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Death of former Tipp All Ireland winner

first_imgTributes are being paid to former Tipp All Ireland winner Michael Murphy who has passed away at the age of 99.The Clare native moved to Tipperary in 1940 and lined out for the Tipp hurlers from 1943 to ’49 before moving to Dublin.Former editor of the Tipperary Star Michael Dundon says Mick Murphy also had considerable success with Thurles Sarsfields. Photo © Thurles Sarsfieldslast_img

Brandon Walker: How Amelco is using technology to tap into new markets

first_imgShare Share Happy Valley hits ‘record’ turnover as racing season ends July 16, 2020 HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 Sports betting systems provider Amelco  boosted its Asian market presence earlier this month after securing a football trading partnership with the legacy operator Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).Brandon Walker, Head of USA at Amelco, spoke to SBC about how the partnership has put them ‘on the map’, what opportunities  could arise as the Asian market matures, whilst also highlighting the US as a key area for growth.SBC: Has your partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club increased Amelco’s presence in Asia? Brandon Walker: It certainly put us on the map, and the work we have done with them has been a real advertisement for just how much we can do for our partners here. In my view, the Club’s use of our industry-leading solution is a true endorsement of our ability to provide the best-in-class global operators with a modern and scalable operation bespoke to their needs. UK football betting has proved to be especially popular with the Club’s betting community, with its high performance, algorithmic driven pricing solutions set to provide for the operator’s unique needs for years to come.In line with that, I anticipate that we’ll be getting ready to increase our presence here as Asia gears up for its own PASPA moment, and we’re looking forward to bringing out the best of our toolkit, including introducing Quantum Outrights to the Asian market, the industry’s first football outright pricing model to harness machine learning technology. SBC: Why has Amelco earmarked the Asian market as an area worth investing into?BW: Our success with the Hong Kong Jockey Club speaks wonders in terms of the region’s potential. As we see it, the stellar growth of the Asian betting industry remains incredibly encouraging, as the international advance of sportsbook continues unchecked in most developing countries. As the market matures, there will certainly be room to expand our product. We understand the local requirements well, and we’re in a great position to deliver here. We’re familiar with betting behaviour and what customers are looking for when it comes to solutions, and we know exactly what we can do to ensure our partners really get ahead of their competition. SBC: In the interview at ICE (embedded below), there was mention of Amelco wanting to boost their presence across Africa, what products will best help you achieve this? BW: I can say with full confidence that we have the industry’s most comprehensive package of products available. We’ve been working there for a while, and being from South Africa myself, I take our plans for the continent very seriously. As many of our partners already know, the market is as dynamic as it is vast and understanding the needs of each region is a vital part of delivering a successful offering – none more so than in adapting technology to fit the continent’s fragmented infrastructure.  Our Opera-mini mobile sportsbook has been created to crack this challenge for our partners. Designed with low internet connectivity, high distribution costs and the unique African challenges of platform scalability in mind, it can serve what environment it is in, no matter how underserved. Alongside that, our ‘spin and bet’ games have been a real hit, offering sports betting on casino-style slots, as well as unique shared jackpot style-games that add that social element, which have proven to be of very high value. SBC: And what are the key differences between European and African operator needs that Amelco has identified? BW: It depends where you are! Any operator looking to enter the market must first find a way around the significant connectivity and payment processing infrastructure gaps that isolate its regions. Of course, while major cities in South Africa certainly benefit from a more developed infrastructure, this is far less the case for markets further north, such as in Kenya and Uganda – and needs to be mitigated. To say this part of the world is unique when it comes to retail would be an understatement. Luckily, we’ve got the toolkit required to deal with both agency and retail sales models, both of which are key to operator revenue in most of Africa’s markets. Our product sits on handheld terminals as well as via any other point of mobile, laptop and the like. We’ve also spent the time setting up unique integrations with telecom providers, which enables direct sports and lotto betting paid via phone credit, which, as anyone who has spent time there will agree, is a very common way of transacting on the continent.Any operator looking to make their mark here needs to take these unique requirements in mind, luckily, they have us here to guide them through the process with one of the most advanced solutions around. SBC: Amelco has continued to increase its foothold in the US, having secured deals with Atlantis Gaming Corp as well as being awarded a licence in Pennsylvania. Are there any plans for further expansion across the US in 2020? If so, what are they?BW: We’re definitely going to be expanding. As a partner of choice for some of the largest retail and online networks across the U.S., word is getting out as to how much we can bring to the table. Testament to our US-focused efforts, we have been given a vote of confidence as the technology supplier that will power FOX Bet across the US. As well as rolling out across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we’re now looking at expanding with them across a further 16 states over the year ahead.  Alongside a raft of deals signed across Tennessee, Indiana and Colorado, we’re really excited by the growth we’ve seen for the past two years post-PASPA. Regulated online betting is only getting started and we’re here to help operators build their brand with them. We’re unmatched when it comes to efficiency and cutting-edge technology, and our pioneering work with U.S. customer data and automation ensures we can deliver the most efficient price differentiation and segmentation models available on the market. SBC: What are the key regulatory challenges that Amelco faces when it comes to the US market?BW: The US is a unique proposition in that we have so many states, all of which have their own spin on things. We have dedicated the past two years to ensuring our US platform and sportsbook caters to exactly what our customers need and given it so highly modular – we can adapt to any jurisdiction’s requirements. Of course, that doesn’t come without its challenges. Each state has its own process, board, personnel and time-zone, all of which needs to be factored in. Throw in the pressure to meet aggressive time frames, and you have a raft of moving parts that needs to be taken into account. Thanks to our market-leading tech, we’re able to deliver a truly multi-market, multichannel operation across any bet entry point, from retail to mobile and everything in between. Whether for online and mobile only in Tennessee or Washington’s three types of licences across lottery, sports venues and bars, we’re able to deliver a customised, segmented solution that can be immediately operable and compliant for the regulatory challenges of each state. Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Angels’ Noe Ramirez and Brad Ausmus suspended after Astros’ Jake Marisnick is plunked

