Jose Fonte: Saints suffering from fatigue

first_imgJose Fonte believes that fatigue is responsible for Southampton’s second-half collapse during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Leicester. “Younger: when I win or draw, always younger,” the 63-year-old responded when asked how Saturday’s drama had made him feel. “At the moment it’s not stressful because we drew the match. If I’d lost it would have been more stressful. “But I’m happy because I talked to the players at the end of the first half and said ‘Okay, we are losing 2-0. it’s not important for me if we lose three, 4-0, I want to see you fighting until the end and then I’m happy. “They believe this season is good because there is a very good spirit in the group. They play for the team and this is very important.” Having largely controlled the opening 45 minutes, the Saints had been leading 2-0 at half-time, with goals from Fonte and Virgil van Dijk, before their struggles began in the second half. Following Leicester’s opening goal from the in-form Jamie Vardy, however, Southampton began to defend from an increasingly deep position when their visitors had previously posed little threat. Despite the forward then missing a fine chance to equalise in the 81st minute, he was given yet another in stoppage time which he confidently finished it to secure a 2-2 draw, and Fonte is convinced that his team-mates competing throughout the international break caused them to be sluggish. “We controlled the game in the first half,” the Southampton captain, who on Friday signed a new contract to remain at the club until 2018, said. “But we were against a team that never gives up. We knew about that, before the game we were talking about it. “In the second half, we weren’t fresh. We dropped our intensity. We stopped pressing them. We allowed them to have the ball too much. We didn’t hold the ball up front. “And that invites pressure. It looked like a question of time when they were going to score, because it was ball after ball after ball, too much defending. When that happens, you run the risk of conceding goals and that is what happened. “We had a lot of people away on international duty. They came back tired. You could see we were tired. Leicester don’t have as many players (as us) in the national teams and it showed. “We weren’t fresh enough after 55 minutes. It’s hard when you go away (on international duty) but we will talk about what we can do.” Saturday’s fixture represented the third time this season that Leicester have recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw or win. Claudio Ranieri’s team last month drew 2-2 at Stoke and defeated Aston Villa 3-2 having trailed 2-0 on both occasions and the manager – for all of the potential stress that could follow his team’s unpredictability – insisted that they are instead making him feel younger. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse football game day: Everything to know about the matchup with Connecticut

first_imgSyracuse is trying to rebound from blowout losses to then-No. 13 Louisville on Sept. 9 and South Florida a week later.  The Orange went up 17-0 on the Bulls in the first quarter but was outscored 45-3 the rest of the way. SU (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) is on the road for the first time this season, traveling to East Hartford, Connecticut to take on the Huskies (2-1, 0-1 American Athletic) at 1 p.m.Here’s everything you need to know for game day.How can you watch the game? CBS Sports NetworkWho’s hurt? Dino Babers said on his radio show on Thursday that there are several plays that are “really on the edge” of playing or not. He said there are a few veteran players that will be on the field if they can get over the pain. Starting safety Kielan Whitner and starting center Jason Emerich did not play against South Florida. Offensive lineman Omari Palmer was injured during the game and was not made available for interviews on Tuesday because he was receiving treatment.What is Dino Babers saying before this game? He thinks Connecticut’s defense is going to be tougher than South Florida’s — especially to run against. See all he had to say at his press conference earlier this week and on the ACC coaches teleconference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat should you know about Connecticut? Everything you need to know can be found here.What do our beat writers think will happen tonight? Find out here in our beat writer predictions.Anything else you should know? Orange receiver Amba Etta-Tawo was added to the watch list for an award given to the nation’s top receiver. The graduate transfer’s statistics have seen a huge bump this year thanks to SU’s spread offense. Comments Published on September 24, 2016 at 8:08 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Related Stories 3 things Dino Babers said at his weekly press conference3 things Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference in Week 4Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about ConnecticutSyracuse football: Beat writers predict outcome of game vs. Connecticutcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steven Spartinos – Kiron – Providing ‘must have’ virtual products to global operators

first_img StumbleUpon Share Steven Spartinos, co-founder and co-CEO of Kiron Interactive, spoke to SBC News about the technical challenges to producing virtual content, a UKGC statistic that helps to explain the virtual transition from retail to digital in the UK, the corresponding picture in emerging markets such as Africa and LatAm, and the key differences in regulation or content to consider for virtual games targeting these regions.SBC: What are the key technical challenges Kiron has faced when producing virtual content?SS: Our challenges are largely the same as those of other suppliers, in truth. As a supplier working in key regulated markets, one key challenge is ensuring our software meets the requirements imposed by the regulatory bodies in these markets. This is often a fairly tedious and time-consuming process subject to delays and red tape. As we internationalise as an industry, virtual content needs to consider the needs of each market and allow for customisation of products to meet local requirements and player preferences. Finally, delays caused by ever growing project pipelines at operators is another key challenge, requiring the need for flexibility in your project planning and the ability to change tack at short notice.SBC: Earlier this year, the UKGC reported a +3% decrease in the number of betting shops; is this more justification for the ongoing transition for virtuals from retail to digital? SS: I’m not sure it is justification – but I think it certainly helps to explain the transition. Suppliers have been adapting to the growth in mobile for a number of years now, as that’s how the tech-savvy millennial generation wants to consume their betting and gaming content. Virtual sports are no exception and further lend themselves to digital channels due to their round the clock availability and high frequency nature. As simple and entertaining sports betting games, they offer great crossover qualities, often used by operators as a good player acquisition tool. New instant win formats for virtual games is further growing their popularity with operators as a vertical in its own right.SBC: In this report, virtual sports came in third for revenues, behind only horseracing and football – what is the corresponding picture in emerging markets such as Africa and LatAm?SS: In many countries in Africa, virtual sports are a number one or number two product and a must have product for all operators. Younger punters associate with their realism in emulating real sports and their simplicity when placing bets. Customers are becoming more open to the fast-paced interaction of the products which, being real-time and high-frequency, and are often perceived to offer a more entertaining betting experience. A similar trend is emerging in LatAm but the market there is a lot more immature at this stage as sports betting is a relatively new phenomenon. Don’t forget, the provision of live content can be expensive for operators in these markets, so virtuals provide a cost-effective alternative. Kiron has developed bespoke solutions for these emerging markets to enable easier deployment of its games. A number of structural impediments such as poor internet connectivity and power interruptions can make the operating of our games in some of these markets quite challenging. Our newly developed proprietary bet management solution, BetMan Omni, is one such product offering innovative solutions in tackling these challengesSBC: What are the key differences in regulation, or even changes to make up of the content, that you need to consider for virtual games targeting these regions?SS: In general terms, it is no different to any other market, in that you need a product that is reliable and profitable. Operators also quite rightly expect to be offered a tailored solution that gives them genuine choice with which to engage as many customers as possible. Too many suppliers have entered these markets with a one size fits all policy and have failed. Our technology allows Kiron to localise its products to fit specific market requirements, so they are relevant to customers on the ground there. SBC: Finally, what new digital disciplines do you expect to emerge in the development of virtual games during 2019?SS: With their crossover nature, virtual games do have potential to appeal to both sports bettors and casino players, but it is important to ensure the format is relevant to either set of players. With this in mind, we expect a continuation of the evolution of new virtual game formats, such as in-play and instant win, to increase their popularity across these two separate verticals. With the emergence of new digital technologies, innovation will be key in ensuring suppliers deliver games that remain relevant and enticing to an ever-demanding online player base. Submit Sharelast_img read more