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UFC Fight Night Predictions

UFC Fight Night Predictions

The UFC heads to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for an exciting Sunday fight card headlined by a key lightweight matchup between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee this coming June 25th.

The co-main event is home to Johny Hendricks’ second UFC fight at middleweight as he takes on Tim Boetsch while BJ Penn continues his second run against fellow veteran Dennis Siver.

This is a summary how these fights and the rest of the thrilling main card might play out.

 

BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver

Two fighters well beyond their primes kick off the UFC Fight Night as BJ Penn fights Dennis Siver.

Penn hasn’t landed over 50 significant strikes in a bout since 2013 or won a fight since 2010. Siver, in the other hand, has won just three fights since 2012.

Prediction: BJ Penn by decision.

 

Tim Means vs. Alex Garcia

Means has only lost to one unranked fighter during his time on the UFC roster and that happened to be his last fight, a second-round submission loss to Alex Oliveira, last March. Garcia, in the other hand, is one of the strongest fighters on the roster and should be able to use that to his benefit when working on takedowns.

On the feet, Garcia is explosive and closes the distance in a heartbeat to release heavy strikes. Means is more of a distance fighter who throws a variety of punches and kicks and knows how to use his jab to capitalize on his consistent reach advantage.

Prediction: Tim Means by decision

 

Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes

Christensen is 1-2 in the UFC and while he’s struggled against submission fighters, he’s shown to be a very capable striker. His opponent, Reyes, is a true knockout artist but much of his game is a mystery considering he’s finished five of his six fights in the first round, including four in less than two minutes.

Prediction: Dominick Reyes by first-round KO

 

Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish

Kish, a former Golden Gloves champion, is very crisp on the feet. She has managed to land 50 percent of her thrown strikes – far more than the UFC average of 42 percent – and lands 4.1 strikes per minute, nearly double that of her coming rival. Herrig lost the striking battle in her last bout against Alexa Grasso but could compensate with her outstanding wrestling.

A very even encounter, it will end up being one of the best on the card.

Prediction: Justine Kish by decision

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Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks

Tim Boetsch has one-punch power and will enter the bout with a five-inch reach and three-inch height advantage. He also touts a strong wrestling background – like Hendricks –  with excellent hips, so it’s going to be rough for either fighter to get a takedown on fight night.

Hendricks will have the speed advantage in this one and should be able to close the distance and work his way inside for some dirty boxing and clinchwork. He struggled to strike from a distance in his last bout and doing so against Boetsch could see him get picked apart in exchanges.

If Boetsch can avoid getting caught on the chin, his strength, power and patience should overcome Hendricks’ speed advantage.

Prediction: Tim Boetsch by third-round TKO

 

Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee

Lee and Chiesa are both incredibly well-rounded fighters and on paper, they’re closely matched. They both land about three takedowns a fight at a 40 percent success rate and defend 73 percent of the takedowns thrown their way. They both also attempt just under two submissions per fight and love to finish with the rear-naked choke. As they have comparable ground games this fight may be kept standing and that would benefit Lee, who is the sharper fighter on his feet.

Lee has quick hands and exceptional footwork that can prove to be a challenge for “Maverick” to handle. He has the longest reach on the entire main card too. However, if the fight goes to the grounds, Chiesa take his back and work his patented RNC, giving the second great advantage.

Prediction: Kevin Lee by third-round TKO

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Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy triumph

Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy triumph

Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory could boost Pakistan cricket and inspire the world’s top cricket teams to recommence touring the country, Captain Sarfraz Ahmed says. There has not been an international competition in Pakistan since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus killed six policemen and injured seven cricketers in 2009. A World XI is scheduled to tour the country in September for three Twenty20 games.

The huge underdogs’ Champions Trophy win must be among sport’s biggest shocks in recent times. Pakistan cricket team beat arch-rivals India by 180 runs in a one-sided final at The Oval.

