Accounting rulebook IFRS 9 clears last hurdle in European Parliament

first_imgThe move came in response to calls for the board to reduce complexity in financial reporting and also to fix impairment.Critics of the board’s existing impairment rules argue that, because they measure incurred losses rather than an expected loss, they lead to too-little-too-late recognition of losses on impaired assets.The 6 October vote was not, however, an unqualified endorsement of the new standard, which will replace International Accounting Standard 39, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement.In a strongly worded resolution, the Parliament reiterated the call of its Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs for the ESRB to analyse the financial stability implications of the introduction of IFRS 9.In September 2015, IPE reported that well-placed sources close to the issue had said they did not expect the Parliament to block IFRS 9 – despite recent sabre rattling.In March, IPE revealed that ECB chairman Mario Draghi had conceded that the European Systemic Risk Board had yet to conduct an analysis of the financial stability implications of the new standard.In a letter dated 29 February addressed to the Parliament’s ECON committee, Draghi wrote that the impact of IFRS 9 was as yet unknown.A study by academics from Mannheim Business School subsequently endorsed the standard as an improvement over IAS 39.In an email response dated 21 March, the authors of that report told IPE: “We agree the assessment of the full impact of IFRS 9 on individual banks, and the financial system as a whole, is not fully possible to simulate ex-ante.“Note that, for an individual large bank, a team of 200-300 people will be involved in managing the transition process.“So, even individual banks cannot assess the impact with full certainty, let alone the regulator, which would have to accumulate the information of all relevant banks under their supervision. This is simply not feasible given the data/systems currently in place.”Meanwhile, German Green Party MEP Sven Giegold, a long-standing IFRS 9 critic, said this latest resolution showed the European Parliament was no longer prepared to rubber stamp accounting standards.In a 29 September blog posting, he wrote: “The message of the MEPs is clear: Accounting standards are a public good.“For the first time, the European Parliament does not simply rubber-stamp a new financial reporting standard but expresses concerns and demands follow-up action.”Once formally adopted by the European Commission, IFRS 9 will apply for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. The International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) proposed new rulebook for financial instruments accounting, International Financial Reporting Standard 9, Financial Instruments (IFRS 9), has cleared its last major hurdle in the European Parliament.In a plenary session held on 6 October, the Parliament confirmed it would not veto IFRS 9.The Parliament’s resolution instructs its president, Martin Schulz, to advise the European Commission that it has approved the new standard.The IASB launched its project to develop IFRS 9 in 2009.last_img read more

Chelsea’s target rejects Porto’s contract offer

first_img He is a target for Chelsea, among other clubs in the Premier League and around Europe. The left back has previously been linked to Juventus as well. Read Also:AC Milan shortlist ex- Chelsea chief Emenalo for Sports director job The 27-year-old wants a big move during the prime of his career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea’s target, Alex Telles, has rejected a contract offer from Porto. Loading… The Portugues club wanted to secure the Brazilian international for the long term. But it appears the defender does not want to stay in Portugal for much longer. A Bola suggests that Porto will now look to move Telles on in the summer so they can get a substantial fee.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

Premier League rocked by 14 mystery coronavirus cases at 12 pre-season camps

first_imgPremier League has been hit by 14 new cases of coronavirus since teams returned to training, reports claim. According to The Telegraph, the new cases have been recorded at 12 clubs who began preparations for next season last weekend. The figures are unofficial, but the Premier League are only expected to regularly publish test results when the new season starts on September 12. Club officials are said to be concerned cases could continue to rise after players were pictured partying on holiday with pals from rival clubs over the past few weeks. Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was snapped with James Maddison and Jack Grealish in Ibiza. And Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice holidayed with life-long friend Mason Mount on the Greek island of Mykonos, where Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Christian Pulisic were also pictured. Blues midfielder Danny Drinkwater also hung out with his former Leicester colleague Ben Chilwell. There is no suggestion any of these players have tested positive for coronavirus, or that they contributed to the spread of Covid-19 within the Premier League. League champions Liverpool recorded one positive case this week after flying to Austria to being their pre-season. Manchester United, City, Chelsea and Wolves have not yet returned following their European fixtures this month. But Tottenham, Everton, Southampton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle, Sheffield United and newly-promoted Leeds have all begun training again. West Brom – returning to the top flight – and Burnley confirmed they will be back on Thursday, while it is uncertain when Aston Villa and Brighton will follow. Arsenal and Fulham have enjoyed extended breaks after their involvement in the FA Cup and play-off finals. After the Premier League restarted in June, players and staff members were following strict coronavirus guidelines and tested twice a week. read also:Man United, City to miss start of new Premier League season But they have since been released by clubs to enjoy time off during the short gap until the new term gets underway. All top-flight clubs will undergo testing in the next few days and anyone to have tested positive will have to self-isolate for at least seven days. Players are expected to be tested only once a week when the new season starts. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

