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Tennis prepares to host tourney

first_imgJunior Becca Weissman finished her sophomore season with an 18-8 record in singles and 9-6 record in doubles. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)The women’s tennis team is already in midseason shape. Even though the team does not start conference play until the spring, the Women of Troy have played in two Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournaments and the Battle in the Bay tournament in San Francisco.The Trojans are now preparing for the Women of Troy Fall Invitational, which will take place Friday through Sunday at Marks Stadium. This will be their first time hosting, and the team will play Oregon, Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University. “It’s been a while since we played a home match, so it will be fun,” senior Rianna Valdes said.  This tournament will be the first chance for new players to showcase their talent. The team has already proven its dominance, however, winning both singles and doubles championships from the Battle in the Bay tournament. Freshman Danielle Willson won the singles championship, beating her own teammate, sophomore Ana Neffa, in the championship match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The former All-American will face some fierce competition this weekend.Aside from the Battle of the Bay tournament,  freshman Salma Ewing had a solid performance at the ITA Oracle Masters event in Malibu. Ranked  No. 5 freshman in the nation, Ewing reached the quarterfinal in this loaded tournament field, but lost to Michigan’s Kate Fahey 6-7(1), 6-2, 7-6(3). The 18-year-old was the No. 1 recruit out of high school. “I’m looking to improve my serve and my overall movement on court, Ewing said. “Definitely moving forward, I want to incorporate that to my game.” The team has only one returning senior in Valdes, who looks to add onto her tremendous career. Currently ranked No. 74 in the nation, Valdes went 14-7 in singles and 12-10 in doubles. This weekend, Valdes will play with junior Angela Kulikov after their spectacular performance during the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades last week. Valdes and Kulikov made it to the quarterfinals, before losing to a 14th-ranked doubles team from Wichita State, featuring junior Fatima Bizhukova and junior Marta Bellucco, by a score of 8-4. Despite the loss, Valdes and Kulikov opened eyes as they beat five nationally ranked teams en route to the quarterfinal. “I think we found a lot of things that worked for us, different plays, so just take it back to practice, work on it and get better,” Valdes said.Kulikov looks to have a great tournament, as well as another fantastic season. The junior from of Sun Valley, Calif. looks to build on a spectacular sophomore campaign, where she played number one doubles with Valdes the majority of the season. Head coach Alison Swain may also look to Kulikov to fill the vacant singles spot left by Gabby Smith this season.Neffa and junior Constance Branstine are also eyeing another doubles championship this weekend. The pair displayed just how dangerous they can be when they won the doubles championship at the Battle of the Bay tournament. Neffa, a sophomore transfer from St. Thomas University, looks to restart her career after not playing during her freshman season. While Branstine begins her second season in a Trojan uniform; the former five-star blue chip recruit had a strong sophomore season, finishing 12-12 in singles and 11-11 in doubles. This season’s team certainly gives Swain high hopes in her second season as the team’s head coach. After finishing eighth in the Pac-12 last year, the Women of Troy have a chip on their shoulder.last_img read more

Stoiximan retains independence despite OPAP equity increase

first_img StumbleUpon OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 Share Submit GML Interactive, the operating company of Greek online bookmaker Stoiximan, has disclosed that OPAP SA will increase its majority shareholding in the betting group to 84.5%.The transaction will see Athens-listed OPAP continue to increase its equity in Stoiximan’s Greek and Cypriot operations, having become the majority shareholder of the betting asset in 2019 after securing a 51% stake for €95 million.Despite Stoiximan operating independently from OPAP, the Athens lottery group has acted as an enterprise investor of the betting firm. It has also maintained a 37% stake in TCB Holdings, the firm’s wider European franchise operating the Betano brand in Germany and Romania.OPAP stated that the investment reflected a ‘clear recognition’ of Stoiximan’s impressive growth and future prospects within the Greek and Cypriot betting markets. Updating stakeholders, OPAP Group Chief Executive Damian Cope underlined that Stoiximan would continue to maintain its independence led by its current executive leadership team.“Led by George Daskalakis, the Stoiximan team continues to successfully deliver impressive growth in all the markets in which they operate,” Cope stated.George Daskalakis, Stoiximan co-founder and CEO, added: “Since OPAP’s initial investment 14 months ago, both Stoiximan and Betano have achieved impressive growth. This is the result of a strategic plan executed with consistency and professionalism by a team of more than 700 highly dedicated colleagues, who I am honoured to lead.“OPAP’s decision to increase its investment in Stoiximan essentially fuels the prospects of our company in the future, but mainly constitutes a strong vote of confidence in our way of doing business. “We embark upon this next day of creativity with the same commitment and the same determination, to work hard in order to further consolidate Stoiximan’s position as the leading operator in the Greek online gaming market, while at the same time strengthen the growth of Betano in all target international markets.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title game

