Unofficial club websites… a new outlet for affiliate programs?

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Elliott Robinson: Exceeding Expectations in 2019 December 30, 2019 Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Related Articles Submit STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Are you satisfied with your current affiliation program? For many betting companies a well-tailored program is simply a matter of staying above the surface writes Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE.In times when everyone offers more or less the same to similar types of affiliates, will you follow the well-trodden and overused path, or try going your own way?If you are still with us, it means that you are at least eager to find out more about how to make your affiliate marketing more effective. You probably have tried everything and the results were not as satisfying as you wanted them to be. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst – we have all been there.How about trying something completely different and turning to a type of potential affiliates who are not yet recognized by the market? And we mean… yeap, unofficial football club websites. What the…?! – you could ask. I’m glad that you wish to learn. Unofficial club websites are one of the hottest pieces of cake at the market in terms of a targeted traffic for betting. Still they are surprisingly skipped by the biggest players, who seek their audience elsewhere. We speak about a great share of the market. Top clubs from the English Premier League (EPL) have hundreds of unofficial websites worldwide focused on local fans communities, while they can still have only one official site (even if it has several localizations and unique local content). Unofficial club websites target their communication at the biggest football club fans, who will seek for the updates anywhere. Instead of leaving them on their own, unofficial club websites gather all the desired info mixed with hot gossip and serve them on a daily basis. In many cases, they are far more attractive than the official websites, which remain more abstemious in communication and much more tied by the club PR policy. With their devoted audience, people are coming there every day – sometimes even a couple of times – while at work or while travelling. They, therefore, make a perfect choice to recruit more players to bet online. The unofficial club websites’ target group is made of folks who tend to believe that they know everything about sports and that their opinions are far better than any others. This makes them a dream group to focus your campaign and win some more regular users and – in turn – a higher level of income. Football fans who usually bet with heart, not with their analytical skills, are the ones that build a loyal group of bettors. So, how can you deliver these campaigns? Well, the more straightforward and openly you come at them, the higher the risk of scaring them off. Why not try something more sophisticated rather than just adding simple banners? STATSCORE came up with a dedicated platform for both official and unofficial websites. TeamCenter is a team-themed centre, which brings all the info about the upcoming games, past results, expanded stats, standings, comparisons and of course LIVE data. Each game is covered with a live tracker that provides dedicated animation for every key incident of the game. While these are all displayed on the playing surface alongside the tracking of the ball position, it secures the thrill of participation for the fans and keeps them involved. Since TeamCenter comes with several advertising spaces (including the bands in front of the pitch) and can include your betting odds, it has it all to drive more users to your website. It is a precious content for an unofficial club website and a great commercial opportunity for betting companies to strike affiliate partnerships. The first party gets, for free, a unique add-on to their site and a chance to earn some reasonable commission, while the latter secures greater access to their fanbase. It is a win-win situation.In the highly competitive market of betting, working with affiliates that allow you to differ from the closest competitors is not something to leave for the future, but a question worth answering right here, right now. So, why not start working with unofficial club websites and empower them with ready-made tools to drive an increased number of bets on your website?last_img read more

STORM UPDATE: WORST IS OVER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgLATEST: WINDS are easing in many parts of Donegal tonight – but it’s still VERY stormy!Gusts of around 110km/hr can still be expected throughout this evening and our seas remain choppy – as shown in this picture of a yacht at Inver Bay.The worst of the ex-Hurricane Katia are over however, though the gusts that will be around for a few more hours yet could still cause damage to power lines and rip branches off trees. AA Roadwatch and gardai have appealed to motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads overnight as debris from the storm and excess surface water could add to the danger.More than 6,000 homes lost power in the county today, but tonight just 200 homes are without power and ESB says crews remain on standby in case of any other emergencies.Earlier the Coastguard was alerted when a man fell overboard from a boat in Mulroy Bay but he was able to make his own way ashore safely.Tonight forecasters said winds would ease to 80km/hr, still very breezy but not as bad as earlier today. STORM UPDATE: WORST IS OVER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: September 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hurricane katia storm donegal inver baylast_img read more

