Round-up: Bees duo moving, QPR bid, Piazon back, Kane contract

first_imgStuart Dallas and Jonathan Douglas are on the verge of completing moves away from Brentford.Dallas is expected to be unveiled as a Leeds United player tomorrow after undergoing a medical.Douglas is also set to leave Griffin Park – the midfielder is close to finalising a move to Ipswich Town.QPR are planning to make a bid for Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley ahead of Saturday’s Championship opener against Charlton.Following news of Ranges’ planned offer, there has been speculation that other clubs, including Swansea and Nottingham Forest, are also looking to sign the 22-year-old.One player who could be on his way out of Loftus Road is Leroy Fer – Sunderland and West Ham have made enquiries about the midfielder.Fer could be on his way out of RangersMeanwhile, Chelsea youngster Todd Kane has been given a new three-year contract.And Lucas Piazon featured for the Blues’ Under-21 side as they won 2-1 in a friendly at MK Dons – Nathan Ake and Tammy Abraham scored for the visitors.In cricket, Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan both hit centuries against Sussex as Middlesex smashed their record for a one-day total.The victory came hours after it was announced that Middlesex star Eoin Morgan has been given two weeks off as he looks to arrest a slump in form.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The budding connection between football and gambling

first_imgProfessional football exists for two very important reasons. The first is to give fans a wonderful league and teams to rally around as a community. Additionally, it’s fans who watch their favorite teams and players and get inspired to become great football players themselves. The other reason professional football exists is to give sports gamblers something to do on game-day. Indeed, there has always been a comfortable relationship between European football leagues/teams and a growing gambling industry throughout Europe.In recent years, the connection football has with gambling has expanded to include relationships between the leagues, teams and players with land-based and online casino/sports book operators. These relationships have manifested into sponsorship deals that are giving exposure to all parties involved.On the football side, sponsorship deals with major gambling operations have brought a great infusion of cash to help offset the rising cost of player salaries. For the land-based and online casino operators, these deals have brought them additional exposure, which has resulted in large increases in customer bases pretty much across the board. If a deal is one that greatly benefits both parties equally, it would be appropriate to say these sponsorship deals are rock solid.Sponsorship deals – the early daysWith the rising acceptance across Europe of gambling as a viable form of adult entertainment, it has become an accepted practice for football clubs to have relationships with gambling interests. No longer do fans and regulatory bodies feel uneasy about possible integrity issues related to gamblers and gambling operators having direct access to players and teams. With much of that in the past, the two communities have been able to move forward in a sort of marriage.With that said, the first material sponsorship deals came to light just a little over 10 years ago. Online gambling giant Bwin.Party was the first one to join the fray with a T shirt sponsorship deal for Real Madrid. That deal lasted for five years, ending in 2012, with Bwin.Party then moving on to sponsorship of Manchester United. The deal with Real Madrid is estimated to have increased the online bookmaker’s customer base by 20% of the gambling market in Spain.Other major deals being signed around the start of the decade included land-based casino giant Genting Casinos’ two-year deal with Aston Villa F.C., starting in 2012. Gambling companies like 188Bet, bet365 and soon followed up with sponsorship deals of its own with various premier League Clubs like Stoke City and West Ham United.Current sponsorship dealsIt turns out that what was taking place just 10 years ago was nothing more than a tip of the iceberg. Today, there are nine Premiere League teams that have game-day jersey sponsorship deals with gambling concerns and online casinos. The list includes Bournemouth (M88), Everton (SportPesa), Fulham (Dafabet), Newcastle United (Fun88), West Ham United (Betway) and Wolverhampton (W88) among others.As evidence this is a trend that is likely to continue growing, we are seeing a number of US major sports leagues and teams also signing with large online gambling operators. That includes a very recent deal signed between MGM Resorts and Major League Soccer. By the way, MGM has also signed deals with the NBA and the NFL’s New York Jets. Clearly, major sports leagues and the gambling industry understand the tremendous potential that lies within these deals. Very soon, there’s a realistic chance every team in the Premier League will have a relationship with a large gambling conglomerate. The next logical step will be the introduction of sponsorship deals for the league in general and some of the major facilities where the top teams call home. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Raiders’ Antonio Brown loves the daily grind of football

first_imgALAMEDA — There were no controversial sound bites or on-field theatrics, just the sight of a serious pro going about his business during a football practice in late May.Which is why the Raiders traded for Antonio Brown in the first place after nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the last six of which would rival any receiver in the history of the sport.The Raiders began Week 2 of their organized team activities Tuesday, with Brown extracting as much as he could from each repetition. …last_img

