LeoVegas shows UK muscle with launch of Rocket X

first_img Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has confirmed that it has concluded its £65 million acquisition of UK-focused Intellectual Property & Software Limited (IPS) (first announced January 2018).The acquisition sees LeoVegas expand its UK online gambling portfolio, adding new assets 21.co.uk, Slotboss, Bet UK and UK Casino.In its market update, LeoVegas governance informs that IPS brands would now be collectively operated under its new UK-centric division ‘Rocket X’.Tackling the saturated UK betting and igaming markets, LeoVegas has launched a multi-brand/multi-product strategy, which will combine Rocket X assets with its flagship LeoVegas brand.“LeoVegas has pursued a global brand strategy that is very successful,” LeoVegas governance detailed in its market update“In larger markets, the group’s two global brands, LeoVegas and Royal Panda, can be complemented with a local, multi-brand strategy.“The UK is such a large and mature market that it warrants working with several brands that attract various types of customers. Rocket X has a strategy that focuses on digital and data-driven customer acquisition and thereby has one of the market’s most effective customer acquisition models.” Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Super Bowl 53: Patriots WR Julian Edelman passes Michael Irvin on all-time postseason receiving yards list

first_img Super Bowl 53: Tony Romo makes hilarious joke during pregame introduction Julian Edelman dominates in the playoffs.The Patriots receiver passed Michael Irvin on the all-time postseason receiving yards list Sunday in the first half of the Super Bowl against the Rams. He now only trails Jerry Rice. Edelman led the Patriots in regular season receiving yards with a mark of 850 despite missing the first four games after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. 1 – Only one player in #NFL history now has more postseason receiving yards than Julian Edelman – Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Targeted. #EverythingWeGot #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/BWh3pc6mu2— OptaJerry🏈 (@OptaJerry) February 4, 2019Edelman entered the matchup with a league-leading 247 postseason receiving yards this season. He recorded seven receptions for 93 yards through the first two quarters to help the Patriots hold a 3-0 lead at halftime.  Edelman is just the 11th player to record six or more catches in multiple Super Bowls, according to OptaJerry.  Related Newslast_img read more

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Promising RB Batch looking to bounce back

first_imgCOMING BACK—Baron Batch takes a drink between drills, June 13. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Then again, take on arguably the baddest guy in football—and hold your own—as Batch did during one memorable collision with linebacker James Harrison early in training camp and perceptions are bound to change.One bad step silenced the buzz. Batch knew something was wrong the second his left knee buckled while making a cut during practice. The MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending his rookie season before it even began.Leaning back at his locker following practice this week, the 24-year-old ran his fingers over the two-inch scar on his knee then glanced down at the even longer one on his surgically repaired ankle and just kind of smiled when asked if he ever considered doing something else with his life.“I love to be able to overcome things,” Batch said. “The ankle when I was in college. The knee. It’s cool to be able to get through stuff like that and just keep going.”Even if he’s not certain about the destination. Batch is part of a crowded running back picture that includes injured starter Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and fifth-round draft pick Chris Rainey, who in some ways is a slightly smaller, slightly faster version of Batch.He tries not to think about the numbers game and how the next four months will play out. At the moment, he’s simply thankful for the opportunity to play again.“Obviously the guys we have on the roster are the guys we have on the roster,” he said. “I feel like I’ve just got to go in and earn a spot and prove my worth.”Batch was well on his way at the time of his injury. He wasted little time turning heads, going helmet-to-helmet with Harrison during a “back on backers” pass protection drill. The goal is for the running back to keep a blitzing linebacker from reaching the quarterback. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Batch did more than that, lowering his head and smashing into the perennial All-Pro. The sound reverberated across the practice field. Even better, Harrison didn’t get to the quarterback.The play earned an excited whoop from coach Mike Tomlin, though Batch afterward dismissed it as just one play.Maybe, but it’s the kind of play that can fuel a comeback.Following a sometimes grueling rehab, Batch is hoping to pick up where he left off last summer. He took another step in the process this week when running backs coach Kirby Wilson let Batch practice without the blue jersey he wore during organized training activities, the one that says basically “keep off.”“It’s been a process,” Batch said. “It still is a process. I’ve had my ups and downs but it’s nice to be back on the field.”And in a way, Batch returns with an even better opportunity to make the team. Former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is gone, replaced by former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley, who is a bit more user-friendly with his running backs in the passing game.The Chiefs had a running back finish with at least 40 receptions in each of Haley’s two-plus seasons at the helm. At Arizona—where he served as offensive coordinator in 2007-08—the Cardinals had at least one running back top 30 receptions each season.A positive development for Batch, who caught 143 passes in the Red Raiders’ trigger-happy offense.“I’m the type of player I think if you ask me to do anything, I can do it regardless of whether it’s catching a pass, picking up a blitz or running the ball outside or between the tackles,” he said. “At Texas Tech, I caught a lot of balls and that’s definitely something I’m comfortable doing.” by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Baron Batch was having one of those camps. The kind where unheralded rookies turn skepticism into belief.In the span of 10 days last summer, the former Texas Tech running back evolved from little-known seventh-round pick into “that guy.”last_img read more

