all three away games in the group phase, and they began this season’s European campaign with a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Italy. “Last year we were lucky with how tight the group was and so we could lose three times away and still have a chance to make it through. That will not happen this year,” warned the Liverpool manager, whose side beat Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield earlier this month to claim their first points in Group E.”We like to say European nights at Anfield are really special but other teams can make a special atmosphere as well.”Liverpool have won just once — at Slovenian side Maribor — in seven away group-stage games since the start of the 2017-18 season.”We could have won away games to be honest, performance-wise, but we know that it’s not historically good, what we did in the last two years. We know we have to improve.”It remains to be seen if Mohamed Salah will be fit for the game at the Luminus Arena after the Egyptian sat out Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League due to an ankle injury.However, Salah trained on Tuesday, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is ill, and Joel Matip have both been ruled out of the game.”Yesterday (Monday) we were not sure still, today it looked good so we have to wait how he reacts overnight,” said the German of Salah at Tuesday’s pre-game press conference.”We will not go any risks but today it looked really good, that was important.”GULF IN CLASS?Salah is one of seven Liverpool players to feature on the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or, something which Klopp considers “normal” after the Reds’ remarkable last campaign.There is, on paper, a gulf in class between them and their opponents on Wednesday. However, Klopp warned his side not to underestimate a team who bounced back from a 6-2 defeat in Salzburg to hold Napoli 0-0 last time out.”We don’t want to make Genk bigger than they are but they are in the Champions League and they play good football. They are at home and they can be annoying like they were against Napoli.”It’s a brave team, they were champions last year in Belgium which is not so easy, they lost a couple of players but found others and are again a good team.”For us it’s a very intense period, some of my players have already played 17 games — that is half a season in Germany — but it’s no problem, we are not tired, not at all, it’s all good.”Meanwhile, Genk’s Tanzanian star striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admitted his excitement about a “dream” encounter against Liverpool, as well as his direct battle with Virgil van Dijk.”He is the best defender right now, and last season we saw when they became champions, he helped a lot,” said Samatta.”I said a lot of times that when I was a kid I used to support Manchester United,” he added.”We will try to break them down. We want to be happy after the game. I think it’s a dream game for every kid.” last_img read more

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Football: Countries get together to pay fines for Shaqiri, Xhaka and Lichtsteiner

first_imgAlbanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Tuesday opened a bank account to enable his fellow countrymen to help pay the fines of Xhaka Shaqiri, which he labelled “absurd”. The account named “Don’t be afraid of the eagle” is a “gesture of gratitude to the two sportsmen,” he said on Facebook.Bajram Hasani, Kosovo’s Commerce and Industry Minister said he had donated €1,500, which is his monthly salary.“They (the players) were punished only because they did not forget their roots, they did not forget where they came from,” Hasani said, quoted by local media.Rilind Reka, a Kosovian from New York started a GoFundme campaign which has raised $27000 dollars of the $25000 goal.It can easily be understood that these countries and the people have the player’s back.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Action & Drama As La Albiceleste Makes It To The Last SixteenFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13 AdvertisementKosovo and Albanian citizens are collecting money to pay for the fines of Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner for celebrating with the double-headed eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.The double eagle symbol represents the Albanian flag and is viewed as a symbol of defiance in Kosovo and their independence which is still not recognised by Serbia. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cricket: Ravi Shastri says India will not give excuses about pitch and conditions

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: India Times)Indian team’s head coach Ravi Sashtri on Wednesday said that his team will not give any excuses about the pitch or the conditions ahead of the upcoming 5 match test series vs England.This comes after reports suggested that India weren’t happy about the pitch and outfield conditions in the Essex Cricket Ground where they were scheduled to play their only warm up game.But Sashtri cleared the air by saying that his team aren’t here to make excuses.“My philosophy is very simple – (in) your country, I don’t ask questions. (In) my country, you don’t ask. There was good grass on that (pitch). The groundsmen asked if we wanted the grass to be taken off. I said ‘absolutely not’. (It is) your prerogative. You give (the wicket), we play, so when you come to my country you can never ask (about pitches),” Shastri said during a media conference.He also added that the team is better planned to execute their preparations ahead of their 1st test after their four day practice match was reduced to three following the heat and the weather conditions.“The game was reduced from four days to three because of the logistics and the weather prevailing. We had an opportunity to practice three days in Birmingham, which is the Test match venue. If we had played four days here we would have lost that one day there because of travel. As simple as that because the prerogative whether to play a two-day, three-day or four-day game lies entirely with the travelling team,” Shastri elaborated.“The basic idea was to have a session at Edgbaston on Sunday. And travel on Saturday, to be able to practice on Sunday. The reason is to get to the Test match venue because it wouldn’t have served any purpose with an extra day here. An extra day there will give us more familiarity with the venue and the conditions where you are playing the first Test,” said Shastri.Also Read:Cricket: English Cricket Club bowled out for a mere 18 runslast_img read more

