Lyght Jr., strikes century to hand Police day one honours

first_imgA majestic century from Police Sports Club’s opening batsman Andrew Lyght Jr., followed by a destructive spell from off-spinner Rocky Hutson handed the hosts day one honours against Everest in the ongoing Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), Noble House Seafoods, Second-Division, two-day competition yesterday.  Police, after winning the toss and electing to bat, declared their innings closed on 323-9 from 61.5 overs with Lyght Jr., smashing 123 to lift his side to the daunting first innings total. Chemroy Kendall (58) and Ameer Singh (49) supported Lyght Jr., as seamer Raylex Payne (4-68) and left-arm spinner Javed Rasheed (3-75) shared seven wickets between them.    Everest, in their first innings response, ended the day reeling on 61-5 from 27 overs with off-spinner Hutson (4-13) doing the damage with the ball for the hosts. Everest heads into day two still training by a massive 262 runs with four wickets in hand.Meanwhile, over at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), the hosts are locked in battle with the University of Guyana (UG).    The day’s proceedings saw DCC winning the toss and electing to bowl. The students were in a spot of bother early on at 37-3 but a counter-attack partnership worth 135 runs for the fourth wicket between Omesh Danram (85) and Ershaad Ali (52) rescued the Turkeyen side.   DCC fought back valiantly and limited the students to 203 all out in 33.2 overs. Seamers Dexter George (4-41), Carlton Jacques Jr.,  (3-51) and Dequan Bamfield (3-39) claimed the wickets for the Queenstown side.  At close of play DCC were precariously placed at 120-6 from 34 overs, still training by 83 runs. Jacques is at the crease unbeaten on 31 and with him is Gustavo Hutson on five. Earlier, Brandon Jaikarran (25), Derwin Christian (23) and Dexter George (24) all failed to convert starts.  Yekini Favourite has so far taken 2-43. Play resumes at 10:30hrs today and an enthralling day of cricket is anticipated.last_img read more

Soccer’s FIFA goes after Blatter, Platini in bid to recover $2 mln

first_imgZURICH, (Reuters) – World soccer body FIFA yesterday filed claims in Swiss court seeking to recover 2 million Swiss francs ($2.01 million) that it said were paid inappropriately by ex-FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter to former French football star Michel Platini. “FIFA has today filed claims in the relevant Swiss courts against former FIFA President Joseph Blatter and former FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini, seeking restitution of the 2 million francs unduly paid to Mr. Platini back in February 2011,” FIFA said, adding it was “duty-bound to try to recover the funds illicitly paid by one former official to another.”Blatter and Platini, who could not immediately be reached for comment, have maintained they did nothing wrong amid what became part of the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, resulting in numerous prosecutions and convictions in the United States.Blatter and Platini were both banned from soccer in late 2015 over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work he had done a decade earlier. Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA from 2007 to 2015, was originally banned from all soccer-related activities for eight years, though the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) later reduced the suspension to four years. His ban ended this year.Blatter’s ban was reduced from eight years to six, a period later upheld by CAS in a decision that concluded the now-83-year-old had “breached the FIFA Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis.”($1 = 0.9972 Swiss francs)last_img read more