MARKETING AND MOTIVATION EVENTS TO KICK-START DONEGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK

first_imgDonegal Enterprise Week is set to kick off on Monday with two of the most sought-after topics by Donegal businesses – Marketing and Motivation.Gary Brown will help keep off Donegal Enterprise WeekThe week-long programme of free events will get under way in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 9am on Monday when Gary Brown of Target McConnells hosts a Marketing Workshop.Later that evening, international speaker and best-selling author Kevin Kelly will provide the first of the week’s motivational sessions and as the week progresses other areas of interest to local business will be well covered. With access to finance a hugely important issue for business in the current climate, it is not surprising that there has already been a keen interest shown in Tuesday night’s events on accessing bank finance.“Marketing has always been a favourite topic at Enterprise Week over the years and I have no doubt that Gary Brown’s workshop on Monday morning will be a huge benefit to local businesses,” said Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board.“Gary is an Irish business and marketing expert of international repute. An international Marketing speaker on Relationship Marketing and Direct Marketing and a winner of over 75 Gold awards for Sales Marketing campaigns run in Ireland. His campaigns have won Gold awards from the Marketing Institute, the Irish Direct Marketing Association and the Irish Sales Promotion Association. He is also the only recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Irish Direct Marketing Association.”Monday’s marketing theme will continue in the afternoon with a Marketing Masterclass hosted by Carol O’Kelly of Redstorm while Kevin Kelly’s motivational session in Radisson Blue Hotel on Monday is also sure to be a huge hit. “Kevin is a leading authority on the success principles of entrepreneurship, leadership, sales and motivation. Bachelor of Commerce degree graduate form NUI Galway he worked in companies in the construction and manufacturing sectors before setting up his own company, Advanced Marketing Ltd. in 1990.Now a sought after keynote speaker, Kevin speaks on the entrepreneurial mindset, motivation and leadership, trust-based sales and customer service.”Of course, as always, there is a fantastic range of events and speakers lined up for the week, but with bookings flooding in quickly and places limited in some of the events – anyone interested in an event is urged to make sure they register well in advance.All events are free but registration is necessary and full details of the events and registration are available on www.donegalenterprise.ieIn addition text information and reminders about Donegal Enterprise Week are also available by sending free text – DEW to 50015. County & City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2007-2013.MARKETING AND MOTIVATION EVENTS TO KICK-START DONEGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Enterprise Weeklast_img read more