D.O. Sportscast: Women’s basketball, lacrosse beats discuss season outlooks

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The women’s basketball season is coming to a close. With the ACC Tournament on the horizon, the beat writers discuss what to expect from the Orange (22-7, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) in the postseason. The beat writers discuss whether freshman Emily Engstler will play in the tournament and explain why she didn’t play in the last game.On the women’s lacrosse side, the beat writers talk about Syracuse’s (6-1, 1-1) ranking at No. 4 and the impact of the freshman class. Predictions are made as to what to expect this weekend against No. 2 Maryland as well.center_img Published on March 4, 2019 at 11:44 pmlast_img

Tipp get 5 nods for football All Stars

first_imgAll Ireland Football Champions Dublin and beaten finalists Mayo lead the way with 11 nominations each for this years GAA/GPA All-Stars…while Kerry have four nominations and Clare have one…their first since 1997. The team of the year and the players of the year awards will be announced at the All Star banquet on the 4th of November. Five Tipperary players are among the nods for this year’s Football All Stars. Evan Cummerford’s been nominated in goals…Robbie Kiely is among the shortlist for defending…Peter Acheson is shortlisted for Midfield while Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney are among the 18 nominees in the forward line. In addition, Josh Keane and Jimmy Feehan have both been nominated for Young Player of the year….the third player is Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor given the nod for that award. last_img read more

6 of the Best – Pinnacle’s Ben Cronin

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Ben Cronin, Head of Content Marketing at Pinnacle.Continue reading to discover who was an unlikely hero in the Hammers’ Premier League return, which iconic film director never disappoints and who triumphed in a favourite album dilemma. Best HolidayI would like to be able to recall some great tales of adventure to answer this question, but unfortunately my travels have been fairly boring in comparison to most (I’ve barely ventured outside of the continent). That said, Europe is a beautiful place, and my trip to Sorrento a couple of years ago was the perfect mix of soaking up the sun and hiking in the hills.I don’t know if it classes as a holiday but I did a six month volunteer project in Ghana when I was 18, and I still regard that as one of the best experiences of my life. Best AlbumThis is a bit tougher than I thought – yes, I’m one of those people who usually provide a cop out answer like “I like everything”. I guess I’d have to go with Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division. In addition to classics like Disorder, Shadow Play and Transmission, Unknown Pleasures features one of my favourite songs of all-time – She’s Lost Control. I also love the idea of Stephen Morris using aerosol spray as a drumbeat (which apparently can be heard on the 12” version of the album).Best Sporting ExperienceThis one’s easy. I’ve been a fan of West Ham United all my life, and while I’ve experienced plenty of downs in my time, there have also been a few ups. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to watch the Championship Play-Off Final against Blackpool at Wembley. After a nerve racking 87 minutes, Ricardo Vaz Te scored a scrappy goal to earn West Ham a 2-1 win and a return to the Premier League – I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feeling of celebrating that goal.Best FilmNowadays I find myself watching more documentaries and TV series’ rather than films. I guess it depends on how I’m feeling, as you would probably get a different answer to this depending on when you asked. That said, you can’t go wrong with a good Christopher Nolan film. I’d probably go for The Prestige, but Momento and Inception really aren’t that far behind. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but no matter how much you think you know Christopher Nolan, he always has a surprise in store.Best BookWhile I enjoy reading non-fiction books (especially when the subject matter is related to betting or sport), I studied Creative Writing at university so will always have a soft spot for fiction.I’m a massive fan of Haruki Murakami, I’m into double figures for his books but my favourite has to be Norwegian Wood. Anyone who’s read Murakami’s books will know you go through a rollercoaster of emotions, and Norwegian Wood is exactly that.Best BetIf there’s one thing I’ve learnt after working for Pinnacle it’s that betting is incredibly difficult. Plenty of people kid themselves into thinking they are skilled bettors when really it’s just a game of luck. So while it might not be my best bet, the ten-fold accumulator I won while studying at university was certainly the luckiest.I would regularly put £5 on a Saturday accumulator to make the games my team wasn’t involved in a bit more interesting, and one day the stars aligned and I pocketed just over £3,000 after correctly predicting ten results across the English leagues. Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Mark Woollard: How Pragmatic Solutions laid the foundations for landmark igaming platform deals in 2020

