Lukaku brace sends Inter into cup quarters as Lazio draw Napoli

first_img The 26-year-old lashed home his opener with the match barely underway and then, after Borja Valero had made it 2-0 in the 22 minute, headed home his side’s third from Nicolo Barella’s corner just three minutes after the break as Antonio Conte’s side ran riot at the San Siro. Their were nerves among the home fans when Christian Oliva pulled one back for the Sardinians in the 73rd minute with a fierce drive, but Andrea Ranocchia headed in Cristiano Biraghi’s corner to seal the win. The victory helped Inter bounce back after letting Juventus take top spot in Serie A with a 1-1 home draw with Atalanta at the weekend, and the return of Alexis Sanchez after an injury lay-off will also boost coach Conte. Inter will face either Atalanta or Fiorentina, who face off on Wednesday afternoon, in the next round. – In-form Lazio stroll – Read Also:FA Cup: Tottenham, Newcastle reach fourth roundNapoli goalkeeper David Ospina, whose blunder proved costly in their league loss at Lazio, then saved an Iemmello penalty before half-time following another VAR intervention.Juventus host Udinese and AC Milan take on SPAL on Wednesday, and Roma travel to Parma on Thursday.Torino are already in the last eight after beating Genoa on penalties last week.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Ciro Immobile has scored 23 goals for Lazio this seasonThey will be joined in the quarters by Lazio and Napoli, who both cruised through with comfortable wins over second-tier sides Cremonese and Perugia to set up a mouth-watering last eight tie with each other.Holders Lazio, who are on a club-record run of 10 straight wins in Serie A and well in the title discussion, made short work of Cremonese in their easy 4-0 victory in Rome.The hosts were ahead in less than 10 minutes in front of a sparse crowd at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to Patric, who tapped home the opener after Cremonese stopper Michael Agazzi palmed the ball to him in the box, and the tie was done and dusted 16 minutes later when Marco Parolo bundled home the second from a Jony cross.Simone Inzaghi made eight changes from the side that beat Napoli 1-0 at the weekend but kept Saturday’s goalscorer Ciro Immobile, who took his tally to 23 in all competitions from the penalty spot 12 minutes after the break.The impressive Jony turned provider again for the goal that rounded off the scoring, his fizzing cross from a set-piece being met with Bastos’ bullet header in the final minute.Troubled Napoli meanwhile are languishing in 11th in Serie A after winning just one league game since mid-October but eased into the quarters with a 2-0 win over Perugia thanks to two Lorenzo Insigne penalties.Insigne struck the opening goal from the spot on 26 minutes after Mexico’s Hirving Lozano went down inside the area under a challenge from Mardochee Nzita.The Italy international added a second when Pietro Iemmello handled at a corner, with a penalty awarded following a VAR review.center_img Romelu Lukaku scored after just 21 seconds as he bagged a brace in a 4-1 thumping of Cagliari that fired Inter Milan into the last eight of the Italian Cup, while Lazio and Napoli are set for a quarter-final clash after easing past second-tier opposition. Lukaku is a striker reborn at Inter, with x goals in all competitions Belgian Lukaku has looked a player reborn since moving to Italy and his double took his hot streak to six goals in his last four appearances in all competitions, with his Serie A tally standing at 14 in 19 games. “Inter was the best choice for me, here I can grow as a player and help the club go after its goals,” Lukaku told broadcaster RAI. “I give everything for the team and that’s how I play – that’s what the fans like.”Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Wenger ‘won’t choose successor’

