StumbleUpon France Galop eyes May return for French Racing April 16, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share French racing secures ‘conditional approval’ on restart programme May 4, 2020 Updating the media, on its ‘France 2017’ general election market, Betfair Politics maintains that far-right candidate and former Front National leader Marie Le Pen is still an ‘attractive proposition’ for political punters priced at 9/1.As France heads to the polls this Sunday 7 May, Betfair informs that its ‘France 2017’ market has hit the £22 million wagering mark breaking all the operator’s records for a European political market. Additionally, Betfair Politics informs that a further £8 million has been traded since the first round of voting (23 April).En Marche leader Emmanuel Macron odds plummeted to a low of 1/8 once votes were counted, the former banker is now trading at 1/9 (90% chance) of winning the second round.However, entering the last week of campaigning Macron’s polls have varied wildly for the centrist candidate, with French news sources detailing that polls range between a 4-20 point lead over Le Pen.Furthermore, a number of political commentators have pointed to the marked similarities between Le Pen’s campaign and Donald Trump’s Shock 2016 US Presidential victory. The deep divide between French voters in Cities supporting Macron vs Le Pen’s popularity in provincial and rural areas has been a distinct narrative of France 2017.Naomi Totten, BetfairBetfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten said: “The Next French President market has now surpassed Scottish Referendum betting from 2015 which traded £21m and is well-placed to become the third biggest political market of all time, behind only the juggernaut heats of Brexit and US election.“Macron is the clear favourite to win and has continued to shorten in price in recent days, with Le Pen drifting to just a 10% chance of becoming the next president. The far-right candidate continues to attract support however and accounts for 70% of all bets placed in the past week but the serious punters are backing Macron with over 85% of money backing the favourite to go the distance, with bets as big as £85k on the independent candidate.” ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 Share
Betfair – Le Pen’s price proves to be an ‘attractive proposition’ as France 2017 hits £22 million mark
There is a new wave of confidence blowing in the camp of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.The Porcupine Warriors will begin their return to continental dominance when they begin their CAF Champions’ League campaign against Equatorial Guinean side Sonny Nguema this Sunday in Kumasi.Kotoko who swept two titles and emerged runners up on five occasions are yet to make an appearance in the competition in the last seven years.Following the rebranding of the competition from the African Club Championships Cup to the CAF Champions’ League in 1997, the Porcupine Warriors are yet to lift a trophy.Spokesperson of the 2012 Ghana Premier League champions, Listowell Buckarson told JOY Sports in an interview that the team is carrying high expectations from their fans and Ghanaians to make a huge impact in restoring their pedigree as one of Africa’s best clubs.“This is the first time we are going to Africa in the last four years so we need to make an impact. In view of that, the team has been really apt in training for this big game. Sonny Nguema can boast of a number of international players, we have received their list of a 27-man delegation. The little that we know about them tells us that it will not be an easy game, we are therefore preparing very hard so we can stand up to the test of time.” Meanwhile the Baba Yara Stadium, which will host the two teams, is currently under intensive renovation, and this comes as a major worry for the smooth organization of the game.This is the first major rehabilitation of the pitch since it was reconstructed ahead of the Ghana 2008 Nations Cup tournament.But spokesperson of the National Sports Authority, Hammah Hamid Issaka is assuring of the availability of the Baba Yara Stadium for Sunday’s champions’ league match.“Everything is perfect. I have spoken with the (Ashanti) Regional Development Officer and he has assured me that everything is in order. The pitch, which was a major problem, has been rectified and is ready to host the two teams on Sunday,” he stated.The Baba Yara Stadium was last used on December 30 in a Ghana Premier League match, which saw King Faisal hosting Asante Kotoko in a week fourteen fixture.
Officials have confirmed a case of Mumps at a Broward County middle school.The principal of Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City, Florida, sent a letter to parents Friday saying that students displaying symptoms would be excluded from school until a doctor determined they weren’t contagious.The letter didn’t say whether the infected person was a student or a staff member.The airborne virus is transmitted through the inhalation of infected salvia droplets released during coughing or sneezing or by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person.Signs and symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, earache, and swelling in the neck or jaw.The incubation period is from two to three weeks.No other information is available at this time.
