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Disabled Pressure Premier League Sponsors

Jul 19, 2015
Premier League Sponsors asked to back out

Holmes asks Premier League sponsors to discontinue supporting discriminating clubs (chrisholmes.co.uk)

Premier League sponsors and broadcasters were asked to consider leaving the game. The reason is that many clubs refuse to develop their stadium’s disabled facilities.

Currently only three Premier League stadiums are able to fulfill the regulations. The rest of them are in constant violation of policies regarding wheelchair spaces and other services for disabled spectators.

Lord Holmes is a Conservative peer and former nine-times Paralympic gold medalist. Holmes called Premier League sponsors and clubs to reconsider their relationships with clubs failing to comply with disabled facility regulations. According to a new bill proposal, Premier League stadiums might be closed down if they fail to meet the minimum guidelines.

BBC.com: Premier League sponsors urged to pull out over disabled facilities

 

It was told to Premier League sponsors and broadcasters that they should avoid football stadiums until those don’t provide useful facilities for disabled fans, gambling news report. The most successful Paralympic swimmer of Great Britain, Lord Holmes of Richmond addressed the House of Lords with the problem.

Premier League sponsors asked to pull out

Only three stadiums comply with mandatory accessibility regulations (Photo: GettyImages)

He said, “What we see is nothing short of shambolic. Today, I’m going to write to the sponsors of the Premier League and the broadcast partners to suggest to them that if there isn’t considerable progress – so far I think we can describe it as glacial progress – in this area they should consider their relationship with football and how that fits with their ethical state in the market.”

Only three Premier League stadiums, the properties of Swansea, Bournemouth and Leicester have enough wheelchair spaces, according to online mobile news. A 2014 BBC survey pointed out that eight out of 20 top light football stadiums failed to offer half of the required wheelchair spaces.

The Guardian: Premier League sponsors targeted by peer over disabled access ‘inaction’

 
The disability commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asks Premier League sponsors to think about withdrawing from financial support of clubs. Football clubs should offer enough facilities for disabled people to retain the benefits of sponsorships.

Premier League Sponsors pressured

Arsenal provide some access to handicapped supporters, but don’t meet the requirements (Photo: Guardian)

Nine-times Paralympic Games swimming gold medalist, Lord Holmes, is fed up with disputing with the clubs, latest gambling news report. For example, Chelsea representatives stated that their old ground is not suited to offer enough wheelchair spaces considering safety measurements. Chelsea made a promise of fulfilling the wheelchair space quota, when they will build a new stadium.

However, Holmes argues that clubs are ready to arrange their grounds immediately, when new TV facilities are to be installed. Holmes, said “Whether it’s the Fifa debacle, casual sexism or the national scandal of discrimination against disabled fans, the need for football to discover its moral compass has never been greater. Poor access and discrimination against disabled fans has tarnished the reputation of football for too long.”

The Telegraph: Premier League face the threat of losing sponsors over clubs’ inadequate provision for disabled fans

 

Before Lord Chris Holmes’ calls were made in the House of Lords, it was already in the newspapers that the nine-times Paralympic gold medallist considers the state of Premier League football stadiums a national scandal, regarding facilities for disabled people.

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Swansea is one of the few clubs, where disabled fans are provided full access (Photo: Telegraph)

He thinks that “some clubs are still stuck in the dark ages”, when referring to some incidents, disabled people were involved in when attending football matches in the English top flight. According to a new bill proposal, Premier League stadiums would lose their safety licenses unless meeting the minimum quota of wheelchair spaces and other facilities. This would mean that those stadiums were unable to host football matches.

It was reported by sports scores news earlier this year that three supporters were dispossessed by their crutches and walking sticks when attending a Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal. A police liaison officer commented the incident, saying the stewards lacked common sense completely.

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Vargas Helps Chile in a Controversial Copa America Semi

Jun 30, 2015
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Eduardo Vargas, golazo man (Photo: ESPN)

As it was expected before the tournament, Chile finally qualified to the final of the 44th edition of the Copa America, however the refereeing favoured them once again, just like in the quarter-final against Uruguay. Against La Celeste, Edinson Cavani was sent off after hitting Gonzalo Jara, who was trying to finger his backside. Jara was handed a three-game ban reduced to two eventually after the game, but he was able to remain on the field in the match that also saw Uruguay’s Jorge Fucile being red carded.