first_img Despite falling behind in the Barclays Premier League title race ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester City, Arsenal are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, which represents a real chance to end their nine-year trophy drought. Wenger suggested he would reflect on the merits of any success once the final whistle for the 2013/14 campaign is blown. “Let’s first see when the season is over,” he said. “If you look back for one year, would you have done something different? If you say to me ‘no’, I say ‘this guy is a complete lunatic’. “It is not only linked with the result. It is linked with the situations you have dealt with – have you done well or not? “Do you ask me ‘have I made zero mistakes in the last year?’ I am not stupid enough to say ‘yes’.” Wenger, meanwhile, remains confident midfielder Jack Wilshere will recover from a hairline fracture in his foot to have an impact for both Arsenal in the final few games and then for England at the World Cup in Brazil. “It is six weeks minimum. Jack can start rehab. He works at the moment, but to run and kick the ball takes one or two more weeks. He will play for us before the end of the season,” said Wenger. The Gunners boss, 64, has yet to sign the offer of a new contract extension past the end of the season, but having just completed 1,000 matches in charge is expected to stay on at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal board is said to be acutely aware of the difficulties it could face when eventually having to replace the Frenchman, with the on-going issues for Manchester United manager David Moyes after following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson all too poignant. Press Association Arsene Wenger insists he will have no input into who will one day take over from him as manager at Arsenal. Wenger, though, stressed he would not be keen to oversee the recruitment process when the time comes. “I always said, and you can check that, everybody has his job (at the club). My job is to do well for the team, not to do anything else,” he said. Asked if he would be choosing his successor, Wenger insisted: “No.” Arsenal remain relaxed about the on-going saga over Wenger’s future, comfortable he will commit for next season, with plans already in place for a July friendly in New York. It is a situation Wenger also appears completely comfortable with – although again indicated he alone would be the final judge on whether he felt he could take the team on for another cycle. “My word is my word,” said Wenger. Asked if that meant he would definitely be staying on next season, he added: “Yes – unless I decide otherwise. “I have told you many times we have had no time to sit down and do it. “(I am) not going anywhere, don’t worry for that, but I want to have a feeling coming out of the season that I have done the maximum for the club.” last_img read more

Netflix shows the way for iGaming says BtoBet

first_img StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share Netflix provides an excellent example of the power of a company with a simple, clear customer strategy and business model adapted for the digital age, according to new insight on the player-first betting experience from BtoBet CMO Sabrina Soldà.Soldà explained that iGaming companies should take note of how Netflix is “redefining the concept of customer centricity through technological innovations”.“In layman terms, when it comes to the iGaming industry the provision of a ‘standardised’ omnichannel betting platform is simply not enough to provide and guarantee the kind of betting experience that is sought by the players themselves,” she said. “This results, ultimately, in the player churn rates which characterise most markets.“It is becoming clearer by the day that players are asking for a betting ecosystem that simplifies their interaction with all available devices, channels and communicative mediums throughout the day, be it social media platforms, smart speakers, and why not, TV.”However, she added that “most operators are restrained from delivering an augmented UX via the core platform technology provided to them by service providers” – technology which often leaves the operator with “no possible way” to alter the betting journey.Soldà also bemoaned the fact that “most operators are slowly but surely transforming themselves into franchises with no unique points of reference that make them stand out from the competition” – a source of frustration already shared by BtoBet’s CEO Alessandro Fried in this year’s ‘Essential Guide to Betting on Sports‘ magazine.Speaking this summer, Fried said that the concept of a platform provider prescribing the user experience (UX) “creates a scenario where platform providers are delivering and transferring the same experience to their customers, with nothing that distinguishes one brand from the other in terms of UX”.He continued: “Ultimately it is the wrong approach to be undertaken because operators are becoming franchises of the same UX that comes part and parcel with the technology that is delivered from the service providers.”By contrast, Fried explained that BtoBet has dealt with this problem by disconnecting the whole UX aspect from the core platform technology, thus “unlocking the potential for each bookmaker to create their own individual player experience”.Individual operators working with BtoBet now have the freedom to differentiate totally the UI and UX for each channel through key elements – especially from a mobile perspective – such as front-end visualisations, side menus, and the way that the players access and interact with their betting slips.However, Fried did acknowledge that not all operators have the resources to apply such differentiation, which explains the company’s “two tiered approach” to partnerships – the upgraded sportsbook platform for mature operators and an off-the-shelf solution delivered through its White Label Partnership Program. Submit BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO

first_img Share Related Articles Risk mitigation sees Rightlander launch first US compliance tool February 14, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Share Submit StumbleUpon Paysafe Group signals US betting intent with ‘Single Point API’ launch February 6, 2019 Online payments group Paysafe has confirmed the appointment of Sujit Unni as Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO), leading the firm’s product cycles, payment networks and innovation frameworks.A key leadership hire for Paysafe’s corporate strategy, Unni joins Paysafe from Barclays UK, where he served as a Managing Director overseeing the development of the firm’s retail and business lending platforms.Updating investors, Paysafe governance brands Unni as a best-in-class executive who holds extensive knowledge of leading product development, tech strategy and engineering for mass-market brands.Unni holds further tech leadership experience having served as an executive for Vantiv, JP Morgan, Travelex and HSBC.Paysafe confirms that Unni will be based in London, reporting directly to Group Chief Information Officer Roy Aston.Aston commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sujit to Paysafe at such an exciting time in our growth journey and I’m confident he will be a real asset to our technology leadership team as we drive forward our vision of being the world’s leading specialised payments platform. Sujit’s wealth of experience in the payments industry and strong technical knowledge will bring huge value to the team.”last_img read more

Angels send struggling rookie Jose Suarez to Triple-A

first_imgJustin Anderson, who is on the injured list because of a right upper trap strain, said his progress stalled. “I think we hit a small wall on Friday,” Anderson said. Anderson said he still feels stiff and some tingling when he moves his arm a certain way. …JC Ramírez decided to accept the Angels’ outright assignment to Triple-A rather than becoming a free agent. The Angels wanted to send Ramírez down to try to regain his velocity after Tommy John surgery, but Ramírez is out of options, so he needed to clear waivers and then agree to the minor league assignment. …Andrelton Simmons, who is out with a sprained ankle and a bone bruise, will continue to take ground balls and swing a bat, but he is not expected to be activated until sometime after the upcoming week-long trip.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Dillon Peters, 3-1, 3.38) at Rangers (LHP Kolby Allard, 1-0, 4.50), 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — The Angels finally decided that 21-year-old José Suarez would be better served refining his game in the minors than continuing to struggle in the majors.Suarez, who had a 6.75 ERA in 12 games, was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday, a day after his latest shaky outing.Although the Angels have a string of off days upcoming, Manager Brad Ausmus said this move was not simply about roster management.“We wanted him to work on some things, and it’s easier to work on things down there than it is up here,” Ausmus said. “It wasn’t just the off days.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img One of Suarez’s issues had been tipping his pitches. The Angels found two separate ways in which Suarez had been tipping his pitches. They were somewhat encouraged that he was able to correct one of them during Saturday’s game. He gave up four runs in four innings, but none in the last two.“Quite frankly I told him to stand in front of a mirror and do it in the hotel room when he’s traveling, just get it ingrained in his brain so he doesn’t have to think about it while he’s trying to execute pitches during the game,” Ausmus said.Suarez also had an issue with getting into trouble after there were two outs. He allowed opponents to hit .353 with an 1.193 OPS with two outs.“I think sometimes there’s a little bit of a letdown when you get to two outs and you’re almost out of the inning,” Ausmus said. “I don’t know if that’s the case with Suary, but you have to concentrate all the way through the end of the inning. There can be letdown, especially at a young age, when you get to two outs.”Suarez’s demotion comes just as the Angels are beginning a stretch in which they have four off days in the next 15 days, which gives them some leeway with their rotation. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels have scheduled Dillon Peters to pitch on Monday in Texas, and Andrew Heaney for one of the games of the doubleheader on Tuesday. Patrick Sandoval is scheduled for the series finale on Wednesday.Jaime Barría, who will have been down for the required 10 days by Tuesday, is likely to come up to pitch one of the games of the doubleheader.The Angels recalled left-hander Miguel Del Pozo to take Suarez’s roster spot. The Angels acquired Del Pozo last week in a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. A 26-year-old left-hander, Del Pozo had never played in the majors with either of his first two organizations, the Miami Marlins or Rangers. He owns a career 4.28 ERA in the minors, with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.ALSOMike Trout got the day off on Sunday, the first time he had not been in the lineup since missing most of four games from July 14-17 with a mild right calf strain. Trout had started 28 straight games since then, completing all but one of them. Ausmus said he felt Sunday was a good time for an off day because of the upcoming doubleheader in Texas. …Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Lomachenko vs. Crolla: Five times when British boxers were massive underdogs fighting in America

