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Greyhound Board of Great Britain commits further funding to animal welfare

first_img Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit The newly-rebranded Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has pledged to continue directing at least 75% of the funding it receives from the betting industry towards animal welfare, as detailed in its first year update.Earlier in the year, a number of the industry’s bookmakers agreed to voluntarily set aside funds to go towards greyhound racing. Betfred, Paddypower Betfair, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill joined Ladbrokes-Coral and Jennings Bet, who had agreed to make such contributions in 2018. Meanwhile, Bet365 agreed to continue their contributions.The update detailed: “We have put in place a whole series of initiatives that assist everyone in our industry to deliver a sport that is safe, welfare-driven and run with outstanding integrity. Alongside our commitment to welfare, we have also begun to deliver on our commitment to people within the sport. “Initiatives such as our national training conferences, the Greyhound Ambassadors and the Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship are galvanising those within our sport, harnessing existing expertise, sharing and developing best practice and promoting the enthusiasm and unity of the industry.“As part of this update on the Commitment, we are publishing the 2018 injury and retirement figures which provide an honest and accurate assessment of where our sport is doing well and where it needs to do more. Overall, the data is positive, demonstrating that British greyhound racing’s welfare standards are world leading.”The GBGB has committed to develop strategies which will allow them to ‘secure future funding to allow a fuller and more substantial roll-out of the Injury Recovery Scheme, which has the potential to put an end to dogs being put to sleep for financial reasons.’ The funding would also go towards supporting the Greyhound Retirement Scheme up last year which is due to attach a financial bond to each greyhound at the point of registration. As part of the pledges made by the board, there will be a continuation of work alongside the bookmaking industry which will prioritise the need for additional funding towards animal welfare.The update continued: “We have set ourselves some challenging targets to achieve within the next three years but we are confident that, with the support of everyone working within the industry, as well as our partners and wider stakeholders, we can achieve these targets and continue to ensure our welfare standards are amongst the very best.”last_img read more

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers: Several young wide receivers poised for breakouts

first_imgMichael Pittman Jr., Colts Pittman Jr enjoyed an outstanding senior season at USC, totaling 101 catches for 1,275 yards and 11 TDs. That suggests he could make an impact in PPR leagues a rookie. He will take some pressure off T.Y. Hilton, and a chance to work with a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers does not hurt. Pittman Jr will be cheaper than the other rookie receivers on this list, too.  Breshad Perriman, Jets Perriman is the classic hit-or-miss deep threat receiver who can make (or break) your week. He has 95 catches on 195 targets through a four-year career with three different teams. The allure remains a career average of 16.4 yards per catch, as well as a monster showing over the final three weeks last year while in Tampa (17 catches, 349 yards, four TDs). He won’t have gunslinger Jameis Winston forcing it to him this year, but perhaps he finds a rhythm with Sam Darnold in the Jets’ offense.  Hunter Renfrow, Raiders Renfrow was a cult hero during his college days at Clemson for his knack for the big catch, and he started to find his role with the Raiders late last season. He had back-to-back 100-yard games with a pair of TDs in Weeks 15 and 16, and owners tend to remember those players who come through in the fantasy playoffs. Renfrow will earn an increased role in the offense in 2020 and has a chance to be a real PPR stalwart. The potential for a breakout season is there for these 11 receivers, all of whom have the potential to greatly outperform their average draft positions:  2020 Fantasy Sleepers:Quarterback | Running back | Tight endFantasy Football WR SleepersJustin Jefferson, Vikings  Jefferson put up absurd numbers at slot receiver for LSU last season with 111 catches, 1,540 yards, and 18 TDs. He fills a void in Minnesota left by Stefon Diggs, and even though it’s unlikely he performs at Diggs’ level right away, he has the potential to emerge as a reliable target for Kirk Cousins later in the season.  Diontae Johnson, Steelers  Johnson was inconsistent early last season, but he turned it on in Pittsburgh’s final four games with 23 catches on 31 targets for 257 yards and a pair of TDs. He will be featured more in the offense, and the return of Ben Roethlisberger should translate into far more production.  Darius Slayton, Giants Slayton emerged as a waiver-wire gem last season after averaging 15.4 yards per reception, and he finished in a six-way tie among receivers for eighth in the league with eight TDs. Slayton did all that despite hauling in 48 catches on 84 targets. Daniel Jones does a good job of spreading the wealth in New York, and even full seasons from Golden Tate (five games missed last year), Sterling Shepard (6), and Evan Engram (8) shouldn’t kill Slayton’s value. He’s a value pick in standard leagues.  Mecole Hardman, Chiefs Hardman needed just 26 catches to total 538 yards – a 20.7 yards per catch clip that makes him one of the more-exciting fantasy plays on any given week. Hardman’s six TD catches covered 287 yards, an amazing average of 47.8 yards on scoring plays. That blend of home-run speed fits perfectly in Kansas City’s offense and should lead to more production in 2020.  Jalen Reagor, Eagles  The Eagles grabbed Reagor in the first round, and there’s some appeal based on his ability in the return game. Reagor averaged 15.2 yards per catch at TCU with an inconsistent quarterback situation. Philadelphia will make use of his talent. Given the Eagles’ lack of healthy, reliable WR options, Reagor could have value right away and should have extra value in PPR leagues.  N’Keal Harry, Patriots Injuries limited Harry to just seven games as a rookie, and he was a bit player in the New England’s offense as a result. The 6-4 former first-round pick can make New England’s new starting quarterback comfortable with his size, especially if it’s Cam Newton under center. He will need to improve his catch percentage to be more consistent, but the buy-low appeal is there on a team that lacks playmakers. Preston Williams, Dolphins Williams totaled 32 catches for 428 yards and three TDs as a rookie before a torn ACL ended his season. He was a consistent PPR receiver up to that point, and that role will be important when Tua Tagovailoa takes over at quarterback for the Dolphins. The 6-5 Williams is on track to be ready by Week 1, and he’ll will start the season as a WR4 or WR5 on fantasy rosters. The upside is there to move up the ladder.   Allen Lazard, Packers Another 6-5 big-play threat, injuries pressed Lazard into service last season, and he took advantage of the opportunity with Aaron Rodgers. Devin Funchess, Green Bay’s biggest offseason signing at receiver, opted out in August, so Lazard is in position for major playing time again this season. Lazard had seven games with at least 40 yards receiving last season, but he’ll need to score more TDs opposite Davante Adams to have real value.   How many times has your fantasy football matchup come down to picking that last wide receiver or flex? Those decisions can make the difference, so finding the right sleeper WR lower in the pre-draft rankings — be it a boom-or-bust big-play guy or a low-ceiling, PPR possession type — can go a long way. The talent at the wide receiver position is spread out more than ever. A total of 24 receivers had more than 1,000 yards in 2019, but only two, Detroit’s Kenny Golladay and the Rams’ Cooper Kupp, scored 10 TDs or more. Production comes in a variety of ways and from a variety of players, including rookies, second-year standouts, and potential third-year breakouts.last_img read more