2015-08-03

LATEST ITERATION OF BET-TRACKING APP RELEASED



The popular independent bet-tracking and football results app AccaTracker has been updated with a third iteration featuring improved features that includes better navigation, live results tracking and real-time notifications, a capability to generate accumulators over 100 football leagues and betting facilities with major UK sportsbooks.

Creators Team FA say the new iteration combines the best elements of its forerunners and has been developed using player feedback on social media, along with bookmaker input to ensure usability and speed.

Jamie Knowlson, CEO and co-founder of Team FA, said Monday: We still believe there is nothing like this out there, and with the volume of bets and Accas being placed last season weve spent what was supposed to be the quiet Summer months rebuilding all the tech behind it.

A lot of focus has been put into the usability of our app, reduction in user clicks has already seen us reduce the screens per session, yet drive up the total time on app. We have also introduced live match stats and faster alerts, which we feel consolidates a lot of various apps in the marketplace."




2015-08-03

GOAL.COM GETS MOBILE FANTASY PRODUCT



Fantasy iTeam, a fantasy football mobile app, is providing football information site Goal.com with a mobile fantasy product that includes a new, unique European Super League format.

Goal.com reaches millions of global soccer fans every month, and in addition to the European Super League, it will also host English Premier League and Champions League fantasy competitions.

The European Super League is the first fantasy football format where users can pick players from five major European leagues the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga in the same team.

The app is free to download and mobile users can challenge their friends and win prizes. It includes a live and interactive newsfeed and instant scores and squad news.

Phil Shaw, commercial director, Fantasy iTeam, said: The European Super League is a completely new, unique concept in fantasy football and weve designed it to open the app up to a global audience rather than just a UK-centric one.

Goal.com is the perfect partner for this as it has one of the biggest football audiences in the world.

Ben Warn, CEO for New Ventures, Perform Group, added: Were looking forward to putting the app into the hands of fantasy gamers new and old amongst our millions of fans right around the globe.

The app is available as a free download on iPhone, Android, iPad and Facebook.




2015-08-03

GENII BOOSTS TAIN CONTENT, ADDING 130 CASINO GAMES



Gaming technology provider Genii has partnered with Tain, adding more than 130 new casino games to the platform and solutions suppliers portfolio.

Tain significantly expands its casino portfolio offering to its operators with Geniis suite of interactive games, including the revolutionary Spin 16 titles.

Powered by patented technology that utilises the full area of touchscreen devices, Spin 16 allows a player to swipe up, down, left and right, producing a more immersive slots experience.

Nick Barr, Genii sales director, said: Tain's reach and client base, as well as experience gained from more than 15 years in the iGaming industry, makes this an exciting partnership for Genii."

Christer Fahlstedt, Tain CEO, added: "Genii's integration into the Tain platform further grows and diversifies our casino offering. With a loyal following among players, Genii's innovative games are a must-have for operators, and now Tain's customers around the world will be able to offer the entire portfolio of more than 130 titles."




2015-07-07

TAMPA BAY RAYS (43-41) at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (46-33)



In the second game of a double header, the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium.



The Rays have played much of this season in first place of the AL East, but a recent stretch of 11 losses in their last 14 games has knocked them down to third in the division; two games behind the Yankees. They have lost each of their last four series, three of which were against AL East opponents while also being swept over four games against the Cleveland Indians. They nearly took a sweep at the hands of the division leading Yankees in their last time out, but were able to pull out a nice 8-1 win on Sunday behind nine hits and help from New Yorks three errors. Going into Tuesday, 3B Evan Longoria (.277) was riding a four-game hitting streak and has multiple knocks in four of his last 10 outings. The Royals are once again the pacesetters for the central division, but have struggled recently with a 2-5 record since June 29th. After being swept by the Astros, they went back home and split four games with their divisional foes; the Twins. Each of their victories came by way of a 3-2 score and they did so on Sunday when they had just four hits and won on a walk-off double from 1B Eric Hosmer (.278). With another hitless night, 3B Mike Moustakas (.301) has seen his numbers drop recently and is a meager 4-for-36 (.111) with one extra-base hit in the past 10 contests. Tampa Bay seems to get solid pitchers out of nowhere and one of them will be starting this game in the form of RHP Matt Andriese (3-2, 3.24 ERA) as he goes against RHP Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.48 ERA) of the host team. Before Tuesdays early game, the Rays had compiled a 23-16 road record, but it could prove difficult to improve on that mark against a Kansas City team which is 24-15 at home. The two clubs have seen each other 13 times since the start of the 2013 campaign with the Royals dominating to the tune of a 10-3 record while going 5-1 at home during the stretch. Trends show that Tampa Bay is 11-3 (.786) in July road games over the past two seasons while the Royals are 85-22 (.794) when the money line is +125 to -125 in the same timeframe. The trio of 2B Tim Beckham (Hamstring), OF Desmond Jennings (Knee) and C John Jaso (Wrist) are currently riding the DL as the situations of 3B Mike Moustakas (Personal) and OF Lorenzo Cain (Hamstring) are something to watch leading up to first pitch.