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Private member bill on SCs defeated in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) A private member bill proposing inclusion of certain castes in the Scheduled Castes (SC) category was defeated in Rajya Sabha today, nearly three months after the government almost faced an embarrassing situation on it in the Upper House.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014, moved by Vishambhar Prasad Nishad of the Samajwadi Party in April last year, was voted out with 26 members opposing it while five members favoured it. The bill was put to vote after Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi pushed for it, saying a discussion on it has already taken place. Earlier on December 4 last year, the government, which disfavoured the bill, was on the verge of facing an embarrassing situation in the House when it was about to be put to vote in the House where it is in a minority. The embarrassment was averted as the ruling side cited lack of quorum. As per the rules, the House should have at least 10 per cent of members of the total strength present for quorum. In the case of Rajya Sabha, presence of at least 25 members is required for quorum. Normally, private member bills, except in a rare few cases, are withdrawn by those moving them after a reply from the government. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot had earlier urged Nishad to withdraw the bill saying that the Centre cannot include castes like Mallah, Goriya and Kashyap under SC as the Registrar General (RGI) has rejected the UP governments proposal twice. Nishad had said that amendments were necessary to remove certain anomalies as some castes like Mallah fall under SC in Delhi and West Bengal and not in Uttar Pradesh. In some states, some castes are under SC in some districts, while in other districts they in other backward castes (OBC) category, he said, adding that there is a need to remove such disparity not only in UP but across the country. PTI RNK AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: I don’t judge players based on auction price, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgDelhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid never judges a player on the price that he has bagged during the auction and said it is never the true reflection of a player’s ability and skill level.”I never judge players based on his price. I understand how an auction works. What one actually earns in auction is not reflection of who you are. A lot of things happen in auction. You can’t control prices. Just because someone got so much money does not mean that the franchise considers him more important player than another,” Dravid said in reference to a question on Pawan Negi being paid Rs 8.5 crore by Daredevils.”There are dynamics that is hard to explain. At what lot the player is picked, what do you have and what the other guy (rival franchise) need is hard to explain. Once the auction is done, the value (price) goes out of the window. Players are never selected on basis of what they earn. In Rajasthan (Royals), it was not done. Because of the nature of the tournament, good players don’t get to play as someone else plays a better role,” said Dravid.Similar eyebrows were raised when Carlos Brathwaite was picked for Rs 4.2 crore at the auction and Dravid said that while some criticism was justified one needed to look at the method behind the madness. (It’s the CSK effect on Gujarat Lions, says Suresh Raina )”Why was Brathwaite paid that amount at auction? Well, I am using it just as an example. It wasn’t an unjustified criticism, but teams go through process. There are lot of research behind the scenes, look at players, try and pick the right ones, in the given restriction. I have gone into lot of auction where I have had a wish list and walked out necessarily having nothing close to my wish list.advertisement”Even in picking XI of IPL teams, a lot of thought goes in. We have 7-8 international players, everyone is a certainty or performer in his international teams but they may not be in in your top four overseas players. The four foreigners have to mesh and balance with seven others you put in the park. So what are the skills you require from foreign players is something that’s important to us,” Dravid explained Brathwaite’s price.Dravid said that as a coach of the U-19 team, he has told his wards that they should think about playing all the formats as “playing for India is a gold medal and playing in IPL is a silver medal’.Dravid had a word of caution for those who only want to play IPL and nothing else.”If you look at this World T20 at Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson, they are all classical players. I used to tell my U-19 boys that why sell yourself for less when you can play all the formats. There are enough batsmen and bowlers who have done that. You don’t have to stick only to T20. That’s a dangerous trend to go down. Only two months of this cricket. (IPL no yardstick for Test, ODI selection: Zaheer Khan )”If you are actually not playing round the year, chances of