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Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal training

Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal training

first_imgThe midfielder was exiled from the first team after a defeat to Brighton (Picture: Sky Sports News)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has finally been brought back in from the cold by manager Mikel Arteta, with the Frenchman once again allowed to train with the first team.Guendouzi and Arteta had a major falling out at the end of last season following the youngster’s clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, having grabbed the forward around the throat.Although he avoided a suspension, Arteta opted to discipline Guendouzi anyway – though the 21-year-old was fuming with his manager’s reaction having felt he was defending his teammates. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 11:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.4kShares Comment Advertisement Guendouzi sent a pointed message after his outings for the France Under-21 team, writing on social media: ‘Two games, six points! Proud of my team. Now, let’s go back to work Arsenal!’Wednesday’s session was the first with the entire first team squad all together, though David Luiz – who has been struggling with a neck injury picked up in the Community Shield – was not present as the team gear up to take on Fulham on Saturday in their first game of the new Premier League season.Arteta will speak to the media on Friday at his pre-match press conference, with Guendouzi’s return to training undoubtedly one of the many topics he will be quizzed on.MORE: Rob Holding set to start Arsenal’s clash vs Fulham after David Luiz injuryMORE: Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David LuizFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal are training ahead of their Premier League opener against Fulham, but David Luiz is not present! pic.twitter.com/SUBRkb1PAL— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 9, 2020 Guendouzi fell out with Arteta after being reprimanded for grabbing Maupay (Picture: Getty)Earlier in the match, Maupay had pushed over goalkeeper Bernd Leno which resulted in a gruesome injury for the German shot-stopper, who did not play again that season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal had eight more matches after their defeat to Brighton but Guendouzi was not involved in any of them, not making a single matchday squad or even attending Wembley for the FA Cup final, with Arteta forcing him to train with the youth team until he had learnt his lesson.But Arteta’s actions did not have the intended effect, with Guendouzi – whose behaviour had got him in trouble previously – instead pushing to leave the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut with no suitable offers forthcoming, and Arsenal so far unable to bring in top midfield target Thomas Partey, Guendouzi now looks set to be given a chance to win back Arteta’s favour.Having reported back to London Colney after the international break, Guendouzi was involved in first-team training on Wednesday for the first time since June – nearly three months ago. Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal traininglast_img read more

Deutsche Bank confirms asset management IPO plan

Deutsche Bank confirms asset management IPO plan

first_imgDeutsche Bank intends to proceed with the planned partial flotation of DWS, it confirmed today.The listing would happen “in the earliest available window, subject to market conditions”, the bank said in a statement.It did not specify a size or date for the listing but IPE understands that the transaction is being lined up for mid-March. The bank is planning to float a minority stake via a sale of 25% of its existing shares for about €1.5bn-€2bn.Deutsche Asset Management, as the asset management arm is still officially called pending the final rebranding as DWS, has €700bn of assets under management. It was ranked just inside the top 20 in IPE’s 2017 Top 400 global managers and the eighth largest European institutional manager.   The listed asset manager will take the form of a KGaA legal structure. This is a German form of master limited partnership that will allow Deutsche Bank to exercise control over the entity even if its eventual stake were to fall below 75%.Nicolas Moreau, chief executive officer of DWS, said: “The planned IPO will give us the opportunity to unlock the full potential of DWS for clients and employees, while targeting attractive returns for our shareholders.”Deutsche identified several benefits of listing its asset manager.It would enhance the external profile of DWS through greater visibility and brand recognition. It would also allow the asset manager to set a new compensation framework “that better aligns remuneration to the needs and performance of the asset management business and that will provide DWS with increased capacity to attract and retain talent”.The world’s largest pension fund, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, has become increasingly vocal about asset managers’ compensation schemes, arguing that these need to be aligned with a focus on increasing long-term returns.Deutsche also said the minority initial public offering of DWS would provide the company with greater operational flexibility to control costs and enable it to capture future growth opportunities and select “bolt-on” acquisitions.Medium targets for the asset manager include net inflows of 3-5% per annum of assets under management as at the start of each financial year, and a management fee margin greater than or equal to 30 basis points.DWS plans to distribute 65-75% of its reported net income as dividend, it said.Its supervisory board is to comprise 12 members. Expected are five independent members, four employee representatives and three Deutsche Bank representatives.As previously announced, Karl von Rohr, chief administrative officer of Deutsche Bank, will become chairman of the DWS supervisory board.Deutsche Asset Management’s established RREEF real estate and Xtrackers passive brands will be retained.The rebranding as DWS is expected to be finalised in late March.See the next edition of IPE magazine for ‘Strategically Speaking’ with Roelfien Kuijpers, Deutsche Asset Management’s head of responsible investment and strategic relationshipslast_img read more