Dube TradePort key to attracting foreign investment in SA

first_img8 October 2014The official launch of the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone (DTP IDZ) reaffirms its role as an important investment destination not only for KwaZulu-Natal but for South Africa as a whole.Located 30 kilometres north of Durban, the DTP IDZ is a business entity of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government aimed at attracting investment in the province. Considered one of South Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities, the DTP IDZ prides itself as the only facility in Africa combining an international airport, dedicated cargo terminal, warehousing, offices, retail, hotels and agriculture.Speaking at the official launch of the IDZ attended by top national and provincial government leaders on Tuesday, 7 October, chairperson of the DTP IDZ board Dr Zanele Bridgette Gasa said the IDZ has attracted plenty of private sector interest since it was designated an industrial development zone in July this year.Local and international investment“Against the backdrop of exceptionally pleasing private sector interest in and uptake of investment opportunities at Dube TradePort, we are excited by the designation of Dube TradePort as an Industrial Development Zone which will allow us to further target local and foreign investment. Work on this front is ongoing and we anticipate forging synergistic relationships with other identified industrial economic hubs for the benefit of the entire Province and its business community,’ she said.Adding, Gasa said the DTP IDZ is Africa’s first purpose-built aerotropolis with an international airport as its core.“This freight-orientated Aerotropolis coupled with IDZ designation will certainly quicken the pace of development at Dube TradePort and, I would confidently add, increase demand for greater levels of airlift out of Durban to domestic, regional and international markets. This would, in turn, augment efforts to grow our strategically influential location – together with two of Africa’s major seaports – to become a truly viable and sustainable alternative gateway to South Africa, Africa and the world.’Over the past five years, the DTP IDZ has grown in size to 2 840 hectares and has managed to attract over R 900 million in private investment. During this time it has managed to create an estimated 16 527 new job opportunities across the country and it is envisaged this number will increase with new development opportunities.Benefits for enterprisesThe DTP IDZ carries with it a range of benefits for enterprises, according to Saxen van Coller, DTP IDZ’s chief executive officer. These benefits include both fiscal and customs incentives which are specifically geared towards agri-processing and manufacturing enterprises located within Dube TradeZone and Dube AgriZone.“This represents the first phase of Dube TradePort Corporation’s roll-out and will cover some 300 hectares of agri- processing and industrial activities, growing to more than 700 hectares into the future,’ said Van Coller.The Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone will have a set of priority sectors that will comprise the core of its clustering approach, through which it will drive growth.These sectors include:Aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing and related servicesAgriculture and agro-processing, inclusive of horticulture, aquaculture and floricultureElectronics manufacturing and assemblyMedical and pharmaceutical production and distributionClothing and textilesHowever, supplementary sectors will form part of the IDZ’s approach and include freight-forwarding and aviation services; warehousing and storage; logistics and distribution, light manufacturing and assembly; high-tech and automotive industries; and aquaculture and cold storage, among other supplementary sectors.Support from national governmentThe IDZ enjoys support from national government by forming part of South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan, as outlined in the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC) under Strategic Infrastructure Programme 2, according to Michael Mabuyakhulu, MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs in KwaZulu-Natal. “Government’s backing and our bold vision of a 60-year master plan, gives investors the security of sustained growth and development,’ he said.Officially launching the DTP IDZ, President Jacob Zuma said the DTP IDZ takes forward South Africa’s industrialisation and development goals. He said the IDZ has enormous potential for economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal. “With everything going well as planned, it is expected that the contribution of the Dube Trade Port to the Gross Domestic Product would amount to R5.6 billion by 2060,’ he said.Since the announcement of the new support package for IDZs, there has been a significant interest by foreign and domestic investors, according to Zuma.“This year alone the COEGA Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth has attracted over R1.8 billion in investments.“The East London Industrial Development Zone has attracted over R500 million in investments. The Saldanha Industrial Development Zone, though new and not fully developed, has already attracted interest of 19 potential investors who would like to be located there,’ Zuma said.South Africa’s IDZs have made crucial contributions to the economic success of many developing nations including China which has emerge as a global economic powerhouse. South African policy makers have worked tirelessly to successfully test the market economy business and have created these Industrial Development Zone designations in line with the country’s industrial development strategy, according to a statement from the DTP IDZ.“The aim [is] to bring in new institutions that will contribute significantly to gross domestic product, employment, exports, and attraction of foreign investment, as well as the adoption of new technologies and management practices helping to create a model for the rest of the country to follow,’ affirms the statement.– SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Spring 2015 Cab Cam – MKB Farms – Galion, Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With an unusual break from rain and cold weather this spring, many farmers across Ohio headed to the fields to work ground, spray and in some cases even begin the 2015 planting season. Ty Higgins found The Kocher Family of MKB Farms in Galion, Ohio doing just that. Nick Kocher was Ty’s guest for the first Cab Cam of the season.last_img

Glenn Harsh, Aug. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got rain over the weekend. Right here at the home farm where we really needed it the most we got three-quarters of an inch. It wasn’t a big cell that went through but it dropped quite a bit of water and the plants welcomed it. That perked things up quite a bit. Our home farm got the least out of the rain we had earlier in the week. It was about a half-inch and some of our other farms got .8-inch. We weren’t hurting but you don’t turn rain away in late July and early August.Things are coming along. The beans fields are at R5 or R6 and we found some frogeye. It was hot and the beans were showing some frogeye in the upper leaves. It was not at economic threshold by any means and with it being this late it is not that big of a concern. Spraying at this stage would not be an economic benefit. We found some leaves that had the most with 10% but there were other leaves at 1%, but it was definitely notable that it was out there. That field does not have a history of frogeye and it has good air flow so it must have blown in from somewhere. We are also looking for white mold and sudden death but really not seeing either of those.The corn is at milk to dough stage and the rain will definitely help set kernels and help the test weight and put those last kernels on the end of the ear. There is a pretty high chance for rains this week too and those could still help finish things out for the corn. There is a little gray leaf spot in the lower leaves and that certainly isn’t economic because it is below the ear leaf.We will be seeding cover crops in the next couple of weeks to get set up for next year.last_img read more

