30 Aug
2020

Jacob Johns – Easyodds – Preparing for The Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsWith less than two weeks to go until the biggest horse racing meet of the year, we caught up with Jacob Johns, one of the leading horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, to find out more about his company’s preparation for The Festival and how he expects the bookmakers to respond after the ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’ in 2016.SBC: How have you prepared for the Cheltenham Festival?JJ: Cheltenham Festival is usually one of, if not the, busiest week for Easyodds in terms of users on site, so we give ourselves every chance to make a success of it as a business.We prepare an SEO and content plan months in advance with search terms decided upon our ante-post tips and Cheltenham Festival news pieces, and we strike deals with bookmakers to be a part of our Cheltenham Festival centre and exclusive app.We first created a stand-alone Cheltenham app last year – which received positive data results for the business and got a good review in the Racing Post on Sunday, which we were very proud of.This year we have been ahead of schedule with the release of the app; we are already seeing more users than we had last year and have even more content already, with more coming daily between now and the start of the Festival via myself and guest tipster Steven Power – the Racing Blogger.SBC: How are you hoping to stand out from the other odds comparison providers?JJ: As above, we have a bespoke and exclusive Cheltenham app, providing the usual Easyodds service of odds comparison, tips, free bets and offers, but for the Festival.It’s a one-stop-shop for your Cheltenham Festival needs. It’s an improved user experience which is making comparing the latest odds easier and faster than ever before for Festival punters.We also have a much larger social audience than ever, including our ever-growing presence on YouTube with myself and our editor Ross Casey making multiple Cheltenham videos in the weeks leading up to the Festival which are seeing great numbers already. These are available in-app and will continue to be produced in the lead-up to and throughout the Festival.Our successful two-part Cheltenham preview video with the enigmatic ‘Racing Blogger’ certainly saw our comments section blowing up. We are the punter’s pal and we aim to give our users value for money via our odds comparison, whilst also entertaining and informing them with our social media.SBC: Are there any betting trends or strategies that you expect to see this year?JJ: The favourites have dominated proceedings for the past couple of years, so I expect them to be hammered more than ever this year. Of course, with multiples becoming more and more popular we should expect to see short priced favourites being lined up in Lucky 15’s throughout the Festival as well.Also, everyone wants to get their Festival off to a flyer so they will be latching onto something on day one to make their week. Usually the ‘Willie Mullins multiple’ is the obvious place to start but it seems unlikely this year. If Charli Parcs goes for the Supreme, I think we could get a lot of punters latching onto the Charli Parcs – Altior – Buveur D’air Nicky Henderson treble instead.SBC: Do you expect to see more conservative pricing after last year’s ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’?JJ: In all honesty, I don’t. This is the biggest horse racing meeting by a long distance and the bookies are just going to be interested in getting new punters depositing.We’ve already seen some crazy new customer offers from the newer bookies to get their foot in the door, such as Bet On Brazil, and I fully expect many of the short-priced favourites to be bigger on the day, with the players piling in. So, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be the opposite!last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger named NL MVP