Against Peru, Chile’s Arturo Vidal was lucky to avoid a red card, while Carlos Zambrano from the visitors had an early bath after a foul in the 20th minute. Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas decided the game with his two goals, the first coming from offside. Chile will now take on the winner from the Argentina v Paraguay semi in the final showdown where the hosts will attempt to deliver their first ever Copa title.

The Guardian: Vargas double takes hosts Chile into Copa América final

Chile is a bit closer to winning their first ever Copa America title after they were able to defeat Peru 2–1 in the semifinal of the competition. However a controversial decision from the referee stealth the show once again, as Carlos Zambrano was sent off in the 20th minute to favour the hosts just like when Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile was red carded in Chile’s quarter-final against Uruguay.

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Peru, a worthy opponent (Photo: ESPN)

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero was understandably disappointed as the Incas had a good start though considered as underdogs by virtually every gambling blogs before the game. He said, “I think Zambrano’s expulsion was a bit tough. I don’t want to complain about the refereeing but there were a lot of unexpected decisions. If it had been 11 against 11 it would have been a different story.”

Chile took the lead with a goal from Eduardo Vargas that came from offside and though Peru was able to equalize through Gary Medel’s own goal, Vargas scored his second with a 30-yard dip to send the hosts into the final where they will meet the winner of the Argentina v Paraguay semi.

ESPNFC.com: Chile advance to Copa America final thanks to Eduardo Vargas’ fine brace

Chile advanced to the final of the Copa America in a controversial game against Peru in the semifinal where at least the beautiful winner of Eduardo Vargas that came in the 65th minute was an entirely clean score. Chile will participate in their first Copa final since 1987, according to gambling facts.

Peru’s Carlos Zambrano got a red card in the first half and Chile’s Arturo Vidal was lucky to walk away without one before Eduardo Vargas took the lead for the hosts when scoring after standing offside. However, Peru was still able to shock the home crowd with an equalizer in the second half, when Gary Medel tossed the ball into his own net.

When it seemed that the hosts might start to struggle, as Peru had the upper hand though being down to ten, online gambling news report, Vargas scored his amazing second goal that sealed the game for Chile.

Goal.com: Vargas: I was scoring with every shot in training

Despite Eduardo Vargas has been struggling with a knee injury, he revealed after the semifinal against Peru that he took confidence from his performance in the training session before the game. The hosts’ technical staff expected at least one goal from the 25-year-old as he scored with his every shot on Saturday, sports scores news report.

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Chile gets closer to the trophy (Photo: ESPN)

Vargas said, “I was practicing shooting on Saturday and the truth is that every shot went in.” Vargas scored Chile’s both goals against Peru, taking the lead in the 42th minute after the cross from Alexis Sanchez hit the post and deciding the game with 26 minutes to go hitting the top corner with a 25-yard blaster.

Vargas has 22 goals for his country and he is on level with former midfielder Jorge Aravena, being the sixth best scorer in the history of the Chile national football team. Vargas revealed after the game, that he hardly felt his injured knee during the match. He said, “My knee bothers me in some plays but thank God it was nothing against Peru and I could keep playing.”

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Manchester United and City to Battle for Sergio Ramos

Jun 29, 2015
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Manchester… but which one?

As the Premier League clubs are about to strengthen their squads, the biggest names in European football are involved in the discussions about possible transfer moves. It looks like Manchester United will finally acquire Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but it is also possible that they will get competition if they really want to bring Sergio Ramos to Manchester, as City is reportedly interested too. The Blues are in talks about signing Juve’s Paul Pogba as well, but his enormous transfer fee could prevent the Frenchman’s move to Etihad Stadium.

Soccerlens.com: Schneiderlin could join Manchester United on Wednesday

Online gambling news reported that Manchester United could present French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as their new player as early as Wednesday. Schneiderlin’s possible departure from Southampton was broadly discussed in the media since January, so the deal that is taking shape shouldn’t upset any of those who follow sports scores news.

