Archive for December, 2009

Tiger Woods loses AT&T as sponsor

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

Tiger Woods has suffered a fresh blow with the announcement that a third sponsor, AT&T, has withdrawn its support for the world No1. The US mobile phone giant joined other major sponsors including Accenture and Gillette in dropping or cutting back their association with the shamed sports star.

AT&T’s logo appeared on the golfer’s bag. The company did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, but said it would continue to sponsor the AT&T National PGA event in July.

In a statement, AT&T said: “We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future.”

The deal had been billed as a “multi-year” agreement when it was announced at the beginning of 2009.

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The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Thursday, 31st of December

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: All things Betinternet | Tags: , , , , |

The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Thursday, 31 December 2009:

Horse Racing: Meetings today at Lingfield, Punchestown, Tramore and Warwick

US Sports: Five NBA and eleven NHL games tonight, starting from 20:05 GMT.

Good Luck with all your bets!

The Team

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NBA 2009: The Year in Fines

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Here is a different kind of review for 2009 in the NBA: It’s the year in fines, and there have been quite a few: 28 in total, adding up to $690.000 (£434.000) – and it’s not only players who get into hot water. Owners, coaches and even agents can find themselves out of pocket as the list below shows. We’ve included links to the original stories on each entry, so you can see for yourself what went on at the time:

03 January: Joel Przybilla fined $7500 (£ 4700) for flagrant foul & role in altercation in a game against the Chicago  Bulls.

16 January: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for “improper interactions” with Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith.

02 February: Boston Celtics Kendrick Perkins fined $10.000 (£ 6300) for flagrant foul in game vs. Detroit Pistons

07 February: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for verbally abusing referees in game vs. Los Angeles Lakers.

12 February: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown fined $25.000 (£15.700) for comments about officiating.

27 February: Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for throwing a towel into the stands after ejection.

19 March: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referee during a game vs. Chicago Bulls.

29 March: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising referees on Twitter.

28 April: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (again) for criticising officiating. Celtics franchise was also fined $25.000 (£15.700)

28 April: Portland Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising officials.

28 April: Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman fined $25,000 (£ 15.700) for criticising officials.

04 May: Kenyon Martin fined $25.000 (£15.700) for flagrant foul.

26 May: LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers organization fined $25.000 (£15.700) each for Jackson criticising referees.

04 June: Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James fined $25.000 (£15.700) for skipping postgame press conference.

15 September: Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically asking to be traded.

13 October: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) and Wizards fined an additional $25,000 for failing to make himself available for media interviews.

14 October: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically criticising referees.

14 October: Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for verbally abusing referees and refusing to leave the court. The league fined him an additional $25.000 (£15.700) for publically criticising the refs after the game and fined Charlotte Bobcats $60.000 (£ 37.700) for Brown’s actions.

16 October: Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for publically criticising referees and Orlando Magic fined $35.000 for his actions.

01 November: NY Knicks forward Al Harrington fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referees.

10 November: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard fined $15.000 (£9400) for criticising referees in his blog.

28 November: Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes fined $20.000 (£ 12.600) for throwing ball into the stands after a game against the Miami Heat.

29 November: Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.

29 November: Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.

29 November: Rasheed Wallace fined $30.000 (£ 18.900) for publically criticising the referees.

07 December: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for throwing ball into stands and hitting a photographer.

18 December: Brandon Jennings fined $7500 (£ 4700) for posting to his Twitter account before post-game interview.

28 December: NY Knicks guard Nate Robinson fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for comments made by his agent demanding a trade for Robinson.

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The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Wednesday, 30th of December

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: All things Betinternet | Tags: , , , , |

The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Wednesday, 30 December 2009:

Football: Today sees Manchester United take on Wigan at Old Trafford. United will be looking to add to their victory against Hull and keep up the pressure on Chelsea with another victory. Wigan have not won in their last 4 games so will be looking to put in a good performance to help kick start their season. Can they cause an upset at Old Trafford?

The other great game of the day is the clash between Portsmouth and Arsenal. Can Portsmouth put their disappointing display against West Ham behind them and play like they did against Liverpool? Or will Arsenal keep up their run of high scoring form without their star player Cesc Fabregas who is a doubt with a hamstring problem?

Rugby Union: Two Top 14 games today, Montpellier v Stade Francais & Stade Toulousain v USA Perpignan.

Darts: More PDC World Championship action coming up from 13:10 GMT.

Handball: Seven German Bundesliga games from 18:00 GMT.

Basketball: British League, German Bundesliga and Spanish SCB today.

US Sports: Ten NBA and eight NHL games tonight, starting from 00:05 GMT onwards.

Horse Racing: Meetings today in Kempton, Lingfield and Taunton.

Good Luck with all your bets!

The Team

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Indianapolis politician thinks Colts fans deserve a refund

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A former city councilman in Indianapolis wants the ticket holders to receive a refund for Sunday’s lackluster and disappointing performance. Coach Jim Caldwell gave up on a chance at a perfect season and removed Peyton Manning and other key players in the third quarter of the Colts’ loss to the Jets.

Beurt SerVaas, one of the most influential people in the city, has drafted a City-County Council resolution demanding that the NFL refund the money paid for tickets.

SerVaas was incensed that the Colts decided not to go for the win on Sunday and he doesn’t think it’s fair to charge full price for tickets to a game the Colts aren’t trying to win. However, is looks as if he doesn’t have much support for his idea.

