One prominent element, however, will not return: the universal designated hitter, which the union had sought. It became a negotiating chip: The league had offered the designated hitter in exchange for an expanded postseason, which the union rejected.Rosters will be smaller than last year — 26 active players, with 28 in September, vs. as many as 30 last year — but reserve squads will remain, and roster rules may be relaxed to help clubs if there is a virus outbreak.Teams must assign several new titles related to the many demands of playing during a pandemic: an infection control prevention coordinator, a compliance officer (who must be an assistant general manager or of higher-ranking), a contact tracing officer, a contact tracing working group and at least one face-mask enforcement officer.Players and key staff must wear Kinexon contact tracing devices, which have also been used by the N.F.L. and N.B.A. (The manual has various rules on who can gain access to the data in the event of a confirmed virus case and when the data should be deleted.) According to the protocols, “repeated failure” to wear the device at team facilities or during team activities, or to return them to their docking stations, can result in discipline.Players and key staff can also be fined $150 per violation, beginning with the third instance, if they do not wear a mask properly, or at all, when required.While the regulations for the season can be tightened as needed, they can also be relaxed should the public health situation improve. Vaccinations won’t be required for players, the manual stated, but M.L.B. and the union will strongly encourage them “at the appropriate time.”Saag said his hope that this M.L.B. season can be completed stems in part from the rollout of vaccinations and from his belief that “a lot of the ice jam of getting access to vaccines will start to thaw” by opening day. He predicted a significant transition toward more normalcy and safety by perhaps the All-Star break in July.“But here comes a caveat,” he said. “There’s an assumption in everything I just said, that the variants that are emerging will be contained through the vaccine, and that the public will continue to be vigilant, especially with regard to mask wearing and, for the time being, avoiding large crowds. So when you take that and extend it to the fans who would want to go to a game, we’re still going to have to constrain that until we get to a point where the transmission of virus is at a very low level.”
First Foals for World of Trouble
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Multiple Grade I winner World of Trouble (Kantharos) was represented by his first foal when a colt out of the unraced Sparkling Beauty (Flat Out) was born Jan. 12 at McKathan Farm.
World of Trouble’s breeder, Daryl Clark of Darsan, Inc., welcomed one of the stallion’s first foals when stakes-producing Lizzie K (High Fly) foaled a filly Jan. 30.
“The foal bears a strong resemblance to her sire,” Clark said. “She looks like she will be very fast. I am very pleased with what I see.”
World of Trouble won the 2019 GI Carter H. and GI Jaipur Invitational. He stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale for a fee of $15,000.
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Patrick Mahomes may have failed to lead the Chiefs to a win in Super Bowl 55, but he still left a lasting impact on at least a few Buccaneers players in the 31-9 loss.
The defending Super Bowl MVP was forced to extend and create plays with his feet all game against Todd Bowles’ aggressive defense, which took advantage of the fact that Kansas City was without its two starting tackles. Mahomes on several occasions ran for his life while avoiding Tampa defenders, only to throw a last-second pass that just missed its mark. Never was that more apparent than when he nearly threw a fourth-down touchdown while his body was parallel to the ground.
Regardless of his effectiveness, Mahomes’ backyard-styled football clearly amazed Bucs receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller. Video from the game shows them marveling on the sidelines at the Chiefs quarterback:MORE: Mahomes’ run of sheer genius ends abruptly in Super Bowl 55
“Magician,” indeed. Especially when you take into account he did this with a case of surgery-requiring turf toe.Mahomes completed only 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions — both off tipped passes — but his inability to score on Sunday clearly wasn’t for a lack of effort (his receivers also suffered from some untimely drops).As much as the loss surely stings for Mahomes — it was the first time since he took over the starting position that he didn’t throw for a touchdown — he can take some cold comfort in the fact he did everything he could in the losing effort.
