Advertisements


We are sorry, the requested page does not exist




Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Rody wants PCGG powers expanded

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte wants to give more authority to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), a body originally tasked to go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2016

Panelo eyes more constitutional powers for Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo is open to having expanded powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte placed in the Constit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2016

Panelo eyes more constitutional powers for Durterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo is open to having expanded powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte placed in the Constit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2016

Supreme Court to use disciplinary powers in war vs. corruption - Chief Justice

Supreme Court to use disciplinary powers in war vs. corruption - Chief Justice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

Piston: Emergency powers may result in corruption

Piston: Emergency powers may result in corruption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

A closer look at Turkey s proposed presidential system

ISTANBUL — Turkey's parliament has signed off on a controversial constitutional reform package that would concentrate even more powers in the office of the p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Turkish leader Erdogan pushes to create powerful presidency

ANKARA — Turkey's president started campaigning yesterday for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, hours after a vote i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers

Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Whatever it may take, solve the traffic mess

As expected there would be a howl of protest if the President would be given emergency powers to solve the traffic problem......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

PAG-IBIG Fund Urges Members to Join in Expanded Raffle Promo

PAG-IBIG Fund Urges Members to Join in Expanded Raffle Promo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Duterte to Pinoys: Be assertive vs corruption

President Duterte has asked Filipinos to be assertive to stop corruption in dealing with government employees and transactions......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Teng powers AMA’s win over Batangas

Teng powers AMA’s win over Batangas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Derrick Rose powers short-handed Knicks past Celtics

em>By Ken Powtak, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence. It was just the third win in 14 games for the Knicks. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 39 points, his 13th time this season with 30 or more points. Jae Crowder added 21 for the Celtics, who lost for only the fourth time in 17 games. Al Horford, Boston's big free-agent acquisition during the summer, had five points on 2-of-14 shooting. He was 1-for-8 on three-point attempts. Boston closed to 97-96 on Jaylen Brown's two free throws with just under eight minutes to play, but Justin Holiday and Courtney Lee nailed three-pointers 29 seconds apart, pushing New York's lead back to seven. Rose then capped an 8-0 spree by putting in his own miss after Thomas missed a jumper -- his seventh straight shot that was off. strong>TIP-INS /strong> Knicks: Porzingis was out with a sore left Achilles and Noah was sidelined by a sore left ankle. Porzingis missed his fourth straight game, but did shoot before the game. Noah played in their last game. Both big men are expected to undergo MRIs on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). F Lance Thomas was also out (fractured left orbital bone). Celtics: G Avery Bradley was a late scratch with a sore right Achilles after warming up. He played in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) win, but had missed the previous four games after straining the same Achilles. strong>SPECIAL MOMENT /strong> The fans gave a loud ovation to 11-year-old Stephen Register of Needham, Massachusetts, late in the opening quarter when he was shown on the Jumbotron. On Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), as part of a Make-A-Wish memory, the team signed him to an honorary one-day contract and he practiced with Celtics players Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, received a personalized team jersey, and participated in a press conference with players asking him questions. He was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Knicks: /strong> /em>Host Washington on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their third game in four days. The Wizards won the only other matchup -- 119-112 in Washington on Nov. 17 (Nov. 18, PHL time). em> strong>Celtics: /strong> /em>Host Portland on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), the first of two meetings between the teams this season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan s powers

ANKARA — Turkey's parliament on yesterday embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give Presiden.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Pres. Duterte Promises to Rid Philhealth of Corruption

Pres. Duterte Promises to Rid Philhealth of Corruption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Israel expands missile defense system with new interceptor

JERUSALEM — Israel says it has expanded a missile defense system with the addition of longer range, more precise interception capabilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Special, not emergency powers OK’d for traffic

MANILA, Philippines - Instead of emergency powers for President Duterte, the House transportation committee approved yesterday a measure that would give the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

House panel OKs emergency powers for Digong vs traffic

The House Committee on Transportation approved yesterday a bill granting special powers for the Duterte administration to address the lingering traffic crisis in the country for a period of three years......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

House OKs traffic special powers for Duterte - Manila Bulletin

House OKs traffic special powers for Duterte - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017