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Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match

Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match

first_imgTiger Woods and Peyton Manning held off a late challenge to beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 1Up in a charity golf match in Florida on Sunday that raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.Woods, a 15-time major champion, and two-time Super Bowl winner, Manning, jumped out to a three-hole lead on the front nine at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. While Woods’s booming drives and Manning’s solid putting saw the pair dominate the early holes, five-time major winner, Mickelson, and Brady won the 11th and 14th to shave the lead to one.However, they were unable to force extra holes after Woods delivered a dagger putt on 18 as darkness descended on his home course.The shot of the day came from Brady on the seventh when he holed out from the fairway just after NBA great Charles Barkley, working as a commentator, had been giving the quarterback a hard time for his ice cold start.“Shut your mouth, Chuck,” Brady said with a smile.But Brady, who joined Tampa Bay in March after 20 years with New England, had little time to revel in the moment. After giving a short speech where he told his wife and kids he loved them, the six-times Super Bowl winner then split the seat of his pants while retrieving the ball from the cup.Woods, who lost to Mickelson in a $9 million winner-take-all challenge in 2018, congratulated Manning and Brady for their performance in the team match play event, dubbed The Match: Champions for Charity.“We all came together and were able to raise $20 million for those that have been so severely affected,” Woods said.“I take my hat off to Tom and Peyton. This is our arena, this is what we do for a living. I couldn’t imagine going on the field and do what they do,” he added with a laugh.The competition comes 2-1/2 weeks before the PGA Tour plans to resume its season on June 11 at Colonial. Woods last competed in February and then withdrew from a number of tournaments with a back injury before the PGA Tour decided to cancel a slew of events because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.He has said he is healthy and will be ready to go when the Tour resumes.Mickelson finished third in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in early February and missed the cut in his next two starts.Manning, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, retired in 2016 as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and yards and is the only five-time winner of the league’s Most Valuable Player award.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Charity Golf MatchCOVID-19Peyton ManningPhil MickelsonTiger WoodsTom Bradylast_img read more

Lampard breaks goals record

Lampard breaks goals record

first_img Press Association The England midfielder, restored to the starting XI ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener with a sweet left-footed effort just after the hour mark before sealing the points – and the record – with close-range effort three minutes from time. That left him with 203 career goals for the Blues, a fitting landmark forged over 12 years at Stamford Bridge. Victory in a dramatic match that saw both Ramires and Benteke sent off for two yellow cards effectively assures Chelsea’s Champions League status next season, while leaving Villa still in the relegation equation. The first half had been such a different story, Villa ending it 1-0 up and with a man advantage. Benteke was proving his usual handful in attack too, winning nearly everything in the air, and it was no surprise to see him on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. He beat Gary Cahill to a Brad Guzan clearance and then peeled off at speed to take Yacouba Sylla’s return pass. The Belgian then glided past Cahill with ball at feet and slipped his shot past Petr Cech at the near post. On the half-hour Lampard came desperately close to his landmark goal, seeing a low free-kick squirm out of Guzan’s hands and roll gently against a post. Chelsea were starting to find their feet in the game when a series of refereeing decisions took centre stage. The first saw Benteke booked rather than sent off for an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta, before Terry also shown yellow despite seeming to be the last man when he felled Sylla. Lee Mason did flourish red just before the interval though, with the struggling Ramires earning a second booking for high feet on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Villa’s extra man lasted only until the 58th minute, Benteke the man to go this time, again for a second yellow and again for high feet. Within two minutes the scores were level and Lampard was celebrating his long-awaited record-equalling goal. Eden Hazard rolled him the ball from the right flank, he shepherded it into a more central position and then fired home a curling left-footed effort. He was duly mobbed by team-mates as he ran to the away support to take in the moment. Terry departed on a stretcher after suffering an injury which will place his own Europa League final hopes in severe doubt, but Lampard was yet to have his final say on proceedings. The winner came from a fine Chelsea move, Hazard taking in a one-two in left channel before cutting the ball across goal for Lampard. As so often in his Chelsea career, he was in the right place at the right time and he tapped home with ease. center_img Frank Lampard etched his name into the history books by deposing Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s record goalscorer with a brace as his side beat Aston Villa 2-1.last_img read more