Chart of the Week: How Europe’s pension funds performed in H1

Chart of the Week: How Europe’s pension funds performed in H1

first_imgKPASweden€17.8bn7.7Assets as of 31/3/19 How European pension funds performed in the first half of 2019Chart Maker The first half of 2019 proved a fruitful one for many of Europe’s biggest pension funds, despite ongoing market turmoil and political uncertainty.The Netherlands’ giant healthcare scheme PFZW and metal industry fund PMT led the way with gains of 12.7% each – although the strong returns have done little to improve the schemes’ funding levels and they both remain at risk of having to cut member benefits .Investors in Icelandic pension fund Frjalsi’s main risk profile had an even better first six months of 2019, however, with a return of 13.6%.Dutch construction fund BpfBouw and civil service scheme ABP also posted double-digit returns. Customers of Denmark’s Danica Pension experienced strong growth too, with those invested in the Danica Balance Mix fund with a medium risk profile and 20 years to retirement having gained 12.1%. PMTNetherlands€80.5bn12.7 FrjalsiIceland€1.7bn13.6Return is from main risk profile. Assets as of 31/12/18 PFZWNetherlands€225bn12.7 “The central bank is like a shark in the water, ready to attack any negative news, and it is difficult – and maybe stupid – to fight against it”Tine Choi Danielsen, PFA Pension“Returns offered by different asset classes and the compensation gained from additional risks are at an historically low level,” the fund said. “A low interest rate environment pushes investments towards riskier and less liquid investment objects, favouring [for example] the equity and real estate markets. The development of the equity markets is strongly conditional on the central banks’ expansionary monetary policies and on companies’ earnings growth remaining high.”Denmark’s PFA – which posted a 10% gain for investors in its “recommended” ‘C’ investment option – also highlighted the importance of central bank policy. On the eve of the US Federal Reserve’s decision this week to cut its key policy rate by 25bps to 2-2.25%, PFA chief strategist Tine Choi Danielsen said a safety net had been placed under the stock market.“The Fed has kicked the door wide open for interest rate cuts and has also left us investors with every reason to believe that if there is gravel in the machinery, whether it is from the US economy or something global, then they are ready to stimulate,” she said.“The central bank is like a shark in the water, ready to attack any negative news, and it is difficult – and maybe stupid – to fight against it.” Danica PensionDenmark€60.4bn12.1Return refers to Danica Balance Mix, medium risk, 20 years to retirement BpfBouwNetherlands€63.5bn12.5 ABPNetherlands€442bn10.9 Johan Sidenmark, chief executive of Sweden’s AMF, said his fund’s 8.1% return for the first half was aided by strong equity markets in particular.The S&P 500 gained 18.6% in euro terms in the first six months of 2019, while the MSCI Emerging Markets index rose by 11% and the MSCI Europe index gained 16.2%.Fixed income benchmarks also rose during the period, with the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate index gaining 6%. IlmarinenFinland€47.8bn6 AMFSweden€13.1bn8.1 Alecta DBSweden€83.9bn8.5Assets include both DB and DC sections  Johan Sidenmark, AMFHowever, Sidenmark warned that “it should be borne in mind that the upturn is partly due to signs of a weaker global economy leading to expectations of a less tight monetary policy”.“Dark clouds in the form of an escalating trade war, Brexit and other turmoil continue to rise on the horizon,” he added. “That is why it feels good and important that during the spring we have taken important steps to be able to achieve a competitive return even in a tougher economic situation.”Finland’s Ilmarinen also highlighted “the state of Italy’s public finances and the development of the political situation between the US and Iran” as creating uncertainty for investors and the global economic growth outlook.In its interim report – which revealed a 6% investment return for the first half – the €47.8bn pension insurance company said monetary policy also remained a key influence on performance. FundCountryAssetsH1 return (%)Notes AP1Sweden€32.8bn9.7 IndustriensDenmark€24.1bn7.6 Alecta DCSweden€83.9bn11.8Assets include both DB and DC sectionslast_img read more