first_imgAfter his Rookie of the Year season in 2017, Bellinger took a step back in 2018, struggling particularly against left-handers in the second half, and he found himself platooned over the final months of the season, including the Dodgers’ World Series games against the Boston Red Sox.“It was a very humbling experience, for personal reasons, and I knew that wasn’t the player I wanted to be,” Bellinger said Thursday. “I just needed to find a way to be more consistent with myself. Hitting coaches Brownie (Brant Brown) and (Robert) Van Scoyoc really locked it down for me. When I was going through some things, we’d have great conversations. So there was help around me. It wasn’t just myself.”Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said it was evident “from the moment the 2018 season ended, he was a man on a mission to better understand his swing and to become a more complete hitter. The results of that work are being rewarded in the ultimate way.”Bellinger reaped that MVP reward despite being outperformed offensively by Yelich in nearly every category. Yelich finished first in the NL in batting average (.329, tied with Ketel Marte), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (an MLB-best .671) and OPS (1.100, also the best in MLB). All of those numbers (plus his 44 home runs) were improvements over his 2018 MVP numbers.But Yelich suffered his season-ending knee injury on Sept. 10, limiting him to 130 games (while Bellinger appeared in 156 of the Dodgers’ 162 games). In his absence, the Brewers won 13 of their final 18 games, surging to a playoff spot in the National League.“We’re actually pretty good buddies right now,” Bellinger said of following Yelich’s season and the ‘Belli vs. Yeli’ MVP debate. “Without him having this good of a year – I think he pushed me to be a better player. He’s an unbelievable player but he’s honestly a better dude.”Bellinger was a better overall player in 2019. He led the majors in WAR (9.0 to Yelich’s 7.1) thanks to his elite defense (he won the NL Gold Glove for right field) and versatility, assets that no doubt caught voters’ attention.Related Articles The 24-year-old Bellinger is the sixth Dodger to win the NL MVP award since the franchise moved to Los Angeles, joining Maury Wills (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963), Steve Garvey (1974), Kirk Gibson (1988) and Clayton Kershaw (2014) and the 13th overall. He is only the third Dodger to win both a Rookie of the Year award and MVP during his career, joining Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe.He is just the fourth player in MLB history to win a Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove and MVP all before age 25, joining Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn and Dustin Pedroia.When he heard the news, Bellinger was surrounded by his family and teared up as he received hugs from everyone including his father, former major-leaguer Clay Bellinger.“I honestly hadn’t cried in a long time,” Bellinger said later. “I think the last time was a few years ago when my dog died. That being said, I’ve never seen my dad show emotion either. So when I saw that, that really hit me right there.“It’s just a dream come true, man.” “I definitely think that helped,” Bellinger said. “I don’t know exactly what goes into the vote. But I’m glad I had the opportunity to show off what I could do out there this year.”Bellinger made his strongest MVP case in April and May. He was batting over .400 (.404) as late as May 21 and finished May batting .379 with 20 home runs and a 1.213 OPS.For the season, Bellinger added a Silver Slugger award to his Gold Glove by finishing with career-highs in nearly every offensive category – home runs (47, third in the NL), RBIs (115), an NL-leading 351 total bases, batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.406), slugging percentage (.629) and OPS (1.035, behind only Yelich and the Angels’ Mike Trout).He is the first Dodger to win a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and the MVP award in the same season.“I had a ton of fun watching him this year,” Kershaw said of Bellinger. “It’s very well-deserved. What everyone says is true – great talent, great athlete, all that stuff. … But, man, he’s just a great baseball player and there is nothing else to say.”Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (one eighth, one 10th) and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (one eighth) also received down-ballot votes.The MVP votes, cast prior to the postseason, came from two writers representing each of the 15 National League cities. They are tabulated on a system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Cody Bellinger archiveDodgers’ Cody Bellinger wins Silver Slugger award for outstanding 2019 seasonCody Bellinger wins first career Gold Glove AwardDodgers’ Cody Bellinger feels bad for MVP rival Christian Yelich after season-ending injuryCody Bellinger, Mike Trout setting pace one-third of the way into 2019 MLB seasonWhicker: Cody Bellinger’s spring offensive might be good for all seasons Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Reduced to a platoon player late in the 2018 season and even benched at the start of World Series games, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger called that a “wake-up call” that fueled his offseason last winter.The result was a red-hot start to the 2019 season and an MVP award.Bellinger was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player on Thursday afternoon in just his third big-league season, edging 2018 winner Christian Yelich, who missed the final 18 games of the season with a fractured kneecap. Bellinger received 19 first-place votes, Yelich 10 and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon one. Bellinger finished with 362 points in the weighted voting system, 45 more than Yelich.“It’s absolutely incredible,” Bellinger said after getting the news. “It’s what you dream of, for sure.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

AUDI BORN2SKI – Everything is ready for a real Ski Spectacle on Bjelasnica!

first_imgIn the period from February 22 to 25, Bjelasnica will host the very first edition of BORN2SKI festival in alpine skiing, which will gather business community, ski clubs, as well as all the lovers of skiing and good fun through unique sporting activities.The project BORN2SKI is aimed to become a unique event that will be gathering the ski community from the whole region every year, and therefore, we chose strategic partners who realized this year’s edition of BORN2SKI, and who will continue to work with us in the future period as well, in order to further popularize this project in our region.“Sarajevo and the surrounding mountains are offering great opportunities for further popularization of winter sports, the organization of great sports events, and our goal is to return Sarajevo through BORN2SKI project on a map of the most important sport events in the region. We believe that we will offer great quality content for different target groups, and realize another great business and sports spectacle for all the participants,” said Jasmin Mehic, the organizer of the BORN2SKI project in BiH.The Olympic Committee of BiH, as a special partner of this event, recognized the BORN2SKI project as a platform for encouraging and further development of ski sports in our country, as well as affirmation of youth and the wider social community.(Source: akta.ba)last_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

BiH’s best Athlete Amel Tuka in Finals of Doha World Athletics Championship

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s best athlete, Amel Tuka, won the 800m final in the Doha World Athletics Championship.Tuka had a fantastic race on Sunday evening in the third semifinal of the night with a time of 1: 45.63, so he will fight for a medal in the finals on Tuesday.Our athlete was one of the leading competitors from the start, eventually speeding up and being the first to score in front of American Bryce Hoppel and Spaniard Alvar de Arribe.Tuka’s competitors in the third semifinals in the 800 meters were Oussama Nabil (Morocco), Ngeno Kipngetich (Kenya), Brandon McBridge (Canada), Kyle Langford (United Kingdom) and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (France).The 800m race finals will be held on Tuesday at 9:10 pm, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img

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