Premier League leaders Leicester looking for better than top four finish

first_img But when Morgan was asked whether he would take a fourth-place finish now he said: “I wouldn’t answer that. “Obviously fourth is a very good position and no one coming into the season thought we would be there. “At the moment we are just delighted where we are and want to keep that run going. “We still don’t want to get carried away, especially with us only being Leicester! “We will let you guys (the media) speculate, we will just try to stay grounded and who knows how far we can go. “There is a lot of speculation and talk of how far we can go, where can we finish, can we win the league, and stuff. “We listen to it all but don’t get carried away. We will just carry on playing, carry on winning and see how far we can go.” If the players are not getting carried away – manager Claudio Ranieri will not entertain talk of a title bid until April – then Leicester’s fans certainly are. Immediately after an ironic chant of ‘We’re staying up’ went out at Goodison Park (Leicester now have 38 points) it was followed by one of ‘We’re going to win the league’. No one can argue with the role the supporters have played in backing their team and Morgan accepts they can ride that wave of optimism. Next up is a visit to Anfield and the centre-back insists that holds no fear for them. “We get confidence from our performances,” he added. “We are in high spirits, because we have played most teams now, and know how good we are and we want to keep it going and prove how good we are to everyone. “We weren’t dreading them a year ago because we played well, we just weren’t getting the rub of the green. “Some mistakes cost us games. This season we have eradicated them and the results picked up. “We just want to stay solid and perform again and try and get the win.” Team spirit and attitude has been a big factor for Leicester this season and that was epitomised by Morgan who played at Goodison despite a stomach upset on the eve of the game. “I had a bad stomach the night before but I didn’t even tell the gaffer, I told the physio, took some Immodium tablets and rolled myself out there,” he said. “There’s a point where you think you might be too ill to play and might not be able to help the team but I don’t think I was at that point. Every player wants to play every week.” Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Premier League’s two highest scorers with 15 and 13 goals apiece, have grabbed the headlines but that does not do justice to the work done by the likes of Morgan, midfielder Ngolo Kante and Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater (suspended and injured respectively for the Everton game). Morgan insists they are happy for the flair players to steal the limelight. “A lot of players have probably gone under the radar this year – maybe rightly because Riyad and Vards have got the goals – but we are doing our jobs quietly – and we don’t mind not getting the limelight because they’re scoring the goals and winning us the games. “Someone’s got to get it and strikers usually do.” The 3-2 win at Everton ensured they will be top at Christmas – a situation from which five of the last six teams in the same position have gone on to become champions – exactly 12 months after they were rock-bottom and in danger of being relegated. Despite their sustained spell at the top most observers expect the Foxes’ form to tail off in the new year and believe the best they can hope for is a Champions League place. Leicester captain Wes Morgan would not admit it publicly but his club’s ambition now stretches beyond a top four finish. Press Associationlast_img read more

ESIC forms eSports advisory partnership with UK Gambling Commission

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Non-profit Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has detailed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), which will see the organisation become an adviser on the detection and prevention of betting malpractice within eSports.Set-up in 2015, ESIC’s aim is to uphold the integrity of eSports and its related stakeholders against match manipulation and potential betting fraud.As an advisor to the UKGC, ESIC will now form an information-sharing partnership with the commission and may be asked to give insight and opinion for the UKGC on matters relating to eSports integrity.Ian Smith Commissioner for ESIC commented on the partnership “This memorandum of understanding is a significant step for ESIC and the eSports community,”“The Gambling Commission has significant resources and powers that will be invaluable in helping to combat any emergence of organised crime or serious fraud within our rapidly growing sector.”ESIC expects to publish a guidance note to its members in the coming weeks, explaining its arrangements with the UKGC.Richard Watson, Programme Director at the UK Gambling Commission adds, “Esports is a developing sector that offers new challenges for the betting industry, with potential for further market growth.This agreement demonstrates our commitment to supporting ESIC in addressing the potential integrity risks, to help maintain public confidence in esports both as entertainment and for those who wish to place bets on British licenced markets”.last_img read more

Anthony Rendon is still sore, leaving him questionable for Angels’ opener

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rendon felt tightness in his oblique during Wednesday’s intrasquad game. The Angels everyday players had the day off on Thursday, and Rendon didn’t play in any of the three intrasquad games over the weekend. Most of the other regulars were in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Padres in San Diego.If Rendon is unable to play this weekend, the Angels would likely go with David Fletcher at third, Maddon said.There are other possibilities, including Matt Thaiss at third. Maddon also said that there’s a chance that Luis Rengifo could be available, which could affect the lineup. Rengifo missed the start of camp and has also been dealing with a hamstring issue.Asked if Rendon could miss just a few days of the season, or if the injured list was a possibility, Maddon said he wasn’t sure. If a player starts the season on the 10-day injured list, it can only be retroactive three days, so the minimum he would miss would be seven days.“All I know is that he’s a little bit sore today,” he said. “It’s one of those things. Those types of injuries are so unpredictable. And I really don’t like to give finish lines for injuries.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Anthony Rendon’s availability for the Angels opener isn’t looking quite as promising as it was just a day earlier.Joe Maddon said on Monday afternoon that Rendon’s oblique was “a little bit sore today” and they had to “back off his work.”The Angels are set to open the season on Friday in Oakland, and Maddon was noncommittal about his readiness.“Knowing him, he’s going to want to play that first game,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you for sure he’s out of it yet or how long he’s going to be out of it. He’s very motivated. It’s just that we’ve got to get past the soreness.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TROUT’S MINDSETMike Trout said at the start of camp that he was uncertain about playing amid the coronavirus, but since then he has not expressed any concern about the matter to Maddon.Maddon said he and Trout had a heart-to-heart at the start of the camp, and “ever since that, frankly, he’s kind of like been better about things and he hasn’t asked me a whole lot of questions.”Maddon said Trout participated in some group conversations in which the coronavirus was addressed, but otherwise his talks with Trout have centered on baseball.Trout’s wife is due to deliver the couple’s first child early next month, leading to his reluctance to play. Even if Trout remains an active player the whole season, he is likely to miss at least a couple games at the time of the birth.LA STELLA AT FIRSTTommy La Stella got the start at first base on Monday night, as the Angels have continued to use him more often at that position in preparation for the season.The Angels’ other options to fill in at first when Albert Pujols is the DH or on the bench are Thaiss and Jared Walsh. La Stella is obviously the most accomplished hitter of that group, but he’s still inexperienced at first, so Maddon said it’s still not something they’d do regularly.“It’s just a matter of getting him comfortable,” Maddon said. “It’s not his favorite spot on the field. He’ll be the first to tell you that. But he’s such a team guy he’ll do it. At this point I don’t see as a regular thing but you’ll see it sporadically.”ALSOFelix Peña will start on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Angels had planned on Griffin Canning pitching Tuesday, but Canning and Dylan Bundy were each moved up a day to give the Angels options for Friday and Saturday in Oakland, in case Opening Day starter Andrew Heaney couldn’t pitch. Heaney felt back stiffness on Saturday, but said on Sunday he’s fine and  he expects to pitch on Friday…A day after Shohei Ohtani’s final intrasquad outing, Maddon said he was encouraged by his performance over five innings. “I though he pitched well,” Maddon said. “Definitely better command. It was obvious he wanted to work on his breaking pitches yesterday… I thought I looked really good and I was pleased with that and I thought he was too.”Related Articleslast_img read more