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America’s First Gig City

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#business#Data Centers#enterprise#Government Related Posts What can you do with a ubiquitous metropolitan gigabit Ethernet connection? Google has recently gotten lots of attention with the metro fiber network that it is beginning to build in Kansas City. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tenn. The city has laid its fiber network just about everywhere, and is beginning to reap the rewards of ultra-fast Internet service. What lessons can Google and others learn from the experience?Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network wasn’t installed in the name of civic progress, or as a calling card to attract IT-related entrepreneurs, or to improve city services or to encourage telecommuting – all things that are happening as a result of the network.Instead, it began as a project from the municipal electric utility, EPB, to improve power delivery to its customers. Chattanooga suffers many violent storms that can knock out its power grid for hours or days. The utility wanted to increase the reliability of its operations through having a smarter grid that could minimize these outages.As part of the effort, EPB automated 1,200 power switches and added technology capable of anticipating potential transformer overloads by measuring power flows every 15 minutes using the fiber network. This smarter grid has cut the number of power outages by more than 40%. The utility says it has also saved money.But the same infrastructure that provides the control network for the utility can also be used to deliver Internet connectivity, and once the fiber network was in place, the utility became a fast Internet service provider. Take Me To The (Digital) RiverChattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says, “Think of what we did as putting in place a digital equivalent of the Tennessee River.” That’s an apt analogy for the city.Chattanooga has always leveraged the Tennessee to its advantage. Back in the early 1900s, for example, it used its place on the Tennessee River to attract the first bottling plant for Coca-Cola as well as smokestack industries. The fiber network is just a different kind of river.The utility’s smart-grid efforts have made the area more of an employment magnet and given it new ways to attract talent. The city’s IT department, for example, has filled its past 10 jobs with out-of-towners, a post-fiber development. Major employers are encouraging telecommuting.“We now have a very balanced economy between industrial and clean jobs,” said Littlefield. “We have something no one else in North America has, and something that will sustain our future development.” New Uses for Fast InternetThe city has continued to build on its gigabit fiber network. For example, it put together a series of initiatives to monitor and control downtown areas. At one downtown park, the police can adjust the lighting to discourage flash mobs from gathering, as well as scan license plates on cars that are parked in the lot. This helps increase the perception of safety, not to mention discourage potential criminals. “People now know not to park in the park if they have a stolen car,” says the mayor.Speaking of street lighting, city engineers are in the process of replacing the 28,000 traditional halogen lights with LED lights and sensors that adjust their output based on ambient light. And traffic signals can be controlled by the police or first responders to move emergency vehicles through the city.In the works is the installation of more than 400 different wireless road sensors. In the past, the city needed to send out construction crews to dig up the road and install the common wire loops that are seen across cities around the world. The newer battery powered sensors are the size of hockey pucks and take just minutes to bury.All told, the city has built more than 50 apps to use the fiber connections, and more are on the way. “Fiber makes bring-your-own-device strategies possible,” says Mark Keil, the city’s CIO. “We will have three times more devices on our network next year than before we had the fiber, and we have made it easier to monitor and manage them, too.”Gigabit TakeawaysHere are five lessons to be learned from the gigabit experience of Chattanooga:Don’t build a fiber network just for Internet connections. What made Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network work was the backing of its electric utility. Once this physical plant was in place, the utility was able to offer gigabit service for $350 a month to residential and business customers.Symmetrical service is key. Having both a gigabit up and download speed is important for a variety of applications that rely on user-generated content to receive the same benefit as downloaded Web pages. A local group of radiologists built their own app so that doctors could view digitized scans whenever and wherever. That wouldn’t have been possible without a symmetrical network.Focus on both big and small employers. The region was able to attract a new Volkswagen auto assembly plant and an Amazon.com distribution warehouse, but these success stories were matched with smaller firms. The mayor is effusive in his support for the various entrepreneurial efforts around the region in bringing in smart, tech-savvy people. City CIO Keil mentions that the city asked for some programming help from several Google developers from Atlanta. By the time the project was finished, at least one of them was packing up to move to Chattanooga because of the gigabit network. And this summer several private companies put together the city’s first Demo Day to feature eight tech companies who agreed to move to the city in exchange for a chance to win a $100,000 grant. One of them moved from Ireland to participate in the program. Banyan, the ultimate winner, provides integrated productivity tools.Find or create a university-based commercialization partner. Chattanooga was fortunate in having a branch of the University of Tennessee, and was able to establish a supercomputing center and a non-profit commercialization entity to help license the technologies developed by academia. Several of their apps are being used in disaster management and large-scale urban planning simulations, for example.Finally, don’t rule out many unexpected benefits. “We got into robotics and energy development when they were popular many years ago. But our fiber network is like having the first city that discovered fire,” says Littlefield. The city is just beginning to see lots of new apps on its network and is still discovering new uses for the universal connectivity. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair david stromlast_img read more

