Brunt requests personal hearing

first_imgWest Brom’s Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by the Football Association for allegedly verbally abusing a match official. Press Association “The midfielder will continue to be available for selection, including tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke, until a date for the hearing is finalised.” Referee Anthony Taylor sent off Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Villa’s Jack Grealish during the game, which sent Villa through to the semi finals where they will play Blackburn or Liverpool. An FA statement on Brunt, released on Monday, said: “It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official.” Both Albion and Villa are also awaiting the results of FA and police investigations after crowd trouble at Villa Park where home fans twice invaded the pitch. Seats were thrown from the West Brom section in the North Stand into the Villa fans during the second half with boss Tony Pulis insisting anyone found guilty should be banned for life. It was the second time the teams had played each other in a week after Villa’s 2-1 Premier League win. center_img The midfielder is alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the tunnel after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Aston Villa. A Baggies statement published on Friday read: “Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by The Football Association. last_img read more

Police: Florida Woman Killed Disabled Grandson By Drug Overdose

first_imgFlorida law enforcement officials say they are dealing with a case that is unusually tough for them.According to Bradenton police, 87-year-old Lillian Parks gave her disabled 30-year-old grandson, Joel Parks, a fatal dose of unidentified drugs because she was worried that there would be no one to care for him after she dies.Detectives took her into protective custody last Sunday to undergo an evaluation and medical treatment, spokesman Brian Thiers says.Joel Parks lived with his grandmother during the weekends, and spent the week at a group home during the week, as he was unable to take care of himself.On Sunday, Joel’s sister came to the grandmother’s apartment to check on him, and called 911 when she discovered his body.Reports state that Joel’s father is dead, and that his mother is estranged.Investigators say they will likely charge Lillian Parks with second-degree murder after she is released from a doctor’s care. They are still awaiting a toxicology report to reveal the substance that was used to kill Joel Parks.Thiers says police are trying to determine how long Joel Parks had been dead before his sister discovered his body. He adds, “This is a difficult case for our detectives. Partly, we feel bad for an individual who feels that the only option is to take another human being’s life because you’re so worried about their care after you’re gone. On the other hand, this was a process that was thought out, it was planned, and she took a human life.”last_img read more

Police Chief Beck to visit community

first_imgLos Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said he believes one of the best ways to prevent crime is to join forces, and on Thursday night he will give students and community members a chance to do just that.Crime fighter · LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck will discuss safety concerns Thursday with community and student representatives. – Courtesy of LAPDAs part of USC’s Community Conversation Series, Beck will participate in a panel discussion with representatives from USC’s Department of Public Safety, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Neighborhood Council, among others.“Collaborative efforts between the various stakeholders in public safety make the biggest difference,” Beck said.Crime in the USC area has not been particularly problematic since Beck took the helm of LAPD in November. Still, Beck said, even if crime isn’t making headlines, it is still an important issue.“Even if crime’s down, it doesn’t matter if you’re the victim,” Beck said.The panel will hear student and community concerns and help find solutions. Beck said he thinks it is an important discussion for students to attend, even though crime is down right now.“I think people can feel a little bit better about where they’re going to school, but I don’t think that changes the fact that they have to be aware of the area,” Beck said.The event aims to bring community members, students and law enforcement officials together to discuss safety and crime concerns.“The main thing is we want folks to work together, so it’s not groups pitted against each other,” said David Roberts, USC’s associate director for local government relations.The event, put on by USC’s Office of Government and Community Relations, will begin with an address by Beck and will continue with a panel discussion. The panel will also feature Jan DeAndrade, neighborhood prosecutor for the city attorney’s office; DPS Chief Carey Drayton; Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Denzil Suite; North Area Neighborhood Development Council President Shawn Simons; and Helen Moser, director of Campus Affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government.Panelists said they expect the prime concerns among community members to be late-night parties and noise issues; they expect students will be concerned about safety after dark, property crimes and bike safety.All of these issues, panelists said, can be fixed by instilling a sense of shared responsibility.“Safety is about community,” Simons said. “If the students aren’t considerate of the community and knowing that there are people who have children and go to school and go to work and work night shifts and day shifts, then it doesn’t bode well for a tight community.”Beck said it is critical that students keep in mind the nature of the community both to create a more cooperative environment and a safer environment.“Many students come from very, very far away or very, very different cultures from what South Los Angeles has to offer,” Beck said. “I think a lot of it is understanding the variables that come from where you live.”Simons noted that the key is for the community to work with the university and students not to impose rules or regulations that will intimidate students.“We have to be careful not to overstep the bounds to make people feel afraid,” she said. “That’s alienating and that sets up walls and makes things more difficult.”Collaboration and understanding, Beck said, could also help solve bike safety issues.Bike safety has been a hot-button topic in all of Los Angeles lately because of a growing demand for protection of bikers’ rights. Beck said it is important, especially given the large number of bicyclists around USC, for bikers and drivers to be attuned to the dangers of the road.“A lot of it is being aware of your vulnerability when you’re using a bike to commute,” Beck said. “On the other side of it, it is for the students that drive or anybody else that drives in the ’SC area to have an awareness of bicycles. People forget just how vulnerable bicyclists are.”Beyond bike safety, Moser said students are also concerned about the extent of DPS’ boundaries and hopes to discuss this issue at the forum.“Some students have expressed concern that boundaries don’t include west of campus, and those boundaries are set by LAPD,” Moser said.She said she is excited for the chance to discuss this and other issues with all these groups together.“This is a rare opportunity where we’re going to get both LAPD and DPS in the same room,” Moser said.The panel discussion will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Room at the Galen Center. Roberts is hoping to see a good cross section of students and community members.“It is the university’s interest not only to have the environment safe for our students, faculty and staff but we want to see the kids going to school, the residents and the businesses in a safer environment,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Rockies stay hot on road in Milwaukee