For the Aztecs to reach the Division II-A quarterfinals, they will need to get by the No. 12 Titans (20-6), who finished third in the Southwestern League. Other teams facing tough challenges on the road are Rio Hondo Leaguers Monrovia (19-4) and La Ca ada (17-10). The Spartans will have the unenviable task of taking on Division II-AA No. 1 seed Fontana A.B. Miller (26-2) while the Wildcats hit the road against No. 8 Huntington Beach Edison (17-8). “They’ll definitely be a challenge,” Wildcats coach Michael Wagner said. “But if we can continue to play the way we’ve played lately, we have an excellent chance.” In quarterfinal action, Flintridge Prep (23-3) and Alverno (7-16) are lone area schools with home games. For the Aztecs (22-7), the goal has been the same as it has been the last few years. “Our goal is to get past the third round,” Keppel sophomore Shelley Gupilan said. “That would be a big accomplishment because we haven’t been able to do it yet.” Seven area teams remain as the second round and quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs continue on Wednesday night. Perhaps no team has to travel farther then Almont League champion Mark Keppel, which is scheduled to head out to Lake Elsinore’s Temescal Canyon High. The Rebels, ranked No. 2 in Division IV-A, entertain Murrieta Calvary Chapel (20-6) while the Jaguars have a greater task. Unranked Alverno is hoping to topple , top-ranked in Division V-A. Maranatha (18-10), ranked No. 6 in Division V-AA, will get its sternest postseason test thus far at Thousand Oaks La Reina (20-5). All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. L.A. Baptist (18-6) When the Muir girls basketball team travels to Irvine’s Woodbridge High on Wednesday for round two of the Division I-A playoffs, it will be playing in its first big road game in more than two weeks. The host Warriors (18-8) have dropped only one home game this season, but it would be difficult to say 16th-ranked Woodbridge isn’t a clear-cut underdog. Muir (25-1), ranked No. 3, enters Wednesday’s game on an 18-game winning streak and with an 8-0 road mark. Coach Gary Johnson’s team hasn’t beaten a team by fewer then 10 points since a 69-60 win over Bishop Montgomery, No. 12 in division I-AA, back on Dec. 20. However, while the Mustangs are trying to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, Woodbridge will not be a pushover. Even though the Warriors have a 4-5 record against ranked foes, the overall winning percentage of their opponents is a respectable (404-289) .582. Woodbridge also has knocked off Division I-A powers Santa Ana Foothill (ranked No. 9) and Huntington Beach (No. 11) and is fresh off a 19-point win over host Riverside La Sierra in the first round last Saturday. The Warriors are looking to advance to their third consecutive quarterfinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The less said about the last week of Warriors’ basketball, the better.But how could anyone refrain from talking about it?Golden State lost all three games on its state of Texas road trip, falling to Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.In the process, the Warriors lost their No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and in the NBA’s net rating rankings. Remember a few days ago, when it seemed like the Warriors were invincible? They’re not. Without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green — and …
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Candidates contesting the Maharashtra Assembly elections will be under watch not just physically, but also in the cyberspace, with the Election Commission of India (ECI) setting up a dedicated cell to monitor their activities on social media platforms ahead of the polls. Cyber crime officials said the social media monitoring cell was set up earlier this month, in light of the observation that social media has become a popular platform for election-related activities. The cell will be headed by Superintendent of Police Balsing Rajput, Maharashtra Cyber, who is also the nodal officer for Maharashtra for the cell.“We are watching out for any and all content uploaded on social media that could amount to violation of any kind, and will be reporting these instances to the relevant authorities. This includes scanning all mediums like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” Mr. Rajput said. The cell will mainly be keeping an eye out for three kinds of violations. The first kind is any content being shared that might amount to defamation, rumour-mongering or fake news, and such instances will be forwarded to the concerned police units for further action. The second is violation of the model code of conduct, which will be reported to the ECI. The third category is of posts that might give rise to law and order problems, in which case they will be removed from the internet. “There is a lot of scope for violations through social media, such as holding live events on Facebook or Instagram when campaigning is forbidden, or uploading advertisements of candidates on such platforms when it is not allowed. Any activities which hamper the election process will be liable for action,” Mr. Rajput said. The cell will also scan social media for posts by citizens drawing attention to wilful violations of the model code of conduct by candidates or their supporters, including enticement for votes and use of force or intimidation, officers said.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Luka Doncic had 19 points and nine assists for Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 15 rebounds.Dirk Nowitzki, who received two standing ovations, was scoreless and had two rebounds for Dallas. Celtics fans chanted “Dirk! Dirk!” in the final minute, hoping he would make a shot in what might have been his final appearance in Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionHayward, coming off a season-high 35 points Wednesday night in a victory over Minnesota, was flirting with his first triple-double with the Celtics before going to the bench midway through the fourth quarter with Boston up by 22.The Mavericks trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit to a point early in the third quarter, but could get no closer. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Blessing and curse Mavericks: At Philadelphia on Saturday night to end a four-game trip.