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Tony Pulis concedes life at West Brom has been hard for Rickie Lambert

first_img The striker moved from Liverpool for around £3million in the summer to revive his career but has started just three Barclays Premier League games. He has netted just once – a penalty – for the Baggies and is likely to be on the bench again for his Anfield return on Sunday. Lambert left Merseyside because of a lack of first-team opportunities just a year after joining from Southampton but has been kept out of the Baggies side by £12m record buy Rondon. Pulis said: “Rickie is knocking on my door all the time. He wants to play. It’s difficult at times because I understand he wants to play. “It’s about trying to find the right formation and shape for the team and trying to get the balance right. “In the back of our mind we were looking to bring him on against Tottenham (a 1-1 draw last Saturday) but we played so well, we were thinking ‘who do we bring off?’ “We didn’t think we would get Salomon right up to the last minute. Salomon was a real coup for us in lots of ways.” Meanwhile Pulis admits he is frustrated at the length of time it is taking Ben Foster to recover from a knee injury. The keeper damaged his cruciate knee ligament in March but is yet to return after a set-back in September. He added: “I am a typical manager, you want your players fit as quickly as you can get them and when they’re not fit you can get annoyed. “You just want players fit but the medical people here do a good job.” Boss Tony Pulis admits Rickie Lambert has suffered from West Brom’s last-ditch deal to sign Salomon Rondon.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Eastern Michigan press conference: Boeheim discusses team weaknesses

first_img Related Stories Coleman, Grant combine for 25 points in win over Eastern Michigan PRESSURE POINT: Syracuse uses full-court defense to remedy early struggles against Eagles Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2012 at 2:18 amcenter_img Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim addresses the media after the Orange defeated Eastern Michigan 84-48 on Dec. 3. Fourth-ranked Syracuse overcame a sloppy first half to move to 6-0 on the season. Commentslast_img

Viewing party draws hundreds

first_imgIt takes a rare event to attract more than 500 students to the courtyard outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on a Tuesday evening. The 2012 presidential election did just that.Engagement · Students await Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s concession speech in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard on Tuesday night at a viewing party that began at 5 p.m. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanStudents from across the political spectrum, many of whom voted for the first time this November, gathered around a giant screen to watch the results come in live on CNN.“We did this four years ago in the Annenberg lobby, but because the turnout for our debate watches was so much larger this year, we realized we had to move our election night program outside,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, a co-sponsor of the event. “I estimate that we’ve seen roughly 500 people tonight, which is about twice what we drew for election night four years ago.”Giuseppe Robalino, a freshman majoring in business administration, praised students for coming together for this important event, regardless of their political views.“It’s great in the sense to see all the youth out here together — it shows us that our democratic processes are strong, they’re working,” said Robalino, a member of the USC College Republicans. “It feels great above all to be an American here — to be an American in this day and age with so much turn out and so many people giving a damn about what’s going on in this country and in the world.”Cheers erupted when CNN announced at 8:20 p.m. that President Barack Obama had been re-elected for a second term, especially from students in Trojans for Obama, who have spent months campaigning.For USC College Democrats member Victoria Hallebo, a junior majoring in film critical studies, Obama’s victory was a huge win.“I’m overjoyed. I’m really really excited,” said Hallebo. “I’ve been working on this campaign for basically two years and tonight is finally the night that it has paid off.”Matt Tsai, a junior majoring in accounting, said he chose to vote for Romney after a lot of deliberation.“I honestly liked both candidates,” Tsai said. “I feel like the biggest issue in this election was the economy and I felt like Romney is better equipped to handle the economy, so he won my vote by a slim margin.”Looking forward, students from both political parties are hopeful about the next four years.“Usually in a president’s first term, they don’t do much,” said Hanh Tranton, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences. “But in their second term, they tend to actually deliver on the promises that they made when they first campaigned. So I’m hopeful that [Obama] will deliver on more actions this time around.”Aside from watching the live results, students took advantage of free food, photo opportunities with cardboard cutouts of the candidates and the chance to have their portraits done by a caricaturist.“It’s awesome that we have a campus that we can sit around and come together and watch,” said Alicia Dewell, a sophomore majoring in philosophy. “It was a great bonding experience.”last_img read more