first_imgRyan Braun and the Brewers were the latest team frustrated by the Colorado Rockies, who have been road warriors of late, winning their last six on the road, including a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.[/media-credit]MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jim Tracy’s Colorado Rockies road show just keeps rolling.Trailing by two runs to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Rockies rallied to take the lead with three runs in the seventh inning and continue their recent road resurgence with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.The Rockies now have won six straight on the road under Tracy, their recently named new manager — including a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.“The great thing about the last eight to 10 days is that they’re having success and their confidence is growing,” said Tracy, who took over for Clint Hurdle on May 29. “We’re young, but we also have great veteran leadership.”It was a big night for recent Triple-A call-up Carlos Gonzalez, who had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Colorado might have started slow under Hurdle, but Gonzalez has known nothing but winning under Tracy since he was recalled June 5.“It’s a great feeling to win every game that I’ve been here,” Gonzalez said.Rockies starter Jason Hammel (3-3) gave up only two runs and five hits in six innings, but Colorado’s offense had a tough time scoring off of Brewers starter Braden Looper.The Rockies finally broke through in the seventh, as back-to-back doubles by Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez cut the Brewers’ lead to 2-1. Looper left the game, and Gonzalez stole third base off reliever Mark DiFelice.DiFelice got Chris Iannetta to pop out and was replaced by Todd Coffey, who walked pinch hitter Seth Smith. Coffey (1-1), who had been considered a solid addition to Milwaukee’s bullpen going into Tuesday’s game, then surrendered the lead when Clint Barmes’ sacrifice fly to center scored Smith and put Colorado ahead 3-2.“The bottom line for tonight is, I blew it,” Coffey said. “I come into that situation right there, I’ve got to keep that run from scoring. Tonight’s on me.”Mitch Stetter then came in to strike out Todd Helton and end the inning.It was the continuation of a recent problem for the Brewers, whose pitching has been a pleasant surprise for most of the season. Milwaukee has held leads in each of its last eight games, but is 3-5 during that stretch.“Our bullpen has pitched very well,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “And they aren’t going to do that all year.”And Milwaukee couldn’t muster a baserunner after the fourth. Hammel left after six, Matt Daley and Manuel Corpas shut the Brewersdown in the seventh and eighth, and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 10th save.“Once they got the lead, they ran their guys in there from the bullpen,” Macha said. “And three up, three down, three straight innings.”Looper gave up only two hits through the first four innings, then pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth before the Rockies finally got to him in the seventh.Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell led off the game with a standup triple, then scored on a groundout by J.J. Hardy to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Mat Gamel added his second career home run in the second, a solo shot deep to center field that put the Brewers up 2-0.Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron, who was in the lineup after appealing his two-game suspension for contact with an umpire, then had a chance to break the game open in the third after a double by Ryan Braun and intentional walk to Prince Fielder.But Cameron took a called third strike to end the inning. Cameron took a long look back toward home plate umpire Dan Bellino before walking away from the plate. read more

