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Mills, Andrews aim for prestigious award

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first_imgIt only took five minutes for defender Kayla Mills to find fellow senior Morgan Andrews in the box against the University of North Carolina. An arching corner kick and a flick of a header sent the ball into the back of the net, kicking off a 3-0 upset for one of the top teams in the country.Both players have found their rhythm in their final seasons as Trojans, and with that rhythm has come serious attention from across the country. This summer, both Mills and Andrews were named to a watch list of 36 players for this year’s MAC Hermann trophy.The distinction sets Mills and Andrews apart as some of the greatest college players in the country. But for the two seniors, this final season is about much more than personal achievements.The MAC Hermann award is to college soccer what the Heisman is to football. Recent winners include World Cup champions like Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara and Mia Hamm.So, it came as a slight surprise to both Mills and Andrews this summer when their phones lit up with texts from friends congratulating them on the distinction.“It’s the greatest honor any collegiate soccer player can earn,” Andrews said. “When you look at the people who have come before, who have won it in the past, it’s pretty incredible to even be considered on that level.”But the news came as no surprise to head coach Keidane McAlpine that Mills and Andrews stood out on a national level. In their years at USC, both players have come through on and off the field as McAlpine shaped his young program.“It’s a true testament to the level of respect that they’ve earned throughout their time here,” McAlpine said. “It’s a huge step forward for them and for our program. But I think, for those who see them practicing and working day in and day out, it’s something we get to see every day. These are world- class players.”In a well-spread offense that finds scoring opportunities with a variety of players, Andrews has already netted three goals this year, including the opening point against the University of North Carolina. Moving up to midfielder after spending last year on the defense, Mills connected to assist two of those three goals.It’s a chemistry that McAlpine has seen develop over the past two years of playing together. And it’s a relationship that has been growing for most of the years that Mills and Andrews have played soccer.The two first met in the U.S. national team system when they were 14 years old. They played with and against each other off and on throughout their high school careers, until Mills became a Trojan and Andrews headed to Notre Dame. Two years later, Andrews transferred to USC and the two became everyday teammates, both for the Trojans and for the U.S. U-23 team.Though they only played together on a daily basis for the past two years, spending eight years as teammates has formed a bond of trust and respect between the two seniors.“I love playing next to her,” Andrews said. “We’ve worked off of each other well. Honestly, she’s just one of the best players I’ve ever seen play. She makes it fun to play alongside her.”Earning a spot on the watch list had a mixed effect on Mills and Andrews. On one hand, it bolstered their confidence, confirming that they are among the top players in the country. Of course, it wasn’t the first confirmation of their status among the best of the best — Mills was named the top youth defender in the country by TopDrawer in August, and Andrews was ranked among the top five midfielders in the same report.It also created a pressure to perform among the best.“I think I always expect the best of myself, whether I’m on a list or whether I’m not,” Mills said. “That pressure comes from myself, from wanting to be my best for my team. And that’s on and off the field. If I need to be the best at cheering on the sidelines, that’s what I’m going to do, and I’m always going to put that pressure on myself.”As Mills and Andrews head into their final regular season at USC, however, personal accolades are the last thing on their minds. Mills approaches each game with the mindset of contributing as much as she can to the team, in whatever way she is needed, whether that means sitting on the bench or playing every second.This feeling is echoed by Andrews. Her goals for the season are simple yet difficult to execute: Win a Pac-12 championship, and follow it up with an NCAA championship. It won’t be easy. The last time they won the national championship was in 2007, and the Trojans have never taken a solo Pac-12 title.Andrews never shies away from saying that the team is a contender for the national championship. If the MAC Hermann trophy comes along the way, so be it. But for both Mills and Andrews, the team is more important than anything else.“There’s no such thing as an individual when you’re playing with 11 people on the field,” Andrews said. “If I win any accolade or if I’m on any list, it’s because of the girls around me. Everyone wants everyone next to them to succeed. It doesn’t matter who puts the ball in the back of the net as long as we win the game.”last_img read more

Betsson delivers growth despite turbulent 2016

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first_img Submit StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB is pleased to have grown its core business metrics, despite facing multiple operational challenges and unfavourable conditions throughout 2016.Closing its 2016 performance, Betsson governance was pleased at the company’s ‘positive development’ which had seen the operator overcome severe currency fluctuations and lower betting margins impacts in H1 2016.Furthermore, repeating all-round industry trends Betsson’s sports betting division would be negatively impacted by unfavourable results recorded in December 2016.Despite the challenges, Betsson would declare a group revenue growth of 11% to SEK $4.1 billion (FT 2015: SEK3.7 billion), with its online casino division contributing 70% of total group revenues.Improved revenues would see Betsson declare a 2016 operating income of SEK 946 million (£85 million) up 6% on FY 2015’s SEK 887 million (£80 million). Betsson governance was pleased with the firm’s positive income results which had been impacted by a group-wide lower operating margin for 2016.Entering 2017, Betsson governance is confident that its European Multi-brand strategy will deliver growth having overcome a difficult 2016 in which to operate.Betsson governance now targets expansion in regulated markets having completed the acquisition of German racing operator RaceBets (€34 million December 2016) and now move to complete its buyout of UK interactive gambling operator NetPlay TV (proposed acquisition cost £26 million).Closing 2016, Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO Betsson AB statedBetsson’s positive development continues and the first quarter 2017 has started strong. The stable Casino business was 74 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter and Betsson’s brands continue to gain market shares in the segment. Also Betsson’s largest region, the Nordics, grew faster than the market and region Western Europe returned to growth. An increase of deposits by 14 percent and record level in active players shows a strong underlying momentum. In total, the growth in the quarter was 7.4 percent, despite decline in region Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), compared to the fourth quarter 2015.Betsson has made significant investments in product development throughout 2016, which has pushed the Casino growth. The Sportsbook investments are expected to have a positive effect in 2017. The acquisition of the horse betting operator RaceBets adds an important product to Betsson’s Sportsbook offering and adds revenue from mainly locally regulated markets. The share of revenue from locally regulated markets is increasing, in accordance with our strategy, and is now close to 20 percent. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

The TV Transmission of the Match between FC Standard and FC Zeljeznicar agreed

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first_imgThe current vice-champion of our country FC Zeljeznicar managed to qualify for the third qualifying round of the European League after kicking out the Hungarian FC Ferencváros. FC Zeljeznicar thus remained the only club from B&H representing our country in Europe.Although it was yesterday questionable whether Face TV will be enabled to transmit the match that is to be played tomorrow in Belgium, the doubts were eliminated today. This television will run a direct broadcast of the match between FC Standard Liège and FC Zeljeznicar. The problem existed with the foreign agencies, which exerted pressure and factually blackmailed the Face TV.Fortunately, the problems have been eliminated, and all football fans will have an opportunity to watch only the BH representative in the third qualifying round of the European League.The team of FC Zeljeznicar traveled to Belgium today, and the match is to be played tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at the stadium Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liège.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportsport)last_img read more