Pakistan’s thrilling victory was set up by Fakhar Zaman’s century and a three-wicket burst from opening bowler Mohammad Amir. The team had struggled in the last few years and had going into the tournament as the eighth-ranked nation, out of eight teams.

‘Big-game player’ Amir received a five-year ban from all cricket and served three months in prison following a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010. Amir removed Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. India never recovered, and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur revealed it was all part of a plan. Changes in personnel, a positive approach, aggression and a never-say-die attitude replaced negativity, self-doubt, confusing tactics and a timid approach.

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They made it to the semi-finals which was unexpected. What followed in the next two games were two of the most flawless performances Pakistan has ever compiled in the 50-over format. India was shocked and did not know what hit them. Even Pakistani fans were looking on in disbelief when Sarfraz Ahmed lifted the trophy. The Pakistani cricket team had once again given their fans the full range of emotions in a tournament. Back in Pakistan, fans took to the streets and waited for the Men in Green to arrive.

The win ensure that teens in Pakistan have plenty of role-models and cricketers who they can idolize. Tournament wins create interest in cricket, players doing well ensure that more young people want to play and that is precisely what Pakistan cricket needs.

Empty arenas in domestic matches need to be replaced by crowds turning up in strong numbers. Investment from the Champions Trophy win should be made in school-level cricket which is largely being ignored. In addition, facilities at stadiums in Pakistan need to be improved and a portion of the winning funds need to be endorsed to better amenities at those venues. The Champions Trophy win gives the sponsors in Pakistan cricket an idyllic opportunity to revitalize the game and invest in much-needed areas. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind.

Next August, in what many are calling the best fight in American history, Floyd Mayweather will take on Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Many did not think this fight would ever happen. McGregor called out his interest back in July of 2015, and the details were just finalized in late spring 2017. The fight is scheduled for Saturday night, August 26th, 2017 and tickets are certainly going fast for this. Now that the fight has been announced, the public seems to like the MMA star who is making his pro debut against the best boxer of his era.

Both men will have their different reasons to get into this, but the huge sum of money both fighters are going to make will be a considerable motivation. It’s estimated that the two could earn as much as $100 million from the bout, although it’s generally accepted Mayweather will receive a greater share of the fight purse given his superior reputation as a professional boxer.

Both fighters have, arguably, achieved all they can in their respective disciplines.

In January 2016 Mayweather insisted he would only return from retirement to fight with McGregor.

“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said.  “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day.”

There is no official belt in dispute. This is purely an exhibition match for the entertainment of fight fans, as well as for the benefit of both fighters’ swollen bank accounts.

While Mayweather has nothing left to prove in the world of boxing, the fight is McGregor’s chance to prove he is the best all-round fighter in combat sports. The prospect of seeing the UFC icon toppling the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the modern era is going to get people interested.

Showtime Sports control the rights to broadcast the fight, however the cost of buying the fight on pay-per-view is yet to be revealed.

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Raw Data

Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old. He has 26 KO’s in his fighting career, and has won 49 straight bouts without a loss. He is just 5’8”, but his 72-inch reach and strong frame make him as tough as anyone. Mayweather has made nearly $1.4 billion from fighting.

Conor McGregor is known by many as the toughest fighter in MMA. He is just 28 years old. Standing at 5’9”, he has a 74-inch reach. He has also fared quite well in fighting, earning nearly $35 million. McGregor is 2-1 in MMA, and has 18 knockouts.

What are the betting odds?

Expectedly the undefeated, multiple world title-winning professional boxer Mayweather is the favorite to win the fight. However, punters are hopeful that McGregor can perform one of the biggest upsets in sport, with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power reporting 92% of the bets placed for this event are backing a McGregor victory so far.

Floyd Mayweather win by points: 4/6

Floyd Mayweather win by KO or TKO: 7/4

Conor McGregor win by points: 40/1

Conor McGregor win by KO or TKO: 7/1

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The best NFL prospects in CFL

The best NFL prospects in CFL

The Canadian Football League regular season started on June 22nd, reminding USA fans that their own local league is coming soon.