Irish squad training at Twickenham

first_imgDebutants Stuart McCloskey, Josh van der Flier and Ultan Dillane will take part in the traditional captain’s run.The third round of the Six Nations begins tonight in Cardiff as Wales play host to France at five-past eight.After their opening weekend draw against Ireland, Wales defeated Scotland in their second game while France have registered wins over Italy and Ireland so-far in this year’s championship. The Under-20’s Championship also begins tonight.Nigel Carolan’s Irish side travel to Newcastle to face their English counter-parts at five-past six.And the match-up between Italy and Scotland kicks-off just five minutes later.last_img

Diego Simeone Extends Atletico Madrid Contract

first_imgRelatedSamuel Chukwueze to switch allegiance to Madrid in JanuaryDecember 20, 2018In “Spain”UCL: Leipzig Upset Atletico To Set Up PSG SemifinalAugust 13, 2020In “Europe”Everton New Owners Wants Diego SimeoneNovember 8, 2017In “Europe” He also led the Los Rojiblancos to two UEFA Champions League finals, only to lose to city rivals Real Madrid on both occasions. Argentine manager, Diego Simeone has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid to extend his stay at the Estadio Vicente Calderon until 2020.The 47-year-old manager, who joined Atletico in 2011, led the club to a famous La Liga triumph in 2014 and the Copa Del Rey title a year earlier.last_img

Palace Turn To Nigerian-Born Player To Solve Goalscoring Problems

first_imgStruggling English Premier League (EPL) side Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Nigerian-born forward Carlton Cole in the attempt to solve their goalscoring problems.Cole, 33, is currently a free agent after the 10-month contract he signed with Indonesia Super League outfit Persib Bandung in March was terminated last month.Londoners Crystal Palace have so far remained scoreless after the first six league games of the season ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. To make matters worse, they are currently without their first team strikers because of injury.Belgium striker Christian Benteke sustained a knee ligament injury during last weekend’s 5-0 loss at Manchester City and has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks while long-term injury casualty Conor Wickham is not expected back until January at least.Club manager Roy Hodgson definitely has a lot of things to worry about with his side rooted to the bottom of the EPL table with 0 point and 0 goal this season. He replaced Frank De Boer some weeks back after the Dutchman was sacked after four league games only.RelatedManchester City Defender To See Specialist Over ‘Troublesome’ Knee ProblemSeptember 26, 2017In “Europe”Chelsea Star Ruled Out For Over One Month After Suffering Grade Two Hamstring InjuryOctober 3, 2017In “England”EPL: 7 Nigerian Players to Watch Out For In The 2019/2020 SeasonAugust 9, 2019In “England”last_img read more

AUDIO: We Didn’t Sign Gambo Mohammed Because Of His Age – Eguma

first_imgRelatedAUDIO: Eguma Explains Striker Udechukwu Transfer SagaDecember 7, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL: First Away Win A Morale Booster For ‘Contenders’ Rivers United – Eguma (AUDIO)November 25, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Former Pillars Stalwart Gambo Muhammad Signs For Katsina UnitedSeptember 12, 2019In “Nigeria” Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma has disclosed to www.busybuddiesng.com that Gambo Mohammed’s age was responsible for the club’s failure to sign the experienced Kano Pillars striker.Negotiations broke down between the Port Harcourt club and the former Super Eagles forward after reports suggested that the Pillars captain, who officially turns 30 next March, was on the verge of joining the 3-time NPFL Champions.In a chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, Eguma said the desire to sign younger players ensured Rivers United could not acquire the forward who helped Kano Pillars win three successive NPFL titles from 2012 to 2014.“For Gambo (Mohammed), he actually signified his intention (to join us) but along the line, our negotiations with him did not go through,” the former Enyimba assistant coach said.“We also put into consideration his age, like I told you; we are looking for younger players. We looked at Gambo’s age and we felt that we needed players that are younger and could be more vibrant.“That is why our conversation broke down halfway and we could not agree on terms.”Gambo Mohammed, who has been an integral member of Kano Pillars for close to a decade, fell out of reckoning from the first team last season.After his failed attempt to join Rivers United, NPFL Champions, Plateau United are reportedly interested in his services. Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