32 sachets of ‘marijuana leaves’ recovered

32 sachets of ‘marijuana leaves’ recovered

first_imgBacolod City – Thirty-two sachets of suspected marijuana leaves wereseized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 1. The 21-year-old resident Gideon UlysisNava yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Aside from suspected marijuana leaves,a P1,300 marked money was also recovered from him on Nov. 13, the reportadded.   last_img

‘BAYANIHAN’ SPIRIT KEEPS COVID AT BAY: Treñas applauds Ilonggos’ unity in SOCA

‘BAYANIHAN’ SPIRIT KEEPS COVID AT BAY: Treñas applauds Ilonggos’ unity in SOCA

first_img* USWAG Community Kitchens, ILOILO City – For Mayor Jerry Treñas, it was the Ilonggos’ unwavering brand of bayanihan spirit that kept the city intact and resilient despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   “We restarted the economy when we shifted to ECQ because we cannot forever provide for everyone, and if we do not do anything for the economy to recuperate, many of us will suffer,” said Treñas. * Ilonggo Artists Against COVID-19 Aside from presenting the feats of his administration, Treñas also highlighted the city government’s initiatives in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.   * USWAG Scholarship Program granted an initial of 20 scholarships for Iloilo City daycare teachers for Diploma in Early Childhood Education at West Visayas State University * The City Risk Reduction and Management Council was also cited as the Best in Western Visayas during the 21st Gawad Kalasag Awarding Ceremony * USWAG Dorm, He mentioned the incident in one of the hospitals in the city where some doctors got infected with the viral illness.   He outlined some of the administration’s accomplishments in the last 12 months. These were the following:  * USWAG Sewers * Iloilo City was named one of the three Philippine winners to receive the ASEAN Clean Tourist Award for 2020-2022 Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO With the reopening of businesses, the city’s chief executive reiterated his appeal for Ilonggos to observe preventive measures against COVID-19. * Construction of Dialysis Center in Barangay East Baluarte, Molo district * Iloilo City was acknowledged the 8th safest city in Southeast Asia by a recognized online survey site that provides information about the living conditions of cities and countries * Ilonggo Pandesal * USWAG Rolling Store Iloilo City has been under varying levels of community quarantine since March – enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine. “That is something we do not want to happen again,” the mayor stressed. * Iloilo United Volunteers This may not be the best time to celebrate accomplishments, according to Treñas but he said: “Let us not allow this pandemic to devalue the hard work and determination we all have poured into bringing Iloilo City to the next level.” * Fast-tracking of P300-M worth of projects under Special Education Fund Treñas ended his speech with this assurance to the public: “As we continue with our fight against the invisible enemy, please remember that I am here for all of you.” * The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry recognized Iloilo City as the Most Business-Friendly Highly Urbanized City outside Metro Manila, besting 15 other finalists. “Let’s cooperate with our authorities in following protocols and guidelines. Let us not jeopardize all the efforts of our local government unit with our negligence or egoistic reasons,” Treñas pointed out. These were the following: * USWAG Bike Sharing * Mass Testing Treñas cited, too, the cooperation extended by Ilonggo businessmen to the city government. Aside from helping produce Ilonggo pandesal, he said, they also donated COVID-19 test kits. * USWAG Kitchen Patrol * Purchase of instruction materials for daycare centers worth more than P3.5M funded from Local School Board Supplemental Budget No. 2   “Help from all sectors was overwhelming. It was the help coming from everyone that kept us all intact and resilient,” Treñas said in a virtual State of City Address (SOCA) early evening yesterday, his second since his election last year. Treñas’ SOCA, which lasted less than an hour, was broadcasted in his official Facebook page. “As long as I am here, as your father, as long as you have your trust in me, as long as you continue to do your own little share, Iloilo City will be safe,” he added./PNlast_img read more

