His transfer to CSKA Moscow brings an end to speculation surrounding his future, with teams in France, Netherlands, Turkey and United Arab Emirates battling for his services following a banner season that saw him score 10 goals and set up six others in 29 games across all competitions.Ejuke’s medical with CSKA Moscow was scheduled for yesterday ahead of his unveiling as a new player of the club.Dutch club Heerenveen snapped up the former Nigeria U-17 star for two million Euros from Norwegian club Valerenga last year.They are expected to use the profit from this latest transfer to strengthen their team after several top stars were sold in the off-season.In just his first season in the Netherlands, Ejuke emerged Heerenveen’s best player, following several incredible displays which saw him smash the back of the net 10 times while making another four assists in the 25 games he played.But more than the goals, though, were the youngster’s dribbles.Of the players who played 10 league matches or more, Ejuke attempted and completed the most dribbles in the Eredivisie last term, cementing his rating as the best dribbler in the Netherlands.Turkish giants Galatasaray and Dutch champions Ajax had earlier been linked with an interest in the Nigerian winger, but he wants to focus on becoming a more productive player.“I scored 10 goals last season, and I intend to score more next season,” Ejuke told an online publication.“My desire is to improve further for the good of my team. Maybe getting into goal-scoring position more will mean dribbling less.“I want to dribble less and score more. It’s what I intend to do next season. As a player, constant improvement can’t be overruled.”Ejuke joined Heerenveen from Valerenga last summer for €2 million and has a contract tying him to the Dutch side until 2023.In spite of his recent rise, Ejuke still rued not able to impress when he went on trials at Liverpool four years ago.The former Nigeria U-20 starlet spoke of his frustration after failing to seize an opportunity to play for the Anfield outfit.The forward revealed he was scouted at the age of 18 and went on to have a trial with the Reds but failed to impress at Anfield and had to return to Nigeria disappointed.The 22-year-old, who shone for Heerenveen during the 2019-20 campaign, revealed the incident has always inspired him to perform better.When I was just 18-years-old and still living in Nigeria, there was a scouting programme on the other side of the country,” Ejuke told Voetbal.“I was picked out together with three peers by a scout from England. We were allowed to have a trial at Liverpool. It was the first time that I left my country and then also for an internship in my dream competition.“We were warmly welcomed at Liverpool. We did an internship there for a few weeks, it went pretty well, but I probably wasn’t good enough.“Liverpool was not interested and so we had to return to Nigeria. That was just as tough. This was the opportunity I had been dreaming about all these years and if it doesn’t work out, it’s bitter. It felt like I had let down my agent and my family.“If I had taken that chance, it would have been a different story, but it was a good experience. That missed opportunity became a source of motivation for me and it helped me grow as a player. I had tasted Europe and now I wanted more.”The forward left Nigeria in 2017 after playing for Gombe United in the NPFFL to start his European career in Norway with Valerenga.Ejuke made a key impact during his two-year stay with the Intility Arena outfit which saw a number of European clubs jostle for his signature.The winger, however, signed for Dutch club Heerenveen in the summer of 2019 after snubbing interests from Besiktas, Lazio and Roma.The forward has represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With 10 goals and six assists in 29 matches and emerging as one of the top dribblers in the Dutch top-flight in just his first season, it came as no surprise that several top European clubs are on the trail of SC Heerenveen winger, Chidera Ejuke. Inspite of the Nigerian promising to continue improving on his game with Heerenveen he could not resist Russian giants CSKA Moscow when they came callingChidera Ejuke flew out to Russia on Wednesday to complete a 12 million Euros transfer to CSKA Moscow and will also do the routine medical and agree personal terms with the Russian club after Heerenveen and CSKA agreed on a transfer fee of 12 million Euros.Ejuke will be joining the 13-time Soviet Top League / Russian Premier League champions on a four-year deal that will keep him at the Muscovites until the end of the 2023-2024 season, subject to a traditional medical.The exciting winger boarded his flight to Moscow at approximately 1630 hours on Thursday afternoon and will be arriving in the Russian capital at 2255 hours.