Helen Walton – Gamevy – ICE recognition for the Gamevy focus

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Toby Oddy – Digital Fuel – Taking innovation by the horns to deliver a profitable service February 8, 2018 Related Articles Share Jesper Søgaard – Better Collective – Bringing our industry beyond the screen at LAC February 8, 2018 DATA.BET to make esports data debut in $250,000 ICE tournament January 15, 2020 Just a few days after ICE 2016, SBC News spoke to Gamevy Founder and Marketing Director Helen Walton to discuss the company’s success in winning the ‘Game to Watch’ competition, with online gameshow ‘The Heist‘.Winning the competition marked an ICE double for the online game developer, who also won the inaugural PitchICE in 2015. Helen was understandably delighted with the award, and gave us more insight into the Gamevy focus and plans for a busy 2016:_________________________SBC: Congratulations on winning Game to Watch at ICE 2016! Can you explain how much this award means to Gamevy?HW: We were just so pleased. Winning Best Start-Up at PitchICE last year was a big deal for us and we have been working so hard since then! So gaining more recognition this year was a huge morale boost for the team and the overall progress the company has made.We passionately believe that most gambling companies deliver very limited true innovation – the slots get more and more complex with beautiful animations and bonus games – but essentially they’re still the same game, powered by an RNG being marketed ever more heavily to the same group of customers.Winning Game to Watch was a recognition that Gamevy’s focus – bringing an entertaining real-money game to a much broader demographic of customers by combining skill, luck and huge jackpots in a gameshow format – is an interesting and potentially revolutionary approach.SBC: The 3-day conference at the London Excel can be a hectic time for everyone involved; aside from winning the award, can you share with us some of the best moments of your ICE week?HW: Where to start? We opened the show! Alongside Chris Veitch of Eurocoin, who at 88 was representing the long tradition of ICE, we were there as the new guard – a sparky start-up trying to deliver game-changing innovation.Our studs in stilettos! We are industry outsiders so the sight of dozens of scantily clad promo girls was a bit of a shock to us. In fact we thought that it made everyone look kind of the same and a bit dated. So we thought we’d do a cheeky send-up of the idea with our two boys in tight skirts and killer high heels. They rocked ICE, with over 500 photos taken of them in a single day by amused visitors and they were the talk of the show, with everyone asking who they were. We thought it made a nice point – Gamevy plays differently – just like our games.A huge crowd – we had our games playing on a big touch TV screen at the front of our stand and there was always a huddle of people around it trying our different games. “There is nothing like this out there” said one state lottery operator to me. “This is real innovation”. Whether they were playing our interactive scratch or demanding help from passers-by to get the quiz questions right, there was no doubt that our games caused a stir.Doing deals. We have had several major operators asking to move to commercials after seeing the games in action, as well as promising conversations with a dozen others. It feels like a real take off point for the company.SBC: We’re not sure about the studs in stilettos, but the award winning game is certainly attracting positive attention! Can you talk us through the concept and ideas behind launching The Heist; and what do you think separated this game from the others competing for the ICE award?HW: The insight behind The Heist is simple: gameshows are one of the biggest forms of entertainment on TV. People love to watch and to play (downloading second screen version in their millions) and yet right now, there is no gameshow you can play for serious huge jackpots. Why not? It’s crazy!The Heist has high-fidelity design to make it feel immersive and emotionally engaging. The players must avoid alarms and answer general knowledge quiz questions correctly and they pick their path to the vault to steal the money. Once there, it’s jackpot or jail! Will you walk away with what you have or risk it all to steal more – up to the million pound prize?The game is aimed at players who buy lottery tickets, play the odd pub machine and watch gameshows, but who probably wouldn’t describe themselves as gamblers. This is a much bigger market than the 12% of slots players the industry focuses on. I think the judges responded not just to the game itself, but also to the scope of our ambition. We’re not pretending we have the perfect solution yet – but we do know that real innovation comes from thinking outside the existing product types in real-money gaming.The Heist has been launched and is showing real traction. Each element has been carefully thought out to ensure it works for the operator as well as the player. For example, side betting is an option for more experienced / hardcore players who want to bet on which symbol will be revealed next, while our questions have been carefully sourced to be set at the right level for the audience. So while our game is highly innovative, it also displays a maturity of understanding the existing customer and player-base.There was a real zeitgeist that was noticeable in the award nominations – the games all had skill aspects to them or were looking for deeper player engagement and interaction. In all honesty, we believe that the skill revolution is coming to real money gaming and that because this is looking at a new genre of game and a new audience profile, there won’t be just one winner.So in the real world market we believe that our fellow contestants will be helping us forge the market. Now it’s time for operators to step up and take a punt on building this new type of gaming… because while there will be many games that can succeed, there may well be a single operator who dominates this more engaging, interactive play.SBC: At SBC, we’ll be watching closely to see how this progresses! So finally, what are your plans and company goals for the rest of 2016?HW: The games are live, but naturally we want to see more partnerships with key operators who will support our games. We are still developing products as fast as we can – and we have some truly exciting innovations coming.A big multi-player gameshow in partnership with a very famous entertainment brand? A special sports game with a VERY famous football club? Exclusive games for some of the world’s biggest gaming brands? Launching into several new markets? All of that is coming in our pipeline for 2016! It is going to be a very busy crowded year – let’s hope it’s crowned with success for Gamevy!_________________________Helen Walton, Founder & Marketing Directorlast_img read more

