Palace rescue point from Magpies

first_imgNeither Alan Pardew nor the travelling Newcastle support could boast victory in their reunion battle as Crystal Palace came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park. The Palace boss brought to an end an often-turbulent five-year spell at St James’ Park to take over in south London at the turn of the year and their first meeting since then ended in stalemate. Pardew’s Eagles have made a habit out of falling behind but again showed their resilient nature as Fraizer Campbell came off the bench to earn a well-deserved share of the spoils for Palace. The former Sunderland forward had the ball in the net after glancing Jason Puncheon’s cross past Krul, but he was rightly adjudged offside. Newcastle had soaked up most of Palace’s pressure until that point and showed their own attacking prowess three minutes before the break as Daryl Janmaat broke down the right and dug out a perfect cross to find the unmarked Cisse – who made no mistake in heading past Julian Speroni to open the scoring. The Newcastle fans marked the goal with further taunting of Pardew, while their captain Fabricio Coloccini appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the home support as he joined in celebrating with Cisse. Pardew looked to his bench for inspiration as the second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with top goalscorer Dwight Gayle and the returning Bolasie both introduced just after the hour. And it was Bolasie, home from African Nations Cup duty, who turned provider just minutes later as he swept in a cross for fellow substitute Campbell to sweep home. The DR Congo winger was at it again moments later as he flashed in another ball that landed at the feet of Wilfried Zaha – who could only find the legs of a recovering Newcastle defender as he fired a shot off. Hangeland saw a deflected header land on the roof of the net as Pardew’s side went in search of a winner and the Norway defender came even closer as he drew a smart stop out of Krul. That was the last good chance as Pardew ended the game by clapping all corners of Selhurst Park and enjoying cordial handshakes with former colleagues on the Newcastle bench and some of his ex-players as they departed down the tunnel. It could have been an even sweeter reunion for Pardew had Brede Hangeland’s late header not been tipped behind by Tim Krul, with Newcastle offering very little in the way of their own attempts to win the game. Papiss Cisse’s first goal of 2015 had put John Carver’s side in front but the man who worked as Pardew’s assistant did not see his team work Julian Speroni on any other occasion and the Magpies still only have one win since Pardew jumped ship. The 53-year-old waxed lyrical about his Newcastle tenure in his programme notes and urged the travelling fans to remember the “good times” they enjoyed before the relationship soured. But the away contingent only had unsavoury songs in store for their previous manager – whose misery was compounded when Cisse rose to head his former employers in front before half-time. The visitors were largely on the back foot and, although Palace often lacked a killer final ball, the introduction of the returning Yannick Bolasie sparked them into life as he provided the cross for Campbell to turn home and level with less than 20 minutes remaining. Pardew had won here 3-0 with Newcastle last season but his current side could not find enough quality to seal a comeback victory on this occasion, despite having most of the ball in the closing stages. The game started without the sort of frenetic pace many would anticipate for such an occasion, with Palace quicker out of the blocks – although the recalled pairing of Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh failed to test Krul in the visitors’ goal. Arsenal loanee Sanogo did not last long before injury forced him off, with Campbell on in his place and instantly posing more of a threat. Press Associationlast_img read more

LeoVegas overturns Swedish licensing restrictions

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has re-established its five-year Swedish gaming licence, having won its appeal against gaming inspectorate Spelinspektionen.LeoVegas governance had challenged Spelinspektionen’s decision to limit its licence to a two-year operating period, in relation to committing UK advertising violations.Filing a challenge with the Swedish Administrative Court of Linköping, LeoVegas governance contested the decision by stating that foreign regulatory discrepancies should hold no bearing on an incumbent’s licence conditions.Contesting Spelinspektionen actions, LeoVegas governance cited that its UK marketing discrepancies related to 2016 and that the operator had implemented all the demands administered by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), fulfiling its licensee terms for the UK market.“A regulated market has more extensive requirements in relation to responsible gaming with a strong consumer protection focus,” says Vala Karimi, General Counsel LeoVegas. “LeoVegas welcomed the regulation even before its introduction and sees the decision of the Administrative Court as very positive and it gives us an opportunity to continue to focus on compliance.”In its update, LeoVegas governance underlines its commitment to responsible gambling as a Swedish licensed operator, with the company having launched its LeoSafePlay vertical as a separate business unit with the goal of creating the ‘best conditions for the next generation system, based on machine learning and artificial intelligence’.Commenting on developments, Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO LeoVegas, said:”After our investments in regulatory compliance and our experiences from regulated markets, this decision is a receipt that we are conducting a professional business. I am proud of our teams that have delivered this in the difficult-navigating environment in which we operate.“The extended license gives us continued peace of mind in the Swedish market, where we take market shares month by month. We also see that several smaller players are leaving the market at the same time as marketing has diminished. With our eight gaming licenses I look forward to the continued offensive expansion, and this year alone we have gone live in several new markets and we will continue to focus on profitable growth.”last_img read more