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Mark Woollard, Business Development Director at Pragmatic Solutions, reflects on some of the company’s big breakthroughs for 2019. This includes getting the UK certification for its PAM platform, as well as its GLI-19 certification – a “gold standard stamp” which covers best practice standards across a number of key regulated markets.Meanwhile, Woollard also explains how Pragmatic Solutions can minimise some of the key challenges facing operators in 2020, specifically reacting quickly to regulatory changes, before teasing that it will be announcing “quite a few flagship deals” in Q1 2020.SBC: How would you sum up last year for Pragmatic Solutions?MW: It’s been a very successful 2019 for Pragmatic Solutions. We’ve certified the platform in new markets including the biggest one for us, the UK. We’ve also gained the GLI-19 certification, which is basically the gold standard stamp for platform solutions. And then we’ve really been going out into the market trying to change, or enlighten people, as to what Pragmatic Solutions is. We’re owned by the same group as Pragmatic Play, a company people are very aware of, so we’ve been going out and showing people that we can give the same level of comfort and quality as the Pragmatic Play content, but on the platform side. It’s been a lot of demos for the platform, a lot of conversations and we are confident these will turn into landmark deals with big tier-1 operators in early 2020.SBC: What does the UK certification of your PAM platform mean for the business?MW: The UK certification is big for us, because it opens up the possibility to work with many more operators. Many either started in the UK, or are UK-based, especially historic sportsbook operators so being able to serve that market or take these operators into new markets is a really positive step. In previous conversations, it was a hurdle for us that we had our Malta certification and GLI-19, but when the question of the UK came and what we could do there – that was a stumbling block which we are now over. We can now offer the full package, not just taking them into new and exciting markets but also overhaul their existing platform in the UK which is still, obviously, one of the biggest markets in the world.SBC: Why have the big breakthroughs come in 2019?MW: The platform has been in the development process and start-up phase since 2016. Platforms are a very technical business to get right so what Pragmatic Solutions wanted to do was go into the market with a few key operators that had either been with the business or operating for a while so we could develop the platform. And then 2019 has been the real push to go out and start selling the platform to more operators and onboarding new clients. But also creating some awareness as to what our strong selling points are and how we’ve built a product that is purely client-driven – which is quite a rare occurrence in this market. It’s for sure a long sales process for a solution because an operator will usually take around six months to decide who they want to go through a tender process, how they want to operate, what markets etc.. And then there’s obviously a period of time where you’re migrating from your current platform to a new one. It’s a much longer process than in the games business, so what we’ve been doing in 2019 is going out to shows and demonstrating what we can do, how we can help and start that process with an operator. We’ve had quite a bit of success with that, so in Q1 2020 we will be announcing quite a few flagship deals.SBC: How much of a help is the connection to Pragmatic Play in the sales process?MW: The companies work extremely separately, so there’s no crossover between a Pragmatic Play employee and a Pragmatic Solutions employee. They’re owned by the same group business but what Pragmatic Play has done for us in 2019 is just help the awareness of who runs the company on a whole, which definitely helps when you’re talking to operators. But they’re run by very separate businesses – for example one of the cornerstones of the Pragmatic Solutions platform is that operators choose their own pathway to what they want to do – they’re not locked in to working with a specific sportsbook or casino provider. That rings true for Pragmatic Play too, if people want to take this content it’s of course integrated, but if you want to take content from a direct competitor it’s completely your choice. So it’s definitely helped with awareness, and potentially opened up some conversations, but it’s not something we actually use in the sales process because they are such separate businesses.SBC: On the sportsbook side, which suppliers do you have agreements with?MW: It’s purely customer choice but we do have BetConstruct and Altenar integrated in the platform which can be offered to customers – that’s because two of our clients requested those sportsbooks. But an operator decides who they want to work with for any of the products – sports, bingo, live casino etc. We then go out on an operator’s behalf and integrate that into a platform for their use. They do the direct deal with that product provider and we integrate very quickly – it’s trying to give operators much more comfort that they can go out and work with who they want, and they’re not locked in to working with what we could call a home product system. That’s the key difference between us and pretty much all of the platforms in the market – the operator can choose who they want to work with and we just integrate, there’s no opinion from us. We can offer them if we’re asked on who is good and who isn’t, but generally we try to keep agnostic in that and allow operators to make the decision.SBC: What are the biggest operators you’ve been serving so far?MW: The most well-known in the European space is; they’re growing extremely quickly. We will be announcing in early 2020 some quite large operators coming over to the platform but at the moment they are confidential. What we expect in 2020, especially with the UK certification, is for our portfolio to grow significantly with renowned brands which will only strengthen our current market position. At the moment, we have about half a billion in GGR going through the platform but not through recognisable brands in the marketplace. It is now proven on a scalability level, and for 2020 we will make sure it’s proven with some big names so that people can draw comfort from the fact that they made the decision to come to the platform. It makes it faster for your smaller and medium tier operators to come over as well.SBC: What is your assessment of the UK market going into 2020? How can Pragmatic Solutions minimise some of the key challenges facing its operators?MW: The platform, because it’s been built in recent years, is built on a very good technical base so it’s fully API-driven, it’s very modular. If there’s changes to regulations, we can adapt and make changes extremely quickly compared with others. If you are working with a specific product, which decides not to be compliant, look at other markets external to the UK or is too slow to achieve compliance, we can integrate new products quickly. What we’re trying to say with the UK is if things change quickly we can adapt and move with it, which we don’t feel like other platforms can replicate because they’re built on legacy code and maybe they’re not concentrated specifically on the core PAM platform. They have a sports product which needs to be made compliant before they go away and do the bit on the core platform, which makes the UK a big opportunity for us. There’s going to be a lot of M&A still going on, a lot of consolidation across the market. For those with two or three platforms across six or seven different operators, if you were to get everything running off one system you’d then have just one technical team. If you’re planning to consolidate your other operations, why not do it with the platform too.SBC: And what about outside of the UK, what are the other key target markets?MW: I think markets like Sweden and Denmark, where we aim to be certified. We’re seeing quite a lot of operators going into this market. We’re definitely looking at the North American market as well, we were out at the G2E show and had a great response from a lot of operators who have gone with other platforms, but are not necessarily too happy with what they can do with them. So we’re having a lot of conversations there. Obviously the UK has been big for us, but not just because of the UK market but also for many of the operators that work in the UK but want to go and test out a smaller European market – like Sweden, Denmark for instance etc. They’re looking at our platform to go and do that for them.So the European markets are obviously a target but we don’t necessarily target countries per se, we try and look at a general overview of what the market is doing and then make sure the platform is certified, but we are still operator-led so if an operator wants to go into a market where we’re not certified we try and do this as quickly as possible for them.SBC: And finally, what is next in the pipeline for Pragmatic Solutions?MW: We’re always developing the platform. We’ve built in the last year some very powerful segmentation tools which have gone down very well with our operators meaning you can segment players down to some very specific points of how they interact with your website. We’re always working on bonus tools depending on what the operator wants. For example, we can apply free spins across all our game providers in the slots space as long as they allow it to be done. And we’ve also built in a leaderboard system which people seem to like – particularly the Scandi operators – so we’re trying to build out the platform. The top-notch technology we used in the past 18 months will deliver high GGR clients and tier-1 operators to ensure a great start for 2020. Hopefully, once we release who we’re going to be working with, it’s more about onboarding new clients and helping operators to get to the scale they want. Obviously, everyone wants to see growth on their operation and we genuinely feel like with our platform they can do that because it takes away the headache of platforms and usually how slow they are to make changes. 2020 is going to be a big one for us.Woollard has also signed up to take part in the first SBC Charity Boxing Championship, organised in partnership with Oliver’s Wish Foundation, will see some of the biggest names in the gaming industry going toe-to-toe in the ring to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. He will be taking on Bryan Blake, CEO & Founder at Hexopay, in a three-round bout. Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Barcelona set to appeal Arda Turan registration with CAS