Kelly Eden – TXODDS – #Bofcon 2016

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 TXODDS is fast making a name for itself in sports betting and is looking to continue that by sponsoring this year’s Betting on Football Conference at Stamford Bridge on April 21st. TXODDS is a data company specialised in the aggregation and global distribution of real time betting odds.Kelly Eden, TXODDSWe spoke to Head of TXTRADER Kelly Eden about his Euro 2016 predictions and why TXODDS decided to get involved with this year’s #bofcon. SBC: Why did you choose to become a sponsor of this year’s #bofcon?Kelly Eden: We sponsored last year and felt it was a success. We enjoyed the talks and made some key contacts. As Betting on Football’s popularity grows we want to retain our involvement at the event which we feel is relevant for us.SBC: What’s the most important thing for operators to get right ahead of Euro 2016, and what’s the most challenging aspect of major international competitions such as this?Kelly Eden: Working with many of the industry’s biggest names, our services are in use at the front line of trading rooms globally, where the focus lies on real time, accurate and relevant data.Like the World Cup, the European Championships are every four years with the whole of the footballing world watching. Odds changes are key, especially end of group games or dead rubber games that have an impact on the match odds and thus affects every market in that particular match.Keeping up with all the various and new markets is so essential, as there are hundreds of various pre-match betting markets on each individual game. In-play betting has really taken off in the last couple of years and is now for your everyday punter and not just traders or serious punters.Market Moves, odds dropping, and team news are very important to TXTRADER service. SBC: How important is the sport of football to your business?Kelly Eden: In sports betting, football is number one. Gambling on football is a huge and growing global industry worth billions of pounds per year. Betting on football have become a worldwide phenomenon.Some estimations suggest the sports match-betting industry is worth anywhere between £500 – £650 billion a year. The growth of the internet and mobile devices with quick access to odds has made betting generally much more accessible. Satellite television channels and increased coverage of live football matches around the world has increased interest and opportunity.SBC: What effect will the major mergers of recent times have this year, if any?Kelly Eden: Jobs in the industry are likely to be affected, whether it be less or more. Share prices will go crazy as the big mergers gather pace.Publicity on lesser sports and competitions sponsored by merging companies will be valuable to the sport, as well as more betting promotions, special offers and bonuses by merging firms. One key factor of hope is the outcome of increase of turnover at betting shops.At the end of the day, this is a multi-billion pound industry is adjusting to the digital age.SBC: What does 2016 have in-store for you? Kelly Eden: The aim is continued success for TXODDS as the company grows and expands its coverage, product range and various different services. A new odds comparison application has been launched as we speak and a new TXTRADER application is in it’s final stages. Both are vital tools as the domestic football leagues are nearing their end of season finale and the build up to the Euro 2016 starts.SBC: Euro 2016 – who’s going to win, who’s going to shine and who’s going to slump?Kelly Eden: As detailed in a previous interview with SBC, I tipped France at 6/1. Home advantage is always a plus, the squad is full of fantastic individuals, coached by Didier Deschamps and have a nice draw in a group with Albania, Romania and Switzerland.  Austria at 50/1 were very impressive in qualifying and don’t have a bad group with Portugal, Iceland and Hungary, also Poland at 80/1 could be dark horses and have lost only once in their sixteen games.Germany don’t have an easy group that include Poland and Ukraine, while the same can be said for Spain who have been drawn in a group with Croatia, Turkey and Czech Rep. This tournament will also be big platform for star players to make a name for themselves, especially those players seeking a move during the summer. I can see big tournaments from Griezmann and Pogba of France, while Marco Reus of Germany at 33/1 for Top Goalscorer looks a bit over-priced.The usual weight of home money will come for England, added to that with the money from their hearts for local rivals Rep of Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland from their die-hard fans.Come meet the TXOdds crew and hundreds more sports betting delegates at the Bridge in April. Get your tickets and see you down there! Share Share David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Submit Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals March 28, 2019last_img read more