Joshua to fight Pulev in September with just 4,000 fans

Joshua to fight Pulev in September with just 4,000 fans

first_img The heavyweight showdown was initially set for Tottenham’s stadium in June, until it was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Moving the fight abroad was then suggested with the Middle East and Croatia emerging as possibilities. But unified champ AJ is desperate to box at home and Hearn is now working to stage the event with 4,000 fans potentially watching on at the Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena or Olympia. Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum told Sporting Icons: “The manager and promoter of Pulev came up with the idea of Croatia. “As a matter of fact I spoke with Eddie this morning, I think that’s a long shot, I think Eddie believes that by September we can start doing events in the UK with limited spectators. “Eddie thinks that that is, and I sort of agree with him, the best way to go. If you do it in an indoor arena like Manchester or in London or the O2 for example, 20,000 seats and you set it up for 4,000 and you space everybody, and you charge robust ticket prices you could do pretty well I think. “I think there will be a great demand for people who want to be – seated by a person even though they’ll have to pay a little extra.” The last time Joshua fought at the O2 was against Dominic Breazeale in 2016 before he beat Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rush AJ has since only boxed at Wembley or the Principality Stadium in the UK, selling up to 90,000 tickets for his win against Wladimir Klitschko. Why can’t we go to the Royal Albert Hall or Olympia and do 1,000 people? A proper glitz and glamour event. Hearn already told BoxingScene that Joshua – who competed in America and Saudi Arabia last year – can be expected to fight by October. He said: “I definitely see crowds coming back as early as September. “So I am thinking AJ boxes in October or November. “Why can’t we go to the Royal Albert Hall or Olympia and do 1,000 people? A proper glitz and glamour event, charge people a lot of money to go, dinner before, a party, drinks and everyone is a couple of metres apart from everyone.” Hearn also believes that the event could provide a shot in the arm to the British economy, and hopes that the Government also see it that way. read also:Fury slams Joshua, predicts third-round KO when pair finally meet He told Pound for Pound podcast: “I’d love to see one of the fights in the UK… I’m hoping maybe the Government say, ‘We must make sure this fight’s here, so we’ll help finance and pay a site fee.’ “It’s not just about the fight, it’s about what it does for the economy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Eddie Hearn is racing ahead with plans to stage Anthony Joshua’s world title defence against Kubrat Pulev in England with a selection of VIP fans in attendance.last_img read more

Carabao Cup: Bielsa takes the blame for Leeds exit

Carabao Cup: Bielsa takes the blame for Leeds exit

first_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Marcelo Bielsa took full responsibility for Leeds’ poor display after they crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Hull 9-8 on penalties. Hull forward Mallik Wilks’ deflected shot early in the first half appeared to have sunk his former club, but Ezgjan Alioski made it 1-1 deep in stoppage time by slamming home an equaliser Bielsa’s side did not deserve. The Tigers held their nerve in the penalty shootout. Alioski’s spot-kick hit a post and Hull skipper Lewie Coyle, another former Leeds player, saw his effort saved. Leeds midfielder Jamie Shackleton’s penalty was kept out with the score at 8-8 and Hull defender Alfie Jones then converted to send Hull into the third round. “The players didn’t gel together very well,” said Bielsa, who made 11 changes following his side’s impressive display in Saturday’s opening Premier League defeat at Liverpool. “This is the responsibility of the coach and, as a result, I feel responsible. It was not a good game from our team.” Bielsa handed full debuts to record signing Rodrigo, plus young defenders Oliver Casey and Charlie Cresswell, while the likes of Ian Poveda, Mateusz Bogusz and Leif Davis had made only a handful of appearances between them. “Without a doubt they put in enough effort,” Bielsa said. “But we didn’t defend well and we didn’t attack well. “There was an error in the co-ordination between all the three sectors in the team.” Loading… center_img Hull manager Grant McCann declared his side’s display the best he had seen since he took charge of the club in June 2019. The Tigers won 2-0 at Gillingham at the weekend in their opening game of the season after relegation to the third tier and McCann, also in the mood to experiment, made six changes. “I thought we took it up a notch from the game at Gillingham and for me this is the best performance I’ve seen as the manager of the club,” he said. “I told the boys that after the game. We can speak about the games at Fulham and at Forest in the Championship, but tonight, in terms of a complete performance, that’s the best I’ve seen since I’ve been the manager.” Impressive goalscorer Wilks, whose loan deal from Barnsley was made permanent in July, had several chances to increase Hull’s lead before and after the break, but was denied by Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. Tigers pair Greg Docherty and James Scott also went close to getting on the scoresheet. Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under Koeman “With so many chances – to come to Elland Road and have the chances we had. They were still a strong team on the pitch, some big players who have done well,” McCann added. “We’re really pleased with the whole performance, the team performance. It was outstanding from start to finish.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Badgers hope to handle Hoosiers

