FIH League: Great Britain women’s hockey team earn point on return to action

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Jo Hunter scored her first goal for Great Britain to earn a point against the Netherlands

Olympic champions Great Britain were held to a draw with the Netherlands before losing the shootout in their first competitive game since February.

After GB women were beaten 3-1 in the shootout following the 1-1 draw, the men were beaten 1-0 in Amstelveen.

It was a first game in nearly nine months for both GB teams after the Pro League was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jo Hunter’s first Great Britain goal cancelled out Pien Dicke’s opener.

That draw earned a point for GB women against the side ranked number one in the world – but they were unable to earn a bonus point in the shootout.

Ellie Rayer was on target in the shootout but Tess Howard and Lily Owsley were both denied for Mark Hager’s side, who won Olympic gold in 2016.

Floris Wortelboer then scored the only goal shortly before half-time in a tight match against GB men.

Both Great Britain sides face the Netherlands again on Thursday, before another double-header against Belgium on 31 October and 1 November.

Two home fixtures against Germany are scheduled for November.

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Heat, Strikers make winning starts to women’s Big Bash League

Defending champions Brisbane Heat and a clinical Adelaide Strikers posted commanding victories as Australia’s Twenty20 women’s Big Bash League started Sunday on a wet Sydney day that caused havoc. 

Grace Harris (53) and Georgia Redmayne (37 not out) steered Heat past the Perth Scorchers’ 132 for seven with 18 balls to spare for a seven-wicket win.

It was seen as an upset given the world’s top-ranked T20 batswoman Beth Mooney defected from Brisbane to a new-look Scorchers this season, seemingly weakening their chances of another title.

South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt was the Strikers’ hero, smashing an unbeaten 51 from 42 balls to power her side to an eight-wicket thrashing of the Hobart Hurricanes.

A hostile Darcie Brown took 3-13 to skittle Hobart for just 84 and leave her team with a comfortable run chase, which they easily managed despite missing West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor, who is still in coronavirus quarantine after a late arrival in Australia.

While those two early games finished under grey skies, an anticipated clash between Ellyse Perry’s Sydney Sixers and Rachael Haynes’ Sydney Thunder fell victim to the weather, abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Star allrounder Perry was due to make her comeback after a serious hamstring strain that kept her out of the game for almost eight months.

The Melbourne Stars’ showdown with the Melbourne Renegades was also called off, halted after 17 overs with the Stars making 127 for four and Australia skipper Meg Lanning unbeaten on 51.

The eight-team tournament is being played entirely in Sydney over five weeks due to Covid-19 border closures and quarantine requirements with all players, coaches and support staff staying in a hub at the city’s Olympic Park.

Another four games are due to be played on Monday, although more wet weather is forecast.

The men’s Big Bash League is set to start on December 3 with games countrywide, although that could be revised.

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v legendary Style Council drummer Steve White

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United have bounced back from their 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham with impressive wins over Newcastle and Paris St-Germain, but can they continue their good form against Chelsea on Saturday?

“United have had a good week, just when questions were starting to be asked about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as manager,” said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

“Ole has been under pressure but he was proven right to play Harry Maguire against Newcastle. Then, against PSG, he had to change things at the back when Maguire was ruled out and he got that one right too.

“But what United need on Saturday is another good performance, because it still feels like they are too inconsistent at the moment. No-one is quite sure what to expect.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This weekend, he is up against legendary Style Council drummer Steve White.

The band’s greatest hits anthology ‘Long Hot Summers: The Story of The Style Council’ is out at the end of this month.

White, who has also played with Paul Weller, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and The Who among many other bands, is a lifelong Charlton fan.

Steve White
White has been going to watch Charlton for nearly 50 years. The Addicks have won their past two games in League One 1-0 and he is predicting another victory by the same margin for them on Saturday, when they play Northampton

“I had no choice in the matter,” White told BBC Sport. “My first Charlton game was against Bolton in 1971. I went to The Valley with my dad and my grandad, and I was never allowed to go anywhere else.

“There have been plenty of ups and downs since then. It just seems to be that we have had our unfair share of people coming in to run the club in the past and making promises that they can never keep.