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Morgan Schneiderlin (Photo: Soccerrise)

Schneiderlin is considered as one of the finest holding midfielders in the Premier League and he is expected to take over Michael Carrick’s place in front of the United backline. This will be the Frenchman’s first opportunity to participate in the Champions League, as the Red Devils qualified for the competition again after a year of absence.

The French media reports that Man United will pay for Schneiderlin a fee around EUR 30 million (GBP 20 million) and according to English reports, the deal could be finalized this week. Schneiderlin was also linked with a move to the Emirates however Arsenal seems to be outbid by United.

ESPNFC.com: Manchester City to challenge United for Sergio Ramos’ signature?

The two giant clubs from Manchester have to battle against each other for Real Madrid’s Spanish World Champion and Champions League winnig defender, Sergio Ramos, gambling news report. Manchester United is looking for his signature for a while, and a possible deal also involving David de Gea was also emerged from the press.

However, according to the English media, Manchester City now entered the race for Ramos as the Blues’ board is watching the situation closely. If the contest will become more serious, this could be one of the most interesting transfer sagas of the summer.

Meanwhile former United star goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel suggests De Gea to stay at Old Trafford as he is on his way to become a legend for the Manchester club. The Spanish goalie expressed before that he wanted to move to Real Madrid, however the Danish icon sees a bright future ahead of De Gea at Old Trafford.

The Telegraph: Manchester City open talks with Paul Pogba

In the meantime Manchester City is just about to bring the young French star, Paul Pogba to Etihad Stadium from Juventus. The Turin-based club asks EUR 100 million (GBP 70 million) for one of its top asset and Pogba’s salary demand is reportedly EUR 12 million (GBP 8.5 million) for a year after tax, which means something around a GBP 160,000 salary per week.

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Is Pogba and Manchester City a sure thing? (PhotoL Getty Images via Goal)

All this won’t include the EUR 10 million fee of his agent, Mino Raiola, who is reportedly in talks with Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City’s director of football, according to latest gambling news. Pogba is also heavily linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and some experts speculate that City will miss out on Pogba eventually because of the high fee.

Though Barcelona is banned from transfers for this summer, they will be able to bring in new players in January. The Frenchman’s previous club, Manchester United was also keen to bring Pogba back, but the midfielder expressed that he is not interested in a move back to Old Trafford where he hardly got any chances to prove himself in the 2011-2012 season he spent there.

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Williams to Catch Ferrari Again in Austria

Jun 18, 2015
Valtteri Bottas to race for the podium in Austria

Valtteri Bottas to race for the podium in Austria (Photo: Formula 1)

Formula One returns to Europe after a trip to Canada, where Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was able to finish in front of the two Ferraris, though it was reported before the race that the Italian outfit brought an updated and more powerful engine to Montreal. Felipe Massa thinks that their Mercedes-powered car has the potential to fight for a podium finish again, while Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne revealed that he thought that four-time world championship winner Sebastian Vettel was the best choice for Ferrari. Now there is a Le Mans winner amongst the active drivers, as Nico Hulkenberg was able to pull out a victory in France last weekend in a Porsche.

 

Motorsport.com: Vettel the right man for Ferrari – Marchionne

 

Sergio Marchionne, the president of Ferrari believes that Sebastian Vettel will take back Ferrari to the top. The German driver took over Fernando Alonso’s seat as the Spaniard left Scuderia for McLaren. Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix this year and with his constant presence on the podium makes him the number one opponent for Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel carries Ferrari to the next level. (Photo: F1 Fanatic)

Sebastian Vettel carries Ferrari to the next level. (Photo: F1 Fanatic)

Marchionne expressed that now they have the best man for the job, gambling news report. He said, “He is a complete driver. It is one of those things that is very difficult to find, he understands the car really well, and his execution style is beyond reproach.”

Marchionne also stated that he believes Vettel belongs to a delicate group of world champions. He added, “We are lucky to have him; my only objective is to give him the car that can make him win. That is it. The rest he needs to do and he can.”

 

Autosport.com: Williams F1 team aims to pressure Ferrari with Austrian GP upgrade

 

According to sports scores news, Williams driver Felipe Massa thinks that the Grove-based outfit can put some pressure on the Ferraris at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. His teammate, Valtteri Bottas was able to beat the Scuderia’s two cars in the last race in Montreal, however the Ferrari factory provided some key engine updates before the event in Canada.

