German World Cup Winner, Schweinsteiger, Retires Aged 35

first_imgFormer Germany, Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired.The 35-year-old announced his decision two days after the end of the Major League Soccer season. His club, Chicago Fire, finished 17th.“The time has now come,” he said. “To the fans, you made this unbelievable time possible for me.” Schweinsteiger won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, as well as eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern.In total, he gained 121 caps for Germany between 2004 and 2016.The midfielder played 500 times for Bayern before joining Manchester United for £14.4m in 2015 but failed to adapt to the Premier League, making 13 league starts in two years.He was made to train with the under-23s at Old Trafford by then manager Jose Mourinho – who later said he regretted his decision.Schweinsteiger was allowed to join Chicago Fire on a free transfer in March 2017 and scored on his debut. Fire finished third in his first season to reach the play-offs but have struggled since.“Basti has meant so much to our club,” said Chicago Fire chairman Joe Mansueto. “It was an absolute pleasure to watch him play.“His soccer IQ is so elite, you can see that he’s three steps ahead at every turn. He’s a leader, a great team-mate and a generational player who put Chicago Fire on the world map. I’d like to say, on behalf of the club: Danke, Basti.”Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said “the doors at Bayern are always open” to their former player.“A great career is coming to an end. Basti has won everything there is to win in world football,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse distance runners have solid meets in Iowa, Ohio

first_imgThe Syracuse track and field team completed competition in Ames, Iowa, and Geneva, Ohio, for the Iowa State Classic and Spire Institute Invitational this past weekend. Only distance runners were able to compete in the two meets — sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers did not make the trip. The weekend was highlighted by two more school records being set, one at each venue.At the Iowa State Classic, redshirt senior Sarah Pagano broke the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:09.29, beating the previous record by a little over eight seconds.Pagano finished in fifth place in the race, six seconds away from placing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFreshman Sydney Leiher smashed the previous 1,000-meter run record of 2:48.85 by a full minute at the Spire Institute Invitational.A third school record was almost broken, but redshirt senior Robert Molke came up just four seconds short in the 5,000-meter run. However, his time of 14:00.77 smashed his previous personal best by nearly 40 seconds.Sophomore MJ Erb and freshman Kevyn Hoyos also ran the 5,000-meter run in Ohio, finishing with times of 14:26.99 and 14:29.84, respectably. Freshmen Joel Hubbard and Colin Bennie, and junior Ryan Urie, all competed in the mile-run.Hubbard fell just a second shy of his personal best, and five seconds of the school record, finishing with a time of 4:05.27. Urie ran a 4:10.01, and Bennie finished close behind with a time of 4:11.02.At the Spire Institute Invitational, the all-freshman men’s distance medley relay, consisting of Bennie, Shawn Wilson, Nick Ryan and Paul Lovell finished with a respectable time of 10:05.52. Syracuse will travel to Ithaca for the Cornell Deneault Invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m. compiled by Ari Gilberg, staff writer, argilberg@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 17, 2014 at 3:13 amlast_img read more