There is a group of Canadian prospective NFL players, recently updated in different media. These are the names you should remember.

Bryan Burnham, WR, BC Lions

College: Tulsa

Some CFL observers were sure thatBurnham, 27, would find an NFL job in 2017. He had at least one workout, with the Philadelphia Eagles, but ultimately returned to British Columbia. A nontraditional 6-foot-2 slot receiver, Burnham caught 79 passes for 1,392 yards in his breakout 2016 season.

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Calgary Stampeders

College: Notre Dame

Daniels had a high-profile career and parting from Notre Dame and was unable to stay with the Minnesota Vikings or New England Patriots, both of whom took offseason looks at the receiver in 2016. But he had a fruitful 2016 season with the Stampeders, catching 51 passes for 885 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games, and then caught another seven passes for a game-high 89 yards in the Grey Cup. He got back to Calgary for 2017, but the NFL has not closed its book on him yet.

Chris Rainey, RB, BC Lions

College: Florida

Although Rainey turned 29 this spring and it’ss been four years since he last attracted significant NFL interest, he had a nice season in 2016 for British Columbia, and he could be of use to an NFL team as a returner. He averaged 13.9 yards on 68 punt returns, including two he brought back for touchdowns, and 23.4 yards on 58 kickoff returns.

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Emanuel Davis, CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

College: East Carolina

Davis had five interceptions during each of the past two seasons; in 2016 he did it in spite of two broken fingers. He turns 28 in August, and at 5-foot-10 he doesn’t have the height NFL teams are looking for at cornerback these days. But his resolve and playmaking skills have kept him on the NFL’s radar.

Duron Carter, WR, Saskatchewan Roughriders

College: Florida Atlantic

Duron Carter, son of NFL Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, was unable to make the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 after an extended tryout. He also had a rough 2016 in Montreal off the field, pushing an opposing coach during one game and later getting into a fiery altercation with quarterback Rakeem Cato. But he has always been highly productive, having caught 185 passes for 2,877 yards and 17 touchdowns in 40 CFL games. It’s not time to end Carter’s NFL story quite yet.

Kevin Fogg, DB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

College: Liberty

After a strong season in 2016 as a tackler (79) and playmaker (four interceptions/14.2-yard average on punt returns), Fogg at least put himself back on the NFL radar as a special-teams player. He formerly spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.

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Aaron Pico to fight veteran in MMA debut

Aaron Pico to fight veteran in MMA debut

“This is the No. 1 prospect in the history of MMA,” has said Chael Sonnen, who will headline Bellator: NYC opposite to Wanderlei Silva. “I have never seen a guy come in more coveted, more praise around him, more pressure put on him and more anticipation than Aaron Pico. I truly believe not only will he take over the division, he will become the face of the company and the face of the industry.”

Pico will encounter Zach Freeman on the Bellator NYC pay-per-view event June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It’ll be a high-profile first outing. And Freeman is quite an opponent: he’s 8-2, has been a pro for six years and is a former RFA title contender.

While it is technically his pro debut, Pico has a wealth of competition under his belt, including what he estimates to be 50 Pankration matches, amateur MMA since he was 11 years old, 30 amateur boxing matches and a lifetime of wrestling. At 20 years, he is probably the most refined prospect in MMA history.

What else is so special about Aaron Pico?

Three years ago, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker got a call from longtime mixed martial arts manager Bob Cook – he insisted passionately on the need of hiring Pico immediately. Over the next several months, the two sides agreed on a “developmental” contract, which Pico signed in November 2014, eight weeks after his 18th birthday.

The deal provided Pico a monthly stipend and the freedom to make a run at the 2016 U.S. Olympic wrestling team. That run came to an end at the Olympic Trials, when Pico, 20, lost in the finals by a point to Frank Molinaro, who was 27.

