CIRSA focuses on Spanish reopening following Q1 wipeout

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit CIRSA has reported that strong January and February growth was wiped-out by Coronavirus circumstances, which forced the Spanish gambling operator to shut down its entire retail gambling presence.The Blackstone Group owned operator reported that company performance had been in-line with expectations until March, as Q1 operating revenues declined by 6% to €355 million.Publishing its top-line results, CIRSA revealed that group Q1 operating profits fell by 14% to €89m as COVID-19 headwinds have interrupted all core CIRSA business units.Tracking the period 8-25 March, CIRSA was forced to shut down its entire operating presence across eight separate jurisdictions.At present, CIRSA’s only active business unit is Spanish online sportsbook Sportium, whose performance has been disrupted by the postponement of 2020’s global sports calendar.This June, CIRSA will restart its Spanish retail operations, in which the company seeks to return as many of its ERTE (furloughed) 4,400 (84% of workforce) back to work.“Given the exceptional social and economic situation, management focuses on safeguarding the sustainability of the Company, managing the decisions that protect its future in the short, medium and long term, including measures relating to the liquidity and solvency of the company and reducing operating costs,” said CIRSA management. StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Winners and Losers From The Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Winner: Mason Rudolph –He had another (almost) 400-yard game and two touchdowns on an efficient 20/28. He puts these numbers up so often we get complacent about how good he’s been. He is now 20-5 as a starter (.800). With the off chance that he does to take his talents to Sundays, hopefully Cowboy fans will pay attention these last couple games. He may wow you.Loser: Kliff Kingsbury — Kliff’s “on-the-nose” cool is once again beat out by a middle-aged man who tucks his mullet, sweater, etc. He probably tucks his socks in. Loser: Run defense depth — With Chad Whitener sidelined due to an apparent injury. Justin Phillips had a big game, but overall the Cowboy run defense was not as good as it could have been with Whitener. It had a lot to do with scheming as well. Glenn Spencer used West Virginia’s three-three stack model for good chunks. But you’ve gotta think Whitener could have helped. Hopefully he’ll be ready for the Ft. Worth trip.Caleb DeckWinner: Patrick Mahomes II — He may not have won the ballgame this week, but he had about as good of a day as you can have without getting a “W.” Killed it on the stats side once again with 344 yards, 3 TDs, no picks and a QB rating of 142.7 while his receivers couldn’t seem to catch a thing. Not too shabby.But the most amazing and important thing that happened for ol’ Pat this week was getting the Mullet Seal of Approval. Gundy told him that he could arrange for an agent if Mahomes needed one, sufficiently solidifying his place in the Gundy network of QBs which includes Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, himself, and I’m assuming probably John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Kurt Warner. Heck of a week for the QB who came up a bit short.Loser: Jeff Carr — This is not by any fault of his own and I truly like Jeff Carr and am so glad he is on the team. Unfortunately the success on the ground this week did not help his efforts to see the field more. Justice Hill is the best freshman in the history of the world, Chris Carson is back with a vengeance and well-defined role as a linebacker-crusher and knee-taker, and now we have Rennie Childs going 25 yards on two carries in the middle of games?Poor Jeff has fallen down the pecking order once again with this renewed running game. Hopefully he continues to work hard and stick with it as his attitude seems to be top notch and he’s a classy guy, but I’m not foreseeing next year as being any easier to get in the lineup with Chubba Hubbard and JD King incoming.This is a great problem to have because it means the team has found somewhat of a successful scheme for running the ball, but I feel for Jeff as a player. I hope the coaching staff finds ways to get him in the mix, possibly in some draw or screen situations, but sadly for now we may not see much of the hard-working Mr. Carr.Kyle BooneWinner: Chris Carson — I think Carson was the winner from Saturday. Justice Hill has proven he should be the primary ball carrier for the Pokes, but Carson, who had 10 carries and averaged more than 7 yards a pop, is proving to be the explosive, powerful runner everyone expected him to be out of junior college.Loser: Special teams — Oklahoma State allowed a critical fourth-down conversion on a fake punt for the second time this season. It was a good fake, but the lack of preparation is concerning. If Tech had gone for two after their final score late in the game, it wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. They need to sharpen up both in special teams returns and defending potential fakes. Oklahoma State squeezed past Texas Tech 45-44 on Saturday in the 2016 finale in Boone Pickens Stadium. This helped the Big 12 (we think?) position itself well for the CFB Playoff as three of the top four teams fell later in the day. Here is a look at who else won and lost this week as OSU moved to 8-2*.Kyle PorterWinner: Greg Adkins (I almost called him Joe) — Oklahoma State’s offensive line has obviously not been very good over the last two years, but they have showed out in the last few weeks. OSU is cruising around on the ground right now and the OL is creating space for Justice Hill to roam. They are also doing a much better job protecting Mason Rudolph (four sacks in the last three games) and as a result the Pokes have had two straight games averaging 9.0 yards per play or better. The same number they had in … 2011.Loser: Patrick Mahomes — Why was Patrick Mahomes a loser? Well, he lost because it was clear that he does not have the receivers Mason Rudolph has. Drops and bobbled passes were prominent all over the field on Saturday as the best passer in the country labored to just under 350 yards. Mahomes is great (obviously), but his partners on Saturday were not, and it might have cost them the game against a top 15 OSU team.Winner: Chris Lacy — We cannot possibly say enough good things. I want winners! And he’s a winner. The best WR4 (or WR5) in the league.Kyle CoxWinner: Mike Gundy — He owns the Red Raiders to the tune of eight straight. He also wins the ironically cool haircut/overall style. He told he had created a monster in Stillwater but it wasn’t what we all thought. His tucked in bowl game pullover is going to have to be custom made to tuck that thing in. #BowlSeasonFlowGundy looks incredible right now. The full mullet flow. The old throwback sweatshirt. Big 12 title on the line. pic.twitter.com/pHfMDE5Pde— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016last_img read more