This is a Guest Contribution by Emily Haruko Leeb. Visit her site at www.emilyleeb.com to know more.One of the ways we can enhance performance, increase productivity and our company’s bottom line is through coaching in the workplace. Coaching in the workplace allows individuals to optimize their individual performance by becoming empowered, refining their skillsets and communication and staying committed to an engaged and aligned culture. Coaching, when done effectively, brings out the best in people. It aligns their commitments with their actions, and their actions with their words.Company culture plays such a significant role in a company’s successes and failures. It’s a make or break variable, yet it has little to do with the actual nature of the business and everything to do with the people – how they communicate and how they perform.If we do not consciously create a company culture, the company culture develops organically.It could turn out just fine, but do you want to leave such an important part of your businesses identity to water cooler talk, slack group chats or the biggest but not always the best personalities in your organization?The culture of a business, when not created consciously, is primarily determined by the background conversations of the staff. Background conversations are what people don’t say publicly but are thinking about or concerned about. These private or unspoken conversations can have a greater impact on what takes place in your business than the things that spoken publicly.When consciously creating a company culture, a culture of ‘straight talk’ needs to be cultivated. Straight talk is when we bring the background conversation to the foreground. We need to be real, authentic and speak our mind with tact and empathy and we need to foster an environment where our staff can practice straight talk safely.A foreground conversation encompasses what people say publicly, whether in meetings, memos, speeches, presentations, responses to requests, discussions with others etc. We want a company culture where our foreground conversations match our background conversations and align with our business’s intentions, commitments, and values.Another detrimental company culture that breaks morale is what I call ‘yes culture.’In a ‘yes culture” everyone says yes to everything but unlike a the more famous can-do attitude we try to foster, not yes is completed or even given a second thought. How many great ideas has your company “committed to” in a meeting but it vanished from everyone’s mind once the meeting finished?It’s the a result of staff wanting to please in the moment but there is either no accountability or no leadership to help drive these ideas forward. In a ‘yes culture’ business, trust erodes every time a yes was spoken without integrity. Trust is imperative to success.To create a culture of trust, first you need to understand the domains of trust as they are the foundation for any relationship, whether platonic, romantic, or professional. The domains of trust include:Capability & capacity. Trust in your team’s ability and skillset to do a specific job or task and in their capacity is that they have the time and tools to complete the task before any deadlines.Intention & integrity. Trust that everyone has good intentions, to show up every day in alignment with and committed to the values and purpose your business has set. Trust in everyone’s integrity. Do what you say will when you say you’re going to do it and when you don’t, address it immediately. Have the conversations that you need to have, and/or redesign a new agreement to get back into integrity as quickly as possible.Reliability. People need to trust your reliability. You follow-up and see things through to their completion.Authenticity. Trust that you are bringing your genuine-self day-after-day. Trust that you are transparent and that you bring your background conversations to the foreground.Logic. You can nurture Trust when what you say and do makes sense and is easily understood.Empathy. Trust that you are a team player and know that it’s not all about you but that’s ok. You care for your team and show up for them with heart and compassion.A culture of expectations is another no-go as it rarely results in what you were expecting.A culture of expectations makes the grand assumption that everyone knows what they’re doing on the surface, but on the inside, amidst their quest for greater productivity and busy work, there is a lack of assurances in place. Often there are a lack of a deadlines or even clear job descriptions. In a culture of expectations, the expectations are one-sided. It’s the idea that something will get done, but there is no agreement around it, no assurances in place.One sided agreements fail because you need both parties are working towards the same outcome and sharing equal understanding of expected outcome. When making agreements be clear on the deadlines, understanding on the expected outcomes assurances that the tasks can all be completed according to the agreements.Another culture crusher is when people are only accountable for their strict area of responsibilities. We want to create a culture where everyone is takes responsibility and holds themselves accountable for more than just a strict circle.Companies succeed when there is a culture of accountability. People step outside their purview to help in the success of other people on their immediate teams or in the larger company structure.It could be offering to help tutor people on Excel shortcuts or something that goes unseen like refilling an empty printer tray but that commitment to accountability will pay big dividends in your company culture and your bottom line.Do you want to enhance your company culture? Do you want a company culture that gives your team a sense of pride? Be clear on your company values, be clear on your company commitments and align your team through education and guidance as you grow a culture of agreements, trust, accountability, straight talk and of course many other transformational leadership traits.To create a bespoke transformational leadership training for your business, book a complimentary strategy session with me today.