India vies for Cricket World Cup, but chances next to nothing

first_imgSAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian,SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian reaction to the one-day series against England? Most of all, far too early to panic?In fact, not a moment too soon. What England left behind, other than mass depression, were Nasser Hussain’s words, “Put the Indians under pressure and they tend to crack.” Hussain, a curious mix of bottle and whine in India, said it over and over again. Over and over again, the Indians obliged. Leading the one-day series’ 2-1, they let England draw level and leave puffed with “moral” victory.There was deathly silence in the Indian dressing room at Mumbai, when for the third time in a month the Indians cracked while chasing a total more than 250. For a side that is known by the stardust of its batting, India’s performances from 2000 onwards, including nine straight losses in series finals, is like a ticking package: it could merely be a clock marking time or a bomb that rips into Indian hopes at the World Cup in South Africa 2003.Click here to EnlargeSays Indian team coach John Wright: “We have to understand what sort of team will win the cup-a quality fielding team with batting up to No. 8, a high-class batter who can bowl or keep wickets and specialist bowlers who can keep it tight in the slog overs.”Oh dear.advertisementOther teams have identified those personnel, their results from 2000 onwards indicate progress. England lost 13 straight games before beating Zimbabwe 5-0 and coming back from behind against India. New Zealand have beaten Australia three times in their last four games.Among the second-rung teams considered roughly on a par, only the West Indies and the recently rejuvenated Kiwis trail behind India in terms of win percentages. The national side remains a 50-50 team, and one-off sides don’t usually win a World Cup.Twenty-one-over 60 per cent-of 34 Indian defeats from 2000 onwards have come chasing totals. Against England a bunch of young batsmen who were put in front of the headlights of pressure, froze.Captain Sourav Ganguly defended his “inexperienced” batsmen but the brat pack is clearly not ready to seize a situation by the scruff as a matter of habit. Strangely each of them had begun looking like they could.Yuvraj Singh as early as the summer of 2000, Hemang Badani against the Australians and now Dinesh Mongia versus England have all won one-dayers on their own, but cannot produce regular sequels.On the other hand, these cricketers are worth at least a dozen runs in the field each, a skill not to be discounted. But for a team which considers batting as its strength, this is a gaping crack and it must be filled in by the World Cup.Click here to EnlargeWright, who even called chasing the “nemesis” of the Indian team against England, breaks the dilemma down into its working parts, “What we need is some glue: batsmen in the middle who can rotate the strike at about 80 per cent, keep a cool head when it’s time to collect.”After the hunters at the top – Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag – do their job, it’s the gatherers who lose their way. “To be honest, no team likes /to chase,” says Robin Singh, one of the best middle-order finishers and fielders to play for India. “But the first thing is you have to make sure you play safe cricket and run hard, know what you can and cannot do.”It is where England managed to fight back in the one-day series, with an unglamorous and as “inexperienced” a line-up that just put its head down and ran more. In fact, Hussain’s men had a poorer net run rate than India, scored fewer runs in the series and hit lesser boundaries.The reason they won tight games: fewer “dot” balls (those off which runs are not scored), more singles, more twos, almost double the number of threes. Even the three hunters at the top were guilty of fuzzy logic when the field spread and their boundaries got fewer.There is a case for even moving one of the three-Tendulkar, even-to the middle, to guide the greenhorns and lead the charge home. Former India batsman Dilip Sardesai says, “They need some experience in the middle order.”Singh thinks a reason for the regular panic could be because none of the newcomers bats so low for their state teams. “It’s not an easy spot. When you are thrust in there, you come across situations you’ve never faced before. If you bat there regularly at six, you can think clearly in the crunch,” he says.advertisementWHO’S THE MAN? (From left) Mohammed Kaif, Hemang Badani and Dinesh Mongia failed to finish well against EnglandIt is about finding the bits-and-pieces man who is more than the sum of his bits and pieces. “We don’t have a single quality allrounder. I think we’ve left things too late,” says former India wicket-keeper Kiran More. Usually, people do not like to be proved wrong. But in the case of Indian cricket and the anticipated bleakness of its tomorrows, no one would like to be proved right either.Between now and the World Cup, India are scheduled to play at least 23 one-day internationals. Each of those 23 games could be a rung up a ladder or lurch down a blind alley. It depends entirely on those involved-officials, selectors, captain, coach and individual players.They have not all pulled in the same direction; the latest example being the selectors’ decision to drop Harbhajan Singh even before the series against England was won.If selections made from now fulfil whims rather than filling slots, the team is doubly doomed. It is time for those given chances to choose between the timid safety of the fringes, which they opted for against England, or the white heat of the centrestage.After the Mumbai game, Wright put out Indian cricket’s “situation vacant” notice, “What we need is a player to put up his hand and say, ‘Pick me. I’ll get you the runs. I’m the man.'” By the time 2003 comes around, one of “the Boys” will have to be that man.last_img read more