Massa expressed that the Mercedes powered Williams cars have the potential to top the Ferraris once again. He said, “Looking at the upgrades on the [Ferrari] engine the difference [to Mercedes] is still similar and I think it shows that we can still fight at the front.”

The Brazilian driver revealed that he doesn’t know when the Mercedes factory will perform some updates regarding their engine. He said, “I don’t know when Mercedes will put some upgrades on the engine maybe when they do we can get stronger in that area.”

 

BBC.com: Le Mans: Nico Hulkenberg wins Le Mans from Mark Webber

 

Nico Hulkenberg, who succeeded with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber in a Porsche, is the first active driver in Formula One who was able to win Le Mans in 24 years. That was the 17th title for Porsche, which is a record in the history of the competition, online mobile news report.

The last time an active F1 driver won Le Mans was in 1991, when Johnny Herbert was part of the team that came first. After the race, Hulkenberg said, “I’m speechless right now, to be honest.” The 30-year-old Tandy was more communicative. He revealed, “I could retire from racing tomorrow and look back on today and I am sure I would be happy for the rest of my life.”

Nico Hulkenberg wins Le Mans (Photo: Formula 1)

Nico Hulkenberg wins Le Mans (Photo: Formula 1)

Another Porsche, featuring former Formula One driver Marc Webber, came second and the best Audi was third, which meant that Porsche was able to end Audi’s five-year-long streak. The German car manufacturer won 13 of the last 15 editions of Le Mans.

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Jack Wilshere Brace Helps England against Slovenia

Jun 16, 2015
Jack Wilshere keeps England above the water against Slovenia. (Photo: The Guardian)

Jack Wilshere keeps England above the water against Slovenia. (Photo: The Guardian)

The Three Lions travelled to Ljubljana to take on Slovenia in their EURO 2016 qualifier. Though Jack Wilshere impressed during the whole match, he had to raise his game after the hosts have capitalized on a defensive disorder from the visitors, to take the lead through Milivoje Novakovic in the first half. As team captain Wayne Rooney was missing sitters, Wilshere smashed the ball in twice from long range to secure the lead for England after the break. Since the hosts have equalized in the 84th minute however, Rooney had to add a goal himself to retain the 100% record for Roy Hodgson’s team.

 

ESPNFC.com: Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney rescue England in Slovenia

 

It seemed that Jack Wilshere will become the new hero of the English, until Slovenia equalized. That suggested two things, first, the English national team still has defensive problems, second, Wayne Rooney, who looked impotent for the most part of the game, had to join Wilshere to save the day.

Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere (Photo: ESPN)

Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere (Photo: ESPN)

Though he was far from his best, Rooney duly did so eventually to match Gary Lineker’s tally of 48 goals in the shirt of the Three Lions, which is only one less than record holder Bobby Charlton’s total of 49. He could have easily reach 50 against Slovenia, but he somehow managed to miss his biggest chances before he found the net two minutes after Slovenia levelled through Nejc Pecnik.

Before that, Wilshere was the man, who smashed the ball into the top right corner of Samir Handanovic’s goal twice from long range. Many followers of live sports results would agree that Internazionale goalkeeper had no chance to save either shots.

 

BBC.com: Jack Wilshere goal in England’s top 10, says Gary Lineker

 

The Three Lions’ former captain, Gary Lineker stated that against Slovenia Jack Wilshere scored one of the finest goals in England’s history. The Arsenal midfielder provided two goals in a comeback victory in Ljubljana, the second being a scorcher from 25 yards.

“Jack Wilshere scored two breathtaking goals” said Lineker. “I’m sure he hit the same square of the net on both occasions.” He added, “Let’s put it this way – if we had a top 10 he’d be in it.” These were the first goals from the 23-year-old player wearing the England shirt, according to sports scores news.

Through Wilshere’s double and an additional goal from Wayne Rooney the England national team retained its 100% record in the qualifying series for the EURO 2016. Wilshere usually plays in front of the defence, however after impressing in the second half with his attacking capabilities, Lineker believes that his perfect position would be a more advanced one had England provided natural holding midfielders.