you performing in these two months are difficult. You can’t just walk up and play. It is a skill based game. At U-19s they realise the value of IPL but they all want to play for India.India is the gold medal and IPL is the silver medal.”Dravid also said that one should not “begrudge” those domestic players, who play the game with an eye only on IPL.”You cannot just use it as a template but some of them may be playing for that reason. If someone knows that he can’t replace Ajinkya, Rohit and Virat in the Test team, he will say to himself, okay let me improve my T20 skills. But then they run the risk of not doing well in Ranji Trophy and dropped from their first-class teams and it can cost them their IPL contract,” Dravid observed.”So players are making those judgements and their will always be a few but why would you begrudge them? Then there might be others who can think T20 is not for me so let me do well in Ranji Trophy and try to become very good Test players,” he said.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: I admire Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s humility, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgFormer New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, who is also the coach of the new Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants, said he was looking forward to working with Mahendra Singh Dhoni again.Fleming had a successful six-year tenure with the suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in which he won the title twice and the Champions League T20 as many times.  “I love watching Dhoni play. He is a wonderful player. People talk a lot about his captaincy but his leadership by example is very strong. That has always been overshadowed with his retirement talks. You will know he is a wonderful player if you look at some of the games he has won for his country,” Fleming said in an exclusive interview to India Today. (IPL 2016 Full Coverage) A lot has been said about the combination of Dhoni and Fleming, who made CSK one of the most successful teams in the eight-year history of the league. The New Zealander heaped praise on Dhoni’s humility and said the way the Indian skipper conducted himself was a lesson to learn for other cricketers. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin wants Kevin Pietersen to fire for Rising Pune Supergiants) “Dhoni is pretty cool. I admire his humility, he has done some amazing things for his country. He has won World Cups, he has played some unbelievable innings and led the team extremely well. The way he conducts himself is a lesson for everybody,” Fleming said. (Also read: Confident Jasprit Bumrah is an asset to Mumbai Indians, says Shane Bond) advertisement’Pune will be competitive’Fleming said he was wary of the difficulties of starting from scratch with a new franchise and competing with well settled units in the league. Pune take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the season opener at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) “One of the biggest challenges is starting a new franchise, it will take a little bit of time to build bonds. We will rely on natural talent for the first couple of games. The side is very skillful, I have no doubt that we will be competitive,” he said.Pietersen excitedOut-of-favour England batsman, Kevin Pietersen, who will be plying his trade with Dhoni’s Supergiants, said he was always excited to play in front of the big crowds in India.”Indian public’s support for the Indian Premier League has been fantastic. Players want to perform in big stadiums in front of large number of people. You get the buzz and excitement when you come and play in front of fifty thousand people,” he said.Pietersen also credited IPL for helping players from different countries gel well with each other. He also said that the lucrative league has diminished the home advantage for India.”IPL gives you ability to mix with players from different countries. IPL gave the opportunity for players to come together and lose the fear of opposition. It helped foreign players get acquainted with Indian conditions as well. And this has made it difficult for India to beat foreign teams at home,” he said.The 35-year-old batsman, who is reaching the twilight of his career, said he had always enjoyed grooming young talents in the franchises he had played for across the globe.”After you’ve played a certain amount of cricket, when you career is coming to the twighlight, it is your responsibility to hand over as much information to the youngsters and watch them, enjoy them performing for the next ten years,” he said.Ishant ready for additional responsibilityPacer Ishant Sharma who will also be playing for Pune this year said he was not worried about being left out of the limited-overs teams and said he will take the responsibility of leading the team’s bowling attack this season.”I will take additional responsibility on my own. When you’re going in, you have to perform well for yourself and for your team as well. It doesn’t matter if I am going to play for India or for Pune Supergiants,” Ishant said.last_img read more