Our Favorite Plays From Saturday’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgWe had some fun with this post last week as we looked at some of the most memorable plays from Saturday’s game. Oklahoma State posted the game highlights, but these were individual (and maybe more under the radar) moments that stood out to us.Blake Jarwin (again)This is becoming a weekly occurrence. Jarwin has at least one catch in nine of 10 games this season and exactly one in three of the last four. Almost all of them look exactly like this one.Lil Sho TDThis was just a disgusting pitch and catch. Remember when people were calling Rudolph “average” earlier this year. Yeah, LOL.McCleskey’s fumble I know this ended poorly, but man I really loved the formation and setup. Would love to see this more with No. 1.Justice For allHe’s just a complete freak. And that downfield block from Lacy was paramount.Dimes on dimes on dimesA big balls throw from No. 2 over the middle here. He loves that spot as well as the sideline comeback. It’s a joy to watch.Justin Phillips sackPhillips had 14 tackles including this takedown of Mahomes in the fourth quarter. He was awesome with Chad Whitener out.PeaceCould watch forever. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

How OSU Can Use All of Its Receivers In 2017

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys head into 2017 with one of the best receiving groups in the nation. They have enough players at wideout to employ the same type of hockey-like line changes like Mike Gundy expects at offensive line throughout the year.Since 2012, the Cowboys have used a variant of the two-back spread, with their main personnel package featuring one back, one cowboy back and three wide receivers (11 personnel). The cowboy back is used all over the field, as the Cowboys frequently put him on the line, in the backfield and even split out at wide receiver.But with the departure of seniors Zach Veatch and Blake Jarwin, the cowboy back position heads into the 2017 season with minimal experience. This, combined with how stacked the Cowboys are at wide receiver, should lead to the incorporation of more 10-personnel formations (one back, no cowboy backs, four wide receivers), i.e. the Cowboys using more wide receivers at once.Part of the reason why the the 2010 and 2011 Cowboys were so successful offensively, and why former OSU offensive coordinators Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were so heavily lauded, was that the Cowboys used a true version of the air raid offense.The air raid system doesn’t just mean that a team throws the ball down the field. The system specifies the base concepts and philosophies, which includes using a small base of passing plays, doing everything with tempo, and predominately operating from 10 personnel. It would be unlikely for the Cowboys to change their scheme during the offseason, especially considering that their current one has been fairly successful. But that doesn’t mean that OSU can’t focus more on formations with more wide receiver-heavy personnel.With players like James Washington and Marcell Ateman coming back, alongside receivers like Chris Lacy and Jalen McCleskey and newcomers Tyron Johnson and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboy receiving corps. is set to be one of the best in Cowboy history. The question is, will they be properly used? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Cowboys Getting Amped Days Before Spring Game

first_img• Later, when I was talking with Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener sneaked behind him. Apparently everyone wants to know what’s being said about them. I propose they just come to PFB to find out later on.• After Gundy got to practice, there was no talk of rattlesnake hunts, singlets or “Big Daddy” mugs. It was exclusively football.• When the media broke from Gundy’s interview and started watching practice, all the reporters saw was a swarm of focus.• Every position group was challenged at the highest level. Coaches were barking. Players were really buzzing around. It was intense and good.• There aren’t any fun videos this week because frankly there wasn’t a lot of fun. That makes sense though. The Cowboys’ Spring Game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.Click here for more details. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At every spring practice I’ve been to, the theme has been fun. Not Wednesday. Well, let me establish. The first 15 minutes or so were fun. Everything after that was about as intense as spring practices come.Here’s the rundown:• The Cowboys got to the Sherman E. Smith Training Center about 2:20 p.m.• Headlined by Ramon Richards, Trey Carter and Tre Flowers, several Cowboys, mostly defensive guys, grabbed a football and a pair of filled trashcans and started playing a game of trashketball. I guess they didn’t realize it would pretty difficult to score on a trash can that was already filled.• After Mason Rudolph spoke and the media moved to Mike Yurcich, Rudolph creeped behind to listen in on what his offensive coordinator was saying about him which was pretty funny.• See 20 seconds in below.last_img read more