 

EPLindex.com: Rooney: Wilshere can be among world’s best

 

England team captain Wayne Rooney expressed that Jack Wilshere, who scored two brilliant goals in England’s 3-2 victory against Slovenia, has the potential to become one of the best players in the world, gambling news report. Wilshere provided a comeback for England after Milivoje Novakovic broke the deadlock in the first half after some sluggish defending from the visitors.

Jack Wilshere (Photo: Goal)

Jack Wilshere (Photo: Goal)

After Wilshere turned the game over, Rooney had to put in the winner in the 86th minute as Nejc Pecnik equalized two minutes before. “He’s been fantastic,” Rooney commented Wilshere’s performance. “Jack and myself have formed a good understanding on the pitch when he’s in that deeper role. He’s still learning, he’s a young player but it’s a new role that he’s taken in his stride.”

Rooney went on to add “Hopefully he’s injury free because he will be a top player in world football.” National team manager Roy Hodgson also praised his player, saying, “Both strikes were fantastic and really summed up Jack’s game – in particular in the second half when he really took over the midfield.”

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Key Matches Coming Up in EURO 2016 Qualifiers Campaign

Jun 12, 2015
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EURO 2016 Qualifiers

The teams have reached a very important phase in the qualifying series for the Euro 2016 tournament in France. Several sides can strengthen their charming positions while some of them will have their last chance to launch a charge in order to secure a place that grants qualification. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland might decide between each other on who to challenge for advancing, while Northern Ireland and Romania could be happy with a draw in Bucharest. The same goes for Croatia and Italy, and in the meantime England prepares to face an excellent Slovenian goalkeeper in Samir Handanovic.

 

BBC.com: Euro 2016: Four games which could define qualifying

 

The European club footballing season might be over, but very important EURO 2016 qualifiers are coming up in the next few days. Scotland is going for the nation’s first major tournament appearance against the Republic of Ireland, a team that is also in the hunt for qualification places.

Northern Ireland, a side that never participated in a European Championship final tournament, are in good position in Group F, and they are going to entertain their biggest rivals, Romania in Bucharest. Wales are also striving to reach their first ever Euro tournament, and they will be in a wonderful place if they beat Belgium in the top match of Group B .

Though raising the number of teams from 16 to 24 could favour several smaller nations, keen followers of live sports results might have noticed that footballing giant Holland did everything in order to miss the event so far. They can tidy up things a bit in their away match against Latvia.

 

UEFA.com: What to watch out for in Friday’s EURO qualifiers

 

Iceland and the Czech Republic could edge one step closer to the EURO 2016 finals in Group A with a win from both sides with Tomas Rosicky preparing for his 100th cap. The Netherlands and Turkey have to start really good streaks in order to remain in contention regarding qualification in the final phase of the series.

Netherlands and Turkey do not have the luxury of losing points (Photo: Mackolik)

Netherlands and Turkey do not have the luxury of losing points (Photo: Mackolik)

Gareth Bale might lead Wales to a major event, which is a feature even Ryan Giggs was unable to pull off. The Dragons’ only participation in a major tournament came in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, and though they had brilliant players in virtually every generation since, they always failed to qualify. This could change now as Wales is looking to overrun Belgium at the top of Group B.

In Group H Croatia will host Italy and according to gambling news a draw might suit to both sides as well as anyone who place a wager at online sportsbooks. Four of their last six matches against each other resulted in a tie and you can expect another draw as Croatia is sitting on the top of Group H with Squadra Azzurra following them after a two-point gap.

The Guardian: England face tall task to beat Slovenia’s goalkeeper Samir Handanovic

 

Jan Oblak might be one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, but as things look right now, he won’t get a chance to represent his country in serious matches in the near future, since 30-year-old Samir Handanovic of Internazionale is doing extremely well in goal.

England has to pass Handanovic (Photo: Dailymail)

England has to pass Handanovic (Photo: Dailymail)

Handanovic is tall but not too tall to get down for low shots, he is athletic and well-built but thin enough to be agile, and he is okay with his feet on the ball. According to former Italy and Inter hero Francesco Toldo, Handanovic carried his team on his shoulders with his saves, producing outstanding performances week in week out.

He is also a serial penalty killer, having saved 21 shots from the spot in his Serie A career which is only three less than the all-time record of Gianluca Pagliuca’s 24. “My number of saves is greater just because of our ages, but he’ll soon surpass me,” stated Pagliuca according to sports scores news.