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey: Australia clinch ninth title, India settle for silver

first_imgIndia’s hockey team suffered a 0-4 drubbing in the final against reigning world champions Australia who captured their ninth Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title here on Saturday.Thomas Craig (25th and 35th minutes) scored twice before Matt Gohdes, playing in his 150th match, scored in the 43rd and 57th minutes as Australia produced a stirring high-pressing game.It was Australia’s fourth Azlan Shah Cup title in six years, while five-time champions India claimed their second runners-up finish in the annual tournament. India had finished runners-up in the 2008 edition, to Argentina.Earlier in the bronze medal match, New Zealand defeated Malaysia 5-4 via penalty shoot-out. New Zealand scored twice in the final quarter to equalise 3-3 as the match headed to the shoot-out.In the final between last year’s silver medallists Australia and 2015 bronze medallists India, the former started strongly, executing their high-pressing game to good effect. They even had their centre-back and captain Mark Knowles going all over the Indian goal to attack.However, Indian defenders did well to close down the space and didn’t allow any genuine field goal chances in the first quarter.Australia got their first chance in the ninth minute when Craig’s hit kissed the leg of S.K. Uthappa and they were awarded a penalty corner. Andy Hayward’s drag-flick went inches away, much to the relief of the Indian camp.Australia continued to attack and Craig ended the deadlock in the 25th minute. After receiving a cross from the left, Craig resisted Jasjit Kular and Danish Mujtaba before moving away to create space and shoot the ball home. It was Craig’s third goal of the tournament.advertisementTill this time, the Indians had hardly threatened the Australian goal and when they mobilised their troops ahead, Australia caught them off-guard, sneaking in in a flash to earn a penalty corner.However, Blake Govers’ flick was dismissed by the Indian defence and in the counter, they got their first chance. But Mandeep Singh’s deflection off a long square pass was wayward.Trailing by a goal, India pressed high for the equaliser and managed to earn a penalty corner, executed by Harmanpreet Singh which was blocked by Andrew Charter.India’s positive mobilisation turned awry when Craig added his second goal in a counter-attack. Australia brilliantly used the wings to create space and Simon Orchard’s pass at the far post was met by a diving Craig, who managed to beat Indian goalkeeper Akash Chitke.India, on the turn, launched a fierce counter-attack that saw the ball almost being cleared by Chris Ciriello. It earned India a penalty corner but Rupinder Pal Singh’s drag-flick was dismissed by Charter and his army of defence.India conceded their third goal in the 43rd minute when midfielder Matthew Swann was involved with Chitke and as the Indian goalkeeper and the Australian both fell down, Eddie Ockenden snatched the ball and passed it to Gohdes, who employed a reverse-hand strike to make it 3-0.Gohdes made it 4-0, thanks to an error from India’s changed goalkeeper Harjot Singh. Gohdes received a diagonal pass on the left to execute another left-hand strike that was half-heartedly defended by Harjot, leading to the fourth goal.With this goal, Australia began to celebrate the title triumph in front of a nearly packed Azlan Shah stadium.In the presentation ceremony, Australia’s Blake, who scored four goals, was declared the player of the tournament. Pakistan’s Arslan Muhammad Qadir scored six goals — maximum in the tournament and walked away with the young player of the event award.last_img read more

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SPORT-GOPICHAND 2 LAST

first_imgKashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters Kashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters due to a calf muscle injury. On the performance of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, Gopichand said that new coach Kim Tan Her is “taking care of them”. The two players crashed out of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament yesterday. “We have a coach who is in place who is travelling with them all the time,” he said. Gopichand said the performance of junior players raises hope of a bright future for the game in the country. “There are a couple of players coming up in junior ranks. We had gold medal in Asian Junior Championships for first time, won by Satwik and Krishna Prasad. We had three junior medals so they are coming up though it will take time,” he said. On the changing scenario for badminton players in the country, he said while facilities have improved, challenges have also grown. “Challenges are different, and there is lot more support (than it was during my time), but competition has also grown. Government support, their interest in game, and general interest of people in sports has improved, though there is a long way to go before we call ourselves a sporting nation,” he said. PTI KA PD ARS PM PMlast_img read more