Trojans complete season sweep of Lions

first_imgOn a blustery Tuesday in Los Angeles, a pair of long fly balls caught the wind and carried the Trojans to a 5-2 victory.In their first road win during the week, the Trojans seemed to right a lot of wrongs that have, for most of the season, been weighing them down.Going, going, gone · Junior catcher Jake Hernandez (above) blasted one of two home runs for the Trojans against LMU during Tuesday’s win. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“I thought this was a great job of coming back after a real tough loss on Sunday, a game we felt like we could’ve and should’ve won,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said.  “To come back and get this win was huge.”USC (14-22) traveled across town to face Loyola Marymount (18-18) for a midweek, 3 p.m. matchup in its first of eight consecutive road games. The Trojans aimed to rebound from twin losses against No. 15 Arizona State despite USC’s late scramble to slate a starter.In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Trojans battled their way through a pitcher’s duel, ultimately beating the Lions by a slim 2-1 margin. This time, USC headed into the bottom of the ninth with an uncharacteristically comfortable buffer and completed a two-game season sweep.Hubbs, who said Monday that he didn’t know who would start the game, settled on sending freshman Brent Wheatley to the mound. Wheatley started against the Lions in the team’s February matchup and tossed five scoreless innings.On Friday, when he was pressed with finding starters to replace injured junior Bob Wheatley, Hubbs prepared to send out a tag team of relievers to carry the team. Instead, junior Sean Silva (who was recently named Pac-12 pitcher of the week) and Brent Wheatley pitched a combined  one-hitter against Arizona State.But on Tuesday, five pitchers contributed to the USC victory. Four of those five were freshmen, apparently ready to shed their rookie statuses and help improve the team’s last-place ERA in the  Pac-12 conference.Brent Wheatley was on a shorter leash and allowed only one earned run in two innings of work before passing the ball to a couple of pitchers who have been struggling to find their commands.Freshman Marc Huberman entered the game with a 9.53 ERA, having given up 12 runs in only 11.1 innings. Similarly, senior Matt Munson was posting a 10.34 ERA, with 18 earned runs in his 15.2 innings of work.The two pitchers found their grooves, though, combining for four scoreless innings of relief.“Huberman’s been scuffling a little bit so it was nice to see him have a good, clean inning,” Hubbs said. “And then Mudson threw three really good innings that we needed desperately.”Freshman Brooks Kriske put up a pair of scoreless frames and freshman Kyle Twomey allowed a last-chance run before shutting down the Lions for good.On offense, the Trojans initially showed signs of repeating their worn-out habit of threatening to score but being unable to execute. Two early singles from hot-hitting freshman shortstop Blake Lacey and senior left-fielder Greg Zebrack were immediately matched with a pair of strikeouts. Even a walk to load the bases was all for naught.But a slow start at the plate was short-lived, and the Trojans were able to remedy their two pitfalls: failing to respond after giving up runs and hitting with runners in scoring position.Immediately after Wheatley allowed a run on a groundball RBI, USC answered with a couple of hits off the bats of seasoned junior hitters James Roberts and Kevin Swick. The pressure was on Zebrack, who defied the implausible with a two-strike, two-out RBI single to tie the game at one.And the offensive feats didn’t stop there. The big swings of the bat that would end up dictating the outcome of the game were delivered in the top of the sixth inning by Jake Hernandez and freshman right-fielder Vahn Bozoian. The two scorched twin home runs that seemed to follow similar trajectories and set off a domino effect that enabled USC to flex offensive muscles it didn’t know it had.Also worth noting: standout freshmen Lacey and Timmy Robinson kept their hitting streaks alive. Hopefully, a couple more Trojans can contribute streaks of their own in the upcoming long road stretch.“I’m expecting Utah to be tough. They’re similar to us,” Hubbs said. “They’re in every game and they’ve found ways to not win some of them, but they’ve been close games.”The team will head first to Utah on Friday before facing Oregon State and Pepperdine next week.last_img read more

Action in the Europa League tonight

first_imgLiverpool are among the teams in action as the Reds travel to take-on Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund charges.There’s an all-Spanish contest as Atletico Bilbao play host to Sevilla.Elsewhere, Sporting Braga are at home to Shakter Donetsk while Sparta Prague travel to take-on Villarreal. All four matches will kick-off at five-past eight.last_img

Argentinian star to play in Dublin tournament

first_imgThe Barcelona star will line out against Glasgow Celtic in the Aviva Stadium, in an International Champions Cup game.Messi returned to the Spanish club earlier than expected following Argentina’s disappointment in the Copa America.last_img

