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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tomas Rosicky Retires ... "I'm a Gunner forever"

Arsenal favourite Tomas Rosicky has retired today at 37 years of age saying that he could no longer deal with the physical rigours of professional football, and had called time on his long playing career.

The former Czech international spent ten years playing for The Arsenal in North London, and he took time to say thanks to fans by calling the club and doing an interview.

“For one last time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Arsenal Football Club,” he said.

Rosicky continued : “For me, it’s a fantastic club and it was always an honour for me to play for Arsenal."

Congratulations on a great career Tomas - always a Gooner !

Full Article here at Arsenal's website :

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NFL Odds: Bears-Packers on Thursday Night Football

The NFL’s longest-standing rivalry continues Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS) when the Chicago Bears meet the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

These two teams have played each other 194 times since 1921, and after all that time it’s all even at 94-94-6 heading into their latest showdown. However, the Packers have won six of the last seven games, and they’re 7.5-point favorites at press time with a total of 45.5.

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Green Bay (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) is once again one of the better teams in the NFL, and arguably the most popular, but the Packers haven’t covered the spread in the last two games, so are the bookies putting a large -7.5 spread to collect Cheesehead fan money?

The Packers needed overtime to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 last Sunday as 8-point home favourites. The Packers lost yet another offensive lineman in that game: RT Kyle Murphy (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The Bears (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) got their first win of 2017 last Sunday in another overtime thriller, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 as 7.5-point home underdogs.

But Chicago are also growing perilously thin on the offensive line; center Hroniss Grasu (hand) left the game early and remains iffy for Thursday, as does RG Josh Sitton (ribs). Safety Quintin Demps is out indefinitely as well with a broken forearm.

As for a pick - I've got the Green Bay Packers winning a close one with Lambeau Field and the Packer fans being the deciding factor.

Green Bay to win 21-17.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NFL Odds : New England Patriots Still Super Bowl Favorites

The New England Patriots  may have lost their top wide receiver, but they haven’t moved on the Super Bowl LII futures market. 

The Pats are still the +325 favourites at press time despite losing WR Julian Edelman (98 catches, 1106 yards last year) to a torn ACL. Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season, which starts September 7 when the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 PM ET.

Without Edelman’s services, the defending Super Bowl champions will be relying on newcomer Brandin Cooks (78 catches, 1173 yards for New Orleans) to be their top wideout. Cooks came over from the Saints in March; he was sixth among NFL receivers last year at 10.0 yards per target. Chris Hogan (38 catches, 680 yards) should also see some more playing time with Edelman on injured reserve. 
Who can challenge the Pats?
The Green Bay Packers (+800) and Oakland Raiders (+1000) are the top contenders to New England’s crown, according to the NFL futures lines. The Atlanta Falcons, who nearly beat the Patriots at Super Bowl LI, are available at +1200. The Falcons have almost all their key players coming back for 2017, and they’ll be playing in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Israel bans Binary Options firms from selling overseas.

There is hope on the horizon for those of us who are constantly called up by phone-touts pretending to be financial experts and pushing Binary Options - as they have had the legislative rug pulled out from under them.

Israel's Securities Authoriy (ISA) has drawn up a law banning "any type of trading forum that sells to overseas clients - even if they do not offer binary options - without receiving a license from the country where clients reside." Note that Israel already banned the domestic sale of binary options last year, the first country to do so.

The ISA consider that "Beyond the severe economic harm to citizens around the world, marketers of binary options are increasingly causing reputational damage and inflaming anti-Semitism towards Jews and Israelis" and I've got to say that after personally receiving over 100 calls ... they are not far wrong.

Breaking the law will be punishable by up to two years in prison and if money laundering is involved, punishment could reach 10 years in prison.

The bill now heads to parliament, where it is expected to be fast-tracked, giving it priority over other bills, an ISA spokeswoman said.

The owner of an Israeli binary options firm was arrested on suspicion of fraud and extortion last month after an investor abroad reported losses of more than $500,000 to the online company, the first arrest since authorities announced a crackdown.

Source : Reuters News Service

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Champions League Final Could Be An Extra-Time Affair

The two best football clubs on the planet will meet this Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final.

The defending champions Real Madrid will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 final, which Real Madrid won 1-0 thanks to a 66th minute goal from Predrag Milatovic.
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Real Madrid are slim favorites in this match-up, priced at 2.50 (+150) to win with Juventus at 2.75 (+175) and the draw at 90 minutes very much a betting option at 3.05 (+205).

Real Madrid are considered by many to currently be the best club in the  world after winning the Champions League in 2014 and 2016, and they come into Saturday’s final as Spain's La Liga champions, led by the incomparable four-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristian Ronaldo.

But, Juventus have legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal, and won Italy's Serie A for the sixth straight year. Juve have a mean defence having conceded just one goal in their last seven matches combined.

Scoring could be even more difficult for Real Madrid if reports on Gareth Bale’s health are accurate. Bale suffered a right ankle tendon injury in November and had to leave last month’s Clasico against Barcelona after tweaking his calf.

Despite all the hype - I don't expect this match to be an open affair. Juventus strangled the life out of Barcelona's much vaunted tri-attack of Messi - Neymar and Suarez in nthe quarter-finals, winning 3-0 in Turin and then coasting to a 0-0 draw in Barcelona.

So I would not be surprised if this match was 0-0 at 90 minutes.

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