Badgers hope to handle Hoosiers

first_imgAntonio Fenelus and the Wisconsin defense are hoping to shut down an Indiana passing attack that nearly upset Iowa a week ago.[/media-credit]One dropped ball.That was all that stood in the way of Indiana upsetting Iowa last Saturday. On fourth-and-10, Hoosiers receiver Damarlo Belcher dropped what would have been a go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game. Instead of an amazing win, Indiana fell 18-13 to Iowa, keeping the Hawkeyes’ conference title hopes alive.This weekend, Indiana will try again to crush some rosy dreams, when it comes to Camp Randall to take on the No. 7 Wisconsin.“I’m not surprised by [the Iowa game], I think that they come out and play hard, and if you’re not ready to come out and match that, you’re in for a long game,” senior left guard John Moffitt said.The Hoosiers seem to have Belcher’s back, voting him a captain for the game. The Badgers, though, are hoping to avoid seeing much of his back, as IU quarterback Ben Chappell will try to test UW’s secondary with his two big receivers.Belcher is 6-foot-5 and 215 lbs, while Chappell’s other favorite target, Tandon Doss, is 6-foot-3 and 205 lbs. IU’s quarterback and receivers are the Hoosiers’ best chance to beat UW for the first time since 2002. Wisconsin had some trouble containing Iowa’s duo of Marvin McNutt and Derrelle Johnson-Koulianos back in Iowa City, which could pose a challenge for the Badgers’ cornerbacks.However, UW’s secondary responded in a big way last week at Purdue after a poor first half. Cornerback Antonio Fenelus recovered a fumble, led the team in tackles with nine and returned an interception for a touchdown.All said, Wisconsin forced four turnovers against Purdue, a season high. According to head coach Bret Bielema, the Badgers struggled to make plays on defense in last year’s matchup with the Hoosiers, a 31-28 win in Bloomington.“The thing that jumped when I saw the film, I guess it was Sunday night when I first watched last year’s again, was just the plays that were there that we weren’t able to capitalize, especially on defense,” Bielema said.That wasn’t a problem last week, as UW had three interceptions and a forced fumble.Sophomore running back Montee ball was the beneficiary of one of those turnovers, running in a big touchdown after a Mike Taylor interception. Ball had dropped to third in the depth chart, but has come in and produced big for Wisconsin after injuries to James White and John Clay.Ball scored the winning touchdown against Iowa, and had 127 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue. Bielema said White is expected to play after a knee sprain suffered in Iowa City, while Clay may or may not play after a small knee sprain suffered last week.Ball’s just happy to be contributing after dropping out of the backfield rotation.“It’s, I don’t want to say a good feeling, but I’m preparing a lot harder than I did last week and the week before that, because I could be the feature back,” he said.Clay and White aren’t the only banged-up Badgers, though. Center Pete Konz went down with an ankle injury last Saturday and will be replaced by Bill Nagy. However, Bielema said tight end Lance Kendricks is ready to play, and banged-up defensive lineman Jordon Kohout is good to go.The defense will need to be solid to shut down Chappell, who leads the Big Ten with 296.3 passing yards per game. The senior is already ahead of his pace last year, when he finished with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions – he’s thrown 18 touchdown passes against just eight interceptions through nine games.“I should say pressure is a part of it, being able to put him out of rhythm, not give him lanes to throw through, make the decisions come faster than later,” Bielema said of stopping Chappell.The key to this week, Ball said, is to avoid a slow start like the Badgers had in West Lafayette. UW entered halftime down 10-6 before coming out and outscoring PU 28-3 in the second half.But despite the rough play during the first 30 minutes of the game, the Badgers were within a touchdown due to taking care of the ball. Wisconsin is second in the Big Ten with just seven turnovers and has committed the fewest penalties in the FBS.With a veteran team that doesn’t shoot itself in the foot, the Badgers weren’t worried about coming back against the Boilermakers. The same can hold true for the rest of the season.“Not beating yourself is a key to our game because we’re not a flashy team that can make a big mistake and then rip one down the field 60 yards and be fine,” Moffitt said. “We have steady production, I think is how we play football – and it’s effective when you don’t fumble, turn the ball over, get sacked, things like that.”last_img read more