Can OSU Finally Find an X-Factor in the Return Game?

first_imgOn October 31, 2015, during a Halloween game in Lubbock, Jalen McCleskey fielded a high-bouncing punt, went right and proceeded to break the hearts of the tortilla faithful as he followed blockers into the end zone. The Cowboys would beat the Red Raiders 70-53. That was also the last time a Cowboy scored on a punt or kickoff return.Over Mike Gundy’s tenure, the presence of a dynamic kick returner had almost become the norm. There were guys like Dez Bryant, Perrish Cox and Josh Stewart. Justin Gilbert. Tyreek Hill.Each one of them had the ability to take the most redundant part of a football game and turn it into a dramatic momentum shift, in no time at all. Unfortunately for Gundy, the Cowboys have hit a bit of a dry spell in highlight-worthy return plays over the past couple of years.In 2015, a good chunk of kick return reps fell to a pair of true freshmen in running back Jeff Carr and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey. At times, their inexperience showed. Neither really struck fear into the hearts of opposing coaches.In 2016, it looked like prodigal son Barry J. Sanders might reignite the return game. After that exhilarating 57-yard punt return in the season opener against SE Louisiana — that probably should have been a TD — Sanders didn’t gain more than 12 yards in any single punt return the rest of the year. Neither did McCleskey, who split punts with the former Stanford tailback.It’s not just that the Cowboys couldn’t score on a single return last season. They were never able to find “that guy,” even with the multitude of playmakers at different skill positions on the roster.During practice this week, our own Hayden Barber asked Gundy if he has anyone in mind to resurrect that crucial role.“McCleskey catches, Carr catches, Tyron Johnson will catch,” said Gundy. “And then we have to get a freshman. One of those guys. We have enough skill coming in between the running backs, receivers and corners that one of those freshmen needs to emerge back there, whoever we end up playing, we need to have one of those guys back there returning.”McCleskey and Carr are both experienced in the role, no doubt. We know both are bigger and stronger now. We know both can make plays. Maybe just more experience is the key.Then there’s the apparent 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Tyron Johnson. Maybe he is the x-factor the Cowboys have been waiting for. There’s also a couple of redshirt freshmen backs in speedster La’Darren Brown and Ja’Ron Wilson who may get a shot by this fall. Or it could be Chuba Hubbard, who hasn’t even showed up for school yet.It could be someone we’re not even talking about.But if you’re in attendance for the Spring Game, you’ll get just a small glimpse at the kick returners. There will be no punt returns and scores will be followed by a spot on the 25-yard line but each half will have an opening kickoff.So fight the urge to check your phone during those kickoffs. You might miss that juke or wiggle that starts a renaissance in the return game. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Valverde sees Coutinho & Dembele progress

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho & Dembele took step forward in Barcelona win, says Valverde Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 09:36 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Luis Suárez Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División Videos Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi may have orchestrated the Blaugrana’s comeback against Girona, but the coach reserved praise for his side’s big signings Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was proud to see Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele contribute to his side’s 6-1 win over Girona on Saturday and feels the pair are progressing well.Valverde started Coutinho, Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez together for the first time and he was buoyed by the efforts of this season’s two blockbusting signings.Coutinho opened his La Liga account with an excellent long-range strike, while both he and Dembele set up Luis Suarez on his way to a hat-trick, with Lionel Messi netting twice. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while Messi and Suarez took most plaudits for turning the result around after Girona’s early opening goal, Valverde feels things are coming together with Dembele and Coutinho.”When a player scores as Coutinho did he gains more and more confidence, which is what a player is always looking for,” he told reporters.”They are players who have to help us and who are already doing it, each with their own characteristics.”Dembele has a more extreme profile, he brings more depth [to Barcelona’s play] but he has had problems with injuries and skipped that period of adaptation. That’s why he’s still getting used to the team.”Coutinho plays very well in the inside game. I think both have taken a step forward today.”As well as his goal scoring heroics, Suarez’s actions towards the end of the game became the subject of debate.Some observers alleged Suarez was trying to get a yellow card that would have resulted in a suspension for Thursday’s trip to Las Palmas, clearing his disciplinary slate for Atletico Madrid’s crunch visit to Camp Nou next weekend.Referee Javier Alberola showed leniency with Suarez but Spain left-back Jordi Alba will miss the Las Palmas game after he was carded for bringing down Pablo Maffeo.Asked about the events during the final minutes, Valverde said: “They are moments of the game and the referee decides.”I have nothing to say about that. If we have a setback due to an accumulation of bookings, another player will play. We’ll decide what we do.”last_img read more