The unique business arrangement definitely got the attention of many in the sport, and it might have helped change it. Shortly after the deal was signed, then-UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta got in touch with Cook to complain. After noticing he was incapable of doing anything about it, eventually the UFC created a developmental program on its own.

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Pico started wrestling at 4, and by the time he was 6, he was doing so in national tournaments. He was training heavily in boxing by age 9. When he turned 12, he flew to Japan to train with a future female pro. A couple of years later, he won a junior Golden Gloves tournament in Nevada. At 13, Pico entered the European Pankration Championships, a tournament in Ukraine much like MMA except with no blows to the head.

As a high school freshman, he went 42-0 and won a California state championship. Pico withdrew highs school before what would have been his sophomore year to focus on his fighting career. Most of the next two years was spent abroad, all expenses covered by supporters of U.S. wrestling. After missing the 2016 wrestling Olympic team and an ACL lesion that got him out of rings or mats for a year, he is in full form now.

Was he really worth a Bellator investment at age 18? “I feel confident saying I’m the best prospect of all time, because of the work I’ve put in,” Pico says. “There’s nobody in the world who can spar at Wild Card, then go wrestle at the highest level right after. This is how I’ve been living my entire life, since I was 7 years old. I invite anybody to come try.” Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid

Spaniard tax prosecutors have accused Cristiano Ronaldo of avoiding £14.7m relating to image rights payments – a charge he denies. Because of this, the former Manchester United winger has told his agent Jorge Mendes he wants to leave Real Madrid after eight years.

Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, shocked the Spanish team when his desire to leave emerged on Friday.

Ronaldo’s management company Gestifute insisted on Thursday that an off-shore company, Tollin – allegedly used to hide a portion of his income from the tax office – has acted in accordance with British and Spanish tax laws.

Ronaldo spoke briefly when following a training session with Portugal on Wednesday, saying he had a “clear conscience”. Ronaldo also expressed his frustration at being booed by his fans at Real.

Los Blancos appeared to completely back him publicly, but privately, it was a little different. Spanish media outlets report the club contact them and requested them not to publish pictures of him in a Real Madrid shirt when covering the charge story.

Man United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all potential suitors for the Portugal star. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is keen to return to United and has instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to “do everything possible” to secure a return to Manchester United. Last year, Ronaldo also admitted that a move to Major League Soccer would be an easy option for him in the future.

PSG are prepared to offer £122m plus a staggering salary of £26m per year to persuade him to switch to the French capital, to fill the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-shaped hole. There is also interest from an unnamed Chinese club with the mid-season window opening on Monday there; any move would truly put the Chinese Super League on the world map of soccer. It is says they are offering a mega bid of £260m to Real Madrid and more than £87m-a-year.

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Nevertheless, the odds suggest he’s likely to continue at Real. However, there’ll be plenty of twists and turns in this story for weeks to come. To date, Ronaldo has scored 406 goals for Real Madrid in only 394 games, making him the club’s all-time top goal scorer. He secured a new five-year contract last November which means he is contracted to Real until 2021.

Any club that bids to secure Ronaldo would have to spend a lot in terms of transfer fee and wages, with Forbes recently reporting that he crowned the highest-paid athletes list for 2017, based on salary and endorsements.

Even though he is 32, Ronaldo is still one of the fittest players in soccer and his marketing worth means breaking a world record to sign him, would still be lucrative.

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Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Industry corporate events organizer Clarion Gaming has announced the launch of its first ever ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference which will take place this November 14-15 2017 at the Convene in New York City.

This two-day conference will discuss the legislative path to the repeal of PASPA; demystify misconceptions around sports integrity; outline data monetization strategies, fan engagement opportunities and new revenue streams for the rights holders, and present routes to a regulated market for the operators wishing to add this vertical to their offer – all of it positioned at the intersection of sports and gaming.