Former Laker Jamaal Wilkes believes rebuilding “will take a couple years”

first_imgBut Wilkes’ initial hiccup provides a valuable lesson for the present-day Lakers, presuming they maintain their top-five pick in the NBA Draft lottery on May 19. With the Lakers (21-58) entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (48-31) at Staples Center two losses away from securing the worst mark in franchise history, the Lakers have too many roster needs to address. In order for any draft prospects to make the same impact he made, Wilkes argued that player will need “a blend of humility and confidence.”“You have to have confidence in yourself and in your game. But you need humility, too, in terms of deferring to the veterans until you get grounded,” said Wilkes, who wrote about his rookie season in his recent book, ‘Memoirs of The Original Smooth As Silk,’ a portion of the proceeds helping the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. “Even though the Lakers are down this year, they are still a championship organization. When you come to a team like the Lakers, you can learn a lot by listening and observing.”Assuming that prospect adopts those qualities and the Lakers strike it rich in free agency, Wilkes believed the Lakers “will have a good shot at making the playoffs next season.” Yet, he sounded skeptical the Lakers would immediately turn around their fortunes, arguing persistent injuries and the passing of late owner Jerry Buss in February 2013 still cloud the storied franchise. “He loved the game and respected the game. He hired the best basketball minds he could and he listened to him. It all started there,” Wilkes said of Buss. “We’re all impatient, but it’s a reality. We had the good fortunate of having him for a long period of time. It’ll take a couple of years to turn this around.”That partly explains why Wilkes showed sympathy for Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played with Wilkes during the Showtime Era. He became enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His retired No. 52 Lakers jersey hangs on the Staples Center rafters. His nickname “Silk” and the “20-foot layup” seem long-lasting.But some uncertainty emerged on whether Jamaal Wilkes would thrive in the NBA even after the two-time All-American helped UCLA to two NCAA men’s basketball national championships. After the Golden State Warriors drafted him 11th overall in 1975, Wilkes spent more time filming the movie “Cornbread, Earl and Me” than worrying about his training. Once he arrived to rookie camp, Wilkes huffed and puffed his way through practice.“I was so disappointed in myself that I was unprepared,” Wilkes said in an interview with the Los Angeles News Group. “Coming out of UCLA with Coach (John) Wooden, you were always prepared. But I was just caught unprepared. Instead of blaming this guy, that guy or the coach, I knew I had to and accepted full responsibility.”Wilkes soon spent his time both in the gym and in martial arts classes to expedite his conditioning. He then turned out fine enough to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. That provided a foreshadowing of the four NBA championships Wilkes would eventually win in his career (1974-85), including three with the Lakers. “It’s not one of those years where you can point the finger at somebody,” Wilkes said. “It’s one of those years where you play young guys, get a sense of the future of the team and maintain your professionalism. I think Byron has done that.”Still, Wilkes suggested Scott could improve on one thing. With Kobe Bryant set to make his return next season from a third consecutive season-ending injury, Wilkes argued Bryant’s success will largely stem on how he and the Lakers manage his workload. Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 34.5 minutes through 35 games in the 2014-15 season before tearing his right rotator cuff on Jan. 21 in New Orleans.“I’d like to see a situation like in Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar’s) last two years where his minutes were about cut in half and most of them were played in the fourth quarter,” Wilkes said. “I’m confident Coach Scott and Kobe will come to a meeting of the minds that makes sense for all those concerned. I don’t think it’s realistic for him to give him 35 or 38 minutes every night.”Incidentally, Bryant averaged 35.4 minutes per game in the Lakers’ first 27 contests before sitting in eight of the following 16 games for rest purposes. The 19-year veteran then injured his right shoulder in late January. All of that hardly matches what Abdul-Jabbar went through in his 19th and 20th NBA seasons in 1987-88 (14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds) and 1988-89 season (10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds). That marked a decrease from his career averages of 24.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. Yet, Abdul-Jabbar averaged under 30 minutes per game in his last two years after the Lakers acquired Mychal Thompson in a trade in the 1986 offseason.Nonetheless, Wilkes still gave Bryant the “benefit of the doubt” on how he will manage his comeback. Wilkes also added that Scott “feels comfortable that the Buss family and (general manager) Mitch Kupchak will help him get them back on track next season.” All of this uncertainty hardly matches what Wilkes went through with UCLA and the Lakers, two teams that seemingly remained in championship contention every season.“UCLA has the slight edge because we were clearly dominant,” Wilkes said. “Not just our teams, but the teams that played us and came after us. With the Lakers, we were dominant. But there were also a handful of other teams that were vying for that dominant position.”How long it takes for the Lakers to return to that dominant position could become as unpredictable as the initial hiccups Wilkes experienced in rookie camp. Wilkes only hopes the recovery happens as quickly as Wilkes bounced back to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more