“Hopefully we have got a more stable future, because we have got a fantastic ground and a fantastic fanbase – we are a fantastic club and we should not be in League One.”

It is 13 years since Charlton were last in the top flight but White still watches a lot of Premier League football. His wife is Mancunian actress and TV presenter Sally Lindsay and their twin sons are Manchester City fans.

“They come to The Valley with me but they are City fans, without a shadow of a doubt!” White said.

“What has happened to City, and also clubs like Leeds and Southampton, shows how you can recover if you fall down the divisions.

“But what you really need are the right people in charge. It might sound odd coming from a Charlton fan, but what Steve Parish has done at Crystal Palace is fantastic.

Clive Mendonca celebrates after Charlton's victory in the 1998 play-off final that saw them promoted to the Premier League. Mendonca scored a hat-trick and scored in the penalty shootout
Who are White’s favourite Charlton players? “I was lucky enough to see Derek Hales play in his prime, one of the great lower-league strikers of the 1970s. Then coming into

The North American Collegiate League Ties Partnership with Three Commas Clothing

EL PASO, TX / ACCESSWIRE / 21 October 2020 / Over the last decade, esports has exploded into a billion-dollar industry, capturing millions of players worldwide. Aside from nurturing its standing as a leading non-profit esports organization, the North American Collegiate League(NACL) furthers its authority by partnering with Mark Cuban’s Three Commas Clothing. The two parties have recently signed a major merchandise deal that aims to capture everyone in the esports industry.

The exclusive NACL Collegiate Collection was the product of the eventful collaboration between industry leaders. The collection currently carries five available items featuring limited edition jerseys and hoodies. The product line touts some of the most iconic collegiate teams such as Arkansas State, ICEBRKRSCLAN and NACL. The current production marks the first of many as the partnership targets to launch new products each month.

The North American Collegiate League hosts and streams video game tournaments and league play for collegiate esports competitors. In turn, the platform gives away scholarship prizes to worthy and competitive individuals. NACL is founded by David Chen, who is a former Deloitte Partner, current partner at Mediabudnace and GTIF Capital, and investor in esports. He believes it is a platform for establishing a community of like-minded and strong-willed individuals. The organization plays various video games such as Fortnite, Dota 2, Fifa 21, Madden NFL 21, and many others.

The North American Collegiate League encourages a healthy dedication to esports to everyone. The content shared on the platform is suitable for anyone who comes across it. The founder ensures that anyone is not discriminated against and left behind to urge them to know more about esports. “This serves the purpose of fostering a communal relationship between established players, those who are looking to enter the scene, and even those who do not entirely know what the esports industry has to offer them,” said David Chen.

Despite its popularity, there is still a gap between traditional sports fans and esports enthusiasts. NACL addresses this by positioning esports as a welcoming platform. Just as much as traditional sports heavily involve camaraderie and sportsmanship, the same is true for esports. It is also an industry built on the players’ respect for each other and the electronic sports they are passionate about.

The North American Collegiate League is streaming under TV rights in seven countries across Asia. This includes China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Japan, and South Korea. Asia has one of the most significant communities of esport enthusiasts and players. In the region alone, esports has generated millions of dollars of investment for the industry. NACL is looking toward advancing to other countries in Asia and the rest of the world.

Most recently, The North American Collegiate League hosted their very first live event at ISM Raceway during NASCAR’s 2020 championship weekend. It was a milestone event for NACL, where NASCAR drivers and students came together to compete in a NASCAR Heat 4 tournament. The event was truly monumental, showing audiences how people from different industries can

Bayern begin Champions League title defence in style, Real Madrid stunned

Bayern Munich began their defence of the Champions League title in ominous fashion by crushing Atletico Madrid 4-0 on Wednesday, while Liverpool and Manchester City also won but Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat.

Madrid, the record 13-time European champions, went down to a 3-2 home loss against Shakhtar Donetsk, showing how far Zinedine Zidane’s side are just now from the standards being set by Bayern.

Two months after scoring the winner in the final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon, Kingsley Coman put Bayern ahead against Atletico in Group A and later scored a stunning individual effort to wrap up the victory at an empty Allianz Arena.

In between Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso were also on target for the German champions, with the latter’s strike a stunner from long-range.