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Let the playoff begin as Nelson Mixed Slopitch kicks off post season play

first_imgThe Nelson Mixed Slopitch League hit a line drive into the post season as the 2011 post season kicked off with a quartet of games Thursday at the Lakeside Diamonds.First round action in the A event commenced with the losing teams dropping down into the B event side of the 20-team draw.Action continues Friday night and all day Saturday at Lakeside with finals set for Sunday afternoon. The B and C event title games are set for 2:30 p.m. with the final of the A, the overall league champion, to have the first pitch thrown at 4 p.m.last_img

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Annual General Meeting a chance for fans to help plot course of Good Ship Leafs

first_imgDooley has maintained close contact with Mario DiBella’s coaching staff as the coaches pound the pavement on an aggressive off-season recruiting plan.“Re-building will take time,” Dooley said. “ . . . the upcoming season will still be a work in progress (but) I am impressed by the off season work by Mario DiBella and Sean Dooley.”“They are making sure they invite the type of players that fit.”Dooley said it would be no easy task returning the Leafs to the top of the hotly competitive Neil Murdoch Division after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign that saw the executive release head coach Dave McLellan and his staff.Beaver Valley, under the guidance of cagey Terry Jones, puts a competitive team on the ice every season.Castlegar is always near the top of the division while Grand Forks made great strides during the past season, not only qualifying for post season but also posting the lone major upset, knocking off second-place Castlegar Rebels in six games during the opening round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“If we learned one thing about our coaching staff and our team in the second half of last season is they were prepared and they competed,” Dooley said.Topics on the agenda include election of officers, a report from the treasurer on the team’s financial status and discussion from the coaching staff regarding the recent the recruiting program. While the coaching staff continues to log more kilometers than Greyhound in their search for skilled players to fill out the roster for the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the movers and shakers behind the scenes of the Good Ship Leaf open up the books to the public at the Annual General Meeting of the Nelson Leafs Hockey Society Tuesday, May 24.The meeting for the Heritage City franchise begins at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Nelson and District Community Complex.“I feel very confident we are now on a solid foundation we have a strong core on the board to help lead the organization forward,” said Leaf president John Dooley, entering his second half of his two year term on the team executive.“Our on-ice team manager, coaches and support staff are building on structure that supports the boards goals of player development, which includes commitment to team, community, and education.”last_img read more

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Nick Mullens on facing Chicago Bears: “We’re pretty excited about what we have planned”

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens said it was his own fault last weekend that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark was able to come free on a stunt up the middle and plant him into the Levi’s Stadium turf.Still, Mullens got the ball out, bounced right back up after the incomplete pass and stayed in the game that the 49ers went on to win 26-23 in overtime. Mullens didn’t commit a turnover and threw for 275 yards.“It’s just kind of how I’ve been raised and taught. Just get back up and play the …last_img

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City governments work to improve citizen experience

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Amanda Razani Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img In an age where citizens are operating at internet speeds, cities are being slowed down by unwieldy city government processes.A city government exists to serve its community members, yet having to spend hours to even months waiting for things such as acquiring the proper permits or licenses, to getting approval to move forward with projects is a big damper on business.Citizens’ needs and concerns, and the customer service they are provided needs to be addressed across the board, and many cities have begun stepping up to this challenge.See Also: The race for smart cities from the leading edge of techBy having the mindset that citizens are customers, this forward-thinking mindset by city governments can really change communities for the better and allow them to flourish.  Just look at Indianapolis, D.C., where parking apps have replaced meters, allowing customers to pay and add time remotely, and not worry about having enough loose change. And New York and Boston are looking at ways to deal with parking fines via smartphones.In a progressive move, Anchorage will be updating its lighting, with over 4,000 lights using energy-efficient LED bulbs, and these lights can be controlled wirelessly.  The next stage of this upgrade plan will be to use the light poles to monitor traffic and record air quality.  These examples show urban vision that uses smart technology to make citizen mobility and quality of life better.Private sector needs to step up?Another company with this focus is Sidewalk Labs. They work with cities to find technology solutions to regularly occurring issues, such as commuting, social services and affordable housing problemsThe U.S. Department of Transportation also promoted its “Smart City Challenge” this year, with the goal of improving urban transportation. Seven participants were selected from a group of 78 entrants for the $40 million award.These examples are a great start in the right direction for improving cities and focusing on the well-being of citizens.   Hopefully we can see more cities begin to follow suit. Tags:#city government#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

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