Related Articles IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity July 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Australia ASX-listed gambling technology group Aristocrat Leisure has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Karp as Managing Director & President of Big Fish Games, heading up its recently acquired social gaming subsidiary.Seeking to diversify its corporate entity beyond casino technologies, in December 2017 Aristocrat completed its $1 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Big Fish, from former owner Churchill Downs.Regarded as one of the leading executives within the games sector, Karp has formerly held EVP roles at EA, Zynga and GSN Games, developing and delivering a number of top-grossing game titles, product lines and new franchises.Most recently Karp served as Chief Executive of Sports Illustrated (Comcast/NBC) PLAY division, developing youth-sports platforms and engagement verticals.Updating the market Jeff Goldstein Chief Digital Officer at Aristocrat, stated that Karp had the best profile and experience to lead Big Fish’s future enterprise:“I am delighted to welcome Jeff Karp to Big Fish. His expertise in growing games into global entertainment franchises is unsurpassed. His proven track record and deep experience in the games industry make him the ideal person to drive Big Fish’s growth strategy, and ensure the business delivers its full potential.”Karp will lead Big Fish as Aristocrat governance seeks to establish its new subsidiary as the market leader in social and casual games, developing new engaging titles and furthering franchises with entertainment companies and media owners.“I am honored to be working with such a creative and talented group, who are focused on enhancing life through exceptional play,” Karp commented on leading Big Fish Games“Big Fish is a content-rich company and its employees are passionate about making great games that bring joy and fun to millions of players around the world. I look forward to working with everyone at Big Fish to deliver our growth plans for the benefit of our players, our people and all our stakeholders.”
“Just waiting for the right opportunity, and nothing has changed as far as that goal, and that dream of mine is to still play,” Carter said, via The Athletic. “It’s just a patient thing. I get it. I’m older. Teams are going younger. Hopefully, within the coming days, we’ll have something figured out.”Carter averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38.9% from 3-point range for the Hawks last season. Atlanta “would welcome Carter back if that’s what he chooses to do,” according to The Athletic’s report, which cites two unidentified sources. Related News The Hawks finished 2018-19 with a 29-53 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. They signed forward Jabari Parker and selected De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in the first round of the 2019 draft.Atlanta currently has two open roster spots. Klay Thompson says Warriors’ dynasty is far from over: ‘It would not be smart to count the Dubs out’ Vince Carter is not ready to retire.The 42-year-old wing is a free agent but told reporters Thursday he’s still hoping to sign with a team and play one more NBA season. Jayson Tatum on Celtics signing Kemba Walker: ‘I think I had a big part with him coming here’ David Griffin admits he was ‘miserable’ as Cavaliers GM Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce told The Athletic he hopes the team re-signs Carter.“Leadership is important, but that is primarily coming from me,” Pierce said in June. “Maturity and character is what is needed in the locker room. Vince was great, and Vince is great because he gives you leadership, credibility and experience. The character piece for him is just off the charts. I think we have a ton of high-character guys here, so we have to keep that.“I hope we don’t have to get a leader just because we need one. Vince Carter came with a different set. He walked into the locker room, and he already has respect. He didn’t have to demand it or command it.”Carter, who has made eight All-Star teams during his 21-year career, has also played for the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Kings.
