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Busy time ahead for underage teams in Tipp

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM There’s a busy time ahead for Tipperary’s underage hurling and football teams.The Munster competitions have been revamped for next year.The Minor are now under 17 rather than under 18 and in hurling teams will play before their senior counterparts games in the Munster championship. The format for Minor football hasn’t been decided yet while the Under 20 football and Under 21 hurling Munster championships will both now take place during the summer months.Incoming Tipperary county chairperson John Devane says there are busy times ahead for Tipperary teams.last_img read more

Sportech agrees to sell Football Pools for ‘£83 million cash’ to OpCapita PE

first_imgShare Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Updating the market, Sportech Plc has confirmed that it has entered a ‘conditional agreement’ to sell its Football Pools division for £83 million to ‘FP Acquisitions Limited’ a newly created company controlled by the funds of London private equity firm OpCapita.Seeking deal clearance, Sportech governance will now present the cash offer to its investors for approval.The Sportech board details that the funds generated from the sale will be used to invest in long-term product and technology development. Furthermore, any net proceeds from the disposal will be returned to Sportech shareholders.Governance further points that the cash £83 million deal is an attractive proposition since the company is now primarily focused on expanding its US Racing & Digital services.Focusing on its US divisions, Sportech details that its Football Pools product may not have the ‘material synergies’ for the firm’s future growth strategy.Updating investors on the proposed disposal Ian Penrose, Chief Executive of Sportech, said: “The sale of The Football Pools Business represents an important strategic development for Sportech, having established a strong platform for growth, following completion of an extensive and successful modernisation programme. We have delivered our objective of stabilising earnings, and are delighted to have concluded this deal for Sportech’s shareholders, The Football Pools Business and its employees.”Potential new owner OpCapita stated that it had been reviewing the UK betting and gaming sector for a period of time, seeking for viable investment opportunities.The private equity firm detailed that it was drawn to the Football Pools by ‘its loyal customer base, providing a solid foundation on which to build, through new distribution channels, additional new games and fresh marketing’. John Von Spreckelsen, Chairman of OpCapita, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring The Football Pools, which occupies a unique place in British culture. Sportech has successfully modernised the business and we look forward to realising its significant growth potential. As part of that growth strategy, we plan to ensure existing loyal customers continue to enjoy the game and bring The Football Pools, already loved by so many, to an even wider audience”.“We look forward to partnering with Conleth Byrne and his team to help develop the company further and supporting the community with its commitment to charitable causes.” UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Crusader preview: After great year, 2014-15 WHS wrestlers return with plenty of questions