first_imgANAHEIM — While Noé Ramirez didn’t have much to say about the three-game suspension he received for hitting Jake Marisnick with a pitch, one of his Angels teammates was not as reserved.“I think it’s bull—-,” Andrelton Simmons said. “People get hit all the time. (Ramirez) can’t make one mistake I guess? Just because of the perception? So if Marisnick got hit at any point throughout the season (by the Angels), whoever touched him was going to get suspended? Is that what it means?”Ramirez, who said he didn’t hit Marisnick intentionally, said on Wednesday he will appeal the suspension.“I didn’t necessarily like it,” Ramirez said before Wednesday’s game. “I’m glad we can appeal. It’s just about moving on.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros It is likely that one of the reasons for the suspension was that Ramirez hit Marisnick in the upper back, about a foot from his head. Major League Baseball likely also takes into account how a suspension affects the player’s playing time, based on whether he’s a position player, a starting pitcher or a relief pitcher.A player loses his salary for the games he is suspended, so a three-game suspension means a player loses more of his salary than a two-game suspension, regardless of how much playing time they miss.“I thought it was a little bit steep,” Ausmus said of Ramirez’s suspension. “But again, you still have the appeal process to go through, so hopefully that changes things.”Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who was vocal after Tuesday’s game that Ramirez should be punished, agreed with the decision.“I expected them to step in and do something,” Hinch said Wednesday. “My reaction is really that it should be over and settled and done with. They have their guys to deal with and we have our guys to deal with and we can all move on. I think we will all be better served letting MLB be MLB and let us play the game on the field and get away from this issue.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels manager Brad Ausmus was also suspended for one game. Managers have no right to appeal, so he was to serve his suspension on Wednesday night, with bench coach Josh Paul managing the game.After Tuesday’s game, Ramirez said he was simply trying to go inside on Marisnick with a 1-and-1 fastball after throwing two straight sliders.The pitch nonetheless raised suspicion and prompted plate umpire Stu Schuerwater to warn both teams against intentionally throwing at hitters. Marisnick had been believed to be a target because of his violent collision with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on July 7 in Houston that sent Lucroy to the hospital and earned Marisnick a two-game suspension.Marisnick is still waiting to have the appeal of his suspension heard. He said he believed Lucroy was moving toward foul territory and he was actually trying to avoid him when they collided.Ramirez said he didn’t get a formal explanation of the reasoning behind the suspension or the factors that went into determining its length.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

6-Year-Old Girl Killed By Dad’s Golf Ball

first_imgA six-year-old girl in Utah is dead after she was hit in the back of the head by a golf ball her father sprayed off the tee. Police say she was sitting inside a golf cart when her dad teed off at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem Monday.The ball struck Aria in the back of the head about 20 yards away.She was flown to the hospital in critical condition, but died Monday night.Police are investigating it as a tragic accident.last_img

