Messi Presented with Record Fifth European Golden Shoe Award

first_img“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi.“I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.”Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished third in the rankings with 30 Premier League goals, while former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo – now at Juventus – ended the season with 26 goals in 27 league matches.Messi currently leads Europe’s goal-scoring charts once again, with 14 goals so far this term, as he targets a sixth Golden Shoe award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said that he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award.The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goal-scorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32).Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total.last_img read more

Tom Watson demands thorough review into online casino licence holders

first_imgShare StumbleUpon The UK Labour Party has emphasised that online casinos which received licences after 2014 should have to reapply for operating licences after it was found by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that over one third of operators were asked to improve their standards. The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has penned a letter to both the UKGC CEO Neil McArthur and Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, to question the integrity of many operators, most of which operate from outside of UK jurisdictions.Watson, who has previously spoken out against the gambling industry, has emphasised that the UKGC cannot be in a position where it is constantly trying to catch-up with the industry. He stressed that a more structured, efficient response needs to be developed which will ultimately result in the overhaul of the register of current remote gambling sector licences.In the letter, Watson shared with Wright and the UKGC CEO that he believes offshore operators should not be able to use their UK licences and British sports links as a marketing ploy in attracting new customers.According to Watson, a gambling operator licence should be viewed as a sign for credibility and trust, and should not be used as an excuse for operators to push the limits of the licence conditions and the responsibilities they have.In a recent investigation into the UK online casino sector, the UKGC had imposed £4.5 million in penalty packages on four online casino operators in relation to failed AML procedures and maintaining inadequate consumer safeguards.Over the past 18 months, the UKGC has conducted assessments of 123 online operators – and of the 45 told to submit an action plan to raise standards, 38 have already shown signs of improvement. Share Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

League suspends Flyer for 2 games

first_imgFrom news services Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for his violent hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, making him the third Philadelphia player suspended for a dangerous play this season. A pair of 20-game suspensions left no impression on the organization. Making Jones sit out two games likely won’t leave a dent in their psyche, either. At least Jones’ banishment is brief compared to teammates Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games). The difference between this suspension and the other two is that NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell thought Jones did not try to intentionally hurt Bergeron. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bergeron lost consciousness, was transported from the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins diagnosed him with a concussion and a broken nose. Bergeron was released Sunday. Bondra hangs up skates NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey to become general manager of his country’s national team. The 39-year-old Bondra played last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before becoming a free agent. He had 503 goals and had 389 assists in 1,081 NHL games, mostly for the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers. His contract as general manger runs through 2008, when the hockey worlds are to take place in Canada. Kiprusoff signs extension Miikka Kiprusoff agreed to a $35 million, six-year extension with the Calgary Flames that will keep the star goalie him in Calgary through the 2013-14 season.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more