On Saturday night, men’s volleyball ended its road trip with a visit up Highway 1 to Pepperdine. In their first match of the year in late January, the Trojans upset the No. 8 Waves at the Galen Center 3-2. Two months later, they were looking for similar magic on the road to keep their postseason hopes alive.The now-No. 6 Waves fought off the Trojan onslaught to win in straight sets (31-29, 25-22, 25-23) and tie the season series at one apiece. The Waves improved to 12-7 overall and 11-7 in the MPSF and secured a MPSF Tourney bid over the weekend. They currently sit in fifth place in the MPSF, three games behind No. 4 Long Beach State and one ahead of No. 7 UC Santa Barbara.On Saturday, Pepperdine was playing to secure that fifth seed in the MPSF while 10th-place USC (4-14, 6-16 MPSF) was fighting toward that elusive eighth seed. Hence, both teams played all-in from the first point.The first set was gut-wrenching through all 62 points. USC took its largest lead at 21-17, and Pepperdine took its only 2-point lead to win 31-29. There were eight lead changes and 26 ties. Pepperdine took the set by winning 3 points in a row off USC errors — the only 3-point run in the game.Errors continued to be a problem for the Trojans. They suffered 18 errors from the service line and nailed only two aces. Their attacking came together nicely, though. As a team, they hit .356. Junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder hit .500 with 19 kills. Senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard, who did not play in Thursday’s match at Stanford, hit .714 with 5 kills plus an ace and a block.Pepperdine was sharp offensively, too. The Waves hit .381 and served five aces. Redshirt senior opposite Matt Tarantino hit .462 with 15 kills and 3 aces. The Waves only tallied four blocks as redshirt senior middle blocker Tommy Carmody had a quiet night, but USC only tallied 6.5.After USC fell behind 14-9, head coach Jeff Nygaard took a timeout, and whatever he said worked. The Trojans 9-5 run after the timeout brought their deficit to just one point. However, a service error by senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard backed up by an ace from Pepperdine’s Matt Tarantino put the set out of USC’s reach.In set three, the two teams came out nose-to-nose once again. Finally, USC broke the game open with a 3-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. They traded points with the Waves until they had a 23-20 lead, and the set looked to be theirs. However, Pepperdine ended the match on a 5-0 run which included two Tarantino kills and three USC attack errors.It was an abrupt end to an intense match that went the way of the favorites. In the box score, this one will go down as a three-setter with no big surprises, but the match felt a lot closer.USC has four matches left this season. Next up, their final two home games will be against UC San Diego on April 2 and UC Irvine on April 3.
Burnely 2 Everton 1.Hull City 0 Stoke 2 City.Swansea 0 Watford 0.West Ham 1 Sunderland 0.Earlier, Tottenham Hotspur missed out on going top of the table.They were held to a nil-nil draw at Bournemouth in the day’s early kick-off. Their nil-nil draw with Middlesbrough at the Emirates puts them above Manchester City.Elsewhere, It finished:Leicester 3 Crystal Palace 1.
Burnley continued their fine start to the new season under manager Sean Dyche ‘Ginger Mourinho’ following their latest victory over Newcastle United at home.Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick netted the only goal of the game in the 74th minute to give his side a 1-0 win in what was Burnley’s 4th league victory of the season.The win was enough for Burnley to leapfrog Newcastle United into the top seven after recording 16 points from the first 10 games of the season while the aforementioned Newcastle (14 points) drop one place from 8th to 9th on the English Premier League (EPL) table.RelatedPremier League Review: City Within One Win Of Title After Everton VictoryApril 1, 2018In “England”Tottenham Start Premier League Campaign With VictoryAugust 11, 2018In “England”Premier League Review: Chelsea Secure Late Newcastle Win To Go SecondAugust 26, 2018In “England”
StumbleUpon Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 As we edge closer to the return of mainstream sports betting, we caught up with Sergey Tsukanov, Chief Risk Officer at Betby (pictured), to talk esports, alternative markets and the need for industry innovation following the current downturn. SBC: How has Betby adapted products and services for its partners since the cancellation of sporting fixtures began? ST: The cancellation of sporting events has put the industry in an unprecedented situation. To add to the uncertainty, nobody is still fully sure when they will start again, or how big the knock-on effect will be.Our aim has been to continue to provide the widest possible coverage of sports as possible for our operators – including an extensive range of virtuals and a massively revamped esports package. We’ve seen our partners reap