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  • Even without goals, Orange men’s soccer staying afloat for postseason

    first_imgThere are two sides to the coin. Two different ways of looking at the Syracuse men’s soccer team’s season. One side — heads — shows that through its first five Big East games, the team hasn’t scored a goal. ‘That’s kind of an alarming statistic,’ SU defender Justin Arena said. But when the coin comes up tails, it shows a team in fifth place in the conference’s Red Division. This side shows a team that is on pace to qualify for the Big East tournament for the first time since 2005. ‘Not having scored a goal, we’re not doing too bad for ourselves,’ midfielder Geoff Lytle said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text So when that coin is flipped in each of the Orange’s final four games, SU is hoping tails never fails. Despite being the only team in the league without a goal in conference play, Syracuse (2-6-5, 0-2-3 Big East) would qualify for the Big East tournament if the regular season ended today. Its three ties, and subsequent three points, leave the Orange in fifth place of the eight teams in the conference’s Red Division. With the top six teams in each division advancing to postseason play, SU only has to stay afloat for four more games. The team thinks nine points is the amount needed to feel safe about moving forward, meaning the Orange needs to double its win total in the next two weeks. Syracuse’s five-game goalless streak to start the conference season is the longest drought since the program joined the Big East in 1985. Prior to this season, an Orange team had never gone more than three Big East games to start the season without finding the back of the net. ‘If you told us we were going to go five games without a goal, I’d be worried,’ midfielder Nick Roydhouse said. ‘This final stretch is huge. It’s like booking your place in the playoffs. You need to realistically get around nine points, and at the moment, we’re sitting on three.’ Winning at least two of the next four games will be anything but easy for the Orange. Beginning on Wednesday, Syracuse takes on Villanova, Rutgers, No. 2 Louisville and Cincinnati. With the exception of Rutgers, all of those teams are currently above Syracuse in the Red Division standings. But that doesn’t mean the Orange can’t pull off an upset. In a season in which perennial power and preseason No. 17 St. John’s is still winless in the conference, anything is possible. In a season in which Georgetown, a team that finished one game above .500 in 2009, is leading the Blue Division, anything is possible. Parity abound. ‘You never know,’ Lytle said. ‘We had more trouble with Marquette than we did St. John’s, and on paper St. John’s is supposedly a better team. So you can’t go into any game thinking that it’s an easy three points. Every game you play, the stakes get higher and higher.’ Arena made it perfectly clear he and his teammates know what they have to do. Two wins is the minimum. Four wins would be ideal. Arena and the other returning Syracuse players have never gotten a taste of postseason play. Not the Big East tournament. Not the NCAA Tournament. Nothing. The hunger and the desire are there. The only question is whether or not the goals are. This team has scored fewer total goals than any team in the Big East and has been shut out seven times. ‘We need to get the first goal (in these games),’ Lytle said. ‘We need to get any goal actually, forget the first goal. That’s going to be our main mindset.’ It seems simple: score goals and win games. Yet the Orange has managed just eight goals and won just two games. Nonetheless, the team controls its own destiny. If it can get to nine points, it will likely make the Big East tournament. It’s up to the team. The coin will be flipped, that is for sure. The question that remains is which Syracuse team — the one that is goalless or the one that is on pace to make the Big East tournament — will be there to catch it. ‘The coaching cliché of one game at a time right now is probably more important than ever,’ McIntyre said. ‘This is the fun part. This is the exciting time of the year.’ Mjcohe02@syr.edu Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