Horne, Rachal, Igbanu help Tulsa romp past Temple 70-44

first_img WATCH US LIVE Jeriah Horne scored 23 points, Brandon Rachal added 19 and Martins Igbanu 14 as Tulsa clobbered Temple 70-44 Friday night to win its American Athletic Conference opener.Horne, Rachal and Igbanu combined to make 21 of the Golden Hurricanes 27 field goals as Tulsa (9-5, 1-0) shot 51% from the floor (27-for-53) with eight 3-pointers, 13 steals and five blocked shots.Temple (9-4, 1-1) trailed 35-17 at the break, a season-low halftime score, shooting just 19% (7-for-36) in the first half, improving slightly to 28% (18-for-65) for the game. The Owls are winless in Tulsa in six tries.Quinton Rose led Temple with 12 points and Alani Moore II added nine.Tulsa plays Cincinnati on the road on Wednesday. Temple faces Houston at home on Tuesday. LIVE TV First Published: 4th January, 2020 10:53 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW UScenter_img Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 10:53 IST Horne, Rachal, Igbanu Help Tulsa Romp Past Temple 70-44 Jeriah Horne scored 23 points, Brandon Rachal added 19 and Martins Igbanu 14 as Tulsa clobbered Temple 70-44 Friday night to win its American Athletic Conference opener.last_img read more

NIKE Receives Three Million Orders for Eagles’ Jerseys

first_imgBoth organisations used the opportunity to appraise their running partnership agreement, signed in London three years ago, and while both expressed satisfaction with the contract performance, the imperative of penning a new, improved contract was high on the agenda.“The meeting was at the instance of NIKE. The company’s representatives at the meeting expressed delight with the performances of the various National Teams since they came on board and we both agreed that it was time for a much bigger contract. That would be actualized very soon.“The new Super Eagles’ jerseys will be released into the global market, including several NIKE shops across Nigeria, on 29th May 2018, just before the Eagles fly out to London for the friendly match against England. The cost would be $85 for one,” Dikko told thenff.com.In the three years of NIKE’s initial sponsorship agreement with the NFF, the U17 National Team (Golden Eaglets) have won a fifth FIFA U17 World Cup; the U23 National Team (Olympic Eagles) have won bronze at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament; the Senior Women National Team (Super Falcons) have won an eighth Women Africa Cup of Nations; the Super Eagles B have achieved a record runner-up position at the African Nations Championship and; the Super Eagles have qualified for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup (Nigeria’s sixth appearance) from a so-called ‘Group of Death’ in the African series.“In our discussions, we explored a lot of possibilities going forward. We talked about the forthcoming FIFA World Cup finals in Russia and the preparation of the U20 girls (Falconets) for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France, among other issues,” Dikko added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Explores new contract with NFFAmerican sportwear giant, NIKE, thursday disclosed that it had received over three million orders for the new jerseys designed for the Senior National Team of Nigeria, Super Eagles, for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals opening in Russia in exactly four weeks.At a meeting with chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation at its Europe headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the sportswear behemoth also used the opportunity to announce that the much-anticipated release of the jerseys into the global market would happen on Tuesday, 29th May, at unit cost of $85.President of the Nigeria Football Federatiob, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick attended the meeting in company with NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko, who is also Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee. NIKE’s Vice President/General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Matthus Visch was in company with Sales Director, Mr. Wouter van Olm.last_img read more

