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Former Munster star calls for patience from fans and players.

first_imgCashel’s Denis Leamy says that Anthony Foley is the right man to lead Munster.The province’s former No.8 was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Pro 12 derby against Leinster.Munster’s indifferent start to the season continued with defeat at home to Ospreys last time out. Munster legend Foley has had to deal with poor form, a changing squad and Keith Earls’ knee injury.They travel to the Aviva with 2 wins and 2 losses – the same record as their hosts – who are now without Sean O’ Brien, as well as Cian Healy.Leamy says that ‘Axel’ is the right man for the job – but that fans and even players need to be patient.Tonight Connacht host the Cardiff Blues while Ulster host Edinburgh. Both games kick off at 7.35.last_img

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SBC’s on the ball: Barnsley, Antoine Griezmann and Anderlecht

first_img Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition looks at “exploitative” ticket prices, Barcelona being reported to FIFA and an intriguing new owner at Barnsley. ____________________Getting the ‘Moneyball’ rolling at BarnsleyIt could be a big 2018 for Barnsley FC, after the Championship club were taken over by a consortium which includes Chinese billionaire, Chien Lee and the baseball pioneer Billy Beane, who was the inspiration behind the Hollywood film ‘Moneyball’.Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye told the club website: “We would like to thank every member of our loyal fan base for their patience and continued support over recent months. An exciting chapter is opening for Barnsley Football Club and we are looking forward to the future together.”Beane was the mastermind behind the Oakland A’s transformation with the use of statistical, computer generated data to utilise undervalued players, a tactic that many have speculated could be translated to football. On the other hand, Lee has a track record in football as the co-owner of French Ligue 1 side Nice, who have enjoyed a lot of success in recent times including reaching the play-off stage in the Champions League and finishing third in the French top tier.Barnsley currently sit 20th in the Championship table and are just four points above the relegation zone. Barcelona reported to FIFA by Spanish rivals Barcelona have been reported to FIFA by Atletico Madrid, after the it was alleged that the Catalan club made an illegal approach for Manchester United target, Antoine Griezmann. Atletico have claimed that in spite of the 26-year-old France international signing a new contract, keeping him at the Wanda Metropolitano until the summer of 2021, Barcelona have made contact with the family of the player, eyeing up a potential transfer for the player. A spokesperson for FIFA confirmed earlier in the week, that football’s governing body had received a complaint from Atletico over the approach. Furthemore, Atletico were unable to sign players this summer after  breaching FIFA rules over the signing of minors. A ruling that delayed the return of Diego Costa to the club, after he was frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. At the time the club responded with a statement, claiming that: “This ruling is unfair and causes an irreparable damage to our club.”New takeover just the medicine for Belgian ChampionsMarc Coucke, Belgian pharmaceutical entrepreneur  has agreed to buy Belgian champions, Anderlecht for a reported fee of up to 100 million euros (£88.6 million). Anderlecht, who were previously owned by a by a group of investors headed by the Vanden Stock family, are one of Belgium’s most prestigious clubs, having won numerous European titles in the 1970s. In a statement,  Anderlecht president Roger Vanden Stock commented: “It pleases me to look back at the time when my father and my family owned the club, but it is time to pass on the baton, so RSC Anderlecht can always remain RSC Anderlecht.” Coucke founded over-the-counter medicines group Omega Pharma, which he went onto sell to U.S. company Perrigo in late 2014 for 3.6 billion euros, he also owns Belgian club KV Oostende and previously was on the board at France’s Ligue 1 Lille.Currently sitting in third place, Anderlecht are enduring a tough season, losing 5-0 to domestic rivals Club Bruges on Sunday has left them 13 points behind leaders Bruges.Sevilla deemed to be doing no wrong over “exploitative” ticket pricesUEFA have stated that La Liga club Sevilla are completely with their rights to charge Man United fans up to £133 for tickets for the Champions League last 16 tie at the Sanchez Pizjuan in February. United fans reacted with angrily when Sevilla announced that prices for the 2,450 standard seats would be £89 with 200 tickets deemed “category one” priced at £133. The Manchester United Supporters Trust branded the prices as “exploitative.”The price rise marks a 65% increase on tickets from when Liverpool took on the Spanish club in the group stages of the tournament, when travelling fans were charged £54.Nonetheless, article 19, subsection 3 of UEFA’s regulations states: “Unless the associations or clubs concerned agree otherwise, the price of tickets for supporters of the visiting team must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category that are sold to supporters of the home team.”Tech giants prepared for Premier League television rights battle. Tech giants such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix are all set to take part in the next round of bidding for Premier League television rights.From the 2019-20 season onwards, 200 live matches will be available each season, with the price of the UK package expected to rise above its current figure of £5.14 billion. Those games are divided into five packages of 32 matches and two packages of 20. No broadcaster will be allowed to acquire more than 148 per season.With this new competition from the world’s biggest digital media companies, Sky is faced with perhaps its biggest challenge to maintain its dominance of Premier League TV rights.To protect from these new challengers, Sky and BT have agreed a so-called cross supply deal. Under the terms of the deal, BT will market and sell Sky’s Now TV service – including the Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema channels – to its customers. While BT will wholesale its BT Sport channels to Sky, allowing the firm to sell them directly to Sky customers._________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information…last_img read more

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Wizards’ Bradley Beal reacts to recent Nets trade rumors: ‘I look at it as a sign of respect’

first_imgThe 2019-20 NBA season may be on hold, but apparently Bradley Beal trade rumors never stop.With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving already on board for the next few years, the Nets have “internally discussed” ways to acquire the Wizards guard in order to form a “Big Three” in Brooklyn, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. So how does the 26-year-old feel about this latest round of speculation? “It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie and KD want you, s—, that’s amazing.”At the same time, you don’t know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I’ve put down roots in D.C. I’ve dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I’d be naive to say that I don’t think about it when these stories come up.”TRADE RUMORS: Will Warriors move top 2020 NBA Draft pick?That last part will leave some Wizards fans feeling a bit uneasy, but Beal isn’t ready to go full Anthony Davis and request a trade out of Washington because he wants to play with John Wall again. Wall, a five-time All-Star with the Wizards, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and hasn’t taken the floor for an NBA game since December 2018.”I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he’s been out],” Beal said. “What can we accomplish together? I’m so happy he’s healthy, working his tail off.”Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing commissioner Adam Silver to suspend the season, Beal was averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game, second in the league to only Rockets star James Harden (34.4). Beal can operate both on and off the ball, and it’s not difficult to imagine him finding cleaner looks at the basket if he’s surrounded by better players. A Beal-Durant-Irving trio would be a nightmare to defend.MORE: The Wizards sold Bradley Beal on a vision, but it’s already looking blurryThe biggest issue isn’t necessarily how Beal would blend with Brooklyn, though — it’s how the Nets could construct a deal to push the Wizards off their stance of keeping Beal in place. Future first-round picks would likely be involved, plus players like Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. Is that enticing enough for the Wizards? Would that leave the Nets too thin at certain positions? Which outside trade suitors could crash the party? (Fire up those Photoshop jerseys, internet folks.)Beal has previously said he would like to retire a Wizard and noted he “kinda hates” super teams. Perhaps he is truly a different kind of player, one comfortable riding it out with a single franchise. But we’ve seen feelings change when losses pile up. Washington isn’t on track to be a contender anytime soon, and Brooklyn could be a force in the Eastern Conference as soon as next season.If the Wizards want to avoid a Davis situation, the front office must prove it can construct a competitive roster around Beal. Otherwise those rumors are never going to disappear.last_img read more

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