Rainoil Tennis: Oiza Yakubu Upsets Top Seed, Osewa

Rainoil Tennis: Oiza Yakubu Upsets Top Seed, Osewa

first_imgYakubu had similarly put up eye-catching display in the same tournament last year when she won two qualifying matches to berth in the Main Draw. Although she lost in the first round, she no doubt created an impression in the minds of tennis aficionados.Her performance since then has been very impressive posting some podium finishing at ITF Junior tournaments.In some other women’s singles matches decided yesterday, Bunmi Are coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Esther Chidiebere, a wild card entrant, while second seeded, Blessing Samuel bagged an easy 6-0 6-1 win over Toyin Asogba.Mary Tenu-Michael and Aanu Aiyegbusi were ruthless in their matches against Ramota Odeyemi and Blessing Danjuma after 6-0, 6-0 wins but Oluchi Ozurumba needed to be on top of her game to advance by beating Temitope Fashanu 6-3, 6-7 (1), 10-5.Blessing Anuna also bested Ngozi Dirisu 6-0, 6-4 while Ronke Akingbade stopped Omolade Aderemi, a qualifier, 6-4, 6-1.In the men’s singles, top seed Joseph Imeh bagged a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tochukwu Ezeh to move to the third round and he is joined by his nearest rival, Sylvester Emmanuel who was merciless in his clash with Oche Adehi winning 6-0, 6-0. He will face Joseph Iyorovbe for a place in the quarterfinal.Martin Abamu gave former top ranked player Shehu Lawal a huge fight before the latter pulled through 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.Former Nigeria top ranked player Thomas Otu was walked over by John Henry due to his late arrival for their match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s junior female tennis player, Oiza Yakubu, caused a major upset yesterday at the on-going 2nd Rainoil Open Tennis Championship at Ikoyi Club in Lagos when she defeated former national tennis star, Omotayo Osewa.Yakubu who gained wild card to play in the Rainoil Tournament, took the first set easily with a 6-2 score-line before Osewa formerly known as Omotayo Ibrahim dug deep into experience to claim the second set in 6-4. The left-handed Yakubu, with support from neutrals, took the super tie break 10-3 to progress to the next round.Now guaranteed a few national rankings, Yakubu will now face Oluchi Ozurumba, another of the seeded players in the second round this afternoon.last_img read more

