Men’s basketball: Wisconsin faces Savannah State Thursday following overtime loss to Marquette

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be back on the hardwood this Thursday as they take on the Savannah State Tigers at the Kohl Center. This will be the last game before getting a week and a half off for final exams. Wisconsin (8-2 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) is currently ranked No. 16 in the nation after dropping four spots from No.12 in this week’s AP poll. The Badgers are coming off a tough, five-point, overtime loss in a true road game against the Marquette Golden Eagles this past weekend. The Golden Eagles leaped into the AP top 25 after the win and are currently sitting at No. 21 in the polls.  Wisconsin’s two lone losses this season have come against the Virginia Cavaliers who are currently No. 6 in the AP poll, and on the road against the Golden Eagles. The Badgers have already tallied three top-50 wins.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin hung tight with nation’s best in NCAA Tournament, Coach Paula Wilkins excited for next yearThe No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team fell 1–0 to then No. 1 ranked Stanford just before Thanksgiving. With Read…Savannah State is currently 3-7 on the season, including an 0-6 road record. The Tigers defense has struggled tremendously this year as teams are averaging 96.1 points per game when playing Savannah State.  Savannah State features four scorers averaging double figures: Jaquan Dotson with 11.9, Zach Sellers with 10.9, Collins Joseph with 10.7 and Zaquavian Smith with 10.5 points per game. Despite the distributed scoring numbers, the Tigers are still immensely distant from a top 50 ranking.  Control of game pace should prove integral Thursday — the Tigers will be looking to push the pace while Wisconsin will be trying slow things down and run their traditional offense. But with a lack of defense from Savannah State, the Badgers may push the pace in pursuit of an early lead.  Coming off his 34-point performance on Saturday, center Ethan Happ is now averaging 19.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. His partner in crime, point guard D’Mitrik Trice, is shooting 55.4 percent from the three-point line this season on 56 attempts.  Forward Aleem Ford will look to continue his steady contributions off the bench. In the past four games, Ford is averaging 6.8 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.  Tip-off for Savannah State at No. 16 Wisconsin is set for 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center Thursday. You can catch the game on the Big Ten Network or listen live with the Badger Sports Network, 100.9 FM.last_img read more

Hervé Schlosser: Sportnco – French experience will power growth in Spain with LATAM to follow