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Messi Thinks He Was Lucky Against Bayern

May 12, 2015
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Luck is one important ingredient…

Barcelona defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday evening with two late goals from Lionel Messi and one from Neymar. This was the first time Pep Guardiola returned to the Camp Nou as the opposition’s head coach since he left Barcelona at the end of the 2011-2012 season. The Catalan manager had plans for his team to deal with Messi, arguably the best player in the world. However his team, though playing confidently against Barcelona, lasted for 75 minutes only.

Goal.com: Messi: Barcelona were lucky
Barca’s magical number ten claimed after the Champions League semifinal the Blaugrana won 3-0 that they needed some luck to succeed against Bayern Munich. Messi played his 100th European game, gambling news reported, and helped his team with two goals in the last period of the match before setting up the third for Neymar well into the injury time.

It was kind of a rude welcome towards former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who supervised the most successful era of the Spanish club. However, Messi told the press after the final whistle was blown that the outcome of the game wasn’t that obvious for them before taking the lead, though the scoreline would suggest a confident victory.

“We were lucky to score the first goal,” Messi revealed, then added, “Then the others came after that in quick succession and we have come away with a great result for the second-leg game, which is just what we wanted. Germany will be a tough venue. We have got a great result, but we must now go there and we can’t drop our guard.”

Messi also spoke about the wild celebration that followed his first goal, which was something that is not a common feature from the Argentina captain. “It was just my happiness about what the goal meant. We hadn’t been able to score and it was an important goal in the tie.”

ESPNFC.com: Pep Guardiola – Lionel Messi not only Barcelona player behind Bayern defeat
Bayern’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola stated that not just Lionel Messi, but rather Barca’s “solid” performance is responsible for the 3-0 defeat that his team suffered in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. The Argentine scored twice in the last fifteen minutes and then provided an assist for Neymar, according to sports scores news, but Guardiola said, it was not about just one man.

“I will not say what I think of Messi,” Guardiola told the media after the game. “They are not just Leo, Barca are a very good team. They were very solid, in defence and attack. They have great players, Neymar, Luis Suarez. We tried to control the game so that Messi would not participate so much. We were 15 minutes away from a very good result.”

Guardiola appeared for a brief press conference only after the match that saw his team hitting the opposition’s target just once, though he said before the match that scoring an away goal was vital in this fixture. “I am very proud of this team, and these players,” he went on.“I have no reproach for them. Been a very difficult year, I really appreciate what they have done this year.”

Guardiola also talked about the tactical switch to a four-man defence he applied after fifteen minutes. “We knew who we would be playing against, a team arriving in very good form. The best way to defend is to attack, it has worked well for us in the past. We lacked a little bit of incision up front, but I must just congratulate Barca for the win and prepare for Munich.”

Express & Star: Lionel Messi is the world’s best, insists Luis Suarez as Argentine’s performance against Bayern Munich leaves Javier Mascherano lost for words
Javier Mascherano was stunned by the show his fellow Argentine, Lionel Messi performed in the last quarter an hour against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. Uruguay ace Luis Suarez simply said that Messi is the best player in the world.
Those who follow live sports results might never forget Messi’s phenomenal second goal, but his first one as well as the assist he gave to Neymar were also very important in securing a comfortable position for Barcelona. With this performance, Messi caused a considerable damage for the side managed by his former mentor, Pep Guardiola.

“He’s a player that is impossible to describe, you have to watch him,” Mascherano praised Messi after the game. He went on to analyze the encounter, saying, “We knew, always in any stadium, they (Bayern) come to press high but sometimes when you press high, you take a risk. We know we have a lot of people in front with quality to make a difference.”
The defender also said that although they are in a very good situation at the moment, they will not think about the reverse leg as a formality at all, online sportsbooks consider them as strong favourites to advance. His Uruguayan teammate, Luis Suarez posted a photo on his Instagram with Messi, writing, “Vamossss! What good win and hard work of the whole team! I leave a picture with the best in the world!”