Kambi begins 2020 by launching Partner with Confidence campaign

first_img Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Sports betting platform and systems provider Kambi has kicked off 2020 with the launch of its new ‘Partner with Confidence’ marketing campaign.The campaign, which will be complemented by a brand-led video, will be tailored towards emphasising Kambi’s reputation as “the industry’s trusted sports betting partner.”Gerard Starkey, the firm’s Marketing and Communications Director, commented: “A key factor why Kambi is the industry’s trusted sportsbook partner is that we understand the value in creating strong relationships with visionary operators. We take the time to understand and align with our partners’ goals to ensure we are much more than a product supplier and are positioned to guide and advise leveraging our vast experience.“Partner with Confidence aims to communicate this reassuring message; that as your trusted partner you can count on Kambi to deliver. To deliver the high-performance sportsbook and insight to grow, the regulatory track record and expertise to comply, the flexible technology to differentiate and scale, and the corporate independence to place your interests first.”The in-house devised brand video has been produced by London-based commercial production company Irresistible, and highlights the parallels between high-achieving sports stars and sportsbook operators, with the successes of each made possible through the dedication and support of trusted partners behind the scenes.This will be supported by a number of print and digital visuals, which will display images of sporting partnerships in action that depict the crucial role trusted partners play in both sport and business.Kambi is currently partnered with more than 20 operators across regulated markets in six continents, combining to create a powerful network that fuels operator growth. In the first nine months of 2019, the turnover generated by its partner network grew by more than 30% with a record 11 partners named in the prestigious Power 50 list.Partner with Confidence will be on display at the Kambi stand during the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition in London next month, located at S2-110.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Former Rams All-Pro Isiah Robertson killed in car crash

first_img“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Legends, Isiah Robertson,” the Rams said in a statement. “He will be remembered not only for the great player he was helping our team achieve multiple division championships in the ’70s, but also by the work he did helping others through the House of Isaiah he founded in Texas. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his teammates during this difficult time.”Selected No. 10 overall by the Rams in the 1971 NFL Draft out of Southern University, Robertson played eight seasons with the Rams, earning First Team All-Pro honors four times and making the Pro Bowl six times. Those Rams teams won six straight NFC West titles from 1973-78.Robertson finished his NFL career with four seasons in Buffalo. Some of Robertson’s Rams teammates, including defensive end Jack Youngblood, remembered him on social media Friday.RIP Isiah Robertson. Came into the league @RamsNFL together. We pray for you and will miss you. 🙏🙏— Jack Youngblood (@theblood85) December 7, 2018Other Rams teammates remembered Robertson’s supreme confidence. Hall of Fame offensive lineman Tom Mack told the Times Robertson was “A wonderful guy.” But Mack recalled that when Robertson joined the Rams, “He showed up and announced that he was the black Dick Butkus and he was here to save us.”According to the Times, Robertson struggled with drug problems in the 1980s, but had been sober and drug-free since 1988. He went on to found a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery center for men, House of Isaiah, in Mabank, Texas. Isiah Robertson, a four-time All-Pro linebacker and key figure for the Rams’ great defenses of the 1970s, died in a traffic accident in Texas late Thursday. He was 69.According to a Los Angeles Times report, Robertson, a resident of Garland, Texas, was driving a 2001 Lincoln limousine on Texas Highway 198 in rainy conditions when he lost control and skidded partially off the road. Two other vehicles then hit the car. Robertson was taken to a local hospital but later died. Passengers in the other vehicles were treated and released or not injured.last_img read more