first_imgSalina Central, Wichita-Bishop Carroll, Winfield, Invitational Tournament9 a.m.Away vs. AndoverAndover High School DeJarnett, Graysen11152.4145 lbs. 6. The newcomers…There are a few newcomers in the lineup which gives this team hope. Skylar Brand is hardly a newcomer to wrestling, but he is a newcomer to Wellington High School wrestling. After sustaining two knee injuries in middle school and his freshman year, Brand elected to not go out his sophomore and junior year. But he returns with a vengeance in his senior year. Look for him to be a solid starter at 220 pounds.Ian Groom, a freshman, has also caught the eye of his coaches. He will be wrestling at 182. Concordia, Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 296 weeks ago looks like a cutting year! So worth it after you eat after weigh in though! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Invitational 9 a.m. Andover,Wellington High School – Wellington Salina Central, Type Time Opponent Location  Hutchinson, Dual Tournament9 a.m.Away vs. El Dorado,El Dorado High School Friday, Dec 19, 2014 Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 Sanders, Dakota12109.2106 lbs. 4A State10 a.m.Away vs. TbaSalina Bicentennial Center Clearwater, Wichita-North Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 Double Dual6 p.m.Away vs. ChaparralChaparral High School Invitational Tournament 9 a.m. Andover,Wellington High School 5. So who will anchor this team in the early going?…Joey HaydonOf the three returning starters currently on the mat, senior Joey Haydon at 160 pounds, has the most wins. He is 20-17 and was very close to qualifying in early 2014. Aaron Fair, who lost going to state in the most heart-breaking of fashions at the Winfield regional, will return in full force as a 182 pounder. Graysen DeJarnett is a returning starter with great upside potential. The junior was 14-10 in 2013-14 and is expected to wrestle at 138 pounds although he will start the season at 145 pounds.Aaron Fair Goddard, Maize South, 9. The schedule…The schedule appears to be identical to the one last year.The Kansas State High School Activities Association reported this week that Wellington will be traveling to Pratt High School on Feb. 20-21 for the Class 4A Regional. Those teams will include: Andale, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Holcomb, Hugoton, Larned, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, Ulysses, Wellington, Wichita-Trinity Academy, and Winfield.Andale will, of course, be tough, but it is the only team ranked in the preseason poll. So this regional is doable.The full schedule for the WHS varsity and junior varsity team is as follows: Invitational9 a.m.Away vs. Valley CenterValley Center High School 4A Regional11 a.m.Away vs. TbaTBA Winfield, Concordia, Tunnell, Ethan11145.6138 lbs. Topeka-West, Caney Valley, Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 Junction City Rose Hill, Garden Plain, Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 Wichita Trinity Academy Cheney, Ast, Vincent12164.6152 lbs. El Dorado, Jayhawk Linn El Dorado, Pratt, Invitational Tournament9 p.m.Away vs. RossvilleRossville High School Wiens, Brad11146.9138 lbs. 4A Regional2 p.m.Away vs. TbaTBA Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 Tournament9 a.m.Away vs. Andover,Clearwater High School Goddard, Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 El Dorado, Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the upcoming 2014-15 Wellington High School wrestling season…1. Where we left off… The WHS wrestling program had its biggest year since the Russ Decker era in post season competition in February with five Crusader grapplers making it to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina. Two of those wrestlers: Andrew Pelkey at 145 and Taylan Lamkin at 195 became state placers.And what happened between then and now?2014-15 Wellington High School wrestling squad.Well, four graduated (the outrage) and the fifth tore his ACL in his knee during the football season (more on that later). So this season Wellington has no returning state qualifiers as of this weekend when they travel to El Dorado for an eight-team dual. Clearwater Invitational Tournament10 a.m.Away vs. Rose HillRose Hill High School Wichita-East, Augusta, Wichita-Bishop Carroll, Invitational9 a.m.Away vs. StaffordStafford High School Fowler, Andre9241.6285 lbs. Hain, Chandler11156.9145 lbs. Olson, Ryan11139.2132 lbs. Brand, Skylar12209.8195 lbs. Andover, Wrestling JV Schedule    (as of 12-04-14) Dual7 p.m.Away vs. MulvaneMulvane High School Winfield, Winfield, Buhler, Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 8. The competition…Wellington was denied an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title because of Augusta the past two seasons. But the Orioles have been moved to Div. III and Mulvane has taken its place.Andale, like every other sport, appears to be the kingpin of the division this season. Yes, Wellington has beaten Andale in dual competition the past two years, but the Indians are said to be a lot more loaded this year. Mulvane will be tough.In the KWCA preseason rankings, Andale is ranked No. 7. Tournament11 a.m.Away vs. Andale,Rose Hill High School 10. The roster…The roster for the WHS wrestling team as released by the school is as follow:2014-15 WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING ROSTER – 12-4-14 Hutchinson, Independence, Andover Central, Mulvane, Wichita Trinity Academy  Caney Valley, Wichita-North, Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 Maize South, Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 Rose Hill, El Dorado, Fort Scott, Mulvane, Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 2. So what does this mean?… In wrestling, a lot of times it is not so much who left the program last season as it is who “could be” on the mat this season. Mitch McComb, embarking on his third season as the head WHS wrestling coach, has or had 35 wrestlers out according to the roster. Some have come, some have gone and a couple of newcomers have the potential of being very, very good. Then there are those walking the Wellington hallways who are sharpening their Playstation 4 skills. Rose Hill, McBath, Brad10185.6182 lbs. Wichita-Northwest, 3. Who is back?Wellington has five returning starters: Brad Wiens, Graysen DeJarnett, Andrew Pelkey, Joey Haydon and Aaron Fair. Two of those wrestlers are currently out. McComb said Wiens, a promising 126-pound junior, may be out for the season with a shoulder injury. He had a nice run in the 4A Regional before falling short as a state qualifier… Smith, Gabe9207.2195 lbs. Fox, Gunner9122.8113 lbs. 4… And then there is Pelkey…Andrew PelkeyAll eyes are on Pelkey, the gifted senior who placed fifth last year at the state tournament in Salina at 145 pounds. He is Wellington’s only ranked wrestler in the preseason Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll — ranked No. 3 at 152 pounds (see preseason KWCA rankings here.)  But unless you have been living under a rock or in Mulvane, Pelkey tore his ACL during the first football game and is still convalescing. McComb said at Crusader Club Monday that he could be returning in January – which seems to be a quick turnaround.“I don’t want to rush him,” McComb said. “He is going to have to wear a brace. This will be a touchy situation.” Bodkins, Zach12163.1152 lbs.center_img Double Dual5 p.m.Away vs. Rossville,Rossville High School Friday, Jan 9, 2015 Type Time Opponent Location  Wichita-Southeast Salina Central, Bales, Blake9118.7113 lbs. 4A State9 a.m.Away vs. TbaSalina Bicentennial Center 7. Filling out the roster… Wellington’s biggest weakness will be in the lower ranks… again. McComb said the 106 and 113 pound weight classes will be open. He is counting on freshman Daniel Schmidt to fill the void eventually. But for the time being McComb said he is going to wrestle him at the junior varsity level.At 120 pounds, a foreign exchange student named Ahmad Mohammed will be representing Wellington. McComb said he has never wrestled before until this year.Chevy Nuss will wrestled at 126 as a sophomore and look for Adrian Wiseman (not on the roster) to wrestle at 138. Ian King a senior is expected to wrestle at 138 with DeJarnett at 145. Once Pelkey is infused into the lineup at either 152 or 145 then this lineup will be significantly shuffled.“One of my varsity starter now won’t be starting in January,” McComb said.At 170, Vincent Ast is starting.“Vincent is actually smaller than Joey, but I need Joey at 160,” McComb said.At heavyweight, freshman Matt McComb appears to have the nod.“At one point I thought I had seven heavyweights, but I’m now down to two due to injuries or kids not going out,” McComb said. Hays, Clearwater, Derby, El Dorado, Wolf, Andrew9123.1120 lbs. Valley Center, Lujan, Miguel11313.6285 lbs. Glover, Colton10150138 lbs. Wichita-North  Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 Friday, Feb 20, 2015 Chanute, Independence, Rose Hill, Double Dual5 p.m.Away vs. Augusta,Augusta High School Wichita-South, Schoemann, Aaron9164.5152 lbs. Circle, Wichita-Northwest, Derby, Anthony-Harper-Chaparral Circle, El Dorado, NameClassCertified Weight(s) – Weight class Derby, Maize South, Friday, Feb 6, 2015 Dual 6 p.m. Pratt Wellington High School – WHS Main Gym Pratt, Haysville-Campus, Clearwater, King, Ian12146.6138 lbs. McPherson, Arkansas City, Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 Rose Hill, Struble, Skyler11160.6152 lbs. Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 Winfield, Valley Center, McPherson, Wichita East, Haydon, Joey12167.5160 lbs. McComb, Matt9246.2285 lbs. Wrestling Boys Varsity Schedule    (as of 12-04-14) Wichita-North, Hugoton, Ottawa Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 Ferguson, Sage11143.2132 lbs. Tournament8:30AMAway vs. Andale,Rose Hill High School Triangular6 p.m.Away vs. Andale,Andale High School Dual Tournament3 p.m.Away vs. MarionMarion High School Mulvane, Pruitt, Eric12218.6220 lbs. Mulvane, Larned, Tidwell, Malachi9127.8120 lbs. Rose Hill, Rose Hill, Andover, Smoky Valley, Rose Hill, Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 Invitational9 a.m.Away vs. Wichita SouthWichita South High School Groom, Ian9182.2170 lbs. Heacock, Kadin9128120 lbs. Friday, Feb 27, 2015 Lowe, Jace11239.6285 lbs. Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 Valley Center, Tournament9 a.m.Away vs. Arkansas City,Winfield High School Andover Central, Clearwater, Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 Pelkey, Andrew12148.7138 lbs. Dual 6 p.m. Circle Wellington High School – WHS Main Gym Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 Brown, Standard10176.1170 lbs. Schmidt, Daniel9110.2106 lbs. Chaparral, Fair, Aaron12209.3195 lbs. Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 Mohammed, Ahmad12113.3106 lbs. Preston, Levi10170.9160 lbs. Arkansas City, Winfield, Nuss, Chevy10129.2120 lbs.last_img read more