“Everyone likes to play Monday-morning quarterback,” said Republican Ryan Vaughn, who is described by the Indianapolis Star as both the likely next council president and a season-ticket holder. “I think we have better things to do with our time than second-guess the decisions made by the Colts coaches.”

Even if the council did pass such a resolution, the odds of the NFL issuing a refund are precisely zero. Nice try, though.

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Video: Michael Jordan’s First Ever TV Appearance

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , |

Michael Jeffrey Jordan in his first ever televised basketball game in 1981. Then-freshman Jordan scored 15 points against Rutgers and eventually moved on to become the greatest Basketball player of all times:

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Videos: 20 of the Top Sporting Moments of the Decade

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With 2010 fast approaching, here is look back on some of the greatest sporting moments of the past ten years and in no particular order:

Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals at Beijing Olympics

August 2008: Michael Phelps claims eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, a feat that had never been achieved before.

Michael Schumacher wins seventh title

August 2004: Michael Schumacher wins his seventh Formula 1 title.

Tiger Woods wins the 2008 US Open

June 2008: Tiger Woods wins the US Open in an 18-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate.

Sea The Stars Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2009

On October 4th 2009, 6 months since his win in the 2000 Guineas, Sea The Stars won Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title

November 2008: Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup winning drop goal

November 2003: Wilkinson wins the world cup for England with 20 seconds left to play with a long range drop goal.

Chris Hoy wins triple Olympic gold

August 2008: Chris Hoy wins Olympic track cycling treble

The 2008 Wimbledon Men’s Final

July 2008: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in an epic Wimbledon Final.

Lance Armstrong wins seventh Tour de France

July 2005: Lance Armstrong wins seventh straight Tour de France.

Lennox Lewis knocks out Mike Tyson

June 2002: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, for the WBC, IBO and IBF heavyweights championships of the world.

England win the 2005 Ashes

September 2005: England holding out for a draw in 5th Ashes Test. The final result was a 2–1 series win for England, who succeeded (for the first time since 1987) in their biennial attempt to win the urn.

Liverpool win Champions League in Istanbul

May 2005: The ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, Liverpool win the Champions League 4-2 on penalties.

Arsenal complete ‘Invincibles’ season

Arsenal win the Premier League title without losing a match

British and Irish Lions second Test in South Africa

June 2009: South Africa 28 British and Irish Lions 25

Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League final winner

May 2005: Zinedine Zidane’s volley wins the Champions League.

Usain Bolt double sprint gold in Beijing

August 2008: Usain Bolt smashes both world records to win 100m and 200m gold.

Michael Owen’s hat-trick in Munich

September 2001: Michael Owen scores a hat-trick during the famous 5:1 win for England against Germany.

Kelly Holmes’ double Olympic gold

August 2004: Kelly Holmes wins 1,500m and 800m gold, 2004 Olympic Games.

Steve Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold

September 2000: Steve Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold.

David Beckham’s free-kick against Greece

October 2001: David Beckham books a World Cup place with last minute free-kick.

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The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Tuesday, 29th of December

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: All things Betinternet | Tags: , , |

The Daily Sports Betting Preview for Tuesday, 29 December 2009:

Football: Today’s football action takes us to Villa Park where Liverpool will attempt to take a much needed win! They will be desperate for all three points as they are currently sitting eighth in the table. Aston Villa will be looking for a very different outcome however as they look for a place in the top four.

Live Betting today for:

19:45 GMT: English Premier League, Aston Villa v Liverpool
20:00 GMT: English Premier League, Bolton v Hull City

Darts: The PDC World Championship continues from 13:10 GMT.

Horse Racing: Tuesday’s racing action comes from Leopardstown, Limerick, Newbury and Southwell.

US Sports: Six NHL and seven NBA games tonight, none before 00:05 GMT.

Basketball: Seven Greek A1 and two Spanish ACB matches coming up in the afternoon.

Handball: Two German Bundesliga games today.

Good Luck with all your bets!

The Team

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Tiger Woods affairs cost sponsors up to £7.5 billion in lost wealth

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tiger Woods’ marital infidelity has destroyed as much as $12 billion (£7.5 billion) in stock value, according to two US professors.

The University of California economic academics, Christopher Knittel and Victor Stango, found that Woods’ sports-related sponsors suffered the most from the public outing of the golfer’s “transgressions”.

“Our analysis makes clear that while having a celebrity of Tiger Woods’s stature as an endorser has undeniable upside, the downside risk is substantial, too,” Professor Stango told McClatchy Newspapers.

The men studied how share prices in Woods’ sponsors performed compared with the broader market in the two weeks since the golfer’s car crash.

“Mr. Woods’ top five sponsors (Accenture, Nike, Gillette, Electronic Arts and Gatorade) lost 2-3 percent of their aggregate market value after the accident, and his core sports-related sponsors EA, Nike and PepsiCo (Gatorade) lost over four percent,” the authors write in their paper Shareholder Value Destruction following the Tiger Woods Scandal.

“The pace of losses slowed by December 11, the date on which Mr. Woods announced his leave from golf, but as late as December 17 shareholders had not recovered their losses.”

Overall, they say the losses ranged between $US5 billion (£3.1 billion) and $US12 billion (£7.5 billion).

The authors warn that their results are statistically “noisy” due to the study method they use and the fact that most sponsors are divisions of larger listed companies.

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Video – Green Spandex Men Mocking Vancouver Penalty Box Visitors

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: Fun & Games | Tags: , , , , |

A couple of guys dressed in green spandex suits put on a show for the Nashville Predator players:

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