Cardiff stun City

first_imgFraizer Campbell scored two late goals as Cardiff marked their first Premier League home game with a famous 3-2 victory over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got his first goal for City in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late. Few had given last season’s Championship winners any hope of getting a result after City had opened their campaign so impressively against Newcastle. But Malky Mackay’s men worked tirelessly to deny their big-spending visitors the space to work their magic and they ended the game as deserving winners. Prior to kick-off a section of the Welsh club’s fans had walked through the city to express opposition to the changing of the club’s kit from blue to red but, come the final whistle, fans wearing both colours joined in euphoric celebrations. For Pellegrini, there was a reminder that his will not be an easy task, and this poor display means they remain without a win from three Premier League visits to south Wales. Indeed, they never allowed their visitors to settle, with Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia showing particular discomfort against Campbell’s pace. Cardiff could have led after just 30 seconds. David Silva and Gael Clichy stood off Craig Bellamy and Lescott missed the Welshman’s ball into the box. It eventually fell to Campbell, who went down as Fernandinho closed in, but the appeals were waved away by Lee Probert. Edin Dzeko appeared to have put Manuel Pellegrini’s side on course for the three points when his superb strike gave City the lead early in the second half. But Cardiff hit back when Aron Gunnarsson tucked home from close range just before the hour, before Campbell twice headed home from corners to spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Press Association Lescott was all at see again a few minutes later. The defender was robbed off possession by Gary Medel and then needlessly fouled Kim Bo-kyung to give Peter Whittingham a free-kick which he fired just wide. Whittingham then picked out Steven Caulker from a set-piece to force Joe Hart into a save, although the flag was up for offside. Cardiff’s tigerish snapping and harrying meant City could not find their stride and it took 20 minutes for them to unlock the home defence, but Andrew Taylor was on hand to clear from Silva’s astute ball across the six-yard box. Dzeko should have given them the lead just before the half hour but failed to control Yaya Toure’s excellent threaded pass. David Marshall held an ambitious effort from Silva, before Ben Turner blocked brilliantly as Toure fired at goal as City steadily assumed control. But Pellegrini’s men should have trailed at the interval. Campbell escaped the attentions of Garcia and Lescott far too easily from Gunnarsson’s lofted pass, but could not get a shot away cleanly, and seconds later Garcia’s woeful header forced Hart to intervene. Cardiff looked as though they would rue those missed opportunities when City took the lead just six minutes into the second half. Toure found Aguero and the Argentinian’s lovely lay-off set-up Dzeko to blast a strike beyond Marshall’s despairing dive. Cardiff refused to crumble and hit back eight minutes later. Clichy gave Kim far too much room on the right of the area and, although Hart saved from Campbell, he could do little to prevent Gunnarsson firing home the rebound. City pressed and pressed in an effort to restore their advantage but were met by stern resistance as Silva was crowded out before firing over, and Caulker blocked an Aguero strike. The rearguard effort gained its reward with 11 minutes to go, Whittingham swung over a pinpoint corner and Campbell snuck away from Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to nod in. The former Manchester United and Sunderland striker then completed the job with five minutes to go as he again escaped Zabaleta to find the net and write his name into Cardiff history. Negredo pulled one back but it was not enough. last_img read more

Andrew Gillum says he’s entering rehab

first_imgAfter being found unconscious in a hotel room, former Florida candidate for governor Andrew Gillum says he has opted to enter rehab.Gillum was found Sunday unconcious with two other males in a hotel room which contained several baggies of what authorities believed was crystal meth.Despite the report, Gillum says he consumed too much alcohol which caused him to vomit and pass out in the hotel room. He also claimed that he did not know that there were drugs in the room with him.Gillum was checked out by medical personnel at the scene and was allowed to go home.The 40-year-old has since told reporters that he developed a problem with alcohol after he lost the bid to become Florida’s next governor to Ron DeSantis.He was also not charged with any crime.Police:Andrew Gillum involved in apparent drug overdose in Miamilast_img read more

Rafi Ashkenazi: Stars Group will take advantage of UK disruption

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive of the Stars Group Inc, has stated that effective integration of Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) assets will simply lead to an enlarged Stars Group taking a larger market share of UK gambling.During the close of 2018, all listed gambling operators detailed tough trading, adjusting to new UK market conditions. For Ashkenazi, this represents the optimum time for Stars Group to take advantage of UK disruptions.“We are quite well positioned and very confident that we are going to continue taking market share in the U.K,” he said. “We are looking to grow the market double-digit in 2019.“What we’re seeing is, essentially, the foundation that was laid by the SBG team over the course of the years, a very large significant customer base in the U.K.—we are the largest in terms of market share, we have the largest customer base in the U.K., and leveraging on this customer base is something that allows us to grow faster in the market.”Speaking to investors on Stars Group’s 2019 guidance, Ashkenazi states that the firm’s UK market ambitions will be matched if the enlarged enterprise delivers on its co-synergy target, delivering circa $60 million in incremental benefits during 2019.“SBG is very focused on continuing The Stars Group Inc’s product development and product roadmap,” he continued. “They have been, as part of their philosophy, very customer-focused and they continue to develop innovative products in order to continue growing the market share. So, those foundations that were laid by the SBG people are just simply allowing us to continue to grow market share.”An enlarged Stars Group now operates multiple brands and products in 21 licensed/regulated market jurisdictions, with the company projecting to book-in $85 million in duty and regulatory charges during the course of 2019 trading – in which UK incumbents will adjust to a new 21% remote gambling duty inbound from 1 April 2019.Ashkenazi concluded: “In the UK, our SBG business continues to grow market share, leveraging its strong brand, product expertise, and rapid innovation. We saw a notable improvement in growth rates throughout Q4, as some of the new innovations started to gain traction, such as our improved betstlip, a new in-play product set and Sky Vegas Creations, our in-house and exclusive games.“We enter 2019 with positive momentum, and I am confident that we will deliver our plans for low double-digit pound revenue growth and ongoing market share gains in the UK.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more