Boys soccer Mustangs knock off Westhill, 1-0

Boys soccer Mustangs knock off Westhill, 1-0

first_imgIn Friday’s game against 5-1 Chittenango, the Mustangs made it seven wins in a row, beating the Bears 4-1 as it was Matt Kershaw twice finding the net, helped by single goals from Jarvi and Josh Wilkinson. Baker and Lundrigan had one assist apiece.Skaneateles had little trouble rebounding from its defeat to Westhill, the Lakers racing out to a comfortable lead on Mexico last Tuesday night and going on to blank the Tigers 2-0.Mexico could not contain Tylar Moss, who notched three goals for the hat trick. Jack Donovan  had the other goal, with assists credited to Noah O’Connor, Landon Hellwig and Colin Gaglione.While Marcellus was beating Westhill, West Genesee was at home, trying to upend Baldwinsville, who won the sectional and regional Class AA titles a year ago.And it almost worked, the Wildcats keeping the Bees off the scoreboard for most of the night despite only having five shots to the opponents’ 2-0. Only a goal in the final minutes of regulation by Gavin O’Connor allowed B’ville to prevail 1-0.In an overtime thriller, Bishop Ludden beat Tully 2-1, having surrendered a 1-0 lead in the second half but still getting the overtime game-winner, set up by Michael Gaughan, who assisted on both of the Gaelic Knights’ goals, one by Roberto Scutari, the other by Charlie Colella. Each of Jim McGarvey’s five saves proved important.Ludden had an easier time of it in Thursday’s 5-0 shutout of Cato-Meridian, getting four of those goals in the first half as Gaughan finished with two goals and one assist. Colella, Luke Infanti and Liam  Mahar also found the net.Jordan-Elbridge was shut down by Chittenango last Tuesday in a 7-0 defeat, with Keegan Ferris and Jon Salmonsen having to make 16 saves between them as Sean Larsson, Owen Bailey and Arthur Paul each scored twice for the Bears.Solvay broke open a scoreless battle with Phoenix last Tuesday by getting a big second half to defeat the Firebirds 3-0.David O’Toole led the Bearcats’ late push, not only getting a goal, but assisting on both of Solvay’s other scoring plays as Ed Matysuk and Jacob Barndollar found the net. Goalie Jonathan  Gonzalez Perez stopped all five Phoenix shots he faced.Against Homer on Friday, an early goal proved enough for Solvay to edge the Trojans 1-0. Matysuk’s first-half tally held up as, once more, Gonzalez Perez made five saves to gain the shutout.J-E, Meanwhile, was at Cazenovia, giving up five goals in the first half of a 5-1 defeat to the Eagles as Max Michael led those other Lakers by scoring twice.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Despite its own 4-0 start, Marcellus was unranked going into the game, and perhaps that fact motivated the visitors because, in the first half, it took full advantage of a rare opportunity as Brett Beal put a shot past Westhill goalie Ian Prebish.From there, it belonged to the defenses. The Mustangs rarely got another scoring chance, but its back line did such a good job of protection that Cory Cangemi only had to make two saves for the shutout.Not having a letdown, Marcellus ripped Oneida 6-0 two days later, and it was a showcase for Ryan Lundrigan, who took the Indians’ defense apart as he poured in a career-best four goals. Dakota Baker and Quinten Weaver also scored, with assists going to Beal, Tristan Jarvi and Ryan Moses. When it earned back-to-back victories over Cazenovia an d Skaneateles, the Westhill boys soccer team found itself in the same position as it was during its 2018 state title run – in front, and everyone’s biggest target.The Warriors’ climb to the top of the state Class B rankings only added to that pressure, and it didn’t help that another main rival, Marcellus, would arrive to challenge them last Monday night, sporting its own 4-0 record.As it turned out, it was the Mustangs that would solve the Warriors, claiming a tense 1-0 decision to stake its own claim as the area’s Class B team to beat.center_img Tags: boys soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more

Delaney shoots down expansion rumors

Delaney shoots down expansion rumors

first_imgCHICAGO — For a week in late July, speculation ran rampant after a story in the Des Moines Register seemed to imply the Big Ten was actively considering expanding to a 12-team league. Such a move would likely mean splitting the league into two divisions, with divisional champions meeting in a conference championship game.”I think we need to look at [expansion] in the next year,” Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delaney told the newspaper. Although at the time Delaney did not name any possible teams to join the league, that didn’t stop newspaper columnists, message board posters, bloggers or anyone else with an opinion to share, from throwing in their two cents as to which schools may be on the conference’s wish list. At the Big Ten Conference Media Day, July 31, Delaney attempted to dispel much of the talk by saying in the aftermath of the initial report — which he deemed correct — fans and observers misinterpreted his comments and that expansion is not a “front-burner issue.” “It’s interesting that as it gets out there and gets reiterated, you might think the Big Ten is about to expand when that is not the case,” Delaney said. “What I said was every 3-5 years we look at expansion and we will continue to look at it.”Delaney did concede that with the Big Ten Network set to launch Aug. 30, the conference’s approach to expansion may change.”From the television perspective it is a little bit different. … When you have a Big Ten Network, you have more hours to produce games, more room for content,, and you also have a possibly larger base from which to distribute that network.” The last time the Big Ten talked about expansion was in 1999, when the conference tried to entice storied, independent Notre Dame into becoming the league’s 12th school. Notre Dame ended up turning down the offer, and the expansion issue faded from the Big Ten’s agenda. If the conference ever does decide to expand, a school similar to Notre Dame, or Penn State, which joined the Big Ten in 1990, will be the target, Delaney said. When Penn State was added, the conference looked at factors such as academic quality similar to the current member schools, commitment to a broad base of programs, and marketing potential before admitting the school. Delaney did come out strongly against the notion that the league would expand with the purpose of adding a championship game to the football schedule. “We’re not looking for a championship game. If we were looking for a championship game, we would have had one 15 years ago.” Delaney said.Not a “plus”In every college football season as of late, the Bowl Championship Series and the possibility of replacing it with a playoff system similar to every other major sport becomes a major issue. One position seen as a compromise has been the “plus one” model, which would pair the winners of two bowls in a national championship game. Delaney, however, said the conference does not support that idea. “We don’t see how the “plus one” works without seeding, and we don’t see how seeding would work and still maintain the traditional Rose Bowl,” he said. Traditionally, the Rose Bowl is played between the Big Ten champion and the champion of the Pac-10 Conference.Test timeThe Big Ten is joining the national drug testing movement. Delaney announced, beginning this year., 10 percent of athletes in the Big Ten will undergo testing for performance-enhancing drugs. The tests will not look for recreational drugs, and a first positive test will trigger a suspension of one year.last_img read more