Round table – FSB: The future of sportsbook personalisation

first_img FSB teams up with Cricket.com to launch predictions game June 18, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The second round table participant was FSB, who last week struck a new deal with Mark Jarvis Racing, one of the leading independent bookmakers in the UK. The company was represented by its CEO David McDowell.SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?David McDowell (FSB): Thanks to automated, algorithmic pricing, it’s increasingly a homogenised arena for odds these days where the market unerringly assigns “good” prices to any probabilistic scenario. As a result, there are progressively few good reasons to really stand out on price. Going best price as part of a marketing ploy, however, does present one such beneficial channel, for example. Accordingly, we offer our clients (especially those who retain their own trading teams) the facility to push volume in a controlled manner whenever they wish. Price boosts offers are widespread, too. But with players readily able to back and lay in the modern world, carpet-baggers can be quick to exploit such arbitrage opportunities. Therefore, you must employ flexible profiling and risk-management tools that can reward the regular customer yet restrict the arber. SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both improve player experience and drive higher margins?DM: There’s so much data that resides in sportsbook that you can’t simply rely on, say, turnover as a proxy for likely revenue as you would with a casino. You need to filter the sharp from the recreational with meta tags and segmentation tools that accurately identify clients and their playing proclivities. While this can mean restricting negative forces like those aforementioned arbers, it’s mostly a positive movement with which to enhance the player journey (e.g. putting the right market in front of the customer). Tags that flag behavioural traits (in-play biases, preferred markets, sports, even a customer’s favourite football club or tennis player) can improve the experience and correctly configure landing pages and other dynamic aspects of the customer journey from the log-in, according to customer inclination. SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?DM: Logically, following on from my previous answer, improved turnover and margins will inevitably follow if your system can effectively recognise your customer from the log-in, offering a personalised and customised experience. Marketing campaigns can also be tailored in the same fashion. Indeed, I believe these high-volume AI systems present a key battleground of the future for marketeers implementing successful strategies. Essentially, AI is a tool to refine and gear up what you can already do manually in order that a more efficient process can ensue. That’s true whether you’re measuring margin or installing an optimised marketing campaign to better speak to the customer and elevates their experience. At FSB, we’ve staked our model around such automation, building the most advanced, responsive platform around understanding the workflow before trying to make it more efficient. Harnessing technology, for which AI is a useful tool, in the most efficient way is one of the reasons why just 14 of our traders can oversee 35 brands across 8 platform implementations, each trading over 100,000 live events annually. Indeed, we’ve staked our business model on processing these economies of scale with the industry’s most scalable, flexible, and efficient sports betting and gaming platform.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification, what can it do for sportsbook?DM: Gamification, as a buzzword, has been doing the rounds for years but it’s only now that the systems are finally in place to realise its player engagement and retention possibilities. As we’ve already discussed, in a marketplace of increasingly standardised odds and markets, what separates the customer experience, aside from simply having your site function well? The wider mass market is yet to execute gamification in any worthwhile way, so there are certainly still gaps for some more niche brands to develop and flourish with fully gamified products along the Words With Friends model whereby social interaction helps to drive more frequent snack-sized engagement sessions. This would definitely do a better job for customer retention with stronger bonusing and clearer incentives, but would be extremely niche for the entire sports betting experience. To which end, it’s no surprise to see various free-to-play options, premised on gamification, already taking the lead as lead generation or customer acquisition tools.last_img read more

Team Lebron overcomes Team Giannis in ‘best NBA All-Star Game ever’ [VIDEO]

first_img Tags: All-Star GameGiannis AntetokounmpoLebron JamesNBA Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends.The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back.And in the end, Anthony Davis was a hometown hero by making a free throw.Kobe Bryant – ever the competitor – would have simply loved the way this night went.“That was pretty damn fun,” a sweat-soaked, exhausted LeBron James said at the end.Davis made a game-ending free throw to give Team LeBron a 157-155 win over Team Giannis in the revamped NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, the format overhauled to put in elements for charity and ensure that someone was going to hit a shot to end the game.Take a look at the highlights of the ‘best All-Star Game ever’ below: Source: Guardianlast_img read more

Sheriff Kieliszewski receives the Distinguished Sheriff Award

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski received special recognition today. The Michigan Sheriff’s Association awarded him the Distinguished Sheriff’s Award. Kieliszewski was joined by colleagues and family at the Howard Male Conference Room in Alpena.CEO and Executive Director Matt Saxton was there to help present the award. He explained there are certain standards that a distinguished sheriff must meet including serving 3 terms or 12 years in their county, continuing a professional education, and being in good standing with the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. Saxton said Kieliszewski met all of these requirements and more. “He’s just a sheriff’s sheriff,” he said. He just does and outstanding job, not only here in Alpena County but serving with the Michigan Sheriff’s Association as well.”Sheriff Kieliszewski said that he applied some time ago, but was not expecting to win, so when he was notified, it was a nice surprise. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s very nice to be recognized, not only by your peers but also through the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, an organization I hold to high regards. So, this award means a lot to me.”Moving forward, the Distinguished Sheriff said he will continue to do his best for Alpena and surrounding areas. “We’re going to continue marching forward. We have a lot of work to do in the sheriff’s office. We have certain goals that I want to meet and I’m going to try and meet those goals to the best of my ability.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Sheriff’s Department, Michigan Sheriff’s AssociationContinue ReadingPrevious APS releases dates to return equipment, pick up student belongingsNext Bingo begins Thursday June 11th at VFW post 2496last_img read more