In this Friday, May 28, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay autographs a basketball as the team arrived in Portland, Ore., as the trail Blazers trail the Philadelphia 76ers two games to none in their best of seven series for the NBA basketball title. (AP Photo/File)MIAMI (AP) — Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA’s most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.Ramsay’s death was announced by ESPN, for whom he worked as a broadcaster for many years.“Dr. Jack Ramsay has passed,” ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca wrote on Twitter early Monday. “A rare man. Loved and respected by all. Fascinating life well lived. An inspiration to so many.”Ramsay coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons before embarking on a second career as an NBA analyst. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2004 and later battled growths and tumors that spread to his legs, lungs and brain, then later fought prostate cancer and most recently a marrow syndrome.In this Sunday, April, 14, 2002, file photo, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay smiles during a special 25th anniversary reunion of the Trail Blazers’ 1976-77 championship team at halftime of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Shane Young, File)His affinity for fitness never wavered, though. Ramsay, who competed in at least 20 triathlons during his life, worked out regularly into his 80s, even as he battled the various forms of cancer that he was stricken with. He often spoke of his love of swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near his home in Naples, Fla., or jogging in a pool or from wall to wall in his hotel room when he was traveling on NBA assignments.“He’s probably forgotten more about the game than I know,” Miami Heat coach and president Pat Riley once said of Ramsay, whom he counted as a close friend.Ramsay also spent several years late in life caring for his wife, Jean, who was diagnosed in 2001 with Alzheimer’s disease. She died in January 2010.Ramsay had enormous popularity within the league, even until the final stages of his life. To commemorate Ramsay’s 89th birthday earlier this year, Portland coach Terry Stotts wore a loud checkered jacket and open-collared shirt for a Blazers’ game — a nod to how Ramsay dressed when he coached the club.“Jack’s life is a beacon which guides us all,” Bill Walton, who was on Ramsay’s 1977 title team in Portland, told USA Today in 2007. “He is our moral compass, our spiritual inspiration. He represents the conquest of substance over hype. He is a true saint of circumstance.”John T. Ramsay was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Philadelphia and enrolled at Saint Joseph’s in 1942, eventually becoming captain of the basketball team there for his senior season. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949, explaining the “Dr. Jack” moniker that most players and fans simply knew him by.Ramsay’s biggest impact on Hawk Hill would be when he started coaching his alma mater in 1955. He was wildly successful there, going 234-72 and taking the Hawks to the NCAA tournament seven times, the Final Four in 1961 and to a No. 1 preseason ranking by Sports Illustrated in 1965.To Ramsay, the most significant part of the Saint Joseph’s years was this: “I met my wife there,” he said.He was a founding father of sorts for the growth of “Big 5” basketball, which is what the annual series between Philadelphia-area schools Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, Penn, Villanova and Temple was dubbed.“I felt a lot of personal pride and interest in the outcome of those games,” Ramsay told the AP in 2004. “There wasn’t as much interest in conference play. There wasn’t the impact of a national championship or conference championships like there is today. The Big 5 was clearly the biggest thing any of those schools were involved in at that point.”Ramsay took over as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1968, moved on to the Buffalo Braves in 1972 and took his craft to Portland in 1976 — where he took a team with stars like Walton and Maurice Lucas and delivered an NBA championship in his first season, beating the 76ers in six games in the final series.“For me, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that I will cherish forever,” Ramsay in an 1997 interview.Indeed, that was his lone NBA title. Walton got hurt the next year, crippling Portland’s chances of getting back to championship form during that era. Ramsay coached the Blazers for nine more seasons without another trip to the finals, and spent the final three years of his NBA sideline career in Indiana — resigning from the Pacers in November 1988 after the team got off to an 0-7 start.Ramsay was 864-783 in his NBA career, being named one of the league’s Top 10 all-time coaches in 1996.When he left the Pacers, Ramsay carefully did not use the word “retire,” and began working as a television analyst on 76ers games. Eventually, he worked on Heat television broadcasts for eight seasons before moving full-time to ESPN for radio and TV commentating before the 2000-01 season.“So grateful that his path crossed ours,” his former Heat broadcast partner Eric Reid wrote on Twitter early Monday. “Hall of Fame coach and man.”
It’s time to get ready for the big stage for a handful of Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams.The squads begin quest for medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cups beginning Thursday in Aldergrove and Kelowna.Each team from Nelson — three in the girl’s tourney in Kelowna and three competing in Aldergrove in the boy’s event — enter the tournament seeded seventh. The three girl’s clubs compete in the U13, U14 and U15 divisions while the boys are up against teams from throughout the province in the U15, U16 and U18 categories.Each Nelson Select team plays a three-team-round-robin draw before the final games Sunday.There are eight zones in each division with each team playing one game from Thursday to Saturday before the medal games.The top team in each pool advances to play in the gold medal game.The second-place finishers in each division meet for the bronze.The final two teams play off in consolation round action.The Nelson Select teams represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial tourney.