Henry Chappell – Pitch – Partnering with ambitious and innovative brands

first_imgShare Henry Chappell is the CEO at Pitch Marketing Group, and appeared on the ‘Different ball game’ panel at the recent Betting on Sports (BOS) conference in London to discuss how betting can create partnerships with sports to reach a new audience.We caught up with him to find out about his BOS conference experience, learn more about the Pitch-created ‘Switching Saddles’ campaign, and get his take on the bookmakers’ approach to emerging sports markets and club sponsorship.SBC: Can you give a quick overview of the work you do at Pitch Marketing Group?HC: Pitch Marketing Group is a creative marketing agency that specialises in creating distinctive marketing campaigns. We are an integrated agency with 3 divisions: Partnerships, PR and Productions; offering an in-house team of experts across sponsorship, communications, digital, social, influencer marketing and content production.We have more than a decade of experience working with some of the world’s best brands, sports and entertainment properties and media companies.SBC: The ‘Switching Saddles’ campaign with Victoria Pendleton generated huge interest in the sports betting industry; have you got any similar campaigns lined up in the near future?HC: Like the ‘Switching Saddles’ campaign with Victoria Pendleton, we are passionate about creating campaigns with great insight and bold ideas at their heart.We’ve had a busy few months, and in the last few weeks we’ve successfully activated TAG Heuer’s partnership with the Premier League. Using our deep understanding of football fans and their competitive nature, we created a distinctive integrated campaign which allowed fans to take a Pressure Test of their Premier League knowledge.The campaign featured strategically designed touch-points aligned to behaviours of fans. They could interact with the campaign across digital, editorial media, experiential events ahead of key fixtures and content with legendary football names including Claudio Ranieri and Freddie Ljungberg.We also have a number of distinctive brand campaigns in the pipeline but can’t reveal too much about those yet. We’re very excited to partner with brands who are equally as ambitious, brave and forward-thinking.SBC: Do you think that tighter advertising regulations, and the need to manage product placement with lots of under 18s in the stadium, will make bookmaker sponsorship less attractive to major sports clubs?HC: With 50% of Premier League clubs having betting companies as their shirt sponsor and most other clubs having betting partners in place, this trend won’t be changing anytime soon. It’s a strong and growing partnership sector for sports clubs.However, if there are restrictions in advertising, this will have an effect on the structure of betting partnerships. One of the biggest drivers of the partnership is broadcast exposure to a global audience, with a focus on Asia. If that brand visibility through broadcast is reduced, betting companies will need to evaluate how they will connect and whether the partnerships meet their requirements.For both scenarios, brands shouldn’t solely rely on broadcast awareness. A brand needs to connect with its audiences’ passions through integrated campaigns.SBC: As the price of player acquisition in football betting continues to grow, do you think more bookmakers will start to focus on emerging sports for a more cost effective route into the market?HC: Repucom reports that of the estimated €100 million invested by the betting sector in UK sports sponsorship this year, over €80 million goes into football. It gives betting companies access to an engaged, global and passionate audience. Football will continue to dominate for the foreseeable.Away from football, the opportunity lies in where the sports property is open to innovation and having a betting company at the heart of the innovation. Operating in a very competitive market, innovation is the differentiator for many betting companies. With these sports competing against the broadcast dominance of football, now’s a great time to have a conversation.SBC: What were you able to take away from mixing with high level delegates in the sports betting industry at Betting on Sports 2016?HC: We’ve successfully worked with betting partners for a number of years and it’s great to see many of those previous connections, but also meet new contacts. Speaking to both groups, the overall takeout was that it’s getting more and more competitive to secure impactful partnerships and a partnership needs to go beyond media awareness. We’ve been advocating the latter for a number of years as the activation of a partnership is key to success. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