Kemba Walker gets 43 in possible Charlotte farewell as Hornets eliminated

first_imgCharlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, center, is greeted by teammates as he leaves the NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic late in the second half, in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kemba Walker’s season is over with the Hornets.Now the question becomes whether the franchise’s leading scorer and three-time All-Star is done playing in Charlotte for good.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He scored 43 points on 16-of-25 shooting to go along with five assists. “MVP!” chants for Walker started midway through the fourth quarter after he scored his 39th point. He left the game to a standing ovation with 1:06 remaining and received a hug from coach James Borrego.After the game, Walker spent extra time on the floor hugging people.“I love that kid,” Borrego said of Walker. “He inspires me. I love coaching him, and I look forward to coaching him for many years to come. Obviously it’s a big summer for us, but I believe in Kemba. I believe in that group and I think he was inspired by what he saw here down the stretch” playing alongside the team’s younger players like Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon.A Charlotte Hornets fan holds up a sign begging Kemba Walker to stay in Charlotte, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)For the Magic, it’s on to the playoffs.Terrence Ross scored a season-high 35 points and Aaron Gordon added 27 for Orlando, which clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT The teams split the four-game season series.However, the Magic enter the postseason on a tear, winning 11 of its last 13 games and could prove to be a tough out in the postseason.“This is perfect man. Great timing,” Ross said. “We couldn’t ask for more in this position right now. It’s about carrying that (over) and making sure we’re ready to play.”The Hornets entered the night needing a win and a Detroit loss to the New York Knicks to clinch the final playoff spot in the East.Aside from Walker, nothing went right for Charlotte.The Knicks, the worst team in the NBA, didn’t put up much of a fight, losing by 26 at home to the Pistons in a game that was never close. Charlotte had its four-game winning streak snapped by the Magic.Orlando, which clinched a playoff spot earlier this week, shot 54.5 percent from the field and got 18 points from D.J. Augustin.TIP-INSMagic: Outscored the Hornets in bench points 51-35.Hornets: Bridges didn’t wait long to turn in the play of the game, soaring well above the rim for alley-oop dunk to give Charlotte and early 2-0 lead. Borrego said the rookie has a “high ceiling” and expects him to be a much better player next year. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Walker can become a free agent in July. He offered little insight into whether he will be back after the Hornets were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday with a 122-114 loss to the Orlando Magic on the final night of the regular season.“I’m not sure,” Walker said. “I have a long time to even start thinking about that stuff. Me and my agent, my family, we will discuss that stuff when the time is right.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, Walker seemed to leave the door open to leaving, much more so than last September when he said at the Hornets media day that “this is where I want to be. I don’t want to be nowhere else. I want to create something here.”If this was Walker’s curtain call in Charlotte, he certainly left Hornets fans with something to remember. 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Parker didn’t have a say in the outcome and hasn’t played in the team’s last 13 games as Borrego elected to go with younger players.“That’s hard to hear. That’s hard to swallow,” Borrego said of Parker’s streak ending. “I couldn’t be more thankful to Tony for what he gave us and gave me this season. He took a chance on me and this organization when he didn’t have to but he believed in us. He gave us everything he had. He helped us on the court and off the court. Tony’s footprint is all over this organization.”LOCKING INOrlando coach Steve Clifford said now it’s time for his team to “lock into” studying Toronto in all phases of the game.“They know us well and we need to know them well, so it’s having an offensive plan and defensive plan and everyone knowing what we are trying to do at both ends of the floor,” Clifford said.UP NEXT:Magic: Will face Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.Hornets: Season over. 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UEFA Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores as Juventus Brush Aside Bayer Leverkusen