Andriese had a solid yet unspectacular minor league career leading up to the 2015 season, but injuries and a solid performance at triple-A (2.88 ERA in six games) earned him a trip to Tampa Bay. Hes made the most of his time with the team, showing great control (1.5 BB/9) in his 41.2 frames, but has yet to pitch more than six innings in any of his outings. Things could move in the other direction as the season progresses with batters currently hitting a measly .267 BABIP as he shows limited strikeout ability (5.8 K/9) and the propensity to give up the long ball (1.30 HR/9). Andriese should feel great after his last start in which he threw six innings of shutout baseball, giving up just one hit with five strikeouts (0 walks) against Boston. He has not seen the Royals in his short career and could benefit from both Moustakas (.301) and Cain (.305) missing the game as they lead the team in average and have 51 combined extra-base hits and a collective 5.2 WAR. On the other side of things, 2B Omar Infante (.231) is having his worst year since 2007 with his lowest ISO (.076) since his sophomore campaign and his highest strikeout rate (15.8percent) since 2007. The Rays bullpen has gone 14-17 with a 3.88 ERA (1.31 WHIP) and are 34-for-42 (81percent) in save chances. Brad Boxberger (2.48 ERA, 20 saves) is currently manning the ninth inning and is 20-for-22 (91percent) in his save opportunities while striking out 45 batters in 32.2 innings.



Volquez has bounced around a bunch since the past five seasons as a member of five different teams with ineffective results until last year. He had an ERA greater than 4.10 in each campaign from 2009-2013 as he struggled immensely from control, but he has dropped his walks down to a career low mark in each of the last two seasons, posting better than a 3.50 ERA each time. His strikeouts have taken a hit (6.9 K/9) compared to his career average of 8.0 K/9, but he has allowed very few homers (0.66 HR/9) as his HR/FBpercent is at a career-low mark of 7.4percent. In his career against Tampa Bay, Volquez has gone 2-0 (2-1 team record) with a 2.66 ERA (1.03 WHIP) and was great (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 K) in a victory over them last year. SS Asdrubel Cabrera (3-for-8, 1 HR, 2 RBI), 3B Evan Longoria (3-for-9, 3 RBI) and OF Grady Sizemore (2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have had success in limited at-bats against the righty while 1B James Loney (2-for-15, 3 K) has had his issues in the matchup. Kansas City owns the best bullpen in baseball right now and they are 14-5 with a 2.03 ERA (1.03 WHIP), successfully saving 25-of-34 (74percent) games. Greg Holland (2.74 ERA, 16 saves) has one blown save on the year while giving up a mere 12 hits in his 23 innings on the mound.




2015-07-06

UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs Duffee

Saturday, July 15th 10:00 p.m. ET
San Diego, California



Todd Duffee attempts to extend his winning streak to four matches when he takes on Frank Mir, loser of four of his past five bouts, at UFC Fight Night 71.



Mir was a force when he started his UFC career back in 2001 and was the eventual heavyweight champion when he took out Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 in 2004. Since then he has earned an interim heavyweight championship and fought for the belt once, but is well past his glory days with defeats in four of his last five fights. In that time he was knocked out twice with the other two going to decision, but did bounce back most recently with a Performance of the Night as he knocked out Antonio Silva during the first round in February. He has won just once since 2011 and, despite being a big name in the sport, is at the tail end of his career at the age of 36. Duffee is seven years younger than his opponent for this match and has been the equivalent of a home run hitter in baseball with all nine of his wins coming by knockout while his two losses were also via knockout. Eight of his wins came in the first round, including each of the last three, two of which were in the UFC. In the two fights since coming back to the UFC, Duffee has made quick work of both Philip De Fries and Anthony Hamilton, finishing them both off in less than 2:30 minutes and barely let things start against Hamilton at UFC 181; ending it in 33 seconds. The 29-year-old out of the University of Georgia stands at 63 and looks to be the future of the heavyweight division.



Mir used to be the talk of the town in the heavyweight division, but he has gone downhill fast and is now struggling to get anything going. He is coming off a dominant performance against Silva in which he out-struck him 10-1 and finished the fight in 1:40, but overall is landing just 2.18 significant strikes per minute at 47percent accuracy. His opponents have unloaded on him to the tune of 3.97 significant strikes per minute at a ridiculous 63percent accuracy and in his four matches before his last win, Mir had landed a mere 53 significant strikes compared to 206 strikes against him; including a very poor performance against Alistair Overeem where he was out-struck 62-3 in three rounds. Overall he averages 2.20 takedowns per 15 minutes in the octagon, but in his past five bouts has just one following two fights when he had seven total takedowns. He has defended against the takedown 54percent of the time, but has not hit the mat since facing Lesnar in 2009. Submissions are something that he looks to perform often with 2.3 submissions attempted per 15 minutes and nine of his 17 career victories have come by that tactic. Mir is past his prime and will struggle to keep up with the younger fighter.



Duffee makes things look easy in his time in the octagon, and has used aggressive attacks to get in 5.44 significant strikes per 15 minutes. His accuracy is not too impressive, though, with 34percent of those attempts landing as he looks for quantity over quality, searching for the perfect unexpected punch to knock out his opposition. Over his five career UFC fights, Duffee is taking just 1.79 significant strikes per minute as he deflects 61percent of the attempts and has gotten in 28 hits compared to just nine in his last two times out. His style ends there as he does not look to take anyone down or perform a submission as evidenced by having zero of each in his time in the UFC. He also tends to stay upright with a takedown defense of 90percent as he was dropped by De Fries once before knocking him out in just over two minutes. Duffees fighting style is very straight forward, but effective, so it will be interesting to see if his aggressiveness can take out a veteran like Mir.