‘A Woman’s Place is in the White House!’ Paddy Power pays out on Hillary Presidency

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Share Paddy Power has taken the bold step of becoming the first bookmaker to payout on Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 US Election.Closing its ‘US Election’ market, Paddy Power announced that it had cashed out £800,000 in winning bets placed on the Democrat candidate.The bookmaker makes its gutsy call despite Donald Trump being currently priced at 5/1 to win the White House. Prior to the market payout , the former First Lady’s odds fell to a low 2/11 (85.7% chance of winning) and over the past week Paddy Power have seen a flood of money on Clinton.Paddy Power, PR & Communications spokesperson for Patrick ‘Paddy’ Power commented on the early payout  “Trump gave it a hell of a shot going from a rank outsider to the Republican candidate but the recent flood of revelations have halted his momentum and his chances now look as patchy as his tan!”“Recent betting trends have shown one-way traffic for Hillary and punters seemed to have called it 100% correct. Despite Trump’s Make America Great Again message appealing to many disillusioned voters, it looks as though America are going to put a woman in the White House.”The Irish bookmaker may regret its decision of paying out on Clinton with 20 days to go till US polling day.Although all reputable polls show Clinton gaining a significant lead over the brash Republican, Trump is still mathematically within reach Clinton in all key swing states.Should Trump upset the odds and become 45th President it will trigger the biggest political payout in bookmaking history and leavePaddy Power with some very expensive pie on its face.last_img read more

D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Super Bowl XLVII

first_imgHere are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.Drew Forrester finished 2-0 in conference championship weekend and Luke Jones was 1-1. Forrester is now 168-80 and Jones is 159-89 overall. Their postseason marks are locked, however, with Forrester and Jones each holding a 7-3 record. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.With the crew in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII coverage this week, Glenn Clark joined the Friday segment as a guest prognosticator.To hear their full explanation, click HERE.Ravens vs. 49ers: Baltimore 27-17 (Drew), Baltimore 27-24 (Luke), Baltimore 27-23 (Glenn)last_img