MLAX : DODGE BALL: Marasco’s goal with 6 seconds remaining propels SU past Villanova

MLAX : DODGE BALL: Marasco’s goal with 6 seconds remaining propels SU past Villanova

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img VILLANOVA, Pa. — The final 1:17 encapsulated everything that preceded it. Syracuse showed its inability to protect the ball, Villanova took advantage, but the Orange came up with a clutch answer.First, as JoJo Marasco tried to dodge, spin and duck away from the Wildcats’ Brian Karalunas, he lost the ball after a flurry of check attempts.‘It’s all guts at that point,’ Karalunas said. ‘Their guy is carrying it as best he can, I’m trying to take it away as best I can. Fortunately, I won that battle…’The win led to a transition goal the other way, as Karalunas found Kevin Cunningham waiting eagerly 10 yards away from the goal for an easy finish that tied the game with 0:57 left.But in a last-ditch effort, the Orange escaped. With 0:06 remaining, Marasco flashed open in front of the goal and buried a shot off an assist from midfielder Jovan Miller. Villanova was left stunned.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Unfortunately, they scored again,’ Karalunas said, finishing his thought.With that dramatic goal by Marasco, Syracuse (7-0, 2-0 Big East) overcame its second consecutive poor offensive showing to beat the Wildcats 5-4. The majority of the 6,289 were sent home disappointed after seeing a Villanova (7-2, 0-1 Big East) team come up short in a game where it was the more physical side. An inefficient Orange attack mustered barely enough to move to 3-0 in one-goal games this season.Wildcats’ head coach Mike Corrado came into the game knowing his defense had to pressure the Orange. With as much talent as Syracuse has, allowing the offense to work the ball only improves its efficiency, he said.‘They’re very effective if you sit back, so we tried to be aggressive,’ Corrado said. ‘We’ve really adopted a very aggressive philosophy that we’re going to slide early, and we’re going to recover, and we’re going to try to speed things up on teams.’For the bulk of the game, the Villanova defense implemented that plan to perfection. Any time a Syracuse player tried to set up a dodge toward goal, they were beaten and bullied until the ball popped loose — at which point the fans erupted.The aggressiveness and physicality only intensified as the game wore on. In the fourth quarter, SU attack Tom Palasek ran full speed toward goal but was stood up by Villanova’s Andrew Henrich. Minutes later, Jeremy Thompson was flattened in front of the Orange bench.‘They had very good long-sticks that could take the ball away,’ Thompson said. ‘They were tough, they were strong.’Syracuse committed 19 total turnovers, which drew the ire of SU head coach John Desko after the game.The inability to get a steady offensive attack going meant the Orange’s goals came via quick-hitting combinations or individual displays of skill. SU first got on the board when Tim Desko found attack Stephen Keogh sprinting across the face of goal for an instantaneous catch-and-shoot. The second goal was much the same. Only this time, Marasco finished off a pass over the back of his head on a feed from Josh Amidon. And on the third, Kevin Drew sprinted more than half the field for an unassisted tally in transition.But from that point, the Orange went scoreless from a stretch of 40:06, from the first to the fourth quarter.In a game during which the Wildcats didn’t use any stall tactics against the Orange, John Desko was concerned with the lack of production.‘I want to be more composed,’ Desko said. ‘Everybody talks about our senior group out there and guys that have won a couple national championships. … You’d think they’d be a little more composed on the field and move the ball around and let everybody touch it.’But with that not being the case, Syracuse was forced to capitalize on any small opening or space through which one of its attack could dart and dish.And after 59:45 of offensive frustration, Miller took his chance with 15 seconds left. He juked on Villanova’s Mike Brennan and got his hands free enough for a quick feed to Marasco. The sophomore caught and fired on net to suck the wind out of the Wildcat’s sails and send Syracuse home with a win.‘It’s two extremes, you know,’ Karalunas said. ‘It’s about as pumped as could be — you start looking at overtime with 57 seconds left. And (then we) came up six seconds short. It goes from your high to as low as you could get. It’s tough.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 15 Wisconsin must shake off fatigue to avoid home upset against Penn State

