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Becky Hammon

first_imgThe San Antonio Spurs of the NBA recently hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.  She will be the first female in this role.  The WNBA star will retire from playing pro basketball when their season ends this fall.  Becky worked at basketball camps last year put on by the NBA and their coaches.  There is a lot of skepticism on whether the professional men will listen to this ladies’ advice.Any time someone becomes a pioneer in a career field, people will doubt whether they have the ability to do the job.  As successful as the Spurs have been, I am sure they did their homework and are very confident Becky can do the job.  The big question is whether the men will be willing to accept her.From all I have read, she knows her sport very well and will not hesitate to give her advice to these players.  As successful as she has been in her own career as a pro player, her male counterparts would be well advised to listen.  She is considered an expert on positioning, foot movement, and scoring inside the paint.  Time will tell how this pioneering move works out.last_img read more

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Lords call for ban on sponsorship in wide ranging gambling report

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 A Lords report into gambling regulation has called for ‘urgent action’ to address harms caused by gambling. House of Lords Gambling Select Committee’s report ‘Gambling Harm – Time for Action‘ has taken over a year to compile and the results do not make pretty reading for the industry, the regulator and the government.On its launch, Committee Chair Lord Grade of Yarmouth said: “Urgent action by the Government is required. Lax regulation of the gambling industry must be replaced by a more robust and focussed regime which prioritises the welfare of gamblers ahead of industry profits.“Addiction is a health problem which should be treated by the NHS and paid for by gambling industry profits. The Government must impose a mandatory levy on the industry. The more harmful a gambling product is, the higher the levy the operator should pay.”The report makes an enormous 66 recommendations including:BettingThe creation of a statutory independent Gambling Ombudsman ServiceBan on ‘bet to view’ streaming contractsMore supervision from the regulator on ‘single manning’ in LBOsGamingAll new games be tested for harm indicators before launchSpeed of online games matched with speed of land-based equivalentsOnline games get categorised like land-based ones with stake restrictionsMarketingAffiliates should be licensed by the Gambling CommissionBan on sports teams kit sponsorship and venue advertisingExemption for horseracing & greyhounds Exemption until 2023 for non-Premier League football and other sportsIndependent research into links between advertising and gambling-related harmLotteryMinimum age for National Lottery and any online gambling should be raised to 18 Lottery duty should be replaced by gross profits taxCommission should look annually at lotteries advertising and admin costsRegulatorCommission needs to look into a new funding structure for the regulatorCommission fines should reflect size of operatorGambling Commission should be performance reviewed every three yearsGambling should remain with the DCMSProblem GamblingIntroduction of mandatory problem gambling levyEnhanced treatment for problem gambling by NHSReinstatement of British Gambling Prevalence SurveyOperators need clear guidance for affordability checksA system is required to allow companies to share player affordability dataBanks should help develop industry-wide protocol for blocking gambling transactionsNo bonus pay linked to player activity for those in personal contactOperators to make player ‘data sets’ available to researchersThe Betting and Gaming Council said the report showed it was time to get on with the promised review of the 2005 Gambling Act. “The BGC welcomes the House of Lords report as a substantial and important report on the future of gambling regulation. There is much in it that we support and whilst we don’t agree with every recommendation, we feel this is an important contribution to the debate and the approach the Lords took was constructive.“We would now urge the Government to bring forward their planned Review of the Gambling Act without delay and to work with the industry on an evidence-led approach to future regulation.”First announced in April 2019, the Lords Select Committee was tasked with reviewing ‘the social and economic impacts of the gambling industry on UK society’.Upon its announcement, Lord Garde underlined that oversight of the gambling industry had been undermined by a lack of accurate research and reliable facts in relation to gambling’s unique characteristics and social traits.Last February, the leadership of UK gambling’s five biggest operators, bet365, Sky Bet, GVC Holdings, William Hill and Flutter Entertainment were summoned to a public hearing by Lord Garde.Probed on problem gambling and social impacts, betting leadership underlined its commitment alongside the BGC to tackle the industry toughest criticisms and challenges with regards to VIP programmes and affordability checks.Leadership further stated its support of the UKGC’s ‘National Strategy’ governing gambling, backing its collaborative approach against media and political scepticism.Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur added: “We welcome this report and are already working on a number of the recommendations highlighted. As we made clear in our evidence to this and other committees, we need greater resources to be able to meet the challenges ahead.  Our current funding arrangements do not give us the resources we need and we are working closely with DCMS to address that.“We have made considerable progress in many areas to make gambling safer. We have tightened the regulation of the online sector and taken much tougher enforcement action against operators, including suspending and revoking licences.  In the weeks ahead we will be publishing plans to remove potentially addictive features in games, further improve customer interaction and strengthen affordability checks.“We recognise that criticism is something that all regulators face.  Where the criticisms are justified we will learn from them, but as we have been completely transparent and candid in all the evidence we have given to the various committees, in many areas this and other recent reports are playing back issues we have raised, know we need to work on and are already working to improve.”The report will make disappointing reading for many members of the industry, not least as it repeats contentious statistics from reports commissioned by anti-gambling campaigners and serves them up as facts in a Parliamentary setting. By not challenging findings by research into suicide and profits from problem gamblers, the industry has effectively allowed them to become part of the narrative. This means the industry will face a far more difficult time arguing against the implementation of disproportionate restrictions that have been created to address this ineffectively-challenged reality.last_img read more