Ravens-Broncos: Five predictions for Thursday night

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)It was less than eight months ago when the Ravens met the Denver Broncos in one of the great contests in NFL playoff history as Baltimore prevailed in a 38-35 double-overtime thriller to advance to the AFC Championship game.Now, fast-forward to the present as the Ravens return to the scene with a different look than includes 19 new players on the 53-man roster and the Broncos will see former Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil wearing purple, creating plenty of intrigue for the NFL’s season-opening game.It’s time to go on record as the Ravens meet Denver for the 10th time ever in the regular season and own a 5-4 advantage despite a 1-3 regular-season record in Denver. Of course, the Ravens are also 2-0 against the Broncos in postseason play as Denver stewed over its disappointing loss as the No. 1 seed in the AFC throughout the offseason.Here’s what to expect as the Ravens open their season in prime time for the third time in the last four seasons …1. Much like last January, the Ravens will go vertical early on as Joe Flacco connects with Torrey Smith for a long touchdown in the first half. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell may need to rely more on the running game this season because of the uncertainty at wide receiver and tight end, but a conservative approach isn’t the way to beat Peyton Manning and an explosive Denver passing game. The Broncos will not have Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller due to his six-game suspension, meaning the offensive line should give Flacco plenty of time to throw deep. Some deep shots will also back up the Denver safeties, opening up some intermediate space for tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark and slot receiver Brandon Stokley to work. If Flacco can find success with those throws, it will only create more room in the box to get Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce going in the running game.2. Daryl Smith will lead the Ravens in tackles in the first game of the post-Ray Lewis era. Dumervil’s signing received the most attention this offseason, but the presence of the 31-year-old Smith has been a welcome addition to an otherwise inexperienced group of inside linebackers that includes Josh Bynes and second-round pick Arthur Brown. For what it’s worth, Smith looked like the Ravens’ best defensive player of the preseason and while you wouldn’t expect that to hold true during the season, he had the reputation for being stout against the run and serving capably in pass coverage in his nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The additions of Smith and Brown will hopefully help the pass defense in the middle intermediate portion of the field, which has been a major weakness for several years now. Smith’s quiet demeanor and maturity might be the perfect fit for a guy assuming the position formerly held by the future Hall of Famer Lewis. 3. Manning will keep an improved Ravens defense on the field, causing the unit to wilt in the second half. Baltimore did an admirable job handling the altitude in a single-digit temperature last January, but Thursday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-80s, presenting a different challenge in terms of conditioning. Even with the improvements to their front seven, the Ravens are still fielding a secondary with question marks ranging from the effectiveness of Lardarius Webb coming back from his second ACL surgery in four seasons to the ability of Michael Huff and James Ihedigbo to cover the middle of the field. Pressuring Manning will clearly be critical as it was last January, but the Broncos just have too much firepower to hold them down entirely. It will intriguing to see what kind of a rapport Manning has built with free-agent acquisition Wes Welker at this early stage, but the size of wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside will be a very difficult matchup.4. Struggling to find open targets in the middle of the field, Flacco tosses a second-half interception to Broncos safety Rahim Moore. The most dynamic change that Caldwell brought to the offense when he assumed Cam Cameron’s coordinator duties last season was the willingness to use the middle of the field in the passing game, but continuing that without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta in the mix will be the biggest challenge facing Flacco this season. The reality is no one really knows if the combination of Dickson, Stokley, and Clark will be enough to fill the void of two outstanding targets the sixth-year quarterback used in the middle of the field to the point that he could be bold in throwing passes up for grabs. In contrast, Moore has heard the criticism and jokes throughout the offseason about his gaffe of allowing Jones to get behind him on the game-tying score at the end of regulation last January. Trailing late in the game, Flacco will try to force a pass down the seam to Dickson that’s picked off by Moore, which gives the maligned safety a tiny sliver of revenge. 5. The Ravens will compete ferociously, but an incomplete offense will be the deciding factor in handing John Harbaugh the first Week 1 loss of his tenure in a 24-21 final. Baltimore is a good football team, but trying to figure out how good is anyone’s guess with so many question marks offensively and new pieces defensively. It’s a lot to ask that all to come together against such a formidable opponent in the opening game of the season. The Ravens undoubtedly feel motivated to perform well on a national stage as the defending Super Bowl champions who were also forced to open the season on the road, but the Broncos and their fans have thought about this opportunity for the entire offseason and will treat the game like it’s the Super Bowl. Not enough offense and a few too many leaks defensively against an elite opponent will lead to the Ravens coming up a little short. To beat a team like Denver, you’re often faced with a shootout and the Ravens aren’t built for that just yet.last_img read more

