Footballer kills son in hospital over COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts 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 Turkish authorities have arrested a former top-tier soccer player who confessed to killing his five-year-old son while the boy was being treated in a hospital on suspicion of a COVID-19 infection.Cevher Toktas, 32, handed himself over to police and confessed to having smothered his son, Kasim, with a pillow on May 4, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The boy’s death was initially not believed to be suspicious, although he tested negative for COVID-19.His body has been exhumed for an autopsy as part of the investigation, Anadolu reported.HaberTurk television reported that Toktas, who currently plays with amateur league team Bursa Yildirimspor, told police that he tried to suffocate his son because he did not love him, and turned himself in to police 11 days later because he felt remorse.The boy was admitted to the children’s hospital in the northwestern province of Bursa with a cough and high fever on April 23 — an official Turkish public holiday celebrating children — and placed in isolation along with his father.Soon after, Toktas said, he smothered the boy and called for help, saying Kasim had taken a turn for the worse. The five-year-old was rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he died two hours later.No trial date has been set yet.Between 2007 and 2009, Toktas played for the Hacettepe soccer team, who briefly competed in the Turkish top-tier Super League.Tags: Bursa YildirimsporCevher ToktasCOVID-19Kasim Toktaslast_img read more

Late surge propels Syracuse men’s team to 2nd-place finish in ACC Championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With just three events left to be scored, the Syracuse men sat third on the leaderboard in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But that would change after the 5000-meters. The Orange had six of the top seven runners finishers and picked up 34 points, and it jumped ahead.The 5k shot Syracuse into first place, and though the triple jump put Florida State back on top, it secured the Orange a second place finish in the meet, its best outdoor championship finish since joining the ACC. Justyn Knight secured his 11th ACC title with a time of 13:58.69. Right behind him, Iliass Aouani finished second, Colin Bennie finished third and Aidan Tooker placed fourth. Noah Affolder took sixth and Philo Germano took seventh.On the women’s side, the Orange finished 12th as Miami took home the championship hardware.The 5k wasn’t the only dominant performance for the men on Saturday. It also had a strong showing in the 110-meter hurdles. Angelo Goss took the gold with a time of 13.72 seconds followed by Matt Moore in second and Richard Floyd in fourth. Also on the men’s side, Knight placed fourth in the men’s 1500-meters with a time of 3:46.96 while Simon Smith placed ninth. In the 100-meter men’s final, Winston Lee placed eighth. In the 4×100 meter relay, the men placed fifth with a time of 40.22 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the women’s side of the 5k, Paige Stoner took the bronze with a 16:14.81 finish. In the women’s 4×100 meter relay, SU placed ninth with a time of 45.53 seconds. The next meet for Orange runners will be the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL starting May 24. Comments Published on May 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_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

Lakers play with urgency in win over Trail Blazers, ending four-game losing streak

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSaturday night would prove him right.The Lakers (25-7) four-game skid came to a close on the road in Portland, as they found a jolt of offensive life for a 128-120 win over the Trail Blazers (14-19).So much of that had to do with the presence of LeBron James, a game-time decision who turned out to have a lot in the tank despite groin discomfort. He played floor general, racking up 16 assists (tied for a season-high) to go with 21 points.But embedded in an emphatic performance by the Lakers offense was an urgency that felt new to a team that hadn’t been sweating its lead atop the Western Conference for many weeks. Threaded through Davis’ lob dunks, Kyle Kuzma’s quick-cutting spins and James’ surgical passes was a drive to climb out of the rut they’ve been in for the last four games.“The players, the coaching staff, everyone that’s involved in this, we’re competitors: We don’t want to lose,” James said. “You just try to make up for it. You have a great opportunity. You have 24 hours, 48 hours or sometimes 72 hours to make amends and be better. And we were better tonight than we were on Christmas.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed After lamenting a passive offensive approach against the Nuggets and Clippers, the Lakers aggressively attacked the paint where they scored 60 points. That aggression and paint-touching helped open up other opportunities which they found with accuracy: They piled up 32 assists to just 11 turnovers.It was a rare game in which the play of the bench helped motor the Lakers to victory: They had 72 points from reserves to 39 points from the Blazers bench.Kuzma was the head of that snake, pouring in 24 points, including 20 in the first half. Kuzma’s early energy lifted the Lakers from an early deficit, as he started the game 7 for 9 from the floor. Vogel said Kuzma’s aggression put pressure on the Trail Blazers, fanning the hopes that the third-year forward will emerge as a credible third scoring option for the team night-in and night-out. Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousPortland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, front left, drives to the basket around Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum reacts after making a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Kent Bazemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, right, and guard Kent Bazemore, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, dunks over Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)ExpandPORTLAND — A man known for splicing light-hearted clips into his film sessions took a different tone after the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss. Frank Vogel told his team he was mad.“I started the film session telling them I’m angry and edgy, so just forgive me but that’s just how I am,” he said. “That’s how I was feeling yesterday.”He wasn’t the only one. For the first time in weeks, the Lakers felt the fire of frustration, but were able to harness it in a constructive way. There was something different about that Friday film session and practice, Anthony Davis said — something that gave him a confidence he hadn’t felt in a while.“You want that competitive spirit back, and I think we’ve found that,” he said Saturday morning. “So I’m pretty sure we’ll come out victorious in this game.”center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions After lighting up Portland, Kuzma seemed to understand that responsibility.“It’s not about the points, it’s just the way I played,” he said. “When I’m aggressive, all eyes are on me and it opens it up for other players. Regardless if I’m playmaking or passing to guys, it just opens it up because people are looking at me.”A bench-led stint to close the third quarter gave the Lakers significant breathing room, as veterans Rajon Rondo (15 points) and Dwight Howard (11 points) added some scoring punch. Just as the Blazers notched a momentum play with an and-one for Anfernee Simons, the Lakers seized it back with a bold play: Kuzma launched a pass to Davis across three-quarters of the court, then Davis pivoted to pass to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for a buzzer-beating three to push the lead to 10.By early in the fourth with James re-entered, the Lakers were holding the Blazers at arm’s length despite 31 points from Damian Lillard. Fourth-quarter corner threes by Caldwell-Pope (13 points) delivered two more gut punches to the home squad before a dunk by Davis (20 points) with 1:37 remaining all but assured the Lakers’ win.Even though Davis aggravated a nagging shoulder injury during the game, the satisfaction of his guarantee fulfilled helped salve any physical pain.“We kind of figured we’d probably get this one,” he said. “Obviously this is a tough place to play and they have a great team led by Dame and CJ so we know it’s going to be pretty tough but we want to make sure we left this building with a win.It’s not a win the Lakers can celebrate for long: They host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night at Staples Center. So far they’ve split the season series 1-1.James had an ice wrap around his elbow, which he landed on during the second quarter, and his feet were soaking in a cold tub. But James said he’d play if everything goes right.“I plan on it,” he said. “As long as this ice takes care of its business and I wake up comfortably and healthy, yeah.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more