first_imgVitali Klitschko vs. Danny WilliamsShortly before Christmas in 2004, Danny Williams, riding a massive wave of popularity following his upset win over Mike Tyson earlier that year, was handed a world title shot against recently crowned WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko. Williams, a consistent underachiever, was given a decent shot at causing an upset by the British boxing media, but once the first bell rang, it became obvious this was a step too far for him.Klitschko’s long jab prevented Williams from getting close throughout the night and whenever the giant Ukrainian let his hands go, Williams was often in trouble. After hitting the canvas several times, Williams was finally rescued by the third man halfway through the eighth session with Klitschko absolutely miles ahead on the scorecards. With Anthony Crolla heading to Los Angeles this weekend as a giant underdog in his fight with Ukrainian sorcerer, Vasyl Lomachenko, Sporting News looks back at some hard nights endured by British fighters when the odds have been stacked against them.Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno When Frank Bruno traveled to Las Vegas in February 1989, not many gave him a hope of even troubling Mike Tyson. The popular Brit had worked himself into a position to fight for the world title held by the ferocious New Yorker, but previous defeats to the likes of James Smith and Tim Witherspoon suggested that Bruno was going to be way out of his depth against Tyson.Join DAZN to watch Canelo-Jacobs and 100+ fight nights a yearDespite starting well and hurting Mike in the opening session, the task, already mountainous for Bruno, became even more demanding as the fight wore on. Tyson found the unguarded target of his opponent far too often. In the fifth round, Tyson forced Bruno onto the ropes and unleashed another barrage of attacks before Richard Steele stepped in and prevented Bruno from taking any more punishment.Miguel Cotto vs. Michael JenningsPeople pondered long about the state of Miguel Cotto’s mind before he went in with Michael Jennings at the beginning of 2009. The previous summer, Cotto surrendered his unbeaten record to Antonio Margarito, but controversy would later shower the result as the marauding Mexican was caught with illegal hand wraps in his next fight against Shane Mosley. Jennings would’ve been hopeful that the circumstances impacting on Cotto at the time would’ve shown in his performance, but the proud Puerto Rican was back at his brilliant best.After using the early rounds to assess Jennings, Cotto began through his repertoire from the third round onwards. He managed to drop his opponent in the fourth session and it appeared then that end was imminent. In the next stanza, Cotto trapped Jennings and landed a superb right hand. The Chorley man went down again and that prompted the referee to halt proceedings.Kelly Pavlik vs. Gary LockettIt’d been a while since a fighter exploded onto the scene the way Kelly Pavlik managed to in 2007. A powerful puncher from Youngstown, Ohio, who had been built slowly since his professional debut, Pavlik was delighted when he was given his world title chance against Jermain Taylor. In a stunning battle, Pavlik rose from a second-round crisis to defeat the 2000 Olympian. A rematch occurred months later and Pavlik would be victorious once more.After seeing off the threat of Taylor, Pavlik’s next assignment would be Welshman, Gary Lockett. A decent contender who had won minor world titles, Lockett headed to Atlantic City dreaming of an upset, but the size of his challenge was made evident early on. Pavlik couldn’t miss and after hurting Lockett several times in the early going, the outgunned Brit was rescued by cornerman, Enzo Calzaghe.Fernando Vargas vs. Howard ClarkeIt’s hard to believe that Britain’s Howard Clarke ever got to fight for a world title. A wily journeyman for the bulk of his career, Clarke got himself into this lucrative position by defeating the world rated Jason Papillion over eight rounds on the undercard of Chris Eubank’s battle with Carl Thompson. With ten defeats on his record, largely against domestic prospects, Clarke’s win massively deviated from the script, but his reward was a world title showdown.On the same show where Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield fought out a controversial draw, Fernando Vargas, the IBF world champion at 154lbs, gave Clarke an almighty beating that highlighted the vast gap in class between the pair. Clarke received a career-best purse for his troubles, but the bout was over before the halfway point as Vargas was too accurate and powerful for the well-traveled Englishman.last_img read more