  • McCue: Big Ten’s strength to blame for disappointing start

    first_imgLess than a month ago, the Wisconsin basketball team looked poised to make a run for a Big Ten title once again as it flirted with a top 10 ranking and turned heads with its stellar shooting.How quickly things can change.Ranked as high as No. 7 in the coaches poll and sitting comfortably at No. 11 just after Christmas, the Badgers then dropped three of their first four games in Big Ten play. Three games in a row – including two losses at home. For Wisconsin fans spoiled by Bo Ryan’s unexpectedly strong conference finishes, a 1-3 start sounded like nothing more than a terrifying dream.While it was a rocky run for the Badgers, much of that underperforming falls on the strength of the Big Ten, which currently sits atop college basketball as the nation’s premier conference. With five teams from the nation’s oldest conference ranked in the latest polls – and Wisconsin sitting just outside – the Big Ten’s talent in 2012 has Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany drooling. The conference standings remain a crowded battle for the top spot, as five teams boast no more than five losses, as of Jan. 21.There’s no excuse for a home court loss to Iowa, other than atrocious shooting – 10.7 percent from beyond the arc, seriously? – but losses to Michigan State and Michigan are a product of a tougher-than-usual Big Ten. This year’s rendition of the swing offense has plenty of talent but lacks experience, an issue that has shown through early in the conference season.Star guard Jordan Taylor has yet to find his shooting rhythm, and the Badgers are still seeking a dominant post presence. Senior forward Jared Berggren has certainly stepped his game up, as he now averages double figures, but is simply not the consistent post presence Wisconsin desperately needs. Though Ben Brust has saved UW with his explosive scoring ability several times this season, the Badgers lack a serious No. 2 scorer behind Taylor.Just don’t expect things to get any easier soon – the conference is simply loaded with deep, talented teams.A Jared Sullinger-powered Ohio State is the conference favorite, and rightfully so, but Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team has proven they’re up for the challenge after working through one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country. After an 18-point beatdown of the Badgers, Michigan solidified its place as a conference title contender with a nail-biting victory over the Spartans.And after pulling off upsets over Ohio State and Kentucky this year, Indiana has proven the team is regaining its spot as a national basketball powerhouse. Tom Crean is finally getting the pieces to fall together and, with the impressive post play of freshman Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers will be a tough matchup for Wisconsin.According to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post, the Big Ten could have nine of its 12 teams dancing come March. That’s right, nine teams, or three-quarters of the conference, in case you can’t handle the math.Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East fans will likely dismiss the Big Ten’s dominance in 2012 on grounds that the teams lack explosive scorers and high-flying offenses that are commonplace on the east coast. It’s true that Big Ten play is often dominated by defensive battles with final scores in the 50s or 60s (Indiana is the only Big Ten squad to rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring offense), but that shouldn’t disqualify it from being the country’s best conference top to bottom.Although probably its best showing in recent memory, the strength of the Big Ten alone doesn’t justify an 1-3 start to conference play. When the Badgers climbed the polls early in the year, they were shooting the lights out. As Taylor fought off a slump, players like Mike Bruesewitz, Brust and at times Ryan Evans came out of the shadows to power Wisconsin’s offense.The post game was still lacking, but when UW was nailing half its shots from long-range, it wasn’t much of an issue. Such a slump can only be expected from a team that relies on jump shots and three-pointers, and all signs are pointing to a quick turnaround for Ryan’s squad.With three straight victories over Big Ten opponents, including a statement road win over Purdue, the NCAA tournament is well within reach of Taylor & Co. Despite the disappointing start, the Badgers still exude a don’t-hurt-yourself Bo Ryan-coached team. Wisconsin leads the country in turnovers per game – nine – and holds its competition to just 35.1 percent shooting from the field, tops in the nation. The fundamentals are there – the shooting isn’t.Wisconsin fans have been spoiled under Ryan for his tremendous success on the hardwood, a mark proven last year when the Badgers finished the season undefeated in Madison. But those numbers can’t be maintained when the Big Ten is this good.UW has faced defeat in front of a home crowd three times this season and – maybe I’m a pessimist – but they will likely pick up another rare loss at the Kohl Center before the year is out. Perhaps it will pay off and the heightened competition in the regular season will prepare Wisconsin for a deep run in the NCAA tourney.It may keep another Big Ten title banner from the rafters of the Kohl Center, but this ultimately benefits the conference. I can see Delany’s wide-mouthed grin from here.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers are still underperforming in a talent-loaded Big Ten? Or is the oldest athletic conference overrated? Let him know at imccue@badgerherald.com or tweet @imccue.last_img read more