the rewards as a result – with esports leading the way. FIFA in particular has proven to be a mainstay on the fixture list, with over 7,500 games from professional esports players streamed around the clock, offering more than 12 betting markets and a 24/7 service. SBC: We’ve seen a phenomenal rise in the popularity of esports and alternative betting markets recently – is their popularity here to stay? ST: It is clearly a great opportunity, however it really depends on the sport and the product. Esports as a vertical should maintain its current follower-base, as it is quickly becoming an established, popular alternative, but smaller, niche sports will have to compete with verticals and esports as players stick with a product that remains recognisable, rather than trying to learn about an entire new sport.With such ingrained love for global sports, such as football or golf or tennis which currently lacks competitions, any sport that tries to fill that gap in the betting market may be an afterthought after worldwide sporting events return, whenever that may be. SBC: Do you believe the industry has an obligation to educate players on these sports in a responsible way given they’re new markets for many? ST: The industry needs to be able to present sports or esports or virtuals as a normal product, while also preparing for questions from players. If football bettors try a new product, be it Dota 2 or darts, there will undoubtedly be a learning curve and we can assist on that level. There isn’t necessarily a need to invent new ways of attracting players’ attention, as that is something that operators are well versed in, but by offering familiar markets and clear explanations with the intention of raising awareness and education of live sports that still run, or the alternatives, such as esports and virtuals.SBC: Has the industry adopted the right approach to responsible gambling in lockdown?ST: We are eager to offer as many events as possible, to give our operator partners and their customers a wide range of sporting competitions to choose from. However, with added competition from slots, live casino and other sporting contests like esports and virtuals, having a differentiator is key. The conversation should never stray too far from responsible gambling, and although there may not be as many sporting events as we are used to, it hasn’t changed our stance on safeguards.SBC: Do we need to see more innovation as the coronavirus crisis continues? ST: The gambling industry is incredibly resilient and strong and although the current crisis is significant, it will provide yet another opportunity for us to reinvent what we believe is possible and create new experiences for customers. It is a time for companies to be proactive rather than reactive, and to become stronger and wiser when the period is over.In my opinion, operators who deal with the end-user directly are patently aware that if they don’t innovate, they are going to lose ground quickly. We’ve already seen a trend towards a far more discerning customer, with the end-user far better educated nowadays as to what they should expect from gaming – which has made players more demanding as a result. Data analytics and machine learning software have proven key in the last few months for customer segmentation and CRM – ensuring our systems can harness customer data to identify patterns and make accurate decisions with minimal human intervention; whether that be for player protection or introducing players to new markets. We’ve also looked to embrace innovation with our latest UI/UX layouts, which have been widely acclaimed thanks to their unique approach. Apart from the traditional sports format, we are also offering different options, many of which will improve the user experience for players coming from a casino background and looking to get in on the hugely popular esports action, which is proving an invaluable cross-sell.
THE BALLMER BIOName: Steven Anthony BallmerAge: 58Born: March 24, 1956, in Detroit, Mich. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Family: Married Connie Snyder in 1990. They have three sons.Net worth: An estimated $20.7 billion, according to Forbes.Education: Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977, which is where he met Microsoft founder Bill Gates.Background: Was hired at Procter & Gamble as a product manager, but enrolled at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Was lured to Microsoft by Gates in June 1980 as the company’s first business manager. Became CEO in 2000 and oversaw the company’s annual revenue balloon from $25 billion to $70 billion. Announced in August 2013 he would step down within 12 months. Announced his retirement as CEO on Feb. 4, 2014.Sports: Aligned with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen in January 2013 in an attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings and relocate the franchise to Seattle. The effort fell through in April 2013 after the NBA’s relocation committee unanimously recommended that the owners reject it.
