League Cup draw

first_imgManchester City kicked off their League Cup defence in style last night winning 7-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.The holders will welcome Newcastle in the fourth round, after the Tynesiders won 3-2 after extra-time at Crystal Palace.Chelsea got past Bolton 2-1, and will now go to League Two side Shrewsbury. Spurs 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest set up a home game with Brighton, who won 3-0 at Burton.West Brom’s 3-2 win over Hull means they’ll now go to Bournemouth.In the other games drawn last night, Liverpool will host Swansea, Stoke will go against Southampton, MK Dons will play Sheffield United, and it’ll be Fulham against Derby.last_img read more

PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year; Andy Moran Reveals How Family Helped Him Win

first_imgAndy Moran, the Gaelic footballer who plays club football for Ballaghaderreen and intercounty for Mayo. He made his 150th league and championship appearance for Mayo in June 2017, his 13th season.According to Stephen Barry and Breaking News IE, the PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year Andy Moran has spoken about the importance of his family in helping him leave defeats in the past as Mayo’s quest for an All-Ireland continues into 2018.Moran is a six-time All-Ireland runner-up in his 14 years wearing the green and red, but plans to keep going back “until the body tells me to stop”.In line with that thinking, he says winning Footballer of the Year is a symbol to the whole team that inter-county life doesn’t end at 30.“It represents what our team stands for and shows that the guys who are 30, 31, 32, have a bit more life left in them as well,” said Moran in a PwC video following his journey to the All-Star awards, from MacHale Park and Ballaghaderreen, to the Convention Centre ceremony.The video features tributes from friends and family, including his wife Jennifer, who said: “He’s a great father, he’s a great husband… he’s just a really good guy and we love him a lot.”“It represents what our team stands for and shows that the guys who are 30, 31, 32, have a bit more life left in them as well,” said Moran in a PwC video following his journey to the All-Star awards, from MacHale Park and Ballaghaderreen, to the Convention Centre ceremony.The video features tributes from friends and family, including his wife Jennifer, who said: “He’s a great father, he’s a great husband… he’s just a really good guy and we love him a lot.”Moran outlined how family have helped him cope with defeat during his 158 outings for Mayo.“They’ve given me a sense of perspective on what’s important,” said Moran.“Football probably meant a tiny bit too much to me at times – overthinking defeats, overthinking victories, stuff like that – where now I literally come home and by Monday evening it’s gone. It’s not even in the head anymore.“It’s settled me down and given me a perspective on life more so than football.”RelatedSearch For Super Falcons New Head Coach Could Be Derailed By PwC Court CaseJune 2, 2020In “Featured”Joseph Bouasse Perfection: Ex-Roma Player Dies From Heart AttackMay 25, 2020In “Africa”Iago FalqueJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Flutter continues to feel the effect of FOBT ruling during Q3

first_img StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Flutter Entertainment Plc, has seen its total group revenues jump by 9% during Q3, despite its retail division continuing to feel the effects of the changes in fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) legislation implemented earlier this year.Publishing its interim report for the three months ended 30 September 2019, Flutter Entertainment disclosed a 9% year-on-year decline in retail revenues, down to £75m, as the 5% sportsbook growth was ‘more than offset’ by a 37% decline in FOBT revenues.The FOBT legislation meant that ‘gaming revenues decreased by 37% in Q3 2019 reflecting the impact of the change to FOBT staking limits since April. This compares with a decline of 44% in Q2 2019 and we have continued to observe an ongoing improvement in this trend as the year has progressed.’The group, which now includes Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel (US), Sportsbet (AUS) and the recently acquired Adjarabet (CIS) and Stars Group, has expressed hope in an improvement to its UK retail revenues as ‘competitors have moved to close shops in the vicinity of our UK retail estate and we expect this trend to continue as more closures occur.’Sports revenue for the group has grown by 10% and gaming growth of 7%, which has been supported by the addition of Adjarabet, which added 4 percentage points to Group growth in the quarter.  Commenting on the Q3 results, Flutter Entertainment Chief Executive Peter Jackson commented: “Q3 was an important quarter for the Group with revenues up 10% and the announcement of our combination with The Stars Group. We believe that this deal will accelerate delivery of all of our core strategic objectives and we are very excited about the international growth prospects for the combined group.   “Within PPB, both the Paddy Power and Betfair brands continued to make good progress in building more recreational customer bases through enhanced responsible gambling measures. While revenues in the quarter were impacted by this ongoing work, we remain confident that the changes being made will improve the sustainability of future growth and lead to a more diversified customer base for both brands.“In our retail business, we have seen an improvement in gaming revenue trends month‐on‐month and this trend has accelerated since the start of the fourth quarter as competitors have started to close shops across the UK.”Despite identifying a number of ‘encouraging underlying trends’, Paddy Power Betfair reported a 1% decline in revenues as a result of the combined impact of ‘responsible gambling measures and international market switch offs.’Online sportsbook revenues marked a 5% decline in Q3, while net revenue margins for the quarter were ‘broadly in line’ with the group’s expectations of 8.2%. Flutter Entertainment put this down to ‘a combination of the ongoing benefit of country specific pricing, positive customer bet mix changes (including increased same game multi usage) and continued growth in our recreational customer base.’But despite facing a tough regulatory landscape in the UK, the group’s Sportsbet division saw  ‘revenues increase by 19% in the quarter to £119m, driven by good customer growth over the last 12 months’.Jackson continued: “Sportsbet delivered another strong quarter in Australia with revenues increasing by 19%. Refinement of our pricing capabilities and ongoing changes in our product mix are delivering positive changes in expected margins while ongoing investment in product and value is continuing to drive customer engagement.”Flutter said that its US operation FanDuel has now launched online sports betting in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana and Jackson has been very encouraged by progress to date. He added: “Published market share data in Pennsylvania shows that FanDuel quickly became the market leader with around 50% share while we remain the clear number one operator in New Jersey also. Notwithstanding the substantial investment we are making, our strong customer and revenue momentum means that we are raising our full‐year guidance in the US.”PPB Online revenue down 1% impacted by combination of tough comparatives, market switch-offs and ongoing enhancement of responsible gambling measures. Sportsbook up 7% (excluding World Cup). Gaming daily actives up 9% #FlutterResults pic.twitter.com/dXW8eXhQTl— Flutter plc (@FlutterPLC) November 7, 2019last_img read more