‘Madden NFL 20’ review: The good, the bad and the new from EA Sports

first_imgDespite always being a popular point of discussion and debate, player ratings have not always translated in an overly meaningful manner to the actual performance of the players in sports video games.That can not be said about “Madden NFL 20” due in large part to the brand new Superstar X-Factor feature. The best players in the league stand out in impressive fashion and can dramatically alter the course of every game. After an absence of eight years, the Pro Bowl makes a return to “Madden” in what could have been a fun reward at the end of a long regular season of Franchise Mode. Unfortunately, what’s here doesn’t even resemble the actual Pro Bowl and instead is just a regular game of “Madden” but with rosters full of the league’s most talented players.The unique rules associated with the Pro Bowl have not even been implemented. Restrictions on formations and blitzing aren’t enforced. The clock rules aren’t correct (doesn’t continue to run on incompletions, play clock isn’t 35 seconds, and there aren’t two-minute warnings in every quarter). Kickoffs haven’t been a part of the Pro Bowl since 2014 and yet they are included like it’s a standard game. Even more startling is how all the players are giving 100% effort. There’s real tackling and violent collisions that you would not see in the actual Pro Bowl.MORE MADDEN 20: Listen to the soundtrack | Who are the announcers?One place the developers at EA Tiburon deserve immense credit, however, is in the way “Madden” respects time of those playing the game. A few years back, they added in a way to skip through any presentation element with a button press. “Madden NFL 20” has also cut out some more of the fat by removing the process of breaking the huddle before each play or getting to the line when in no huddle (there’s a clock runoff instead).While they seemed to be questionable decisions when first announced in practice, those small adjustments really improve the pace of the games. Overall rating EA Sports (EA Sports) In playing the likes of Donald, Khalil Mack, Calais Campbell and Joey Bosa early in one season, it became quickly apparent that they had the ability to simply wreck your entire plan as an offense.I had to take several actions to try and counter the pass rush but even then struggled mightily in having to deal with their presence as they disrupted my rhythm, collected sacks, and applied pressure that affected pass accuracy. That’s a compliment to “Madden” because those guys rightfully should be feared. A huge sense of relief has since been felt when playing teams that have few or no real impact players. Each game now feels like a unique challenge because of the necessity to scheme around the superstars on both sides of the ball and that makes “Madden” much more interesting.Some marginal tuning may be necessary, however, to properly balance the X-Factors. There’s much you can do to try and neutralize a dominant pass rusher, yet you can simply choose to avoid a superstar corner or safety. There are also arguably too many fumbles being forced by certain classes of X-Factors. A few of the special abilities crept into “gimmick” territory, but the vast majority are well thought out.The actual player ratings scale has been adjusted to better differentiate abilities on the field. Combining that with X-Factors has proven to be a successful initiative and hopefully one that holds. Past attempts at spreading out ratings in sports games have quickly been reversed after receiving pressure from players, agents and the leagues themselves.Despite the impact of X-Factors and new elements like RPOs, there remains some sense that the general familiarity with the series’ gameplay and its deficiencies will damage long-term playability.X-Factors provide a dynamic nature that had been lacking and various legacy issues have been addressed, such as the updated pass trajectories. Both have done wonders, and yet there are still those moments that will make you scratch your head or throw your controller. Over time, they may wear heavily on enjoyment. Incidents of awful AI clock management and a lack of awareness (sidelines, first-down marker, time clock, etc.) by AI players are among the issues and difficult to dismiss.MORE: Here are all the players with Superstar and X-Factor abilities in ‘Madden 20’QB1: Face of the Franchise mode refreshing, includes ‘NCAA Football’ callbacks EA Sports EA Sports “Madden NFL 20” is open to play now through a 10-hour trial with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game officially releases July 30 (Superstar Edition for $80) and Aug. 2 (Standard Edition for $60). The latter is available for $50.94 through Amazon. A digital code was provided by publisher EA Sports for review purposes. Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at, is co-founder of the sports gaming site, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.center_img EA Sports While there aren’t many notable changes in game modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team, the X-Factors again are the biggest factor to consider. The players who have those special abilities can lose them, and those on the rise can earn them. Cards in Ultimate Team will incorporate X-Factors as another way to personalize specific players and enhance their abilities.As always, there are some areas of concern in statistics produced from simulations in Franchise. After testing numerous full seasons, it was evident that quarterbacks do not run in the sims. The most rushing attempts for a QB through 16 games has been in the 20s and even Lamar Jackson has finished years barely cracking double digits in carries. He averaged 16 rushes per game he started last season. MADDEN 20 RATINGS:Player ratings at each positionOverall team ratingsBest offensive teams to useBest defensive teams to useMost other categories look about where they should be, however. QB completion percentages are slightly high, QB interceptions are on the lower side, and sack numbers aren’t as high as one would expect given how X-Factors will heavily inflate those numbers in any user-played games.There are also now hidden development traits revealed only after certain thresholds are met. That adds some intrigue to the mode that had been lacking.Attention to detail still lacking in some areas (EA Sports) The new big mode this year is called QB1: Face of the Franchise. Essentially, it acts as the next iteration in a string of narrative-driven career modes.After creating your character, the mode goes right into Signing Day with the option of choosing from 10 licensed universities. The college experience plays a big role in Face of the Franchise given that you are then dropped into a scenario tasked with leading your chosen team to victory in the College Football Playoff. How you perform in the games, whether you win and move on to the national championship game, and then the result of that game will go on to influence perception of your potential from NFL scouts and pundits.MORE: Which colleges are featured in ‘Madden 20’?In a world that hasn’t had “NCAA Football” since it last released in 2013, there’s a real excitement in seeing its presence here and executed so well. Popular assets from the college game, including authentic fight songs and crowd chants, have made the transition.Performance at the NFL Combine will also play into where the character will be drafted, which can range from the No. 1 overall pick all the way to undrafted free agent. That draft positioning determines the initial player rating. In my case, Pasta Padre was taken 23rd in the first round and began with a 79 overall rating. Get drafted lower (or not at all) and that rating can fall into the 60s. Maybe, though, that is not so bad considering Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is beginning his career rated 63 overall.When you arrive in the NFL, you’ll be tasked with making the initial 53-man roster (which is not guaranteed), beating out the incumbent starter, and playing out the season to its conclusion. The story is dependent on the success of the team.Given the current climate in the gaming industry and its tendency to monetize gameplay — in the sports genre, especially — it’s important to note that Face of the Franchise is not a microtransaction mode. In fact, there’s no monetization involved at all. Whether it’s the X-Factors, new Face of the Franchise mode, or even signature player animations, “Madden NFL 20” feels more true to life than ever before. The lack of advancement in core areas such as presentation and Franchise Mode, however, hold this edition back from being the complete package.The twilight of a video game generation tends to produce the most well-regarded and fondly-remembered editions of sports games. While it does not appear “Madden NFL 20” will stand among those past greats, a more defined attempt at providing gameplay authenticity bodes well for the future of the series. In past Madden editions, it would be important to account for the elite players on the field, but they were unlikely to really change the approach to playing on a game-by-game basis. Maybe you’d see Aaron Donald and decide to run to the other side or roll out the QB in the other direction and he wouldn’t have much of an impact otherwise. MADDEN 20 GUIDE: Everything you need to know before buying the gameSuperstar X-Factor makes ‘Madden’ fun, more realistic The sole focus of the feature instead comes with facing the aforementioned challenges, building up the character organically, and having fun along the way.It’s no surprise, then, that your QB progresses quickly and could easily be rated in the 90s by mid-season. It’s refreshing to see such an approach to the design of the mode, which could have been drastically altered if the priority were instead to pressure players into paying money to improve and compete.Mostly status quo for Franchise Mode, MUTlast_img read more