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Real Madrid closed the gap at the top of La Liga to five points with a 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night.Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy scored the goals in a must-win game for Zinedine Zidane’s men in the Spanish capital.Madrid now have put the pressure on league leaders Atletico Madrid, who still have two games in hand on their city rivals.Real Madrid v Getafe: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player StatsSo which players stood out in Madrid?✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCEMarcelo: 7.6The veteran Brazilian is no longer the world-class left-back he was a few years back but he showed in this performance that he still has something to give.The 32-year-old provided a fantastic cross for Mendy’s goal, whipping the ball in from way out and putting the ball on a plate for the Frenchman.He had 94 touches of the ball, second only to Mendy, and made a hugely impressive 33 passes in the final third – 15 more than anyone else on the pitch.❌ BAD PERFORMANCEMarco Asensio: 6.0Far from a disastrous performance, but certainly Madrid’s weakest cog on the night. The Spaniard made little impact in an attacking sense, with no dribbles or chances created, no shots and no touches in the box.He was taken off after 76 minutes.⭐ STAR MANFerland Mendy: 8.8The standout player on the pitch – and by a long distance. Mendy doubled Madrid’s lead to make the game safe with a clinical finish – sliding in to sweep home Marcelo’s cross.He touched the ball more than anyone else on the pitch – 99 times – but also lost the ball less than anyone who played the full 90 minutes (only four times).He had an incredible 98% pass completion rate, completed three dribbles and won six of his eight duels.Real Madrid v Getafe: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats
February 09, 2021
For the past year-plus, GGPoker has been the talk of the proverbial town when it comes to the online poker industry.
All the while, as it has authored a meteoric rise from little-known site catering mostly to the Asian market to a legitimate competitor with world leader PokerStars, U.S. players have looked on with curiosity from afar.
They may soon find out what all the hype’s about.
According to a report from PokerFuse, GGPoker’s parent company NSUS Group Inc. may soon gain approval to offer iGaming services in Pennsylvania. A Wednesday hearing has license approval for NSUS on the agenda, and PokerFuse reported they are “expected to approve.”
PokerNews reached out to GGPoker reps, who provided the following statement:
The GGPoker team has been preparing for eventual entry to the U.S. market. It’s been a great process thus far working with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Obtaining a license to operate in Pennsylvania would be an important step towards reaching our U.S. goals.
Current State of the PA Market
As of now, PokerStars PA remains the only operator running online poker in Pennsylvania. Having launched in November 2019, that means it has enjoyed more than a year of complete dominion in the market.
As for the size of said market, Poker Industry PRO reports a monthly average revenue for PokerStars PA right around $2.9 million ($). PokerScout ranks it as the 18th-biggest operator in the world with around 400 concurrent cash game players in its seven-day average.
Both 888poker/WSOP and BetMGM/partypoker have been approved for Pennsylvania licenses, but neither has yet brought a product to launch.
GGPoker has had a license application in limbo for some time, apparently having first applied back in December 2019.
What Could GGPoker Bring to Pennsylvania?
No test launch for GGPoker has been scheduled, according to PokerFuse, so it’s not like players will be able to download the client and start playing hands within the coming weeks or even likely the next few months. After all, partypoker and WSOP have held licenses for some time without coming forth to challenge PokerStars.
Still, it’s worth thinking about what GGPoker would bring to the Pennsylvania market.
The company has become well-known for innovative product ideas, its signature software and generous rewards.
Could Pennsylvania players get a taste of offerings like Flip & Go or promotions like the thousands of dollars in rake races the site offers to its dot-com players? Perhaps the site could port in GGCare, a promotion that gives unlucky players a freeroll into flipout tournament, with chips based on how many times they stomached coolers and bad beats?
One idea that seems almost sure to be an easy import is GGMasters, the site’s weekly Sunday major freezeout. Coming it at a $150 price point, GGMasters figures to be a natural fit to a market where PokerStars has already demonstrated huge potential with a $200 reentry, creating a prize pool north of $500K in a special event.
How the company’s partnership with the WSOP would fit into its hopes for U.S. expansion is unknown. GGPoker has become the rest-of-world home for WSOP online events, awarding dozens of WSOP bracelets and a pile of WSOP Circuit rings in some huge events during the course of 2020. If both companies eventually offer an online poker client in Pennsylvania, they’ll go from partners to direct competitors.
