Syracuse drops to No. 10 in Inside Lacrosse rankings

first_img Published on April 29, 2019 at 11:07 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse fell three spots to No. 10 in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse Division-I media poll.The Orange were bounced in the play-in game of the ACC tournament after a late surge lifted North Carolina to an 11-10 win over SU.With six minutes remaining in the game, SU led the Tar Heels 10-7 and was primed for a win that would advance the Orange to a matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia. But UNC scored four unanswered goals to push ahead and send the Orange home in their first game of the conference tournament for the second-straight year.Syracuse will have to wait until the Selection Show next Sunday, May 5, for its NCAA Tournament fate. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Monzo & Starling Bank launch in-app ‘gambling blocks’

first_imgShare Revolut suspends all UK gambling payments April 17, 2020 Share UKGC – Credit ban applies across all technology verticals June 10, 2020 Related Articles Leading UK digital challenger banks Monzo and Starling Bank have added ‘gambling block’ components to their mobile banking apps, allowing for their customers to stop engaging in transactions with gambling/betting services.Considered two of the UK’s fastest growing fintech firms, Monzo and Starling seek to revolutionise retail banking, disrupting traditional current account functions and transactions through their mobile-first platforms.Launched with their latest app updates, the fintech incumbents detail that they are not ‘anti-gambling’ advocates, but that they simply seek to support their customers with better safeguards on spending.Once activated, the gambling blocks will prevent users from engaging with online and highstreet betting/gambling verticals for a period of 48 hours.Unlike traditional banking services, Monzo and Starling Bank’s gambling block can be immediately activated at the behest of the user, without the desired action being verified or processed by bank customer service teams.Publishing its latest crowdfunding prospectus, fast-growth Monzo a digital challenger bank that has secured 1 million customers since its 2017, details that any new component its develops is focused on the ethos of treating its customers as individuals rather than business segments.Monzo and Starling’s gambling block functions have been praised by UK charity Money & Mental Health, which has called for UK financial services incumbents to follow the digital banks’ lead.The charity has called on UK  highstreet banks to improve safeguards on monitoring and controlling spending, as poor mental health can lead to impulsive behaviour with regards to money management. StumbleUpon Submit 223,000 customers activate Monzo gambling block July 22, 2020last_img read more

Alexander: Harper goes to Philly, and maybe the Dodgers are fortunate

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When the most famous player on the team can’t go 10 days without failing to run out a ground ball or overthrowing a cutoff man by 15 feet or throwing to the wrong base or being caught unprepared in the outfield or on the bases, it’s hard to demand total alertness from the other 24.”Then there were the local media people who seemed convinced that the Dodgers needed Harper’s star power, that he was the missing piece to a World Series puzzle that has perplexed the franchise for three decades, or that the primary goal here was to keep him away from the hated Giants.Well, mission accomplished with the latter, I suppose. They’ll only see Harper six or seven times a season now rather than 18 or 19.But Harper would not sell appreciably more tickets or merchandise for the Dodgers, who have led the majors in attendance for six straight seasons and haven’t drawn less than 3 million since 2011, the final full season of the Frank McCourt reign of error.As for being that X-factor? Since his MVP season in 2015 (42 homers, 118 runs scored, 1.109 OPS, 198 OPS-plus, 10.0 Wins Above Replacement), Harper has been an above-average player but not a superstar. His 100 RBIs and a 133 OPS-plus last season were offset by a marked decline in his defensive metrics. And he has 7.5 WAR in the last three seasons combined; his 1.3 in 2018 tied for 185th in the majors.By way of comparison, Mike Trout’s WAR last year was 10.2 and his career figure is 64.3, to Harper’s career 27.4. If Harper gets 13 years and $330 million, what is Trout worth? (Arte Moreno is fidgeting as we speak.)Then there is this: Harper is a .211 hitter, with an .801 OPS, in 19 career postseason games with Washington. If I’m paying for somebody to get me over that last October hurdle, I need much more production than that.We’ll reiterate what we said when Pujols joined the Angels in 2012, 10-year contract in hand: If the team that signs him wins a World Series in the first few years of the deal, that entire contract will be worth it. Otherwise, it becomes a burden.You can make the case that the Dodgers’ reluctance to do more than kick the tires on a marquee free agent isn’t appropriate for a big-market, big-revenue franchise. But don’t blame it all on Friedman.Consider: In 42 years of baseball free agency, under four different ownerships and eight general managers/executive VPs, these are the top-of-their-class free agents the Dodgers have signed: Dave Goltz, Kirk Gibson, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin Brown, and arguably Zack Greinke. That’s it. (Considering how a couple of those turned out, the team’s reluctance is more understandable.)Finally, consider: If you’re a Dodgers fan nervous about a possible postseason matchup, maybe the Phillie who worries you most shouldn’t be Harper but J.T. Realmuto, the catcher who got on Twitter I don’t know for sure if there were sighs of relief inside the Dodgers’ executive offices at Camelback Ranch on Thursday morning. But from this vantage point, Andrew Friedman and his people were entitled to exhale.The Philadelphia Phillies’ owner, John Middleton, pledged early in the winter to spend money – and if necessary to “even be a little bit stupid about it” – to upgrade his team. He didn’t mention being stupid about contract length, as well.But that was what it took to land Bryce Harper on Thursday: A 13-year deal for $330 million, with full no-trade rights and no opt-out clause, for a guy who has statistically slipped since his lone MVP season in 2015 and now will play in a town where that contract makes him a target. At the first sign of underachievement, Phillies fans will let him have it.Let’s set the over/under for that at June 1.center_img And Lord help them all at the back end of this contract. Harper and the Phillies are now bound to each other through 2031, when the player will be 38 years old. Those who are paying attention to the waning years of Albert Pujols’ contract in Anaheim can probably guess how this will end.But for the player, and for agent Scott Boras, this was a day of triumph. Money and contract terms are how most elite players (and their representatives) keep score. Harper blew past Manny Machado – who officially signed his 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres last Friday – as well as the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, who signed his 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins in 2014, then forced a trade to New York when things collapsed around him in Miami.Harper’s average annual value, around $25 million per year, will be less than that of Machado or Nolan Arenado in his eight-year, $260 million deal with the Rockies. But that’s not the number everyone looks at, and the 13 years and $330 million were not coincidental or accidental. Until further notice, Bryce Harper is baseball’s King of the Hill.What does this mean for the Dodgers?Part of their fan base is surely disappointed, likely the same ones who couldn’t understand why the club traded Yasiel Puig. For those folks, we offer this from Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell, describing how the Nationals’ loss of Harper might be a case of addition by subtraction:last_img read more