first_imgBarcelona are ready to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to provisionally register Arda Turan with the Spanish Federation (RFEF) if FIFA once again deny the club authorisation to do so later this week.Turan signed with the club this summer, but has been unable to play as Barcelona continue to serve a FIFA-imposed transfer ban after being found guilty of multiple breaches of the regulations regarding the signing of foreign youngsters.Barcelona will first present another appeal to FIFA’s Appeals Committee seeking confirmation that the club has completed the two-window ban, after an initial appeal in September was rejected.In the likely event that FIFA does not overturn its original ruling, a report by Spanish news agency EFE — citing club sources — suggests that Barcelona will then take their case to CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland, seeking the right to provisionally register Turan in the Spanish Primera Division and to confirm that the club has complied with and completed the imposed FIFA ban during the past two windows.Turan would be registered as a replacement for Rafinha, who suffered a knee injury and is out for up to six months as he recovers.CAS could take as long as eight months to reach a verdict on the matter, but Barcelona’s principal objective is to have the body give an initial confirmation that the club is right on the matter, according to the report. If the appeal works out in Barcelona’s favor, the club hopes that Turan would be able to make his first appearance by either the end of November or the beginning of December.Barcelona will also ask CAS to recognise that their underage players are also able to register, train and live at the club’s La Masia academy campus.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Kobe Bryant said Pau Gasol felt disrespected by Lakers’ front office