“The winning goal in last season’s final is a good motivator, but it’s in the past now and we have fresh goals this season,” Coman told Sky Sports.

It was Bayern’s 12th consecutive Champions League win while the result for Atletico equalled their worst defeat under Diego Simeone.

Bayern next go to Russia to play Lokomotiv Moscow, who battled back to draw 2-2 at Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.

Eder put Lokomotiv ahead in Austria, only for Dominik Szoboszlai to crash in a brilliant equaliser.

A deflected Zlatko Junuzovic goal put the hosts in front, but Vitali Lisakovich headed in to earn the Russian side a point.

– Disastrous night for Real –

Real were 3-0 down at half-time against Shakhtar at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium and fell short with a second-half fightback to get their European campaign off to a disastrous start. 

A depleted Shakhtar were without 10 first-team players and nine members of staff due to coronavirus infections and had seven starters aged 21 or under.

Strikes from Tete and Manor Solomon, either side of a Raphael Varane own-goal, gave the Ukrainian champions a three-goal half-time lead.

Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior pulled goals back and Fede Valverde thought he had grabbed an injury-time equaliser but his deflected shot was ruled out for an offside. 

Missing the injured Sergio Ramos, Real have now won just one of their last seven Champions League home games. This was also a second defeat in five days as they prepare to go to Barcelona for the Clasico on Saturday.

“We lacked a bit of everything, but above all our confidence, which is the most important thing,” said Zidane.

– Lukaku double –

Real are already up against it in Group B, even if rivals Inter Milan and Borussia Moenchengladbach cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw at San Siro.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Inter, opening the scoring early in the second half and then turning in a late equaliser.

In between Ramy Bensebaini netted a penalty for Gladbach and Jonas Hofmann scored what he thought was a late winner.

– Liverpool win without Van Dijk –

Liverpool shook off the absence of Virgil van Dijk to edge Ajax 1-0

2020-21 UEFA Champions League odds, picks: European soccer model reveals best bets for Wednesday, Oct. 21

Bayern Munich begins their quest to repeat as champions when they take the field against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid is one of the eight highly-anticipated UEFA Champions League fixtures set to be played on Wednesday, all of which can be streamed on CBS All-Access. Elsewhere in the Champions League group stage, Liverpool battles Ajax while Real Madrid takes on Shakhtar Donetsk. 

Bayern Munich also won the Bundesliga and German Cup last season to compete a memorable treble, but they’ll need to be fully engaged if they want to start the new campaign with a victory over Atletico Madrid. Bayern enters Wednesday’s showdown having won four consecutive games across all competitions, while Atletico Madrid is unbeaten in their last four outings. The latest odds from William Hill list Bayern Munich as a -165 money line favorite, while Atletico Madrid is going off at +430. Before you lock in your UEFA Champions League picks for Wednesday, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s proprietary European soccer model has to say.

Created by two Norwegians — professional poker player and sports bettor Jonas Gjelstad, and economics and engineering expert Marius Norheim — the model analyzes worldwide betting data and exploits market inefficiencies, helping its followers cash in. Over the last three years, the algorithm is up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

The model also made some huge calls in the English Premier League over the weekend, correctly predicting the profitable draws in Chelsea vs. Southampton (+340) and Crystal Palace vs. Brighton (+220), as well as Manchester City’s (-240) victory over Arsenal.

Now, the model has set its sights on Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures and revealed its picks for every match. You can only see them over at SportsLine. 

Top Champions League predictions for Wednesday, Oct. 21

The model is leaning over 2.5 goals in Wednesday’s marquee matchup between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. Bayern Munich is the only team to have won every fixture in the Champions League, winning all 11 of their games in this competition last season. Bayern scored a staggering 43 goals during their championship run, and striker Robert Lewandowski led the way for Hans-Dieter Flick’s side. Lewandowski found the back of the net 15 times in this competition last season, and he’s already recorded seven goals and three assists in four games in his 2020-21 campaign. 

Bayern Munich enters Wednesday’s showdown having scored three or more goals in each of their last four contests. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, has scored eight goals in their last four games. Atletico’s summer signing Luis Suarez has found the back of the net three times in his first three appearances for Diego Simeone’s side, one of the main reasons the model believes the two teams will combine to score over 2.5 goals.