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Monday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ The Mavericks had a 13-0 run late in the second quarter, to pulling to 53-46 on Matthews’ 3-pointer with 2:13 left. Jordan followed with a layup to cut it to 53-48 before Tatum hit a 3-pointer for Boston with 39 seconds left, ending a 4:01 scoring drought. Boston hadn’t scored since Smart’s 3-pointer with 4:40 left put Boston up 53-36.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki received a standing ovation when he was introduced and entered the game with 1:07 left in the first quarter. Boston fans stood and cheered again in the final minute for Nowitzki, playing in his 21st season, who put his hands to his head after his final attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. … Dallas, which ended a nine-game road losing skid Wednesday with a victory at Charlotte, fell to 3-14 on the road.Celtics: Tatum, a last-minute starter at forward with Marcus Morris out because of a stiff neck, scored 10 points in the first quarter. … Daniel Theis had 13 rebounds. … Rookie Brad Wanamaker scored a career-high eight points, three better than his previous high. … Irving was on the bench, still recovering after scratching both corneas in a collision Monday at San Antonio. Irving also sat out Wednesday against Minnesota.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) loses control of the ball next to Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Gordon Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-93 on Friday night.Jayson Tatum added 18 points, and Al Horford had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by scratched corneas.ADVERTISEMENT
Not all the numbers work out so neatly, however. Another bin contains all those favorites with win probabilities in the 50s (anywhere from 50.0 percent to 59.9 percent). These teams were supposed to win about 55 percent of the time. In fact, they’ve won 38 of 63 games, or 60.3 percent of the time. So the teams performed a little better than expected in these games.By contrast, teams with win probabilities in the 60s (from 60.0 percent to 69.9 percent) have won 35 of their 60 games, or 58.3 percent. That’s a bit worse than expected.What’s going on here? How are the somewhat heavier favorites, with win probabilities in the 60s, performing worse than those teams whose win probabilities were in the 50s? Are the heavier favorites getting cocky? Is there something wrong with the model?Probably not. Instead, these differences are well within the ranges that might result from random chance. This is easier to explain visually, as in the following graphic, which portrays the results of games from each bin along with their confidence intervals. Our NCAA tournament forecasts are probabilistic. You could say that FiveThirtyEight is “calling” for Michigan State to defeat Virginia on Friday, but it isn’t much of a call. Our model gives Michigan State a 50.7 percent chance of winning, and Virginia a 49.3 percent chance. For all intents and purposes, it’s a toss-up.Other times, of course, one team has a much clearer edge. Duke was a 92.9 percent favorite against Mercer last week, but Mercer won.Still, upsets like these are supposed to happen some of the time. The question in evaluating a probabilistic forecast is whether the underdogs are winning substantially more or less often than expected. The technical term for this is calibration. But you might think of it more as truth in advertising. Over the long run, out of all the times when we say a team is a 75 percent favorite, is it really winning about 75 percent of the time?FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA tournament projections have been published each year since 2011. The formula has changed very little over that period. (The only substantive change has been adding a fifth computer power rating, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, this season.) That gives us a reasonable baseline for evaluation: a total of 254 games, counting the 52 played so far this year. (These totals include “play-in” games.)You can find a file containing our past predictions here. It’s important to emphasize that these predictions were published at The New York Times or ESPN versions of FiveThirtyEight in advance of each game — these are actual predictions and not hindcasts.Overall, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite won 70.0 percent of the time. How often was the favorite supposed to win? According to our model, 72.1 percent of the time. So at a macro level, the forecasts have been pretty well calibrated (70.0 percent is well within the 95 percent confidence interval drawn by simulating the results 100,000 times).But that doesn’t tell us everything. It’s also important that the heavier favorites, like Duke in its game against Mercer, win more often than the slim favorites, like Michigan State against Virginia.To evaluate this, we can break the 254 games down into bins. The most intuitive way is to use five bins based on the first digit of the favorite’s win probability. For example, one bin contains the 40 games in which the favorite’s win probability was somewhere in the 90s (that is, anywhere from 90.0 percent to 99.99999 percent; in practice, the heaviest favorite in our database is Ohio State, which had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.)We’d expect the favorite to win about 95 percent of these games. In fact, the favorite won 38 out of 40, or exactly 95 percent of the time. The exceptions were Duke this year and Missouri in 2012, which lost to Norfolk State despite being a 97.2 percent favorite. Each result is within its respective confidence interval. The calibration is not perfect. But the deviations from perfect calibration are not statistically significant. We encourage you to check our work, and let us know if you think there’s a better way to judge our results. But overall, the tournament’s results have been reasonably true to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities. Just don’t tell that to your buddy who had Duke winning it all this year.Correction: Speaking of checking our work: a reader, D.K., discovered that our database incorrectly listed Kentucky as the winner of its 2011 national semifinal against Connecticut. The chart, table and text have now been changed to reflect the correct result. We appreciate D.K.’s assistance and apologize for the error.