Caps Trades Are Steps in Right Direction, But More Are Needed

first_imgCaps General Manager George McPhee made some good moves on Tuesday acquiring LW Dustin Penner, RW Chris Brown, D Rotislav Klesla, and a 4th round pick while dealing out a 4th round pick and LW Martin Erat.But is it enough to put this team in the playoffs come mid April?Right now my answer, as it was after Sunday’s painful loss to Philadelphia, is still no.Penner, a two time Stanley Cup winner (2007 Ducks and 2012 Kings), is a big left wing that can score. He brings a dimension to the left side of the lineup that the Capitals just don’t have right now. The 6′ 4″ power forward had 11 points in 20 games with Los Angeles during their Stanley Cup run in 2012 playing a top six role. He will be expected to play in a top six position with Washington down the stretch. Penner is an unrestricted free agent and currently makes $2M. The winger, who at times has been out of shape and not motivated, should be focused on proving himself since he needs a new contract come July 1st. Simply put, for a 4th round pick, this was a good trade and a no brainer despite the fact that he is not a fast skater.As for the Erat deal, just moving his $4.5M salary cap hit this year and next season is a bonus. The Caps do take on Klesla’s salary with the latest CBA, even though he is going directly to Hershey. The 31 year old Czech defensemen, who has split time at the NHL and AHL level this season, carries a salary cap hit of $2.975M but is an unrestricted free agent after this campaign. Klesla, a former top 5 draft pick (#4 overall in 2000 NHL Entry Draft), has struggled of late and was not happy in Phoenix (he was on waivers in the fall). He does not have good wheels, so it appears that in order for McPhee to unload his problem child in Erat, he had to take on some baggage from another club.Brown, 23, is an interesting prospect. He had 29 goals in his first season (68 games) in the AHL in 2012-13, but he only has 14 tallies in 51 games this year. The University of Michigan product also played for the US National Under 17 and 18 teams. He’s a 3rd line type, a big right winger who can skate in an organization that is loaded on that side.So did the Capitals help themselves today?Yes, it wasn’t hard to do when you get Penner for a mid round draft pick and you get out from under Erat’s remaining salary cap hits for this year and next. But there are still issues with this roster. There remains an overabundance of right wingers and some gaping holes on defense. The third pair is a big problem area now so McPhee needs to either land a top 4 defenseman to bump Dmitry Orlov down to the 3rd pair or upgrade so that Connor Carrick and John Erskine aren’t every game players.To me, it makes sense to move one of your right wingers so that you can use salary cap dollars elsewhere to improve the defense. That would likely mean Troy Brouwer or Joel Ward would need to be dealt, which would bump Tom Wilson up into an expanded role. Moves to that effect would further balance the roster and also position the Capitals to make even more changes this summer to get back to being a Stanley Cup contender.Currently, they are a middle of the pack club hoping to climb into the playoffs and go a round or two. Let’s make no mistake about that, hockey is a business and making the playoffs has a huge impact financially. That’s why I believe McPhee, who reportedly is in the last year of his contract, is not done making moves and will do more before Wednesday’s 3 pm trade deadline.This organization wants to badly make the playoffs. Money and likely jobs are on the line. We saw the desperation to make the post season last year when they traded Filip Forsberg for Erat and Michael Latta. It was a win now type of move that ultimately backfired. They were focused on the short term and wanted another body due to the uncertainty surrounding Brooks Laich’s injury. The truth is, they would have still been able to make the playoffs without Erat in a weak Southeast Division.This spring, it is not as easy with the new division configuration. Somehow the Caps need to improve enough to pass either the Flyers or the Rangers, and Columbus too. Philadelphia dominated the Caps in some important puck possession statistics on Washington’s home ice last Sunday. Add in that the Capitals upcoming schedule is rated one of the hardest in the league and making the playoffs is going to be very tough.So the Capitals improved their position today and helped their future, but it doesn’t appear to be enough to secure a playoff position.That’s way I say to look for more moves from the Caps on Wednesday.PROGRAMMING NOTE: I will be on with Drew Forrester on WNST 1570 AM Baltimore talking Caps hockey at 7:45 AM on Wednesday. Listen Live at WNST.NETlast_img read more

Ravens take further hits to secondary in Sunday’s win

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Ravens secondary continued to be hammered by injuries Sunday with cornerback Asa Jackson and rookie safety Terrence Brooks both leaving the game with right knee injuries.Brooks hurt his knee on the opening kickoff and did not return. Head coach John Harbaugh said after the 20-12 win over Jacksonville that the 2014 third-round pick would miss the rest of the season with an injury to his posterior cruciate ligament.“Terrence Brooks does not look good,” Harbaugh said. “Terrence Brooks is at least a PCL — it might have been [a medial collateral ligament] in there, too, I think. So, he’ll be out for the year.”Harbaugh did not have an update on Jackson, but he was unable to put any weight on his right knee after he was injured covering a sideline route in the third quarter. He was immediately helped to the locker room and didn’t return to the game.Jackson was replaced by young cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who played well in the first action of his NFL career. After being inactive for four straight games upon being acquired in early November, Melvin finished the day with five tackles and a pass breakup.“Melvin came in there and did a great job and played really well and was excited to get out and get a chance,” Harbaugh said. “The next guy has to step up, and they will. This is a team sport, and our guys have done a good job with that so far, and they’ll keep doing it.”last_img read more