26 March 2010In a boost for local e-commerce, a new partnership between First National Bank and PayPal will enable South Africans to sell to PayPal’s global customer base and move the proceeds to their qualifying FNB accounts – without having to share their personal or financial information online.The service also allows customers to top up and withdraw funds to their qualifying FNB accounts from their PayPal accounts. PayPal has more than 81-million accounts in 190 markets around the world“Our agreement with PayPal also enables international businesses and individuals to transact with South African service providers via a secure and convenient payment service”, FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week, adding that it would help South Africans to join the global e-commerce marketplace.“The exclusive top-up and withdraw service with PayPal allows South Africans to make payments and receive money internationally without sharing their financial or personal information.”Qualifying FNB account holders need only open a PayPal account and link it to their FNB account in order to receive PayPal payments in 21 different currencies. FNB will convert the currency to South African rands when the money is transferred into their accounts.Focus on innovationThe solution enables qualifying FNB account holders to top up their PayPal accounts any time they want to, send money, and shop online with PayPal’s global base of merchants.“FNB and PayPal have a similar focus on innovation, so it makes sense that we would work with FNB to make online payments even easier for merchants and consumers in South Africa,” said PayPal’s Oded Zehavi.“With South Africa’s solid financial infrastructure and its status as the continent’s largest economy, we’re optimistic about the future of e-commerce in this market, and look forward to working with FNB on the opportunities ahead.”The PayPal service in partnership with FNB has received approval from the exchange control department of the South African Reserve Bank.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Men’s open:Queensland Country Outbacks 7 def NSW Country Mavericks 4.The Outlaws have broken free and they took the men’s Elite Eight trophy with them.In an upset of sorts, Queensland Country knocked off not one but two of the fancied men’s open teams to win the division for the first time.The Outlaws defeated two-time finalists NSW Mets 12-9 in the semi-final and followed it up by knocking off the defending champions, NSW Country Mavericks 7-4.Queensland Country captain Daniel Withers has been playing at the NTL for 15 years and he has never won the big one.He now has and it was a welcome relief.“We have such a great and young group of kids here,” the player of the match said.“We always had that internal belief and after day one we were obviously disappointed, but we knew if we stuck to that policy and stuck to our game plan, we would come up trumps.”The Outlaws drew their three games on day one and found their winning feeling on Thursday and never looked back.They did not let the Mavericks in with a chance.“We had a really good game plan. We played them the other day and we really had a good think about how we could beat these guys,” he said.“We came out here executed it perfectly and got the win at the end of the day.”From the first minute, it wasn’t going to be Mavericks’ day.Dylan Thompson was assisted off the field after he suffered a shoulder injury.It rattled the champs as the Outlaws scored two touchdowns before Dylan Hennessey’s show-and-go got NSW Country on the board.Luke Simmons made it 2-all in the 19th minute but the killer blow came after.Shaun Francis and Jayden Benbow scored within 30 seconds of each other to put the Outlaws up 4-2 at half-time.NSW Country Matthew Prowse tried to rally his troops by scoring a touchdown himself.But the Outlaws scored the next three touchdowns.Corey Whitaker scored a consolation touchdown for the Mavericks but the Outlaws had already cleaned out the safe.“The distance [of travel] between us in what we have to go through to get here is simply amazing. It’s full credit to these guys here,” Withers said.Withers was named player of the final and the player of the series was Queensland South Stingrays’ Peter Norman.Touchdowns: Outlaws 7 (Jayden Benbow 2, Shaun Francis 2, Daniel Withers, Lachlan Pierce, David Zanette); Mavericks 3 (Dylan Hennessey, Matthew Prowse, Corey Whitaker, Luke Simmons).Men’s open final timeline:10th minute Outlaws 1-0 Mavericks – Daniel Withers touchdown.15th minute Outlaws 2-0 – Lachlan Pierce touchdown.16th minute Outlaws 2-1 – Dylan Hennessey touchdown.19th minute 2-all – Luke Simmons touchdown.20th minute Outlaws 3-2 – Shaun Francis touchdown.20th minute Outlaws 4-2 – Jayden Benbow touchdown.Half-time – Outlaws 4-2.25th minute Outlaws 4-3 – Matthew Prowse touchdown.30th minute Outlaws 5-3 – David Zanette touchdown.33rd minute Outlaws 6-3 – Jayden Benbow touchdown.37th minute Outlaws 7-3 – Shaun Francis touchdown.39th minute Outlaws 7-4 – Corey Whitaker touchdown.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s open final By BEN HARRIS