The future for retail: Could ‘staff-less’ shops become a reality?

first_img Share Related Articles Submit SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 StumbleUpon George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 Share GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 It is widely accepted that we are entering a new era for retail betting, ushered in by the fast-tracked fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) legislation and an increased expectation of technology amongst customers – for so many of whom digital is now king.Yet will this new era include the advent of ‘staff-less’ betting shops? Are bookmakers likely to respond to declining retail business by running shops without any need for human intervention?This issue was raised by Howard Chisholm, who operates 38 shops mainly in the north-east of England, as part of his presentation on offsetting FOBT losses at last month’s Bookmakers Trade Fair.He pointed to the “radical measures” introduced by BetXS for three shops in Ireland. All of the shop systems are controlled remotely, from doors and lights to security, CCTV and TV, while bets are placed and settled through self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) complete with a customer service terminal set up to deal with any problems.In response, we asked three of the companies leading the retail revitalisation for sports betting – Playtech BGT Sports (PBS), Vermantia and OKTO – to outline their vision of the betting shop of the future. Could ‘staff-less’ shops really become a reality?Lee Drabwell, Senior Commercial Director at PBS, said: “We’re entering a new era for retail betting, none more so than in the UK. The impact of FOBT legislation this year has sped up the long overdue revitalisation of the betting shop, and we expect to see an increasing focus by UK retail estates on improving the in-shop digital experience. “From self-service to initiatives to digital newspaper displays with the latest tips, there’s plenty in the pipeline when it comes to meeting retail customers’ increasing demands and expectations. “Key to retail’s revitalisation has been the emergence of the next generation of Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs). Proven to offer the best in-play and pre-match betting experience around, SSBTs showcase the latest odds and visualisations in a way that vastly improves the choice and experience customers have compared to traditional over the counter (OTC) betting on football or other sports. “Combining data and live pictures with the digitised convenience of a modern SSBT is helping retail operators move with the times. Not only by appealing to a next generation of customers, but also by delivering incremental revenue. This is reflected by the continued impressive growth seen in SSBT business levels year after year, and we expect to see the same in 2020.  “However, while the new generation of SSBTs brings with it the ability to offer a fully autonomous betting operation, I do not believe that fully ‘staff-less’ betting shops would (or should) become a reality anytime soon. Social responsibility should lay at the heart of the retail betting business and the invaluable part played by staff via intervention and interaction should not be underestimated. “Retail also attracts a diverse range of player types, who will continue to choose different ways to place bets. The role of self-service technology is to enable an easier, safer and more responsible betting experience in conjunction with traditional shop roles. “If retail is to compete for leisure spend during leaner times, it needs to be all about providing the widest choice of sporting events and markets. The betting shop of the future is set to serve a more diverse range of customers than ever before. “In my view, the social element of retail combined with thousands of betting opportunities at customers’ fingertips through SSBTs will be an experience that is hard to beat. We’re already seeing this in real time, with more and more customers preferring to study the form, choose their selection and place a bet stood in front of an interactive 22-inch SSBT rather than be restricted by the limitations of the traditional OTC betting journey.“For now, it’s important to recognise that retail must adapt to ensure it remains a viable proposition in the years to come. Multi-channel strategies centred around SSBTs will be key, alongside improved customer interactions and environment, to ensure that the retail operator of the future stays ahead of the game.” Yiannis Gangas, CPO of Vermantia, added: “In an increasingly digitised world, engaging customers with exciting content and a tailored user experience on familiar cashless devices has never been more important. Retail is no exception. “We believe that blending the speed and efficiency of futuristic cashless SSBTs with the thrill of action-packed live sports and racing content is key to the future of retail betting. A new generation of customer wants their user experience to be as interactive, exciting and frictionless as possible, and a digital environment is central to that. “We’ve already seen the automated, ‘staff-less’ concept take off in other retail sectors, and there’s no reason why it can’t offer a convenient and enjoyable betting experience for tech-savvy punters. “However, I do not expect to see a staff-less betting environment across operators’ entire retail estates anytime soon. An intermediate shop with ‘less-staff’ is far more likely, with today’s betting experience needing to maintain a combination of both tech and human touch. “For many, the social interaction that comes with betting is also a key part of their enjoyment, and to remove it entirely would mean eliminating a big part of the customer demographic. “The technology is already there to remodel the retail customer journey as we know it, and we’re already seeing it deployed. Designed to offer a digital experience that presents the latest content, odds, data and betting promotions, operators now have the complete toolset required to deliver the betting shop of the future, covering both ‘staff-less’ and ‘less staff’ concepts. “The new era of retail is all about omni-channel and delivering a bespoke service to suit each betting environment. Our mission is to focus on bringing the best of digital into the retail space while catering to a diverse spectrum of customer preferences. “Everything from our powerful content management systems to live betting channels and cashless SSBTs are designed to attract a broader range of customers to operators’ shops than ever before.” Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, commented: “In today’s fast-paced digital world, we’re seeing the expectations of tech change in just about every interaction we have. This is especially the case for betting in-shop, and those looking for a way to bring the best of digital into the retail space can find plenty of ways to enrich the retail environment.   “We’re already seeing change happening in real-time, with many of the more forward-looking operators revamping and modernising their shops with a focus on the latest in customer experience. “Plenty of suppliers have exciting plans in the pipeline, including tablet-based solutions that allow for the futuristic ‘Apple store’ self-service shop experience expected to becoming mainstream in 2020. “This digitised, in-store convenience is set to be a major part of retail’s future and cashless payments will be key to making this work. Payments technology will not only make the self-service experience fast and paperless, but also intelligent. As well as giving players the freedom to enjoy the experience more by making bets faster, it will also ensure that players receive bet notifications and their winnings fast and be ready to place another bet. “However, while combining payments technology with self-service betting solutions will certainly enable an automated retail environment, I doubt that we will see ‘staff-less’ betting shops as a blanket operation anytime soon. The next generation of betting is all about delivery across multiple channels, and no matter what alternative operators offer, many demographics will already be happy with their preferred channel. “Retail’s future success will be driven by focusing on providing a unique environment, stronger customer relationships, and an experience underpinned and enabled by digitisation. Automation should mean a stronger focus by staff on the ‘value-added’ delivery of customer services. “The key strength of retail is the personal interaction that comes with it, and operators need to find the right balance of automation by creating a highly personalised service with reduced staff levels. Get it right, and operators can use technology to reduce net costs and ensure higher betting turnover in peak times.”last_img read more