How to make Champions League picks for Wednesday, Oct. 21

The model has also locked in a strong money line pick for Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid, Ajax vs. Liverpool and every other UEFA

Joey Barton slams Accrington’s negative playing style after his Fleetwood side’s League One defeat

‘I’d rather lose playing like us than win playing like them’: Joey Barton slams Accrington’s negative playing style after they beat his Fleetwood side – before Stanley owner Andy Holt hits back and insists ‘I prefer to win, so we’re all happy!’

  • Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town were beaten by Accrington Stanley on Tuesday
  • Barton claimed after the game that he would rather lose playing like his side did
  • Accrington owner Andy Holt then hit back: ‘I prefer to win, so we’re all happy’
  • Barton also took aim at the officials, claiming they were ‘laughing and joking’ 

A furious Joey Barton has slammed the negative playing style of Accrington after his side’s narrow 1-0 League One defeat – only for Stanley owner Andy Holt to hit back in style on Twitter.

Barton’s Fleetwood have endured a difficult start to the season and are currently moored in 15th, leading to their angry boss slamming Tuesday night’s opponents in his post-match interview.

Speaking to BBC Lancashire, he said: ‘It was a game where you’re in control for most of the game. We knew Nottingham has got a long throw and they load the box, which is a little bit against what John [Coleman] has done here in the past, they’ve always been a good footballing side. 

Joey Barton rages at the referee at full-time after his side's 1-0 defeat away at Accrington

Joey Barton rages at the referee at full-time after his side's 1-0 defeat away at Accrington

Joey Barton rages at the referee at full-time after his side’s 1-0 defeat away at Accrington

Barton (second left) bemoaned the negative playing style of Fleetwood's opponents this week

Barton (second left) bemoaned the negative playing style of Fleetwood's opponents this week

Barton (second left) bemoaned the negative playing style of Fleetwood’s opponents this week

‘They’ve decided to go a different way, and that pays dividends for them tonight. I’d rather lose playing like us than win playing like them.’

Barton’s angry reaction to the game was posted on social media, and Accrington owner Holt was quick to respond, noting: ‘I prefer to win, so we’re all happy.’

The only goal of the game was scored by Dion Charles 17 minutes from time, but Barton was also unhappy that a foul wasn’t given in the build-up.

‘We should never have lost the game… mainly because it’s a foul,’ he added. ‘It’s frustrating when you see the officials laughing and joking with John before the game, and then after the game there’s three minutes of stoppage time which is pretty much [eaten] up by the time-wasting that went on. 

Accrington's owner hit back on Twitter and claimed he would rather win 'so we're all happy'

Accrington's owner hit back on Twitter and claimed he would rather win 'so we're all happy'

Accrington’s owner hit back on Twitter and claimed he would rather win ‘so we’re all happy’

Barton slammed John Coleman (pictured) for laughing and joking with the officials too

Barton slammed John Coleman (pictured) for laughing and joking with the officials too

Barton slammed John Coleman (pictured) for laughing and joking with the officials too

‘And then he blows, and then the laughing and joking after the game, it just leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

‘When you look at Callum Connolly being pulled down by Dion Charles before he heads the ball in. I’m all for giving the officials a little bit of lee-way, but from the replays I’ve seen the referee is standing looking straight at it… he cannot miss that, it’s cost us the game today.

‘The officials

2020-21 UEFA Champions League odds, picks: Soccer model reveals best bets for PSG vs. Manchester United

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage gets underway on Tuesday with a mouthwatering matchup between PSG and Manchester United. PSG appeared in the Champions League final a season ago but ultimately fell short, losing to Bayern Munich 1-0. Manchester United, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Kick-off from Parc des Princes is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. The latest odds from William Hill list PSG as a -180 money line favorite, while Manchester United is going off at +450. The draw is listed at +340, and the over-under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before you lock in your Manchester United vs. PSG picks or UEFA Champions League predictions, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s proprietary European soccer model has to say.