Clarion occupies a unique position in the sector, providing the full range of services to the entire spectrum of the global industry including exhibitions, conferences, technical training, research and digital information. Their products include the world’s largest gaming technology exhibition, are delivered globally and attract more than 30,000 participants annually in locations spanning every continent. Their New York conference will further detail opinion in how a legalized US market may take form, in terms of regulation and commercial opportunities.

Further discussion will center on US sports consumption, market particulars and misconceptions and identifying revenue streams and stakeholder values, all of it via a whole offer of practical strategies, business networking and expert speakers.

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The agenda for the Sports Betting USA conference has been drafted by Ewa Bakun, Head of Content for Clarion Gaming, who praises on the events ambitions:

“I have been monitoring the evolution of the sports betting discussion in the USA for the last two years waiting for the right moment to offer this conference to the market”, she details in the event’s website. “As this issue has now become a mainstream one, largely due to the effort by the American Gaming Association and the shifting positions of the sports leagues, and as we’re starting to see operators invest to prepare for regulated sports betting through products that are legally viable now, I think our November event will see top level participation from both the sports sector and the gaming industry.”

Sports Betting USA has been also intended as a meeting and educational platform for the sports leagues, team owners and TV networks to learn how regulated sports betting could help their plummeting viewership numbers and to address the concerns around sports integrity.

The event will also bring together gaming operators including land-based casinos, tribes, licensed sports books, both online and land-based from Nevada and European markets, DFS operators, lawmakers, regulators and suppliers to discuss the route to legalization and paths to market, including provisional strategies to create a footprint with sports driven customers now.

For further information on how to register your interest in attending or sponsoring the event, please visit: www.SportsBettingUSAConference.com.

Junior Achievement’s annual charity poker tournament

Junior Achievement's annual charity poker tournament

For the seventh year in a row, Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Nevada held on Sunday, June 11 its Charity Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood.

This tournament usually attracts poker professionals, aspiring players and viewers. More than 200 players were expected to register. The grand prize winner scored either a seat at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event this summer at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino (a $10,000 value) or $7,500 cash option, winner choice. For 2nd through 10th place prizes included cash, show tickets and dinner packages.

Michelle Jackson, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada loves the event: “it is an incredible opportunity for members of our community to join together and raise funds while having a great time. Money raised from this event will help enable us to continue teaching young people how to be financially successful and aspire to greater things.”

Relying entirely on donations and grant funding, Junior Achievement operates numerous programs in Southern Nevada to help more than 20,000 students in at-risk areas learn everything from budget management to economic principles in primary schools, and works with them to develop skills for the workplace.

Around 80 percent of participating students live at or below the poverty line, and the organization fills a critical need. Business partners in different industries volunteer their time to teach the programs.

According to ninth-grader Christian, his participation in Finance Park was vital in providing him with a glimpse of life after school: “It helped me to know the basics of budgeting and learning the value of money. Now, I know the difference between needs and wants. Learning those basic skills now can help me in the future.”

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Texas Hold ‘em was the main game. This variation of poker enables a large group of people to play at once with the focus on both cards and betting.

Players enjoyed drinks and gourmet food prepared by Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino with exclusive access to the VIP Party. Participants could also enjoy a front row seat for all the action without playing in the Tournament and bid in a silent auction without even attending the event, through either their cell phones or on-site systems.

Last year, the fundraiser achieved $70,000. As for 2017, Junior Achievement hopes to net $100,000. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag

UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away at the age of 34 after boxing knockout

UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away

Tim Hague, a five-fight UFC veteran, died Sunday, June 18th, at the age of 34, two days after suffering a boxing knockout in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The five-fight UFC veteran had been in critical condition after his defeat Friday evening, during the second round, to former football player Adam Braidwood at Shaw Conference Centre. Although Hague had 34 pro MMA fights, his bout with Braidwood was a boxing match for the KO Boxing promotion. He was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.

Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Hague’s demise in a statement published on her Facebook page.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Braidwood knocked Hague down numerous times during the bout, but the referee didn’t call for a finish until one punch left Hague out cold in the second round. Hague was 1-2 as a boxer going into the fight, while Braidwood was 7-1 with six knockouts. The bout was sanctioned by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC).

Hague, also a school teacher, compiled a 21-13 record in MMA with 15 knockouts and four submissions. He started his MMA career in 2006 and won 10 of his first 11 fights, including his UFC debut – a first-round submission of Pat Barry at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. But that would prove to be his only victory in the promotion.

In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113. After this last defeat, he was released from the UFC, but made a quick return on short notice to fight Beltran again. But after that loss, with a 10-4 record overall and 1-3 in the promotion, he was let go again.

He rebounded in 2010 with knockout wins in Edmonton over Zak Jensen and Travis Wiuff, and those were enough to get him invited back to the UFC. However, at the UFC’s second “Fight for the Troops” show in January 2011, he was stopped by Matt Mitrione with a first-round TKO.

After that, Hague remained active in MMA, including fights for King of the Cage in Canada, as well as WSOF. In the past two years, he was just 1-4, and all four losses have come by knockout. His lone success was for Canada’s XFFC promotion in April 2016, for which he beat UFC veteran Kalib Starnes to win the promotion’s heavyweight title.

The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) released this statement prior to Hague’s passing:

“Following the news that boxer Tim Hague is in critical condition following a professional boxing match on Friday, June 16, 2017, we have extended the request for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, chief inspector, paymaster and the presiding inspectors assigned to the bout. We will determine the next steps following the evaluation of these reports,” the declaration reads.

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Hague, who gave his classes at Ecole Bellevue School, had already announced his retirement indicating that he didn’t want his students to see him this way. According to a CBC article, he accepted the match with Braidwood as the latter was without an opponent just a few weeks out from fight night. School principal Jennifer El-Khatib told CBC News that “support will be available for Hague’s students when they return to class Monday,” and added this statement: “Our hearts are heavy. Mr. Hague was a beloved teacher and staff member. His students loved him and looked up to him, and he was an important part of our school community.”

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2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

The 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup tournament is a cricket competition that forms part of the 2017 domestic cricket season in England and Wales. All eighteen First-class counties are competing in the tournament which run from the end of April with the final taking place on July 1th.

The competition this year was moved earlier in the season to allow the NatWest t20 Blast to take place during the summer and to allow England players to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, during this present June.

The aim of the England and Wales Cricket Board is to allow county players to develop skills more effectively, to allow preparation for England matches and to make the schedule easier to understand.

The Royal London One-Day Cup reaches the knockout phases this week. They changed the format this 2017, and it’s certainly fairer.

There’s now perceptible reward for topping the group in the preliminary period, with Essex and Worcestershire skipping the quarter-final stage and going straight to the semi-finals.

The teams finishing second and third in each group play off for the right to meet, so there are only two quarter-finals played.

The quarter-finals have thrown up a tough clash with Yorkshire meeting Surrey in Tuesday at Headingley (1400 BST start). Both teams are clearly packed with quality, although Surrey are odds-against outsiders and make more appeal in a game that looks tight. There is an inherent risk in backing a middle-order batsman in this market for limited-overs games.

The other quarter-final pits Somerset against Notts, with the visitors odds-on favorites in a market that looks good. Samit Patel was easily Notts’ leading run-scorer in the group and comes into this one on the back of a Championship double-century. On the other side, Adam Hose might not be the biggest name in the Somerset line-up.

The competition will be on hiatus for the majority of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which takes place in England and Wales during this month, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place this week (between 13 and 17 June). The knock-out stages of the competition will continue near the end of the Champions Trophy with the final taking place at Lord’s on July 1st.

Due to the penalty for accepting a £3.8 million financial assistance package from the ECB during 2016, Durham began the competition this year with a deduction of two points.

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