Men’s basketball: No. 15 Wisconsin must shake off fatigue to avoid home upset against Penn State

first_imgEthan Happ collapsed triumphantly to the floor near midcourt following the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s overtime victory against Minnesota Saturday.Happ played 38 minutes during the game, so the redshirt-sophomore forward deserved a break — even if it was immediately after the game. After practice Monday, Happ said the move was no dramatization of what he felt in that moment.“That was all natural,” Happ said.Happ and the Badgers will have to shake off that fatigue by Tuesday night, when UW (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) welcomes Pennsylvania State University (11-9, 3-4) to the Kohl Center. Four of UW’s starters — minus senior forward Vitto Brown who was slowed by an injury — logged more than 35 minutes in the win.The trip home from Minneapolis did little to subside Happ’s post-game pain. He said he received an elbow to sternum that became sore quickly, and added that falling off stage at “The Barn” didn’t make things any better.Men’s basketball: No. 17 Badgers face tough road test against improved Minnesota teamLast season was one to forget for the Minnesota men’s basketball team. Three players were suspended in February after a Read…Happ said UW strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland has the team rotate between ice baths and hot tubs to limit fatigue.“Any competitor wants to just keep playing,” Happ said. “Our bodies aren’t feeling great, but after adrenaline kicks in and you start getting up and down [the court], it all goes away.”UW assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft said they may be tired, but it shouldn’t affect the Badgers’ performance against PSU.“Our guys have been through this before,” Krabbenhoft said.PSU also recently sweated out a close victory over Minnesota, but has lost its last two games — including at the buzzer against Indiana before getting blown out by No. 20 Purdue Saturday.“They’ve always played hard under coach [Patrick Chambers],” Krabbenhoft said. “For us, it’s just the next opponent. We’ll prepare for them and respect them as much as we do every opponent we play next. I just think the intensity at which they play is always really high.”PSU ranks 12th in the Big Ten in scoring offense (71.8 points per game) and is 11th in scoring defense (69.7 ppg). Also, the Nittany Lions shoot just 40.9 percent from the field, which ranks last in the league. PSU has the worst rebounding margin in the conference at -.8 per game, as well.Still, UW head coach Greg Gard sees a much improved team from the last few seasons.Men’s basketball: In a game of fouls, Koenig’s scoring spree lifted Badgers over WolverinesThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s win Tuesday over the University of Michigan was far from pretty, but it Read…“They’re playing better together,” Gard said. “In the past, they depended on one guy to get 25 points.”That is certainly not the case this season, though. Shep Gardner leads the Lions in scoring (12.3 ppg), while freshmen Lamar Stevens (11.6 ppg) and Tony Carr (11.4 ppg) caught the attention of Gard during the recruiting process.Sophomore Josh Reaves leads the Big Ten in steals (2.5 per game), which helps the PSU offense attack in transition, something the Lions fancy, especially if they are able to execute their zone press and force turnovers.last_img read more

Haiti’s new PM takes oath of office

Haiti’s new PM takes oath of office

first_imgHaiti’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, was sworn into office on Friday with President Jovenel Moise saying his selection was in keeping with his policies of placing competent people to oversee the future socio-economic development of the country.Moise, who was sworn into office on February 7 after winning the November 20 presidential elections last year, said that he chose Lafontant because he wanted the country to have “a hard-working, competent and united prime minister” who wanted change in Haiti.Lafontant, an academic, thanked the President for choosing him and promised to unite the country.“I will ensure that all the promises of President Jovenel Moïse at the electoral campaign are realized to the extent possible,” he said, adding “as promised by the President of the Republic, we will strive to make Haiti a land more than never conducive to investment and business.”Lafontant said that he was also looking for “frank, sincere and patriotic collaboration” with the Senators and Deputies for the successful implementation of development projects in Haiti.He said he hoped that parliamentarians will vote for the general policy he will present to them.Lafontant, 56, married and a father of three, is an unknown political figure. He has been pursing his medical career for 30 years and is also professor of gastroenterology at the University of Notre Dame of Haiti (UNDH) and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.Under the Haitian Constitution, the next step for the new prime minister will be to select his cabinet and present himself before the Parliament in order to obtain a vote of confidence on his policy statement.last_img read more