first_img StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Related Articles It is widely acknowledged that France is a tough market to operate in, but as Sportnco CEO and founder Hervé Schlosser explains, it is possible to be successful there with the right approach. He explains how his company has become the leading sports betting solutions provider in the country and how this experience is helping his group grow in Spain, with Latin America firmly on the radar.  _______________France’s igaming market is a key driver of Sportnco’s activity and the expertise we have acquired there since the market regulated in 2010 is driving many of our activities in other European markets such as Spain, with our eyes firmly set on Latin America.     The reference to France is not accidental. Sportnco is a French company and its head office is in the south-west of the country in Toulouse. But it is also no secret that the regulated French market is difficult and harder to operate in than other comparable European territories. And even though the tax framework is likely to change within the next 12 months, there are a number of key areas that make being an igaming operator or supplier in France particularly difficult. The technical constraints and requirements placed on suppliers and operators are demanding, notably the recording of all transactions between players and operators that must be transmitted to ARJEL. We have addressed these by developing our own proprietary solution and offer it as part of our global package. This enables us to control a complex and sensitive piece of technology that is essential to operating in the market.The list of authorised events and types of bets we can offer for specific sports means, for example, that French operators are not able to offer bets on friendly football matches for teams that are not in the Fifa Top50 standings or where there is no competitive result to play for. We handle this through our trading teams and our back office tools manage our offers according to the regulations they are subjected to in different markets.France’s tax on turnover is one of the toughest components to deal with for the sector. We have dealt with this key issue by setting up a system that guarantees operators can optimise their GGR to generate margins of between 16% and 19% according to their financial targets. In practice, this means offering only accumulator bets when the odds are below a certain level or ‘ACCA insurance’ promotions.French operators’ payout ratio is limited to 85% (as opposed to around 95% or more in most markets). This means modelling our odds and focusing our trading teams to ensure we generate a minimum of GGR margins of 16% on the market.  Working and being able to generate profits within such parameters is highly demanding for all stakeholders and requires hard graft. The fact that we have achieved this is a testament to the work we have put in as a group and in partnership with our clients, which in France include NetBet, ZEbet and Genybet.In practical terms, it means paying the closest attention to all the details that affect both ours and our operators’ revenues, ensuring the strategies we agree with them are achievable and integrating clients efficiently and to the highest standard.             Expanding furtherThe result is that since launching as a start-up B2B supplier in 2010, Sportnco is now the leading sports betting platform provider in the country, with close to 15% market share. This experience and success, which presented serious challenges that bigger and better-known suppliers were not able to overcome, has brought great discipline, a realistic vision of the market and, just as important, the confidence in our ability to apply this knowledge further afield.         We have already seen the benefits of this approach in Spain, where we have launched brands such as Suertia, Gran Casino Madrid, Casino Barcelona and very soon Golden Park; and most recently we announced the signing of Italian giants Sisal, for whom we will be launching a fully-customised dot es site in the summer.    These contract wins have also been facilitated by having part of our marketing, IT and trading teams based in Barcelona, where proximity and language have enabled us to build strong relationships with Spanish groups.Armed with this skillset we are already growing strongly in Spain and in a much shorter timeframe than we did in France, in a market that is dynamic and growing strongly. Spain’s growth levels are not at the same levels as this in France, but it is more varied as operators can work offline and we will be launching our own self-service betting terminals (SSBT) solution for Casino Barcelona later this year.    By comparison, the technical constraints, restrictions on offers or payout ratios also pose no specific problems to speak of in Spain; while the taxation at 20% of GGR, or 10% if a company is based in the Spanish-controlled territory of Ceuta or Melilla in northern Morocco, is hugely attractive when compared to France. New markets & new products With new SSBTs being made available for our customers this autumn we will offer the full omni-channel product range that combines online and land-based betting and that we know Spanish and Latin American punters enjoy. We anticipate the first releases to take place in September in Spain. And speaking of Latin America, we are in advanced discussions with a number of potential partners looking to launch betting sites in the region. Our presence at ICE 2019 has enabled us to follow up on and initiate discussions with operators acting or interested in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.Our experience shows that true customisation, the ability to deliver strong GGR margins in a tough market and existing customer satisfaction have enabled us to grow in France and are powering our strong growth outside our home market. Our hard work paying off in France and Spain and we believe we will replicate this success in Latin America. _____________________Hervé Schlosser – CEO & Founder – Sportncolast_img read more

WATCH: Angels’ Albert Pujols hit grand slam against Astros

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros It was the 15th career grand slam for Pujols. Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, claps as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols drops his bat as he hits a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, top, heads to third after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James stands at the mound during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, second from left, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, right, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, second from right, is congratulated by teammates Justin Upton, left, Brian Goodwin, center, and David Fletcher, second from left, after hitting a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands at left after walking Houston Astros’ George Springer with the bases loaded during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, hits a grand slam as Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau, right, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watch during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, is taken our of the game by manager Joe Maddon during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, and catcher Max Stassi, left, waves to teammates in the stands prior to a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts as he walks in a run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gets a pat on the back from a teammate after being taken out of the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, walks off the mound after being taken out of the baseball game during the second inning against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, winds up as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel stands at second during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands at left after walking Houston Astros’ George Springer with the bases loaded during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, throws to the plate as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel stands at second during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, stands on the mound before being taken out of the game after walking in his second run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, follows through as Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel leads off during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gets set to pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, and Houston Astros third base coach Gary Pettis joke around prior to a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 29Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, gets a hug from Anthony Rendon after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandAngels’ Albert Pujols is within range of Willie Mays for 5th all-time on baseball’s career home run list. He is three HRs shy of passing Mays (660) on the career list.Pujols’ 658th career HR was a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning against the Houston Astros. The four RBIs brought his career total to 2,080 and is now six shy of tying Alex Rodriguez for 2nd all-time. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Conor McGregor could make UFC return by this summer, says Dana White

first_imgUFC President Dana White hopes to see former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in the Octagon by this summer.And he wants to make the speculated matchup between McGregor and “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone a reality. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”Those two want to fight each other, they’ve both earned it,” White told MMAjunkie following a UFC 234 media conference in Australia. “Cowboy’s fought anybody we’ve ever put against him. We throw this young killer [Alexander] Hernandez at him, Cowboy’s the underdog and he goes in and does it the way he did it, then Conor’s fought everybody. “If these two want to fight, I’m down.”McGregor is currently serving a six-month suspension levied by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October.Cerrone has a 35-11 MMA record. McGregor is 22-4.last_img read more