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich make bid No4 for Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich have made another offer for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Daily Mail says Bayern have made a fourth bid of £35million for Hudson-Odoi, matching Chelsea’s required asking price. The Bundesliga champions are very keen to sign the teenage forward, who is struggling for first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.Hudson-Odoi has impressed whenever he has featured for Chelsea this season, including assists for both goals in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. However he is not a regular starter for Chelsea and with Christian Pulisic set to arrive from Borussia Dortmund next summer, his chances look likely to become even more scarce.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 29: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals reacts as he coaches against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Saturday’s fantastic Kentucky-Louisville game should have made headlines for the great game on the court, but an alleged gesture by Cardinals coach Rick Pitino as he exited the floor has captured the attention of the college basketball world. Following his team’s two point loss, a Kentucky fan tweeted a video of Pitino allegedly giving the middle finger to taunting Wildcats fans. It is hard to tell definitively what the gesture Pitino makes is, but a new video has come out that gives a slightly better angle.This video, posted to Facebook by Adam Joseph Gatzke, is still grainy, but it definitely looks like Pitino extends a finger, and it doesn’t look like it could be his index finger to make a “No. 1” gesture, as Pitino said was the case.Between this incident, and Pitino skipping his post-game press conference, and the looming questions surrounding his program due to the sex scandal that broke before the season, Pitino is having a very rough 2015. Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres has gone as far as to call him the “least likable” person in college sports. If he did, in fact, flip off a number of fans, even if they taunted him, it doesn’t help his case there.[Reddit]
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference stages a research paper competition each year, and those papers usually contain results and ideas that are far more interesting than anything uttered on stage during the conference’s panels. Here are five trends that emerged in this year’s eight finalists:It’s all about big data sets: Camera-tracked data isn’t new to the pro sports scene; PITCHf/x data has been around for a decade. But only recently have we started to see it, along with other relatively large data sets, take over the research competition at Sloan. Four of the eight paper finalists used camera-tracked data, two more used sizable play-by-play databases, and another used a massive collection of geotagged in-game mobile-device requests from MLB stadiums. Simply put, research that doesn’t have to grapple with the demands of bigger data sets is becoming less common among Sloan paper finalists.The rise of machine learning: With the increased prominence of such large data sets, it was inevitable that state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques would begin to make their mark at Sloan. For instance, one of this year’s most interesting finalists used a “random forest” framework to predict the outcome of a tennis point after any shot based on the speed, trajectory and location of the ball, the context of the shot and priors for a player’s style derived from cluster analysis. (What this means to you is that if it works, the algorithm will be able to ferret out not only the most crucial points in a match, but also the most crucial shots.) Another paper used supervised learning to develop custom player-by-player strategies for pick-and-roll defense in the NBA — a clever way to translate statistical knowledge about a player into actionable tactics. In many ways, an amount of data so staggering can only be coherently processed using these kinds of advanced statistical techniques, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them used more in future research.A focus on classifying player types: As part of its model, that tennis paper developed what it called “style priors” for each player based on the types of shots he tends to play. Another paper, about complementary players in basketball, estimated the effect of an individual player’s skill set on the behavior of his teammates. The emphasis on underlying tendencies and similar player types to provide context and inform prediction isn’t unprecedented — PECOTA was doing a version of that 13 years ago — but it is now being used with far more granular data, to improve prediction in a wider variety of sports (particularly dynamic ones such as tennis and basketball).The Hot Hand, Part 1,000,000: Few topics have generated more research in psychology and statistics than the hot-hand fallacy. It has surfaced again with a Sloan paper finalist. The seminal work on the subject declared the hot hand nothing more than a trick of the mind, but there’s been a recent trend toward debunking the hot-hand debunkers. Here, that trend continues — using baseball data, the authors find that recent changes in player performance can be predictive and that opposing teams mostly react to them in an appropriate manner. But I’m guessing this won’t be the final word in the hot-hand wars.Fewer finalists from the “Big Four” and more from the business of sport: Compared to Sloan conferences past, this year’s crop of finalists featured