Archive for May, 2018

Arsene Wenger replacement: Unai Emery set to take over as manager of Arsenal

Previously it seemed as though Manchester City’s assistant manager Mikel Arteta would be Wenger’s replacement, now it has been decided unanimously that Unai Emery will become the new manager at Arsenal.

After the 46-year-old finishes his time at Paris St-Germain where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups after 2 seasons in charge. Other potential names were Massimiliano Allegri, manager of Juventus and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. Formers Arsenal players Arteta, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were also in the mix.

Wenger, has left the Gunners at the end of the season after an incredible 22 years in charge. In this time, he won Three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Emery announced last month that he would be leaving PSG when at the end of the season his contract expires. He has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who was the former boss at Borussia Dortmund.

An announcement and news conference which will confirm everything is expected later on this week.

Rafael Nadal Wins the Italian Open for a record 8th Time

Raphael Nadal has always been a force to be reckoned with but can this guy ever be stopped? Nadal beat Alexander Zverev to win the Rome title for an amazing and record breaking 8th time, the Spaniard closed it out at a 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory.

This win means that Nadal has once again regained his number 1 position ahead of Roger Federer before the French Open which starts on Saturday.

At first it seemed as though Nadal would cruise the match and have an easy win but he made a number of errors which is out of character for the 31-year-old. The German who is 10 years the junior broke Nadal’s serve in the opening game of the deciding set and held on to that break to lead 3-1 before rain caused an 11-minute delay.

Nadal finished the match after a second longer rain delay in which he won four games in a row to win the match. The win is his 78th ATP Tour title and takes him above John McEnroe and into 4th place of most men’s titles won in the Open era.

England’s 23 Man Squad Named for 2018 World Cup

Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the world cup taking place in Russia, England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on the 18th of June.

Some have said that Southgate is taking a gamble because the team is the third youngest in the history of the tournament, he was quoted saying “I don’t see it as a gamble and I don’t think being free of inhibition is gambling”.

The captaincy has not yet been discussed, the topic will be talked over when the whole team meets on Sunday, Joe Hart did not get called up this time even though he has been the first choice at the past 3 major tournaments. Hart has had a difficult season while he has been on load at West Ham conceding 39 goals over 19 Premier League games.

 

Southgate has acknowledged that his team has a lot less experience in the tournament compared to favorites France, Germany, Spain and Brazil. He has show that he has faith in a ‘fearless’ England and that it is brave to take players with the limited amount of caps, but we have to give these guys belief!

Who is Vasyl Lomachenko and is he the next Tiger Woods of boxing?

While he may not be that big in stature you would be very wrong in thinking that Vasyl Lomachenko is a man to be crossed in a fight, he is the newly crowned WBA champion with a record of 11 wins, 9 of which were from knockout and 1 loss.

 

His professional career debut was in 2013 with his win over Mexican fighter Jose Ramirez in the fourth round. His most recent victory was over Jorge Linares where they fought at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His win over Linares was not as easy of a task as his previous fights, Lomachenko was dropped in the sixth and the judges had it scored a split draw when the contest was stopped.

 

A fight that could be on the cards in the future if they can iron out all of the finer details might be with Mikey Garcia; the WBC lightweight champ is very confident that he would be able to stop Lomachenko in his tracks.

 

Mikey’s head trainer Robert Garcia, is sure that that his fighter has superior skills in the ring and would outclass his opponent in every way. This confidence is not without reason, Garcia has a 38 – 0 win/loss ratio 30 of those wins were by knockout.

 

Bob Arum from Top Rank who promote Lomachenko have informed reporters that negotiating a unification with Garcia is a difficult task and that he does not have the patience for it, Garcia, who was also promoted by Top Rank until just a few years ago has stated that he has had no contact with Arum since June of 2013 and was quoted saying “When was the last time he talked to me personally? Back in Dallas for the Lopez fight, at the airport,” Garcia said. “That’s the last time I remember. I don’t know what he’s talking about that it would be so difficult.”

 

Only time will tell if these 2 fighters will meet but, in the meantime Lomachenko is being lined up to be in Los Angeles most likely to fight against WBO champ Ray Beltran.

 

Who would you be placing bets on?

Israel takes home the title with “Toy”.

So, Saturday night proved that Netta was in fact the best and the act to of put money on as she won with a large amount of points ahead of Cyprus. It is the 4th time that Israel have won the last time being in 1998.

Cyprus were penned as being the favourite by the bookies after the first semi-final, while Eleni Foureira put on an amazing show it seems that it wasn’t quite enough with 436 points again Israel’s 529. Austria was in third place with 342 points, to everyone that watched as the points were awarded it was a nail-biting experience.

The top 3 countries – Austria, Cyprus and Israel

There was also excitement and confusion when a stage invader interrupted the UK’s entry by SuRie, he ran onto the stage, wrestled the microphone from her hands while yelling about “Nazis” and “Freedom”, it is believed that he goes by the name ‘Dr ACactivisim’   and has a history of rushing the stage, he managed this last year at the final of The Voice.

 

See you all next year for the Eurovision hosted by Israel!!

Eurovision 2018: The first 10 Acts through to the Grand Final.

Another year and another Eurovision has descended upon us, Portugal who were last years winners host this years mix of talented and interesting performers.

Until last night’s first semi-final Israel’s Netta Barzilai was the bookies favorite but now Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira has taken over to be the front runner.

The first 10 countries that were voted through whom will be performing at the Grand Final are as follows:

  • Austria: Nobody but You by Cesár Sampson
  • Estonia: La Forza by Elina Nechayeva
  • Cyprus: Fuego by Eleni Foureira
  • Lithuania: When We’re Old by Ieva Zasimauskaitė
  • Israel: TOY by Netta
  • Czech Republic: Lie to Me by Mikolas Josef
  • Bulgaria: Bones by EQUINOX
  • Albania: Mall by Eugent Bushpepa
  • Finland: Monsters by Saara Aalto
  • Ireland: Together by Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Nine countries — Azerbaijan, Iceland, Belgium, Belarus, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, Armenia and Switzerland — didn’t make it through the Semi-Final.

It was indeed an electrifying evening with all acts giving it their best efforts so that they can take home the title and the honor of hosting next year’s competition.

The Gambling Commission Fines Swedish Online Casino £600,000 for failing addicts

LeoVegas have been found guilty of not returning the funds of over 11,000 players that chose to Self-exclude themselves from the online casino, customers who feel that they have a problem can blacklist themselves so that they are not able to place bets and to not receive promotional emails.

 

This comes hot on the tails of popular online gambling firm 888 being fined a record amount of £7.8 million for similar failings in August of 2017. Due to a technical fault over 7000 customers who had chosen to “Self-Exclude” were still able to access their account and place bets, one addict was able to place over 1.3 million pounds worth of bets including £55k stolen from their employer.

 

The Commission found in their investigation that LeoVegas:

  • Sent advertisements to 1,894 customers who had self-excluded.
  • Failed to refund 11,025 customers when they had closed their accounts and self-excluded.
  • Let 413 self-excluded customers to gamble without speaking to them first and applying a 24 cooling off period.

 

Despite being fined by the GC, LeoVegas continue to show positive numbers and reports year on year growth. Revenue increased up to €77.4m which is an increase of 76% and earnings per share increased from €0.05 to €0.07, Co-Founder of LeoVegas Gustaf Hagman has shown great enthusiasm of how his company has grown in the year so far.