Labourer accused of robbing delivery man further remanded

first_imgThree months after a North Ruimveldt labourer was charged in connection with several armed robberies, he was further remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he made another court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.According to Magistrate Daly, no special reasons were given for the defendant to be granted his pre-trial liberty.It is alleged that on January 7, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, Seon Goodluck robbed Jason Busbury of one Honda XR motorcycle with registration number CJ 4339 valued $435,000.It was further alleged that on January 9, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he fraudulently imitated registration number CJ 7296 on one Honda XR motorcycle, which is registered with CJ 4339.On his first appearance, he pleaded not guilty to both charges after they were read to him by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Marcus-Isaacs.The court was told that on the day in question, the defendant contacted Pizza Hut delivery service and made an order. The court heard that upon Busbury’s arrival at the location, the defendant pulled out a gun from his waistband and relieved him of his motorcycle and escaped.Days after the robbery, the victim saw Goodluck’s photo in the media after he was charged with several armed robberies and immediately went to the Police and informed them that it was the same man who had robbed him. As such, charges were instituted.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant has several matters of similar nature, pending before the courts.During December 2018, Goodluck was also slapped with four armed robbery charges and was placed on remand for those matters. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on April 1, 2019.last_img read more

Remember these players? Power ranking all 29 of Roy Hodgson’s England debutants

first_img 29 29 29 29 29 24. Jon Flanagan – Senior England debut: 4 June 2014 29 20. Wilfried Zaha – Senior England debut: 14 November 2012 29 29 29 29 29 14. John Ruddy – Senior England debut: 10 August 2012 11. Rickie Lambert – Senior England debut: 14 August 2013 29. Ryan Shawcross – Senior England debut: 14 November 2012 29 25. Steven Caulker – Senior England debut: 10 August 2012 29 2. Ross Barkley – Senior England debut: 6 September 2013 29 18. Jamie Vardy – Senior England debut: 7 June 2015 4. John Stones – Senior England debut: 30 May 2014 29 16. Fabian Delph – Senior England debut: 3 September 2014 19. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Senior England debut: 26 May 2012 17. Danny Ings – Senior England debut: 12 October 2015 29 7. Jack Butland – Senior England debut: 15 August 2012 6. Nathaniel Clyne – Senior England debut: 15 November 2014 29center_img 29 29 29 13. Dele Alli – Senior England debut: 9 October 2015 29 29 28. Carl Jenkinson – Senior England debut: 14 November 2012 9. Jonjo Shelvey – Senior England debut: 12 October 2012 22. Leon Osman – Senior England debut: 14 November 2012 21. Jay Rodriguez – Senior England debut: 7 November 2013 12. Tom Cleverley – Senior England debut: 15 August 2012 getty 29 8. Ryan Bertrand – Senior England debut: 3 March 2015 29 29 29 23. Calum Chambers – Senior England debut: 3 September 2014 29 5. Luke Shaw – Senior England debut: 5 March 2014 10. Andros Townsend – Senior England debut: 11 October 2013 15. Fraser Foster – Senior England debut: 15 November 2013 29 29 26. Jake Livermore – Senior England debut: 15 August 2012 England made it out 10 of 10 after flawlessly completing their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a victory over Lithuania on Monday night.Now that the elimination process has been seen to, Roy Hodgson and his staff can now look fondly ahead to next summer’s championships.However, while Three Lions supporters are of course delighted with their progression, attention remains fixed on the team.Hodgson still doesn’t appear to know what his preferred, or even strongest – starting XI is – which is summed up by the knowledge that the former Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool manager has handed a huge 29 players their debut over the past few years.In light of this, we’ve decided to rank every Hodgson debutant, starting with the least memorable. Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 27. Ryan Mason – Senior England debut: 31 March 2015 3. Adam Lallana – Senior England debut: 15 November 2013 1. Harry Kane – Senior England debut: 27 March 2015last_img read more

Manchester United hold talks with £30m-rated Roma defender

first_img Kostas Manolas joined Roma from Olympiakos two years ago Manchester United have held preliminary talks with Roma defender Kostas Manolas, claim reports in Italy.The Greece international has shone for the Italian club since he joined them from Olympiakos two years ago and is now on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs.Chelsea and Everton have also expressed an interest in the 24-year-old but United are clear front-runners in the race to sign him having reportedly met his representatives.According to Sky Italia, United are prepared to match Roma’s £30.3m asking price and a deal could be struck once incoming manager Jose Mourinho gives his final approval.Roma are reluctant to part with the highly-rated Manolas but the prospect of making a huge profit on the centre-back, having paid Olympiakos just £10m for him, is too good to turn down. 1last_img read more