first_imgNEW YORK — North Carolina was up 16 with 5 1/2 minutes left, all set to cruise to a victory that would snap a six-game Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament losing streak against Duke and put the Tar Heels in the championship for a record 35th time.Then things got weird — and college basketball’s greatest rivalry produced another memorable finish.ADVERTISEMENT Luke Maye scored 17 points, including North Carolina’s last field goal with 5:33 remaining, and the 12th-ranked Tar Heels held off a rally by No. 5 Duke for a 74-69 victory Friday night in the ACC semifinals.“I have nothing to say about the last five minutes,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said, able to joke because ultimately it turned out OK for the Tar Heels. “(Assistant) Coach (Steve) Robinson coached that part of the game. You guys be sure and tell Coach Rob I said that. It was unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe sixth-seeded Tar Heels (25-9) will face top-seeded and top-ranked Virginia on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a rematch of the 2016 ACC championship, won by North Carolina.Maye hit a jumper to give North Carolina what seemed like a safe 72-56 lead. But the Tar Heels went cold and got sloppy and second-seeded Duke went on a 13-0 run, drawing within three on Gray Trent Jr.’s 3 with 50 seconds left. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Duke: The Blue Devils had six turnovers on their first 14 possessions and just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game. With four freshmen starters, the Blue Devils might have the most talented team in the country.“But we have to accept some slippage,” Krzyzewski said. “For tonight, look, I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but we’ve got to move on, learn from it.”UP NEXTNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels scored 49 points in a road loss to Virginia on Jan. 6.“We’ve got to go in there and try to play the perfect game,” Williams said. North Carolina will also try to become the second ACC team to win four games in four games to win the tournament. Duke did it last year.Duke: The Blue Devils will find out Sunday if they did enough to earn a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Last year after North Carolina lost to Duke in the ACC semifinals, the Blue Devils won the ACC but the Tar Heels won the national championship.“I think we’re much better prepared for the NCAA Tournament than we were a month ago, and these two games will help us, even though we lost tonight and could have played better,” Coach K said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Tar Heels beat their heated Tobacco Road rivals for the first time in the conference tournament since the 1998 championship game. They also evened the series in Brooklyn at 1-1. Duke beat the Tar Heels in the semifinals at Barclays last season.Pinson had seven of North Carolina’s 24 assists on 28 field goals as the Tar Heels cut up Duke’s zone most of the night.Marvin Bagley III followed up his 33-point, 17-rebound game against Notre Dame on Thursday with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Duke. Fellow freshman Trent added 20 points and Wendell Carter Jr., another frosh, had 14 points and nine rebounds.CHECK?Allen received a Flagrant 1 foul for hip-checking North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks as the Tar Heels forward was running up court late in the first half.Brooks went down hard and stayed down in the backcourt as North Carolina scored. Officials stopped play and went to the courtside monitor to check a replay. Allen clearly stuck his backside out enough to bump the unsuspecting Brooks while the 6-foot-9 freshman was in the middle of a stride. Brooks was OK and made two free throws with 52.7 second left.“They got a fast break and I bumped him and fouled him,” Allen said during the postgame news conference.Brooks told reporters he felt Allen intentionally bumped him, and when Allen was asked about it coach Mike Krzyzewski jumped in.“Any foul in the game is not . you don’t want any foul,” Coach K said. “So that was another foul in a game. Do you think that was the only time someone was hipped in the game? If you look in the low post, it’s going on all the time. So it happened at half court. They got it. It’s done. And that didn’t win or lose the game.”Allen, a senior, was reprimanded by the ACC for tripping two opponents in his sophomore season. He was stripped of his captaincy by Duke for another trip as a junior.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: A night after Duke earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory, the Tar Heels did the same. Both are 100-45 in the conference tournament. North Carolina is looking for its 19th tournament championship. That would leave them one behind Duke for the most. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Grayson Allen was called for an offensive foul, drawn by Kenny Williams, driving to the basket, and then Allen missed a 3, trying to draw contact on Maye.Theo Pinson, who dropped the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left, made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal it.“I made a big-time turnover that I needed to make up for, and I’m going to be honest, I was like, you’re making these two free throws,” Pinson said. “Like you just almost blew the game for your team, so you have to make them.” ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more