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Whicker: The Fall could be the season for seasoned 22-year-old Julio Urias

first_imgAt the moment, what Urias is doing is one of those to-be-continued storylines. He is effectively the left-handed bullpen enforcer, but not a specialist. In eight of his past 11 appearances, Urias faced nine or more hitters.For those of you who are wondering how the Dodgers’ bullpen will function this fall, which is to say most of you, Urias is likely to follow the pattern set by Cleveland’s Andrew Miller in 2016, Houston’s Charlie Morton, Brad Peacock and Lance McCullers in 2017, and Boston’s Nate Eovaldi last year. He will not be looking over his shoulder. He will be expected to make it through the whole lineup, at least once.“I would say Julio has handled everything we’ve thrown at him with flying colors,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “It would be easier if we could get him more consistent appearances, but he’s done a great job of not letting it affect him.”But the postseason workload will be something new. Urias has not pitched with fewer than two days’ rest all season.He worked Sunday, his first appearance since July 30, and July 30 was his first appearance since July 23. He has an excellent 1.085 WHIP  (walks and hits, per innings pitched) and has struck out 65 in 62 ⅔ innings. Ever since they signed him, the Dodgers have treated him like the final bar of soap on a desert island, which is appropriate for such a talented kid who already has had labrum surgery. But this might be the year when the Dodgers uncover his card.“And we still project him to be in the starting rotation next year,” Roberts said. “This could be a jumping off point.”There might not be clear answers in the Dodgers bullpen but there certainly are possibilities. Kenta Maeda could be the fourth starter and so could  Rich Hill, provided he’s healthy. But Hill said Monday he’s game for relieving, and he’s notoriously good when he tours the lineup for the first time.Conceivably, Gonsolin and fellow rookie Dustin May are candidates, too. Mix in Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez and the only question, really, is Kenley Jansen, which is not a question we thought we’d be asking.If the Dodgers thought they were out of solutions, they would have emptied the bucket to get the Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez last week, even though they haven’t won annual division titles or earned 17-game leads by doing that.Urias will be in the midst of whatever they decide.“It can be a little bit hard,” Urias said. “You don’t always know how many innings you’re going to throw. But I’ve been able to adjust to it. You know October is going to be the hardest month if we are able to make the playoffs.”Urias was 19 years old when he made the Dodgers varsity, three years after he signed. Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson were in the lineup that night in New York, and so were Chase Utley, Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick. The relievers were Joe Blanton, Louis Coleman, J.P. Howell, Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire So he’s been here for a while, and yet he’s been largely holstered.“Patience has been a very important point for me,” Urias said. “I relied on it coming up through the minors. As long as I’m patient and healthy, I’m able to get into the situations I need to be in. I’m proud and happy that I’ve had that patience and I have this opportunity.”And what about starting?“I have been watching the way our starters work,” Urias said. “I was in that role in 2016 when I came up, so it’s not something I’m not accustomed to. I feel as long as I’m healthy, I can do anything.”After all, he’s not getting any younger, even though everyone else is. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Tony Gonsolin and Matt Beaty have two things in common. Both are Dodger rookies who are older than Julio Urias.Josh Sborz and Brock Stewart shared the same thing. So did Alex Verdugo, Max Muncy, Rocky Gale, Caleb Ferguson, Dennis Santana and you get the idea.Urias has been with the Dodgers since 2016, yet he is just 22 years old. He finds this more amusing than the National League will someday. He smiled when someone asked him Monday if he felt like a kid or a veteran.“I feel more so a young player, but the way the rest of the team treats me, it makes me feel comfortable,” Urias said, through an interpreter. “I wouldn’t say I’m a veteran, but I think I know what I’m doing now.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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Exclusive – West Ham want to keep Morrison despite Allardyce’s desire to sell midfielder

first_imgDavid Sullivan has extraordinarily revealed to talkSPORT that the West Ham board are at odds with manager Sam Allardyce over the future of Ravel Morrison.The Hammers boss has publicly made it known he is open to selling the English midfielder despite the club’s desire to keep the 21-year-old.But the east London club’s co-owner, Sullivan, told the Sports Bar: “Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans.“I think I he said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract.”However, tellingly the Hammers chief confessed they may be forced into getting rid of the Manchester United youth product if Allardyce will not use him.“We do like him, we do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player he’s not going to play.”Another Hammers star whose future is in doubt is defender Winston Reid, who is understood to have rejected terms on a new contract.But Sullivan added: “I think we will get to a deal with Winston… So both balls are in the air with regards to Winston and Ravel but both are players we like very, very much.”last_img read more

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