Finally, does this mean GGPoker plans to eventually open up shop in other states such as the recently legalized Michigan market in hopes of putting together an eventual interstate player pool?
These questions will presumably be answered in the coming months if and when GGPoker launches its wildly popular product stateside.
With the shot clock about to expire and her team ahead by a single point in overtime, Paige Bueckers threw up a long 3-pointer that hit the back of the rim and bounced high into the air.There was no doubt in Bueckers’s mind that the ball would come down through the net.UConn’s freshman star scored 31 points, including her team’s final 13, to lead the No. 2 Huskies to a 63-59 overtime victory Monday night over top-ranked South Carolina.Bueckers scored all of the Huskies’ 9 points in overtime, including that improbable 3-pointer with just over 10 seconds left. There were 13 seconds on the clock when it left her hand.“It bounced straight up, so I was like, ‘Man, it’s got to go in,’” she said. “It looked good. It felt good, but, yeah, I would say that was a really nice bounce.”Bueckers has scored 30 or more points in each of her last three games, and has 142 points over her last five games.“It’s been a long time since one player has had to carry a team as much as she’s had to in some of these games,” Auriemma said.The overtime thriller came just hours after the Gamecocks and Huskies earned the top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s college basketball poll.Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 15 rebounds for South Carolina (15-2), which overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson missed 3-pointers in the final seconds.A layup by Aubrey Griffin had given the Huskies (14-1) a 50-43 lead with just over 8 minutes left, before South Carolina turned up the defense and went on an 11-0 run.Victaria Saxton’s layup over Olivia Nelson-Ododa gave the Gamecocks a 52-50 lead, and Boston’s jumper extended that to 54-50 with just under 2½ minutes to play.But Bueckers, who also had six steals and five assists, hit two straight jumpers to tie the game at 54 with 46 seconds left in regulation.“She’s that player,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She’s that player that comes along that people talk about — ‘Hey did you see that kid from Connecticut?’ She’s that kid.”Henderson missed a fall-away jumper with 4 seconds left and the Gamecocks missed three chances to tip-in a game winner.The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for South Carolina.“We’ll learn from it,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “I told our players that everything we want is still in front of us.”This was the first overtime win for the Huskies since December of 2004, when they needed extra time to beat South Florida. They had lost seven straight overtime games since then.
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Gulfstream Park will offer owners and fans the chance to walk trot or canter their horses across the track when it hosts its second Canter for the Cause Mar. 15. All participants will have a chance to have their pictures taken in the winner’s circle by Gulfstream Park. Registration is $50 and all proceeds from the event will go to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
“This was such a well-received event last year for all the participants and volunteers that we wanted to hold it again within state and local health protocols, as well as our own,” said Mike Lakow, Vice President of Racing at Gulfstream. “Canter for the Cause is a great way to raise awareness for Thoroughbred aftercare. We know this year’s event will be a memorable one.”
Registration closes Mar. 8 at 5 p.m. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/canter-for-the-cause-tickets-140415286903.
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In a move that further grows its footprint across Europe, Playson has entered into an agreement with Greece’s leading gametech company, Kaizen Gaming. The new partnership expands the Athens headquartered firm‘s casino portfolio, with the addition of fan-favorite titles from the online casino games software developer.
Encompassing over 17 regulated territories, the deal will see Playson’s entire gaming suite launch with the company’s well-known brands in Greece along with the other five countries it currently operates in, including Cyprus, Germany, Romania, Portugal, and Brazil, soon after.
Commenting on the agreement, RNG Casino Manager for Kaizen Gaming, Dimokratis Papadimos, said…
“At Kaizen Gaming, we are constantly working towards the sole purpose of offering an unparalleled and completely safe experience to the people who choose us for their entertainment.
“In our effort to further strengthen Kaizen Gaming’s online Casino, we have finalized an agreement with Playson, the leading company in the casino gaming industry and we are confident that our customers will embrace this new partnership, which aims to satisfy their needs, with responsible gaming as the main focus.”
