Badminton News Srikanth, Sai Praneeth shine as Bengaluru beat Delhi in PBL

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ahmedabad: Skipper Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth put up a strong show as Bengaluru Raptors defeated former champions Delhi Dashers in a Premier Badminton League Season 4 match here on Wednesday. With this, Srikanth continues his unbeaten streak this season, having won all three of his matches so far. In the first rubber of the game, Bengaluru’s Sai Praneeth met his Pullela Gopichand Academy training partner HS Prannoy, who represented the Delhi franchise.When the match started, it was evident that Prannoy, already hobbled by a right knee injury, wasn’t at his best. Facing breathing issues, the Indian national champion had a hard time stringing together points. Sai showed beautiful control of the shuttle to build a 6-2 lead.It was only after the mid-game break that Prannoy started showing signs of resurgence and drew level at 10-10 before Praneeth dashed his hopes with a 15-12 scoreline.Also Read | Well played sir, may you coach more wherever you are: Tendulkar pays tribute to AchrekarHaving gone down 8-10 in the second game, Prannoy found his second gear to explode to 13-10. With the score tied at 14-14, a struggling Prannoy dished out a wonderful drop shot to take the second game.Sai cut down on his errors to take an 8-6 lead in the decider and extended it to 12-8 with a superb round-the-head shot, and finally shut the match 15-12 14-15 15-13.Bengaluru Raptors began their mixed doubles on a grand note, racing away to 5-0 through Commonwealth Games silver medallists Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.But a spirited fightback from Delhi’s Maneepong Jongjit and Evgeniya Kosetskaya saw the latter snatching the game to 15-13. Agile as ever, the Thai shuttler continued his brilliant show and carried the Dashers to 12-9 before adding the next three points as well to pocket a 15-13 15-9 win.Also Read | Sydney Test: Key numbers for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of key gameRiding on his jump smashes, Bengaluru captain Srikanth went ahead to 6-2 against Delhi’s Tommy Sugiarto. Looking fully in control of the play, he was relentless as he kept the scoreboard ticking to move up to 12-6, and then grabbed the one-sided opener 15-6.The Indonesian showed real character to force an 8-3 turnaround in the next game. Srikanth went on a lull to allow Sugiarto to build a 13-8 advantage. A brief spark from the Indian couldn’t stop Sugiarto, who pocketed the game.The former world no. 1, however, managed to rebound strongly in the deciding game. Varying his shots, the aggressive Srikanth quickly went up to 8-4 as his opponent started looking more and more clueless.It was just a matter of time before the Raptors man wrapped up the rubber with a 15-6 12-15 15-10 victory.Bengaluru Raptors were leading 2-0 up after the fourth tie. last_img read more

UKGC orders Caesars to pay £13m following ‘serious systemic failings’

first_img Submit StumbleUpon EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 Related Articles The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ordered Caesars Entertainment to pay £13m in a regulatory settlement ‘following a catalogue of social responsibility, money laundering and customer interaction failures’.As a result of its investigation, three senior managers at Caesars have surrendered their personal licences, with the UKGC’s investigations into Personal Management Licence holders still ongoing.The UKGC has confirmed that all £13m from the case will be used to support its ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’.Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, commented: “We have published this case at this time because it’s vitally important that the lessons are factored into the work the industry is currently doing to address poor practices of VIP management in which we must see rapid progress made.“The failings in this case are extremely serious. A culture of putting customer safety at the heart of business decisions should be set from the very top of every company and Caesars failed to do this. We will now continue to investigate the individual licence holders involved with the decisions taken in this case.”The investigation into the land-based casino operator found ‘serious systemic failings in the way the company took decisions about VIP customers between January 2016 and December 2018’.Issues highlighted in the case included ‘inadequate interaction’ with a customer who was known to have previously self-excluded and lost £240,000 over a 13-month period. Meanwhile, another customer was able to lose £18,000 in a year despite informing staff that they were using borrowed money to gamble.A further example stipulated concerned inadequate interaction with, and source of funds checks on, a customer who identified as a retired postman and lost £15,000 in 44 days.McArthur continued: “In recent times the online sector has received the greatest scrutiny around VIP practices but VIP practices are found right across the industry and our tough approach to compliance and enforcement will continue, whether a business is on the high street or online.“We are absolutely clear about our expectations of operators – whatever type of gambling they offer they must know their customers. They must interact with them and check what they can afford to gamble with – stepping in when they see signs of harm. Consumer safety is non-negotiable.”The operator had also failed to carry out adequate source of funds checks on a customer who was allowed to drop around £3.5 million and lose £1.6 million over a period of three months. Caesars also failed to obtain adequate evidence of source of funds for a politically exposed person (PEP) who lost £795,000 during a 13-month periodThe action against Caesars is the latest in a line of tough regulatory action by the Commission. So far this year, such action has led to the industry paying £27m in penalty packages.last_img read more