Irrfan Khan gets candid

first_imgA small-screen actor who worked his way to Hollywood, receiving praise and critical acclaim along the way… Maqbool and Slumdog Millionaire are just a few movies he collected accolades for.To be or not to beMy dream was to learn acting, and attending the National School of Drama (New Delhi), changed my life. It has given me a different way of looking at things and myself. Drama school plays a very important role in an actor’s life, but you should be serious about the craft. If you just want to get popular and become a hero, it’s not for you. If you’re passionate, it gives you the aptitude and the direction you need.The returnsWhen it comes to awards and recognition, my Padma Shri probably means the most to me. It tells me how my fans and well wishers have reacted to me emotionally. It makes me think about how much people care and value my work and how personal it feels for them, that it matters to them.A philosophical sideLife is not 2+2 = 4. Life could be 2+2 = 100. That is why you say yeh saali zindagi! It is not logical or calculated. It is magical – something beyond calculation or comprehension. So dream your dream, and live your life…Hollywood beckonsIf I’m offered a role that gives me the opportunity to explore something new, that is what I look forward to. I am not there to create headlines about what I’m wearing at a premier; that doesn’t matter and I don’t want to get caught in that either. (He is currently shooting for the next franchise of Spiderman that’ll be released next year.)advertisementPlaying sportI hope to catch some World Cup matches if time permits. I like this team and Dhoni. I admire his attitude – I think he is the best captain I have seen after Steve Waugh. He is at such ease with himself, which is why he is so composed with his team. I love Sehwag’s playing style; when he is batting I want to go home and watch his innings. But Dhoni is special; the way he deals with pressure situations; he is fascinating – just super!The family manI try to spend as much time as I can with my family – we fly kites, play football, computer games, swim, sometimes we just get bored together! I also love going out of the city, out in the wilderness, being one with Nature. I try to cook whenever I get the time; to me cooking is like meditation. When it comes to eating, I do watch what I eat; everything in moderation is what I believe in. And I stay away from processed foods.last_img read more

November 9 2015Quite a few school groups visit Ar

first_imgNovember 9, 2015Quite a few school groups visit Arcosanti for one to three day stays, with many activities throughout the site.This group is from Pasadena Art Center with their teacher Ramon Munoz. He has brought groups to Arcosanti in previous years. Here they are after their tour and lecture in the Soleri Archives on 10/24/2015.[photo by Sue Kirsch]On 10/27/2015, 70 kids from 6th to 8th grade and 4 teachers from Desert Canyon Middle School came to visit. They were split into four groups and toured the buildings with four different tour guides, and also visited the Soleri Archives. Here they are watching a pour in the bronze foundry.For more information about arrangement of group tours please see our web-site at this link.[photo by Hildemar Cruz]last_img

BBC Worldwide the commercial arm of the UK public

first_imgBBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has announced that Paul Dempsey will be employed as interim chief executive officer from December until incoming CEO Tim Davie’s arrival next year.Dempsey joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 as UK sales director and is currently managing director for consumer products. He will oversee BBC Worldwide from December 1 until Davie steps down as acting director-general, to be replaced by Tony Hall, in March.BBC Worldwide’s current CEO John Smith is stepping down after eight years in charge of the company in December.Dempsey said,“I am proud and privileged to have been asked by Tim to take on these responsibilities as an interim measure until he arrives early next year. BBC Worldwide is a dynamic company with exciting times ahead of it. My immediate priority will be to provide the company with leadership and direction so it can keep on delivering great returns to the BBC.”Following the move, Marcus Arthur, managing director for global brands, will take over Dempsey’s current responsibilities as acting managing director for consumer products, in addition to his current role.last_img read more