first_imgTurin: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday.Ronaldo blasted in the third goal in the 89th minute to extend his record to 127 strikes in the competition to add to Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi’s earlier efforts. Juventus move top of their section, level on four points with Atletico Madrid, who defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in Russia.The Italian champions had been held 2-2 by the Spaniards at the Wanda Metropolitano in their opener.”We had a good match against a team who love possession and are not easy to deal with,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.”They took a lot of energy out of us in the first half. After the break, they slowed down a little and we took control.”Leverkusen face an uphill battle after their shock 2-1 defeat at home against Lokomotiv Moscow and are rooted to the foot of the table.”It was a clear defeat,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz. “We played well in the first half even if we didn’t have chances, and then we made the mistake which led to the first goal.”It’s the difference between a team who has experience in the Champions League and one that is beginning its journey at this level.”Juventus next host Lokomotiv and Leverkusen travel to Atletico on October 22.HIGUAIN BACKSarri opted for Higuain and Bernardeschi up front alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.Leverkusen were struggling from the outset after losing captain Lars Bender in the warm-up to a thigh problem, with defender Mitchell Weiser stepping in.The Germans showed little to threaten the hosts, with Lucas Alario shooting over on three minutes with what would be their best chance of the game.The breakthrough came for Juventus when Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah failed to head clear Juan Cuadrado’s long ball for Higuain, with the Argentine pouncing to drill home after 17 minutes.The 31-year-old Higuain, back in Turin after loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, had a chance for a second on 38 minutes but was denied by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break as Ronaldo tried unsuccessfully to pull off an overhead kick in the 55th minute.Ronaldo then sent Higuain in behind, but although the Portuguese failed to connect with his teammate’s return pass, Bernardeschi was lurking to provide the finishing touch just after an hour.Juventus almost had a third with Hradecky failing to control the ball and almost turning it into his own net before grappling to save on the line.But the Finnish international did well to deny Ronaldo in front of goal after a Higuain charge down the flank.Welsh international Aaron Ramsey was introduced in place of Bernardeschi with Dybala replacing Higuain for the closing stages.And in the dying minutes, substitute Rodrigo Bentancur picked out Dybala who slid the ball through for Ronaldo, allowing the 34-year-old to equal Real Madrid great Raul’s record of scoring against 33 different sides in the Champions League.”It was an important match, after the draw in Madrid we had to win to get closer to the qualification,” said Higuain.”Now we head to Sunday, because another battle awaits us,” added the Argentine of next weekend’s Serie A clash with leaders Inter Milan. atletico madridBayer Leverkusencristiano ronaldoJuventus First Published: October 2, 2019, 7:43 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more