Klinsmann naive and too American, says Hertha boss

first_imgJonathan Klinsmann Naive and still too American – Klinsmann struggles explained by Hertha coach Goal 20:28 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonathan Klinsmann, Hertha Berlin Tobias Schwarz Hertha BSC Bundesliga The 20-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the bench at the German side but his goalkeeping coach feels it will be tough for him It has been three months since he made his debut for Hertha Berlin, but Jonathan Klinsmann will have to wait a long time for his second appearance for the German club, going by his coach’s latest comments.The goalkeeper and son of Germany legend and former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has not had an easy first season since making the move from UC Berkeley last summer.The 20-year-old was ruled out at the start of the season through injury before and was forced to settle on a bench before making his maiden first team appearance in a 1-1 draw with Ostersund in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Since then, however, he has enjoyed a place on the bench on occasion while the capital club languish in the middle of the German top flight.And the team’s goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry has revealed that the shot stopper is struggling to prove himself, with even his attitude being called into question as “too American”.”When it comes to the basics, he’s definitely got it and athletically he has developed well, too,” Petry told Kicker. “He has the skills, but he is not able to execute them on the pitch on a day-to-day basis.”The reliable, serious and focused German way of working has not completely reached him. He still is way too American. The development of his personality has stopped.”If he manages to improve, he could become an option. If not, it is going to be difficult.”While Klinsmann continues to struggle with his club, he has already featured 21 times for the United States Under 21s, where he enjoys a regular starting spot.last_img read more

Mou defends harsh criticism of Man Utd players

first_imgManchester United ‘What can I lose?’ – Mourinho defends harsh criticism of Man Utd players Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 09:39 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Manchester United José Mourinho Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Romelu Lukaku Videos His players players drew the ire of the Portuguese boss despite beating Brighton in the FA Cup, but the manager defended his harsh words Jose Mourinho believes he has nothing to lose in publicly criticising his Manchester United players.The United manager accused his team of being “scared to play” after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford earned a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Luke Shaw was hauled off at half-time and Mourinho indicated the left-back does not have the “personality” or “class” to play for United . Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although Mourinho accepted Scott McTominay was below his usual standards against Brighton, he hailed the 21-year-old midfielder’s response to a poor individual performance.Other United players, however, drew the ire of Mourinho, who accused unnamed members of his team of lacking the stomach for the fight and believes those who are good enough to play for Manchester United will cope with his harsh criticism. “My calculation is that without pressure they don’t perform well – what can I lose?” Mourinho said at a post-match media conference. “The ones that are always there [in the team] are the ones that will be always there. And that’s an example of personality.”You have the kid [McTominay] that didn’t play well at all. And I told him already, he was the first one that I spoke to individually in the dressing room, instead of being critical of him I was positive with him.”Because you played very bad, you played very bad, but you did the basic things one player has to do. One of the basic things to do is to keep emotional balance, to play with that red shirt – that is a heavy one, that is a heavy shirt to wear.”The kid, it was his worst performance by far, he was there and he had that body to wear that shirt. He was not afraid to play. He played bad. But every player can play bad.”To feel not comfortable to play – ‘Please, Mister, take me from the pitch’ – I felt that. I felt that. So I have nothing to lose in relation to that.”The strong ones are the strong ones, the young ones under pressure and the criticism all improve – or don’t improve.”Manchester United are out of the Champions League but have now moved into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are clinging to second place in the Premier League with Liverpool just two points back.last_img read more

Tasmania and Victoria To Play In NRL Curtain-Raiser

first_imgThe Tasmanian and Victorian Women’s Open teams will compete prior to this game at 3.30pm. The two teams will play three games across the weekend, two at Wentworth Park and the other the curtain-raiser at North Hobart Oval.Touch Football Tasmania will be selling a limited number of tickets to the ‘Tassie Tussle’ in conjunction with the Melbourne Storm, available through the Touch Football Tasmania office and the Tasmanian 2012 NTL representatives. Tickets will be $15 each, or $10 for students/concession, while children under 15 years will get free entry. To purchase your tickets, please contact Maree Tomlin or Shannon Zuccala from the Touch Football Tasmania office on [email protected] or [email protected] will also be a ‘Tassie Tussle’ luncheon the day prior to the trial game to be held at the Wrest Point Hotel. Melbourne Storm legends Craig Bellamy, Kevin Walters and Cameron Smith will be interviewed at the event, while Peter Gee from the ABC will compere the event. For more information about the luncheon or the trial game, please click on the attachments below. Stay tuned to www.tastouch.com.au for more information in the lead up to the event. Related Filesa4_tussle_c-pdftassie_tussle_luncheon-pdflast_img read more