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Bookmakers Believe Cavaliers can Win NBA Championship with LeBron James

Jul 17, 2014

Bookmakers Believe Cavaliers can Win NBA Championship with LeBron James

USA Today Sports: Vegas says LeBron’s return makes Cavaliers NBA title favorites

Since announcing his return to the Cavaliers, speculators and basketball experts have been throwing around the high possibility of them winning the championship in the following season.

Gambling news reports that a single hour after LeBron made his intentions public, the Ohio based team were ranked as 4/1 favorites for the NBA title. They were ahead of teams like San Antonio Spurs (5/1) and Oklahoma City Thunder (6/1).

Looking back some time before King James returned home, at the beginning of the offseason the Cavs were on the opposite end of the spectrum in term of title success. Bookmakers gave them odds of 60/1 of achieving glory in the 2014-2015 season. However, as speculation about the star player’s return grew over time so did their chances.

Their first improved odds stood at 50/1, and then jumped to 30/1, before eventually leapfrogging to 10/1 earlier in the week. Cavaliers’ odds were fourth best in the league, only behind Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Miami Heat.

Although the possibility of LeBron leaving Miami increased the Cavs’ odds, in the initial stages the South Florida team didn’t experience any changes in terms of their chances of success in the next season. They were hailed as favorite for the next season, although after the news confirmed about LeBron departure, their odds went down substantially.

Heat’s NBA title hopes for the next season stand at around 50/1, which caused many people to liken the sudden turn in championship odds to a Las Vegas stock crash. The Miami team currently has worse odds than New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors. Heat stands on par with Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans.

Cleveland.com: With LeBron James returning, Cleveland Cavaliers have the best odds of winning NBA title, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers

The Cavaliers went from outsiders to serious contenders for the NBA title in a matter of weeks. Las Vegas bookies believe that the Cavs can make a serious impact in the competition this year, as their star player has returned to his roots giving them a massive boost.

Although San Antonio Spurs have managed to win the NBA this year, their chances of achieving consecutive titles have been trumped with the LeBron returning to the Cavs. The Texas-based team have been assigned odds of 5/1, making them second favorites behind the team that now boasts the league most dominating player.

Betting providers were predicting that there would a significant shift in the future betting preferences on the Cavs, as they were 80/1 outsiders a little over a week ago. Now, they command the greatest odds for the following season. Oklahoma City Thunder (6/1) and Chicago Bulls (7/1) are the other favorites to lift the NBA trophy next year.

Latest gambling news indicated that odds started changing two weeks ago, as more and more news started to circulate about LeBron’s possible move back to the team where he started his illustrious career. MGM Resorts gave the Cavaliers 20/1 odds on Monday morning, but quickly altered their chances all the way down to 8/1 by Wednesday.

nj.com: 2014 NBA Championshi[ Odds: LeBron James makes Cleveland the favorites

The Cleveland Cavaliers went from being one of the least promising teams to number one favorites virtually overnight, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. The team hailing from Ohio will be severely tested once the season commences, as the public will then be able to judge if King James can carry the team on his own.

Despite having one of the most talented players of all time in their ranks, the Cavs are nevertheless outsiders for the title next season, as LeBron believes there is much to improve with the squad. He assured the fans that he will try his best, but currently does not have high hopes for title success.

“I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that.”

He also added that he is looking forward in helping mound the team that could possibly have the capability to win the trophy that has long eluded them. “I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go.”

International Business Times: NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavs Favored To Win 2014-2015 Championship With LeBron

The 2014-2015 season is looking to be an exciting one for the NBA, and especially for Cavaliers fans. With LeBron back to his old town, he will be tasked with shouldering the responsibility and leading a team to NBA glory. Luckily, Las Vegas sportsbooks have expressed support for their ambitions as they favor the Cavs to win the championship.

Although the Cleveland team ranked poorly in terms of their chances of success, many bookmakers immediately changed their odds once LeBron announced his intention to return. Betting providers believe James has the ability to transform a team that managed to record merely 33 wins throughout the whole 2013-2014 season.

When LeBron decided to switch teams in 2010 in search of major titles, the Cavaliers endured a horrible spell without him during the past four years. According to sports scores news, in the first season without their star man Cavs could barely manage to win 19 games. The next three years after that, they achieved only 78 win and not a single playoff appearance.