Created by two Norwegians — professional poker player and sports bettor Jonas Gjelstad, and economics and engineering expert Marius Norheim — the model analyzes worldwide betting data and exploits market inefficiencies, helping its followers cash in. Over the last three years, the algorithm is up an eye-popping 13,800 percent.

The model also made some huge calls in the English Premier League over the weekend, correctly predicting the profitable draws in Chelsea vs. Southampton (+340) and Crystal Palace vs. Brighton (+220), as well as Manchester City’s (-240) victory over Arsenal.

Now, the model has set its sights on PSG vs. Manchester United and revealed its picks. You can only see them over at SportsLine.

Top predictions for PSG vs. Manchester United

The model is leaning under 3.5 goals in Tuesday’s showdown between PSG and Manchester United. Both teams feature potent goal scorers with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. PSG has found the back of the net 15 times in their last four games, while Manchester United has scored three or more goals in four of their last five matches across all competitions. However, the model predicts both teams will play conservatively in order to secure a positive result in the first game of the UEFA Champions League group stage. 

The Red Devils’ back line has been shaky at times this season, but they’ve conceded one or fewer goals in three of their last five fixtures across all competitions. And while PSG is best known for their explosive offense, it’s been the defense that has been in sensational form leading up to Tuesday’s match. In fact, PSG’s defense has allowed just one goal in their last five games, one of the main reasons the model is leaning towards the under on Tuesday.  

How to make Champions League picks for PSG vs. Manchester United

The model has also locked in a strong money line pick for PSG vs. Manchester United. You absolutely need to see it before you lock in your own Champions League picks.

So who wins Manchester United vs. PSG? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the PSG vs.

Women’s Super League: Everton 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Everton dropped points for the first time this season but remain second after their Women’s Super League draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Rikke Sevecke turned into her own net as Brighton took the lead, but Izzy Christiansen’s 30-yard deflected free-kick brought Everton level.

Valerie Gauvin headed in Christiansen’s corner to turn the game around, having seen Hayley Raso denied by Megan Walsh.

Aileen Whelan lashed the leveller into the top corner to spoil the hosts’ run.

Willie Kirk’s side poured the pressure on late in the game, with Danielle Turner striking a post, while visiting goalkeeper Walsh made some important saves.

The Toffees’ boss also appeared to be irritated by an incident which saw Kayleigh Green seem to have been cautioned twice, but not dismissed.

Former England coach Hope Powell’s Albion had lost two of their opening four games in the WSL but were not daunted by the trip to the pre-match pace-setters, and showed character to come back late on.

The one-touch build-up which created Whelan’s late goal was impressive, and a point was deserved.

Line-ups

Everton Women

  • 1MacIver
  • 2Wold
  • 20Finnigan
  • 22Sevecke
  • 3Turner
  • 17Graham
  • 12EgurrolaSubstituted forStringerat 77′minutes
  • 11EmslieSubstituted forSørensenat 63′minutes
  • 8Christiansen
  • 16Raso
  • 19GauvinSubstituted forBoye-Hlorkahat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Boye-Hlorkah
  • 13Stringer
  • 14Sørensen
  • 15Pike
  • 21Clemaron
  • 23Korpela
  • 26Clinton
  • 30Pattinson

Brighton Women

  • 1Walsh
  • 6Le TissierBooked at 45mins
  • 5Kerkdijk
  • 4Bowman
  • 3Gibbons
  • 8Connolly
  • 12O’Sullivan
  • 15GreenBooked at 48mins
  • 10Kaagman
  • 7Whelan
  • 9LeeSubstituted forJarrettat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Heroum
  • 13Stott
  • 16Brazil
  • 18Barton
  • 19Simpkins
  • 23Jarrett
  • 25Fiskerstrand

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  1. Match ends, Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.

  3. Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Rianna Jarrett (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  5. Foul by Hayley Raso (Everton Women).

  6. Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Attempt blocked. Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Inessa Kaagman.

  8. Danielle Turner (Everton Women) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Nicoline Sørensen.

  9. Izzy Christiansen (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Foul by Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  11. Goal! Everton Women 2, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2. Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Felicity Gibbons.

  12. Substitution, Everton Women. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Damaris Egurrola.

  13. Substitution, Everton Women. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah replaces Valérie Gauvin.

  14. Attempt blocked. Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rianna