Fantasy Injury Update: Is T.J. Hockenson playing on Thanksgiving?

first_imgMORE THURSDAY FANTASY: FanDuel lineup | DraftKings lineup | DK Showdown picks | Start/SitIs T.J. Hockenson playing on Thanksgiving?UPDATE: Hockenson is officially ACTIVE.Hockenson has been listed as a limited participant in practice on both Monday and Tuesday, but he practiced in full on Wednesday.. He’s dealing with the same shoulder injury that he played through in Week 12, although he didn’t record a catch.  The bigger concern with Hockenson, whether Jeff Driskel or David Blough is playing quarterback, is his lack of production. Not including Hockenson’s huge debut, he’s averaged 3.9 targets per week. No matter how explosive he is, that’s usage makes him tough to trust outside of deeper leagues.A Hockenson absence would mean more playing time for both Jesse James and Logan Thomas. While James isn’t much of a pass-catcher, Thomas could be a sneaky DFS value if Hockenson is inactive. T.J. Hockenson was questionable last week because of a shoulder injury before suiting up, so his “questionable” status heading into a Thanksgiving afternoon game might just be procedural more than anything else. Hockenson has been mostly disappointing since his huge Week 1, but as the fantasy playoffs near, maybe some of you are hoping to take a chance on him against the Bears on Thursday as a sleeper with upside. We’ll have updates up until kickoff on Thursday morning.The official active/inactive report should come out about 11 a.m. ET. For injury updates on Jeff Driskel, click here; for updates on Julio Jones, go here.last_img read more

Application process for City of Wellington Seasonal laborers, Wellington Lake Clerical jobs ends today

first_imgThe City of Wellington is accepting applications for the positions of Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties.  Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $7.25 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.City of Wellington Lake Clerical position available.  Ability to operate personal computer and learn software program required to complete camping reservations.  Properly document and receipt cash for camping, recreation and boating permits.  Answer questions from the public concerning charges and rules and regulations of the lake.  Regular work hours will be approximately 33 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday.  REQUIRES WORKING WEEKENDS!  Work is performed at the Wellington Lake Office.  Starting Salary is $7.50 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.last_img read more