However, now the future seems far brighter for them than before. Although LeBron’s presence alone can inspire the team to success, the Cavs have assembled a solid team that can challenge for the NBA title.

The Ohio-based team have drafted a talented point guard Kyrie Irving on a five-year deal, following his success last season with 20.8 points and 6.1 assists. Additionally, they also had the first overall pick drafting Andrew Wiggins in June, while also adding Anthony Bennett in the 2013 draft.

Without LeBron, Miami’s chances of reaching the finals in the next season are limited. Las Vegas Bookies have given Miami odds of 50/1, considering that Chris Bosh is also likely to leave imminently for Houston Rockets on a max contract.

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New Jersey Looks to Overturn Decision by Supreme Court on Sportsbetting

Jun 25, 2014

New Jersey Looks to Overturn Decision by Supreme Court on Sportsbetting

New Jersey has once again been dealt a blow as the Supreme Court reached a verdict to keep the ban sport gambling in the Eastern state. There have been numerous attempts to revert the bill prohibiting bets on sports, however all have been futile so far.

Nevertheless, there is still hope. Important statesmen from New Jersey remain confident in their battle, as a new bill that is due to be published bears a more promising effect than previous attempts.

Bloomberg: New Jersey Sports Betting Bid rejected by Supreme Court

Latest gambling news states that New Jersey’s quest to legalize sports gambling has been dampened. Despite tabling an appeal, Governor Chris Christie was not able sway the US Supreme Court. The Court claimed that New Jersey sports gambling pursuit came in conflict with a 1992 federal law that was passed to prevent the expansion of state-lead sports betting.

New Jersey aimed to make betting on professional and college sports legal, by offering to provide the services through the state’s racetracks and Atlantic City casinos. It is evident why prominent officials from the state supported the proposed change. Estimates show that the business would generate over $1 billion in bets and more than $100 million for the state.

White House representatives contested the action pointing to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, National Football League and Major League Baseball.

They indicated that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act allows sports gambling only in Nevada, while Delaware maintains a sports betting to lesser degree. Governor Christie highlighted that the federal law does not enable New Jersey to exercise its sovereign rights. Virtually all New Jersey residents voted in favor of sports betting in 2011.

NorthJersey: N.J. officials vow to change state law to permit sports betting

So far the state has spent over $3 million in research and legal expenses to see sports betting become a reality, however nothing has come to fruition due to the Supreme Court’s rejection. The overall process lasted for two years and saw the state lose on two occasions.

A US District Court judge supported the views of the NFL and four other sports organizations, and decided not to reverse the original ban. Governor Christie expressed his disappointed and acknowledged that New Jersey’s chances were slim. “They don’t give an explanation, so there is nothing to really react to. They said no, so we have to move on.”

Sports scores news reports that some other state officials remain adamant in legalizing sport gambling in New Jersey. Senate President Stephen Sweeney stated, “We are not giving up. The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on.”

Many like-minded people believe that this has the potential to help New Jersey’s fading horseracing and Atlantic City gambling industry. Sports betting would help the ailing economy in many terms and raise millions of dollars in taxes for the treasury.

CBS New York: Supreme Court Leaves In Place a Ban on Sports Betting in NJ

Despite recently losing a legal battle against the Supreme Court to legalize sports gambling, a New Jersey official brought up the idea of a revised bill that would see them achieve their goal.

New Jersey lawmakers submitted a case arguing that illegal betting on sports is valued at over $500 billion per year. Overturning the gambling law would create an opposite effect and lead to better standards. Legalization would see illegal gambling activities subsided, while in the same time generate income for the government and create employment opportunities.

The revised bill should see New Jersey challenge the law prohibiting them from offering sports betting services to players.

State Senator Raymond Lesniak hopes that US Department of Justice will not fight their reinvigorated attempts. “Aren’t they selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington? Isn’t that against federal law? Nothing stops is from repealing all our gambling laws on sports betting as long as we don’t regulate it, as long as we don’t promote it.”

Unlike other officials who seem to have given up on hopes to legalize sports betting, Lesniak is determined to succeed. He stated that is the Supreme Court does not accept the new case, then he would proceed with plans to offer sports gambling as soon as Week 1 of the NFL season. “I’m not saying “one day.” I’m saying September. ”

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