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SPORT-GOPICHAND 2 LT(SPB2)

first_imgKashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters Kashyap was retired hurt from the German Open prequarters due to a calf muscle injury. On the performance of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, Gopichand said that new coach Kim Tan Her is “taking care of them”. The two players crashed out of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament yesterday. “We have a coach who is in place who is travelling with them all the time,” he said. Gopichand said the performance of junior players raises hope of a bright future for the game in the country. “There are a couple of players coming up in junior ranks. We had gold medal in Asian Junior Championships for first time, won by Satwik and Krishna Prasad. We had three junior medals so they are coming up though it will take time,” he said. On the changing scenario for badminton players in the country, he said while facilities have improved, challenges have also grown. “Challenges are different, and there is lot more support (than it was during my time), but competition has also grown. Government support, their interest in game, and general interest of people in sports has improved, though there is a long way to go before we call ourselves a sporting nation,” he said. PTI KA PD ARS PM PM RDSlast_img read more

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Congress braces itself for a slugfest as Subramanian Swamy enters the limelight

first_imgBJP leader Subramanian Swamy is one who always relishes the limelight.  Little wonder then that he was beaming when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned within 15 seconds of his opening remarks on his comeback in Parliament after more than a decade in the wilderness.Swamy waded in on behalf of the government, directly accusing Sonia Gandhi of wrongdoing in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. It mattered little to him that his opening remarks were expunged from the Rajya Sabha’s records, perhaps a first for somebody making his debut.Swamy, however, remains unapologetic.”After all I was not nominated because I am a good boy”, he reportedly told a colleague in the Rajya Sabha. He enjoys the support of the hardliners and a section of the leadership within the party, that favours fixing the Congress leadership.The Congress views him as a pinch-hitter brought in to target the Gandhi family. For somebody who refers to late Rajiv Gandhi “as a friend”,  the former IIT professor is a trenchant critic of  Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and does not bat an eyelid in blaming the Gandhis of any and everything under the sun.If facts are a casualty, so be it.Sonia Gandhi told reporters she was “not afraid of anybody” and  will not be cowed down by “the campaign of calumny”.That the Congress has been girding itself for a bare-knuckle slugfest with Swamy, was evident from its reaction the moment he got up to speak in the Rajya Sabha. They swarmed into the Well of the House, raising full-throated slogans.advertisement”We know how to deal with elements like him, we will pay back with interest,” said a senior Congress MP of the Upper House.The Congress is the single largest party in the Upper House with more than a handful of members with enough lung power to take on Swamy. It also hopes to draw on the support of allies like the JD (U), Left parties, RJD and the NCP, who are not particularly enamoured with Swamy’s  tactics.Senior Congress leaders like A.K. Antony, Karan Singh are credited with the view that the party should remain above the fray, state facts and avoid getting into a slugfest.”He has been made an MP with a specific purpose of targeting and distracting us, we should deny him that opportunity,” stressed a party veteran.Also read: Agusta scam: Govt junks middleman’s claims, says no deal between Modi, Italian PMMaximum noise, minimum work: Who’s responsible for hooliganism in Parliament?last_img read more

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Allahabad University to hold entrance exam (2016-2017) both online and offline

first_imgAt an emergency meeting held in Allahabad University on May 11, a decision was taken on holding the entrance exams in the university in both online and offline modes. This will be applicable for admissions in 2016-2017.(Read: Endgame Vijay Mallya? ED asks Interpol to issue Red Corner Notice against him)More on the entrance examination (AU):The union ministry of human resource development stated that it received a letter from the Allahabad University that said it had no objection to the offline option for the examsThe process for admission shall only be online from 2017-2018The undergraduate courses will have their entrances as per the announced schedule, i.e. on May 25, 2016 and May 26, 2016Dates for post graduate entrances will be announced later(Read:Mamata meets officials at Secretariat, snubs media)The controversy:The Allahabad University vice-chancellor, RL Hangloo had threatened to quit along with stating that there was immense political interference in the administrative machinery of AUHe sarcastically also proposed for MPs and MLAs to take over as the V-CHangloo was rather disappointed with the working of administration in AU and said that he would rather return to his parent institute (Hyderabad University). He termed politics as the main hurdleOn Wednesday, May 11, Smriti Irani, in a political discourse with Samajwadi Party’s MP in the Rajya Sabha accused the party of unnecessary intervention in the administrative issuesAccording to Irani, the HRD ministry received a letter of threat from the universityClick here for more news from India Today.last_img read more

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