easily the fewest papers focused on the North American “Big Four” sports of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Football1010 NO. OF FINALIST PAPERS Hockey1010 Tennis0001 Business0012 Gambling0010 Using the Internet Archive, I tracked the breakdown of finalists by sport going back to 2013; that year, seven of the eight finalists researched a Big Four sport. This year, the number is down to four. Also of note is the emergence of finalists concerned with the business of running a sports franchise. Zero finalists focused on the subject in 2013 and 2014, but that changed last year with the inclusion of a paper about dynamic ticket pricing. Now we’re up to two finalists focused on topics like brand engagement and sponsorship revenue. Soccer1111 TOPIC2013201420152016 Baseball1312 Basketball4422
Former Ohio State guard Mike Conley Jr. drives to the basket as Georgetown center Roy Hibbert defends during their NCAA Final Four game in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 31, 2007. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will add eight people — seven former athletes and one current coach — to the 418-person hall in the fall, Ohio State announced announced Wednesday morning.The eight-person class of 2017 will be inducted at a dinner on Oct. 6, and will be recognized at halftime of the Ohio State-Maryland football game the next day on Homecoming weekend.The seven former players who will be inducted include LeCharles Bentley (football), Mike Conley (men’s basketball), Tom Byers (men’s track and field), Chelsea Davis (women’s diving), Bryce Keough (wrestling), Christina Manning (women’s track and field) and Nancy Pearson (women’s swimming).Pete Hanson, Ohio State’s men’s volleyball coach since 1985, is the first coach to be inducted into the hall of fame since former Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel in 2015. Hanson’s teams have won back-to-back NCAA championships. Last season, Ohio State had its 42-match win streak snapped, the third-longest streak in in NCAA men’s volleyball history.Bentley, the first Ohio State player to ever win the Rimington Award – given to the nation’s best center – is the 122nd member from the football program in the hall. The three-year starter was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2001.Conley, a point guard who played for Ohio State for one season before heading to the NBA, helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA Championship. He averaged 11.3 points per game and holds the record for most assists (238) and steals (87) by a freshman in Ohio State men’s basketball history.Byers, a mid-distance runner from 1973-1976, holds multiple school and meet records. The three-time indoor All-American in the 1,000-yard run owns the school record in the 1,500 meter run (3:37.50).Davis won the national championship in 2008 and was named the NCAA Tri-Diver of the Year. In 2010, Davis was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Only one other member of Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving program has been awarded the award before.As a senior in 1951, Keough was the captain of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship-winning wrestling team. He won individual conference titles at 155 pounds in 1949 and 147 pounds in 1951.Manning, who ran for Ohio State from 2008-2012, in an 11-time All-American, 10-time Big Ten champion and two-time national champion. She holds school records in the 60-meter dash (7.23), 60-meter hurdles (7.91), 100-meter hurdles (12.68) and 400-meter relay (43.70).Pearson was an All-American swimmer in 1982 and twice was a Big Ten champion as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team.The hall of fame, which was created in 1977, includes 305 men and 121 women. Women weren’t inducted into the the hall until 1993.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Demetrius Knox (78) awaits a play call during the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win against Nebraska on Oct. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 9 depth chart Tuesday for its upcoming matchup against Penn State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Only two notable changes came from the updated depth chart.Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox was listed as the starting right guard this week after being listed as co-starter with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell last week. Knox started in place of injured redshirt junior Branden Bowen against Nebraska. The kickoff specialist for the week has been listed as redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger. Nuernberger was listed as the starter last week against Nebraska, but freshman Blake Haubeil was the kickoff specialist at the beginning of the game and held the role throughout the matchup.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes, left tackle Jamarco Jones, running back Mike Weber and H-back Parris Campbell were all listed as starters at their respective positions. Holmes, Campbell and Weber are listed as co-starters at defensive end, H-back and running back, respectively, while Jones is the lone starter at left tackle. All four dealt with injuries during the Nebraska game, but head coach Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference he expects them to be ready to play.The depth chart can be found here.
Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) high fives his brother, sophomore forward Andre Wesson (24) after scoring in the first half in the game against Maryland on Jan. 11. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn a crowd of Scarlet and Gray, packing the Schottenstein Center, Stephanie and Keith Wesson prepared to watch their two sons, sophomore forward Andre and freshman center Kaleb, take the court for Ohio State prior to its Jan. 22 game against Nebraska. Becoming Buckeyes was only a matter of time for the Wesson brothers. Keith, a former Ohio State player from 1983 to 1987, raised his sons in a Columbus suburb, practically preparing them to play for his former team. The two played together at Westerville South, but it wasn’t clear if that would continue at the next level.Andre and Kaleb won a state championship in 2016, playing at the Schott. A month later, Andre received an offer from Ohio State and signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes. Now, the two play for the same team on the same court they shared that memorable moment.“I’m happy for them that all of their work paid off and it’s just truly a blessing,” their father said. “They had a lot of choices, a lot of great schools, and for them to choose Ohio State, where I played, down the street. Words can’t describe how excited and happy we are.”Even though the brothers are reunited, there have been roadblocks.In only his third collegiate game, Kaleb was suspended for the Buckeyes’ game against Texas Southern on Nov. 16 for “a failure to meet the expectations of the men’s basketball program,” according to an Ohio State spokesperson. However, after one more game, he took over the starting center position for an injured sophomore Micah Potter and has not let go of it since.Andre’s path to playing time this season has not been as clear.During the summer, Andre underwent medical tests on an unknown condition that forced him to stop basketball activity for some time, which instilled questions into his longevity with Ohio State. During this time, Andre’s father said he “literally couldn’t do anything.” He couldn’t pick up a basketball, swim or “walk fast,” according to his mother. Andre made it back to the court for the Buckeyes and has become the Buckeyes’ top forward off the bench, averaging more minutes than any other bench forward and playing at least 16 minutes in each of the team’s last six games. However, his father said the injury still slightly affects Andre, even months into the season. Keith said it was a challenge for his elder son to come back and get back into the speed of the game after months away. “An athlete who has been playing whatever sport since sixth grade, basically every day, that was really the hardest part for him,” Keith said. “And then just not knowing and not being able to do anything. It was tough on him, and it took a lot longer for him. He’s still recovering from this, especially from an offensive standpoint.”Overall, both Andre and Kaleb have made quite the names for themselves in their time at Ohio State. Kaleb has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season, while Andre has been praised by his teammates and head coach Chris Holtmann for his contributions off the bench.The brothers grew up highly competitive, Stephanie said. They were always fighting and were so hard on each other that sometimes their father had to step in. But Kaleb has always been Andre’s biggest fan. Their mother Stephanie said Kaleb stands up for his brother whenever a negative comment is made about him. Their parents have not missed a game this season, home or away.“I just want them to get to their highest potential, whatever that may be. I want them to leave it all out on the floor. I tell them all the time, enjoy every minute of this,” Keith said. “Having played, sometimes you get so caught up in the wins and losses and playing well or playing bad that you forget to soak in the experience; playing in Madison Square Garden, walking down Times Square, going to these great facilities, flying on a charter plane. “They get lost in the norm of how normal things appear but I always remind them that this isn’t normal.”
Nigel Clough will not go into too much detail about Manchester City’s qualities to his Burton squad as he doesn’t want to frighten themThe English third division side will go up against City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with the first leg to take place at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.While forward Lucas Akins dares to dream of causing an upset, manager Clough’s main focus is ensuring his players don’t get cold feet.“We’ve not gone into any detail with them because that will frighten the life out of them,” said Clough, according to Belfast Telegraph.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They know. They watch Match of the Day every week. They know exactly how good they are.“We’ll approach it exactly the same way we did against the Championship clubs and Burnley. We can’t do too much on them because we don’t know what team they’ll play.“It helps in some ways because we can focus on ourselves, do our jobs and hopefully they’ll have a terrible night which is what it will take for something to happen in our favour.”The first leg will start at 20:45 (CET) next Wednesday.