Nunn Jr. among inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductees

first_imgEstablished in 2009 by pioneer quarterbacks Pro Bowl MVP James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, the Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The enshrinement ceremony will be held Feb. 20, in conjunction with Black History Month at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Bill Nunn Jr. The members of the inaugural class are:•Bill Nunn, Jr. (Pittsburgh Courier Journalist and NFL Scout)•Alonzo Gaither (Head Coach, Florida A&M University, 1945-1969)•Eddie Robinson (Head Coach, Grambling State University, 1941-1997)•Buck Buchanan (DE, Grambling State University, 1959-1963)•Willie Galimore (RB, Florida A&M University, 1953-1956)•David Jones (DE, S.C. State & Mississippi Valley State, 1958-1960)•Willie Lanier (LB, Morgan State University, 1963-1967)•Walter Payton (RB, Jackson State University, 1971-1974)•Jerry Rice (WR, Mississippi Valley State University, 1981-1984)•Ben Stevenson (RB, Tuskegee University, 1923-1930)•Paul Younger (RB/DB, Grambling State University, 1945-1948)A selection committee comprised of prominent journalists and football executives chose 35 finalists, from a field of more than 260 nominees, before naming the 11 inaugural inductees.About Contributor Inductee Bill NunnLegendary journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn, Jr. entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, where he later rose to sports editor and managing editor. After elevating the Courier’s Black College All-American team to new heights, Nunn joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. A true innovator, he constructed a bridge between the Steelers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Five Super Bowl rings later, Nunn is among the most legendary NFL scouts of all time.About the Coach InducteesCoach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither spent 24 years at Florida A&M University, from 1945 to 1969, amassing an overall record of 203-36-4. His teams won 18 conference championships and were Black College national champions six times. From 1953 to 1962, his teams went 87-7-1. Gaither’s “split line T” offense was adopted by several major college programs. He retired in 1969 with a .844 winning percentage, the best ever among all NCAA coaches. Gaither was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.Coach Eddie G. Robinson spent 56 years at Grambling State University, from 1941- 1997. He put together an overall record of 408-165-15 and sent more than 80 players to the NFL and AFL. Robinson led the Tigers to a streak of 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1960 to 1986, as well as 17 SWAC Championships and nine Black College National Championships, more than any other HBCU. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and received more awards than any other coach in history.About the Player InducteesJunious “Buck” Buchanan, as a defensive end for Grambling State University from 1959 to 1963, was an NAIA All-American and a three-time Black College All-America. Buchanan could bat down passes with either hand, play the run and rush the passer. The first of the prototypical defensive lineman, combing size, speed, and strength, he was the first Black college player taken as the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL Draft, when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in 1963. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the College Football Hall of in 1996.Willie “Gallopin’ Gal” Galimore, as a running back at Florida A&M University from 1953 to 1956, was all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice four times and was named a Black College All-America by the Pittsburgh Courier three times. The Rattlers won four conference championships while Galimore was at FAMU and one Black College National Championship. He played for the Chicago Bears from 1957 to 1963, before passing away tragically at the age of 29 in an auto accident in Rensselaer, Indiana, on July 27, 1964. As FAMU’s all-time leading rusher, Galimore averaged 94 yards per game and was the Rattler’s first 1,000-yard runner (1,203 yards in 1954).David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one of the finest pass rushers in the business. Yet had it not been for the chance observation of two Rams scouts viewing films of an opponent, he might never have had a chance to play pro football. When the scouts noted that the 6-4, 272-pound tackle was outrunning the backs they were scouting, they recommended Jones as a sleeper pick. He went on to unanimous all-league honors six straight years from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.Willie “Honey Bear” Lanier played linebacker and offensive guard at Morgan State University from 1963 to 1967. He earned first team All-America honors his junior year and led the Bears to bowl games in 1965 and 1966, winning both and holding opponents to 0 total yards offense in the 1965 game. His teams won three conference championships and at one point had a 32-game winning streak. Lanier went on to play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl and five times being named as an All-Pro middle linebacker. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.Walter “Sweetness” Payton, a running back at Jackson State University from 1971 to 1974, made every All-American team picked for college division or division 1-AA teams. In both years Payton was voted Black College Player of the Year. A tough back, who ran harder than his size (5’10, 200), Payton was a complete football player—one who could run the ball, block, tackle, pass, catch passes, and kick. It was in college that Payton picked up his nickname “Sweetness” because of the smooth way he ran. He moved on to a legendary career with the Chicago Bears, which included a Super Bowl Ring in 1985, nine Pro Bowls and two NFL Player of the Year Awards. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.Jerry Rice, a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in history. He was named first-team Division I-AA All-America and finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman voting. His 27 touchdown receptions that season set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Rice was named the 1984 SWAC Player of the Year. In addition to being named first-team Division I-AA All-American, the NEA and Football Writers’ Association of America both named Rice to their first-team Division I-A All-America squads. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 16th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft and became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a 2010 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Ben “Big Ben” Stevenson spent his first years at Tuskegee University as a prep-schooler, which allowed him to play eight seasons for the Golden Tigers, from 1923 to 1930. During that span, the team amazingly suffered only two defeats. Stevenson combined speed (9.8 100-yard dash), strength and durability. Scoring on a combination of long runs and drop kicks, he also played defensive back, earning a reputation as one of the top pass thieves in the conference. Stevenson was named to seven consecutive Black College All-America teams, numerous Negro all-time All-America teams and was voted the game’s greatest all-around player.Paul “Tank” Younger had a record-setting career at running back and linebacker at Grambling State University from 1945 to 1948. He was named to the 1948 Pittsburgh Courier All-America team and was the Tigers’ leader on offense and defense. Younger totaled 60 touchdowns during his career at Grambling, which at the time was a collegiate record. After his senior season, he was named Black college football’s Player of the Year. Younger went on to a very successful NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, earning Pro Bowl status five times. He became the first Black player to play in an NFL All-Star game, and after his playing days, went on to become the league’s first Black assistant general manager in 1975.(The Black College Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.)center_img (Atlanta, Ga.)—Legendary Pittsburgh Courier journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn Jr., former NFL greats Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones and coaching legend Eddie Robinson are among the inaugural induction class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.last_img read more