Guardiola fears City title collapse despite 13-point lead

first_imgGuardiola fears City title collapseManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manager Pep Guardiola has made the extraordinary suggestion that runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City could suffer a stunning collapse — even though they could be confirmed as champions this weekend if results go their way.City are 13 points clear at the top with six matches to play and could finish the weekend with their third title in seven seasons.They will take the Premier League crown if they beat Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday and second-placed Manchester United lose against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, although Albion increasingly look condemned to relegation. However, Guardiola’s side are seeking to recover from three dispiriting defeats in a row, having gone out of the Champions League after losing home and away against Liverpool in the quarter-finals, and sandwiched in between they missed the opportunity to clinch the title when United pulled off a 3-2 win last weekend.City were two up in the Manchester derby before Paul Pogba inspired a United comeback, scoring twice in the second half.Guardiola is concerned about the psychological effect of those three losses on his players as they look to secure the trophy, and warned they could still falter.“Of course it can happen, I assure you,” said Guardiola. Guardiola cited two examples of high-profile sporting collapses when examining his own team’s prospects -– Real Madrid’s miserable finish to the 2003-04 La Liga season, and Golden State Warriors’ failure to win the NBA finals in 2016.center_img The Warriors lost 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers despite leading 3-1 with three matches to play, while Madrid managed to finish fourth in La Liga 14 years ago, having held an eight-point lead at the top with 12 matches to play.“Real Madrid, years ago, lost five games in a row and didn’t win the league. So of course it can happen, no doubts about that,” Guardiola said.“The players know that. It’s not necessary to say that to them. Of course it can happen –- in football, in sports.“Two years ago, never before, in the NBA finals one team recovered from 3-1 down. Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. They won three games in a row.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more