IAAF World Championships: ‘Medal Hopeful’ Okagbare Misses Out On 100m Final

IAAF World Championships: ‘Medal Hopeful’ Okagbare Misses Out On 100m Final

first_imgNigeria’s medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare missed out on a berth in the Women’s 100m final on Sunday.The Moscow double medallist on Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships taking place in London, came short in a very tough field in Heat 2, clocking 11.08s to finish 4th behind Tori Bowie in 1st, Murielle Ahoure 2nd and Michelle Lee-Ahye in 3rd.It was always going to be difficult for the National champion against the likes of Ahoure and Bowie who have clocked sub 11 seconds on several occasions in the season. Okagbare’s 11.08s was bettered by 11.07s posted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly Ann Baptiste who nicked the fastest loser slot into the final.This is a step backwards from her appearance at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing where she placed 8th due to an hamstring injury.Okagbare will now shift her focus to the 200m event which begins with the heats on Tuesday.Late arrival to London didn’t stop Nigeria’s 400m National champion, Patience Okon George along with Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose from qualifying from their various 400m heats into the semi finals on Monday. RelatedIAAF World Championships: Oduduru, Okagbare Cleared To Compete, AFN Technical Director Sunday Adeleye Faces Axe Over MixupSeptember 29, 2019In “Athletics”Doha 2019: Raymond Ekevwo Shines as Oduduru, Okagbare Change Plans on World Athletics Championships Day 1September 28, 2019In “Athletics”2017 IAAF World Championships: Track Queen Okagbare Headlines 14-man ListJuly 26, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Yggdrasil hails ‘accelerated performance’ securing 24 new clients during H1 2017

Yggdrasil hails ‘accelerated performance’ securing 24 new clients during H1 2017

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit Presenting its H1 2017 interim results, industry games provider Yggdrasil Gaming has detailed a strong momentum to its commercial operations driven by ‘accelerated growth’ as the company has secured 24 new partner operators during the period.Updating the market, Yggdrasil governance would declare a 116% increase in corporate revenues to SEK 74 million (€7 million – H1 2016: SEK 34 million).The higher revenues combined with an improved operating margin of 42%, would see Yggdrasil declare a corporate EBITDA of SEK 31 million (€3.1 million) up 76% on corresponding 2016’s SEK 17.7 million.Detailing further highlights, Yggdrasil governance noted the significant growth of its gaming inventory on its client platforms with, the number of its player transaction (rounds) increasing by 99% to 1.5 billion rounds.Closing a busy period for Yggdrasil development teams, the games provider has launched seven new titles during H1 2017.A confident Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil commented on H1 2017 performance “Yggdrasil has been expanding its regulated footprint in recent months, and investments in new markets, including the UK, are now generating revenues. It is exciting to see that these investments have proven to be bang for our buck, and it underlines our commitment to these markets as part of our wider corporate strategy.”“In June, we were honoured to win the prestigious ‘Slot Provider of the Year’ award for the second year in a row at the EGR B2B Awards in London. This unprecedented achievement highlights just how well respected we are within the industry. It also shows how far we have come in a short space of time, triumphing in this category over several much larger companies.”“The investment was the focus during Q2, and we continue to invest in new markets, new games, new product features and new infrastructure, including the establishment of Yggdrasil Gaming Sweden AB. We have also focused upon the reorganisation of the company to allow us to scale, with our CSO, CPO and CTO functions now restructured to clarify responsibilities and duties. This work has been fundamental in highlighting necessary recruitment.”“On the subject of recruitment, we continue to look for new, talented people to join our world-class team, with several vacant positions waiting to be filled. During the second quarter, we successfully recruited or contracted 23 people, boosting the Yggdrasil team to 143 by the end of June, with more to follow in the coming months.”“Costs are growing, which is necessary for us to deliver upon our ambitions, but to be able to deliver an operating profit of more than 15 million SEK for the second quarter shows that we remain focused on the bottom line.”last_img read more