World Cup: Holland goalie Krul: I told penalty takers I knew their plan – and he was right

first_img”‹”‹Back-up Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul became an unlikely hero when he came into the World Cup quarterfinal match against Costa Rica in the 120th minute and promptly won the penalty shootout.He was also the target of criticism for his “antics” during the shootout.Before the Costa Rican players took their penalty kicks, Krul walked up to them and tried to psych them out.”I told them I knew where they were going because I had analyzed it. It worked,” he explained the BBC on Sunday.ESPN cameras caught him saying something to the Costa Ricans on the first three penalty kicks. He walked right up to the kickers before retreating to his goal.Krul had only been brought on as replacement for Jasper Cillessen in the 120th minute of the goalless draw in Salvador. Louis van Gaal has been praised for the psychological advantage the introduction of Krul gave his men.But the substitute played his own part, as he revealed: ‘I watched them [Costa Rica] against Greece and studied them and I told the players that I knew where they were going to shoot to make them a bit nervous.‘Maybe it worked. It happened before when I played against Frank Lampard. I told him that I knew and I saved it. I just tried that again. I’m so happy it worked.’But did Krul’s pre-penalty routine tempt the Costa Ricans into picking their corner?The crazy part: Krul was actually telling the truth. He dove the right direction on all five penalty kicks. Three of them went in anyway, but Krul saved the other two and the Netherlands won the match. He explained the method further to the Guardian:”I psyched them out. You try to do everything you can without being too aggressive. I tried to get in their minds. I watched them [Costa Rica] against Greece and studied them and I told the players that I knew where they were going to shoot to make them a bit nervous. Maybe it worked.”It happened before when I played against Frank Lampard: I told him that I knew and I saved it. I just tried that again. I’m so happy it worked today.”Krul is expected to start on the bench again in the semifinal against Argentinalast_img read more