Stars beat Blues to draw Flames, St. Louis to face Canucks

Stars beat Blues to draw Flames, St. Louis to face Canucks

first_img First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:19 IST FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.After Denis Gurianov scored the only goal of the shootout, Dallas will face the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs. The Stars have some momentum going into that best-of-seven series after picking up their first win of any kind since Feb. 25. Defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis went winless in the round robin and will next face the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues dropped from first in the West when the NHL season was halted in March to the conference’s fourth seed.Khudobin made 12 saves in regulation and overtime for the Stars, who were without top center Tyler Seguin and starting goaltender Ben Bishop. The team said they were “unfit to play.” Blues backup Jake Allen stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in his first action of the NHL’s restart. Starter Jordan Binnington did not dress. Robert Thomas scored on the first shot of the game, and the Blues didn’t have another goal the rest of the way.The two teams that played in the 2019 Cup Final, the Blues and Boston Bruins, each went 0-3 in round-robin play to go from first to fourth. “They’re a defending Stanley Cup champion, had a good regular season,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Blues. “Is the mental edge there for them yet, or is it because they’re a bigger, heavier team it takes them a while to sort of wear teams down?” Last Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:19 IST Stars Beat Blues To Draw Flames, St. Louis To Face Canucks Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.last_img read more

Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder

Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder

first_img Share Related Articles Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 There can be no doubt that the goal of putting the consumer in control drives much of the modern landscape in multimedia entertainment. Providing a service which allows for a genuinely on-demand experience has become a priority in any number of industries competing for customer leisure spend, with the likes of film, sports broadcasting and music all noticeably influenced by this aspiration. Quite obviously then, giving bettors the ability to drive their own experience is a trend which sports betting must continue to embrace, writes Kambi’s Head of Trading Simon Noy (pictured above). He outlines how, from its loose early conception in the form of request a bet, a powerful integrated bet builder has become a crucial element any forward-thinking sportsbook must prioritise. Now a vital component in the sports betting ecosystem, bet builder has markedly boosted the power of operators to allow players to drive their own experience. However, that is not to say it has been deployed everywhere entirely free of hiccups and limitations. Many bet builders still suffer from either clunky user interfaces or a lack of key features, such as in-play and cash-out. While players now expect some ability to construct their own bets from their chosen operator, attempting to harness its full potential without careful consideration of the depth of features required or how to facilitate a smooth player journey is unlikely to lead to long-term player retention. Expanding the scopeRecognising the potential that constructing this technology in-house would unlock, Kambi developed its bet builder into the core of its platform rather than choosing the shortcut of sourcing the technology from a third-party. This extensive development work has left Kambi uniquely positioned to launch the next step in the technology’s growth. The Kambi Multi Builder represents the next phase in the evolution of bet builder technology. Offered by no other sports betting provider, it removes the barriers which exist in combining bets across events, giving players the opportunity to combine several in event combinations across multiple events and sports into a single bet for the first time.To provide an example of the product in action:Player combines a match winner and over/under points in a basketball gameAdds a Bet Builder combination in a football matchAdds a Bet Builder in an ice hockey matchPlaces the Multi Builder bet in in just one clickThe technology exponentially increases the size of the menu, offering odds on demand and lifting the limitations on player freedom to a far greater extent than the traditional bet builder. Kambi’s user interface prioritises a smooth experience and ease of use, requiring a mere six clicks to place a four outcome Multi Builder across two events. The uptake of the product has been impressive and immediate. Within just three weeks of its 2019 launch, more than 50% of all in-event combinations placed on the Kambi network were Multi Builders, underlining the ease with which players have taken to the innovation. Taking the period following the return of the Premier League, 68% of all bet builders placed across the Kambi network have been Multi Builders, highlighting the ease at which bettors are able to add additional selections to their betslip, as well as the appetite for unique bet creation. While all of this functionality is deployed in such a way as to be quickly and easily accessible to the bettor, the complexity under the hood required to do so with zero friction shouldn’t be underestimated, underlining the importance of having a strong sportsbook core to meet the needs of the modern player. Expertise in both proprietary pricing and risk is crucial to offering the bettor an excellent experience. Delivery in these areas are central to Kambi’s ability to offer odds on demand with greater availability and accuracy, ensuring confidence in odds and the management of risk for our partners. Although the Multi Builder provides a new level of freedom to bettors seeking to build new unique bets with unlimited possibilities, the value in not overwhelming players seeking a more curated experience was important to recognise. It is with this in mind that Kambi recently launched accessible pre-packs across our online and retail offering, which allow easy access to popular in-event combinations with a clearly visible price and organised by default from shortest to longest odds. Providing a huge boost to player convenience, Kambi sportsbook players can move between pre-packaged combinations and the bet builder tab to complement the pre-pack with other combinable outcomes.Put simply, the Kambi Multi Builder has unlocked endless possibilities for the bettor while at the same time facilitating a more curated journey to less familiar players – thereby delivering an altogether superior and smoother experience suited to every category of bettor. 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