The collaboration is in keeping with the Greek operator’s continuing effort to enhance its premium offering, with its integration of successful Playson titles such as Zeus: Thunder Reels, Buffalo Power: Hold and Win, and Legend of Cleopatra: Megaways.
Account Manager for Playson, Christos Zoulianitis, used a company press release to say…
“We are delighted to sign with Kaizen Gaming, a leading operator with a strong foothold in the fast-growing Greek market.
“With an impressive variety of newly-launched titles and classic hits, we have continued to go from strength to strength across Europe and Latin America and partnering with innovative operators such as Kaizen Gaming has been integral to that success.”
The deal follows Kaizen Gaming’s recent addition to its executive team, after welcoming Julio Iglesias Hernando as its new chief commercial officer in its effort to “significantly boost” the company’s commercial and CRM functions.
Australia’s Jhye Richardson, who ended BBL 2020/21 as the highest wicket-taker, confirmed that he has made himself available for IPL 2021 but insisted that ultimately he wants to rekindle red-ball aspirations. Richardson is set to spearhead the Aussie attack in the forthcoming T20Is vs New Zealand.After catapulting to fame in 2019 by dismissing Virat Kohli thrice in three games, Jhye Richardson spent no less than 18 months in the sidelines owing to a dodgy shoulder, but the youngster marked his ‘proper’ return to cricket in style. With 29 wickets in 17 innings, Richardson finished as the highest wicket-taker of the 2020/21 Big Bash League and was duly rewarded for the same by being named in Australia’s T20I tour of New Zealand.Many, however, including former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, believed that the 24-year-old should be rocketed straight back into the Test side. Richardson made his Test debut in 2019 versus Sri Lanka and impressed, picking 6 wickets at an average of 20.50, but has since not been able to find his way back into the side owing to fitness.Ahead of the five T20Is versus New Zealand, Richardson admitted that ultimately, fitness pertaining, he would love to get back to playing long-form cricket, but confirmed that, for now, he has made himself available for the IPL. The 2021 edition of the IPL is set to clash with the Sheffield Shield season.“I have put my hand up for the IPL, but I have confidence in myself to be able to play red-ball cricket,” Richardson told ESPN Cricinfo.“I think a really good test of that was our back-to-back games, albeit only four overs a game, but I think from a back-to-back perspective trying to get up and go again and test how my shoulder was, it was completely fine. Test cricket is always the dream, that would always be the ideal, and I’d love to get back and play Shield cricket for WA as well, that would be really exciting.”It was not long ago that Richardson, alongside Pat Cummins, was spearheading Australia’s attack in ODI cricket and was in line to play both the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes, but a tragic dislocation of the shoulder put an abrupt halt to the youngster’s career. A setback in rehab meant that he also barely played cricket in 2020, and it is only now, two years post the shoulder dislocation, that he is finding his way back into the game.Richardson admitted that the spell on the sidelines was tough, but insisted that, for him, it was all about enjoying his cricket. The 24-year-old also claimed that he has time and age on his side, despite already missing two years of cricket.”It’s been a little bit tough, but the reassurance there is that I’ve been there once, there’s no reason for me to no try and get back there again. That’s the way I think about it anyway, the opportunity is still going to be there, I’m still only 24 years old so there’s plenty of time, it’s just about concentrating on what’s happening at that particular moment, whether I’m playing for WA or the Scorchers and then whatever happens after that, if I get picked for Australia that’s a bonus.””For me it comes back to enjoying playing cricket, because if I’m not enjoying it then I’m obviously doing something wrong. It’s been difficult dealing with such a big injury as well, but the positive now is I’m back on an Australian tour, which I’m really excited for and that positive out of all of it makes the whole road to recovery worth it. All of it’s been difficult. The initial injury that happened in the UAE probably didn’t hit me as soon as I thought it would.”I was optimistic with the World Cup not too long after that and the discussion being trying to get up for that, things stayed relatively positive. Something that’s helped is there was always something around the corner to aim for, and then every time you get shut down from that or not make that [goal], it sort of chips away at you that little bit more. It’s been tough at times, but to be able to come back and play this BBL and have such a good tournament, to then get picked in the Australian team, it makes everything worth it. So super happy to be back.”Australia’s five-T20I series will commence on February 22 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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