The controversial play immediately led to an outcry on social media. Alternate videos of the play seemed to show the interference was even more obvious than the TV camera angles showed. Saints fans started a petition and filed a lawsuit seeking to have the NFL allow the end of the game to be replayed. Louisiana lawmakers chastised Goodell and the league, and even asked the NFL to hold a make-up game.However, the play also led to reports saying NFL team owners will consider a rule change adding certain penalties, including possible pass interference, to the list of reviewable plays. In Watson’s tweet, which he sent to @nflcommish, he called Goodell’s silence on the issue, “detrimental to the integrity of the game.””Commissioner Goodell. We all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people,” Watson wrote. “What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans though, was outside of that expected norm. Your continued silence on this matter is unbecoming of the position you hold, detrimental to the integrity of the game and disrespectful and dismissive to football fans everywhere. Related News NFL playoffs 2019: Saints’ fan starts petition demanding NFC championship game be replayed Saints tight end Benjamin Watson on Thursday called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for not addressing the controversial no-call in the NFC championship game.In one of the most egregious missed calls in NFL postseason history, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before a pass arrived with 1:45 remaining in the game. Officials did not call pass interference, which likely cost the Saints the victory. The Rams tied the game and sent it into overtime, where they won, 26-23. NFL playoffs 2019: New videos of infamous Rams-Saints ‘no-call’ make play look even worse “From the locker room to Park Ave, accountability is what makes our league great. Lead by example. We are waiting.”.@nflcommish pic.twitter.com/a0pIFnboMP— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) January 24, 2019Robey-Coleman later admitted it was pass interference (“Hell yeah,” he said) and Saints coach Sean Payton, who immediately called the NFL office after the game, said officials told him they missed the call.
Robert Kraft spa footage ordered temporarily sealed by Florida judge #LARams have exercised @JaredGoff16’s fifth-year option.Goff is under contract through the 2020 season! 🙌— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) April 23, 2019The move comes as no surprise considering Los Angeles drafted Goff with the No. 1 pick in 2016 and relied on him as the starter in Super Bowl 53 against the Patriots. He isn’t scheduled to become a free agent until 2021, so the Rams could focus on more pressing matters until then. Jared Goff is one step closer to earning his extension.The Rams announced Tuesday they have exercised the fifth-year option on the quarterback’s rookie contract. “Jared’s obviously extremely important to us,” Rams coach Sean McVay said last month. “But those are things that, we know we want to get him done at some point. Whether it happens this year, next year, those are things we haven’t really gotten into in depth about yet.” Related News Goff, 24, threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns last season en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He got off to a rough start as a rookie, posting a 63.6 passer rating and 0-7 record, but has since improved to a 100.8 passer rating after going 24-7 the last two years.The Rams hold seven picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Nashville, but appear to be set under center. NFL trade news: Seahawks send Frank Clark to Chiefs
BELMOND — Wright County authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run involving a bicycle on Thursday.The Wright County Sheriff’s Department says they were called at about 9:35 last night to a hit-and-run two miles north of Belmond on US Highway 69. On arrival, they found a male subject that had been hit while riding his bike.Witnesses told authorities that a black or blue Ford pickup, believed to be a 2008 to 2014 model, stopped momentarily after striking the victim, and then sped off southbound on US 69. The pickup is believed to have damage to the passenger-side mirror.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Department at 515-532-3722.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters But Hoiberg wasn’t worried about creating any further trouble by playing without the three players acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota last summer. He insists they were injured.“When they’re ready to go,” Hoiberg said, “they’re going to be back out there playing again.”FANS’ TAKEA matchup of 24-45 vs. 25-45 is often one to avoid, but longtime Chicago fan Louis Rodriguez was thrilled to catch Bulls-Knicks. He’s just not used to seeing his favorite team attempt to lose.“The Bulls franchise is a legendary franchise and it won’t be the last time we see them No. 1,” he said.Dressed in his Bulls shirt and red hat, he came from Naugatuck, Connecticut, with his step-sister Shannon Bahme, who was wearing a Knicks shirt.The Knicks have been losing for years, so it’s easier for their fans to accept being bad. Some remember three years ago, when back-to-back victories in the final week of a 17-win season knocked them out of pole position in the lottery. Minnesota beat them by a game for the worst record, then won the lottery and the right to draft All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.So are the Knicks tanking?“I think they’re losing on purpose,” Bahme said. “They’ve got to be. I mean, you can’t play that bad. Hornacek … just puts in people that do not belong in.”THE YOUNG AND THE RESTING Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches from the crowd during NBA All-Star Saturday in Los Angeles. When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving’s podcast in February and said he told his players that “losing is our best option,” the league fined him $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki’s expected swan song, suddenly they had to change plans. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK — After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can’t be fooled.He knows when teams aren’t giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nearly a third of the 30 NBA teams are brutally bad this season and it’s hard to believe some aren’t losing on purpose. Phoenix, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Chicago and New York should all lose 50 or more games, and only the Nets aren’t motivated to lose — they don’t own their first-round pick.Everyone else comes under suspicion when something strange happens:— What was leading scorer Dennis Schroder doing on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of Atlanta’s one-point victory over Phoenix on March 4?— Why did Tyreke Evans foul Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Memphis leading Chicago by one?— Are some of these guys on injury lists really hurt?ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum bolsters playoff hopes, repulses JRU Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback JUST THAT BAD?If the Knicks are tanking, they are being out-tanked.New York went 1-16 in a recent 17-game stretch, managing only to beat fellow lottery-bound Orlando, in a freefall that should’ve been able to take the Knicks close to the bottom. Instead, they remarkably remain the best of the worst, remaining ahead of the other eight in the standings — which means, behind them in lottery odds.With Kristaps Porzingis lost to a torn ACL last month and Carmelo Anthony traded in the offseason, the Knicks don’t have the talent to win often. But coach Jeff Hornacek believes there’s a reason the other bad teams can’t win, either.“The top teams are always there but I think that middle group, teams that are seeded in the playoffs 7, 8, guys that are just outside that, those are some pretty good teams nowadays,” Hornacek said. “So if you are one of those bottom teams, you used to be able to beat those teams occasionally. Now it’s tough to beat those guys, too.”INJURIES & TANKINGChicago came to New York on Monday night without Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, its three top scorers. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said they were all hurt, and people down the street at the league office were likely wondering.When the Bulls stopped playing starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday earlier this season, the league reminded them of the new resting rules, which allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who sit multiple healthy starters in road games.So the Bulls started playing Lopez and Holiday again — sort of.They went the whole first quarter at Detroit on March 9, combining for 15 points as the Bulls led by five. Neither got off the bench again, and the Pistons outscored them by 21 the rest of the way. “It’s pretty obvious,” Nowitzki said.Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s a problem for the league office, which has fined owners, chastised teams and sent out league-wide memos on the topic. And with big brother watching, teams are abiding by the letter of the law, but arguably not the spirit of its intent.Tanking is viewed as a solution — sometimes the only one — for some teams and their fans, hoping something good can come from being bad if they cash in at the lottery and land a top draft pick. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award New York hosted its own version of March Badness over the last week, with the Knicks and Nets both playing Nowitzki’s Mavericks, before Memphis and Chicago came to the city on the same sad Monday. That’s five of the nine bottom teams — including the only two known to have been contacted by the league office because of their tactics.Here’s how it looks where currently winning really doesn’t seem to be everything:CUBAN “MESSED THAT UP”Tanking is a discussion for fans and media. Nobody from a team ever dares talk about losing on purpose.Except Mark Cuban.When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving’s podcast in February and said he told his players that “losing is our best option,” the league fined him $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.”That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki’s expected swan song, they had to change plans.“Well, I think Mark messed that up for us,” Nowitzki said, with a straight face.They went on a recent stretch of three wins in four games — two were against the Grizzlies and Knicks — and Nowitzki insists teams are still tanking despite the league’s mandate.“There’s obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we’re one of the teams that still wants to win and we’ll see where we end up at the end in the draft,” he said. “But we’re still playing. We want to have a winning culture for our young guys.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tyreke Evans is Memphis’ leading scorer, a former rookie of the year who has recovered from injuries to regain his old form.Yet Monday, the Grizzlies sat him out for longer looks at Andrew Harrison and Briante Weber. Oh, and Marc Gasol was also out with the flu.Coaches argue that’s not tanking, but merely development and evaluation of younger players. Harrison took a contested 3-pointer for a final shot that wasn’t close in a 118-115 loss to Brooklyn.He took the blame, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff indicated he’ll get more chances.“It’s learning how to win. And consistency and learning how to win are the two hardest things to develop in this league,” he said. “So the only way you learn is through experience in these situations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next