Then-freshman OSU quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Illinois Oct. 15, 2011. OSU won, 17-7.Credit: Lantern file photoJunior quarterback Braxton Miller was thrown to the wolves in his freshman season with the Ohio State football team.Miller was the starter at quarterback in each of the final 10 games of 2011, including the Buckeyes last game at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, Oct. 15, 2011.In that game OSU pulled off a 17-7 victory, although Miller only completed a single pass.“I was thrown in there early. I don’t think I was ready at that time, but I did what I had to do,” Miller said after practice Wednesday. “It was kind of a big stage at that time, so I had to prepare and it was kind of tough and I didn’t expect to play as a freshman.”Now the No. 3 Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0), will return to Memorial Stadium Saturday, looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games.Coach Urban Meyer, who took over the Buckeyes following the 2011 season, said Miller has come a long way since that game.“I can assure you that (he’s) in a much different place than he was two years ago,” Meyer said Monday.It was a career-low in completions and passing yards for Miller, who has since developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award Nov. 4.Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the game in 2011 was a difficult situation because of Miller’s inexperience.“His freshman year, it was kind of a unique situation for all of us really and we were trying to win games (OSU finished the year 6-7), whatever it took to win a game,” Spencer said after practice Monday. “So now that he has really developed as a passer and he’s gotten better at reading what he has to do, we flow so much better.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said in hindsight, it’s hard to believe the Buckeyes only completed one pass during that game.“Looking back, that’s crazy to me just because our passing game has evolved so much now and so many different guys can score touchdowns for us now,” Mewhort said Monday. “One pass, that’s kind of unreal to think about, and Braxton and the skill guys have come so far.”In his freshman season, Miller averaged 96.6 yards passing yards per contest. This season, Miller has almost doubled his weekly output from two seasons ago, throwing for an average of 188 yards per game.Spencer said Miller’s development as a passer has helped the offense become more balanced this season.“It definitely changes the dynamic. We’re putting up 40-some points a game, so it’s working pretty well for us and his development,” Spencer said. “It’s coming along great … He’s playing really well right now and us as receivers, we’re executing pretty well for him.”Mewhort added that even compared to last year, Miller has become a better passer, helping the Buckeye running game in the process.“Last year, there were some games where teams played us real heavy in the box because we couldn’t do as much with our passing game, but this year, it’s a lot different. There’s not eight or nine guys in the box because this offseason Braxton, the wide receivers, the running backs and the skill guys got together and decided, ‘We’re going to be really good this year,’” Mewhort said. “I think they’ve done that so far, they’ve gotten better every game and that makes it easier on the (offensive line) and the running game, knowing that there are other threats.”In 2012, the Buckeyes beat Illinois, 52-22, with Miller throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 12 completions.Meyer said having a quarterback and leader like redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton to look up to has been a boost for Miller this season – something he did not have the luxury of his first year on the job.“I think the way these two quarterbacks are now preparing, with all due respect to when Braxton was a freshman, he really didn’t have anyone to look up to to say, ‘This is the way to prepare for a college football game.’ And certainly last year, we were just still trying to teach Kenny because Kenny didn’t really know, because neither one of them really played,” Meyer said. “Now they’re both operating at a very high level, they’ve practiced very hard, they prepare very hard, much different than a year ago, so I think Kenny had a lot to do with it and it’s a direct result of the way he prepares, the way he practices.”His relationship with Guiton has been really important in his time at Ohio State, Miller said.“I look up to him as a big brother, I’ve talked to him ever since I was being recruited,” Miller said.Miller hopes to improve on his last trip to Champaign, Ill., Saturday at noon when the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5).