  • Better Collective defies low sports win margins to post record Q4 revenues

    first_img Share StumbleUpon Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles Stockholm-listed Better Collective A/S has posted Q4 revenues of €19.6 million, up 61% from the €12.1 million in the corresponding period of 2018.The igaming affiliate’s record revenue performance was helped by in excess of 118,000 new depositing customers (NDC’s) during the period (55% growth, most of which was organic). EBITA before special items increased by 32% from €5.4 million to €7.1 million.Despite recording strong growth, Better Collective explained that Q4 trading was negatively impacted by low sports margins, which hit the firm’s earnings capacity by an estimated €2 million.Closing its Q4 2019 accounts, it declared an operating profit (EBIT) of €5.5 million (Q42018: €4.2m), while maintaining profits after tax of €3.3 million (Q42018: €3.1m).“In Q4 Better Collective delivered the highest revenue and operational earnings in company history despite very low sports win margins during the quarter,” said Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard.“On the other hand, Q4 was a seasonally strong quarter with high player activity including big events like the European football tournaments, the NFL and the Euro 2020 qualifications.”Last year’s closing period also saw Better Collective restructure its credit facilities with Finnish investment bank Nordea after securing an €80 million extension option.In his statement, Søgaard added that Better Collective will be further diversifying its asset portfolio as it enters the late stages of a “significant acquisition” of an esports enterprise for €34 million. It has stated while there is no guarantee, there is a “likelihood” that it will be completed in the first half of 2020. Further 2019 highlights also saw Better Collective establish a media network within the nascent US market by taking a 60% stake in leading sports betting publisher RotoGrinders, as well as acquiring both Vegasinsider.com and Scoresandodds.com.For the full year, Better Collective recorded a 67% increase in revenues to €67.4 million (FY2018: €40.4m). EBITA before special items came in at €27.2 million (FY2018: €16.1m), while net profit after tax more than doubled to €13.9 million (FY2018: €5.5m)Søgaard concluded: “For the full year 2019, we landed well in line with our financial targets, with an annual growth of 67%, of which 26% was organic, along with an NDC growth of 66%. All this combined makes me very satisfied with this year’s performance.” Submit Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • Shrinking foreign reserves spell trouble for Guyana – audit firm

    first_img…says problem compounded by overdraft, increasing Govt debtOver the past year, reports from the Bank of Guyana and even the Finance Ministry itself have painted a worrying picture about Guyana’s rapidly depleting foreign reserves.According to audit firm Ram and McRae, this problem is still not being addressed by the Government.In its annual publication Budget Focus, the audit firm referenced Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s announcement in his budget speech that Guyana’s international reserves will go from US$581 million to a forecasted US$477 million.According to the firm, which was founded by noted anti-corruption activist and Accountant Christopher Ram, this situation is a matter for concern. Despite theRam & McRae’s 2019 Budget Focus publicationimplications of depleted reserves for Guyana’s future, the firm lamented, Government is not paying any attention to the issue.“A ballooning (Government accounts) overdraft and increasing debt domestically coinciding with depleting reserves internationally is a recipe for trouble even with first oil approaching,” Ram and McRae noted.Besides these worrying indicators, Ram and McRae acknowledged the Finance Minister’s announcement that the balance of payments are projected to go from a deficit to a surplus of US$15 million.ReservesA report earlier this year from the central bank had indicated that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the bank in foreign currency notes, has fallen to its lowest point since 2008. It is a road that took the reserves from a high point of US$825 million in 2012 to US$498.5 million as of March 2018.A perusal of the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract shows that from the lows of US$298.8 million 10 years ago, Guyana’s foreign reserves were built up to 2012’s high point. And then it started dropping, declining to $751.2 million in 2013 and $652.2 million in 2014.The slide continued the year after, with the foreign reserves being recorded at US$594.7 million at the end of 2015, before picking up in January of 2016 and being recorded at US$621.1 million. While the year 2016 saw the reserves fluctuate, it never strayed below the US$450 million mark until the end of the year.It is in 2017 that the reserves plunged well into the US$500 million range. By November of last year, the reserves were recorded at US$562 million. And as of March 2018, for the first time since 2008, the net foreign reserves fell to below the US$450 million benchmark.Nor are the foreign reserves the only thing that have declined. According to the bank’s statement of assets and liabilities, its total assets as of March 28, 2018 were $206.4 billion. This includes $1.9 billion in gold reserves, $82.1 billion in capital market securities, and $5.6 billion in money market securities.This is a reduction from the gold reserves the bank recorded in June 2017. According to the bank’s Half Year Report last year, it had $4.8 billion worth of gold in its foreign holdings as assets.Indeed, the gold reserves have steadily been declining with each passing year. At the end of 2016, the bank had $7.4 billion in gold, while at the end of 2015, the gold reserves stood at $14.2 billion. At the end of 2014, the Bank of Guyana had $25 billion in gold as assets.In the case of total assets, that has also seen a marked decrease.At the end of 2014, total assets were $207.9 billion. The sum decreased in 2015, as it was recorded as $188.7 billion in December of that year, before recovering by 2016 year end to $220 billion. At June 2017, total assets were $221.8 billion, before the drop recorded this year.last_img read more