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Gasol laughed when informed of Bryant’s recollection.“I didn’t say …” Gasol said before trailing off and pausing. “Whatever we talked about, which was probably a year-and-a-half ago in free agency, stays there. I did tell him that I wanted to play if I could with him forever. But I was ready to move on and put myself in a situation where I thought I was going to be a lot happier and play the way I’ve been playing.”Gasol certainly played well in the Lakers’ 114-91 loss to the Bulls on Thursday at Staples Center. He posted 21 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes. In their first matchup as opponents since the 2012 Olympics, Gasol posted up on Bryant in the post and converted on a hook shot. Bryant defended Gasol on another play and forced a turnover. “He was very aggressive trying to steal the ball out of my hands,” Gasol said, laughing. “He got me once. So I was able to get him in the post and have a pretty good move there. It’s fun. He competes and tries his best. He might not be great right now. But he’s always going to compete.” Bryant posted 10 points on only 4-of-13 shooting and three assists in 25 minutes. He planned to check in midway through the fourth quarter while the Bulls nursed a 15-point deficit. But Lakers coach Byron Scott decided otherwise once the Bulls scored six points in less than a minute.“They’re definitely going through a rebuilding situation with a lot of young players and players trying to figure out how to play together and how to play individually,” Gasol said. “So for any team, it’s hard with those type of pieces.”So even if the Lakers offered deals worth $29 million over three years and $23 million over two years with a no-trade clause, Gasol decided to sign with the Bulls to a three-year deal worth over $22 million.“He was there and wanted me to stay, obviously,” Gasol said of Bryant. “But just the situation as we all know was not ideal for me. So I had to move on.”What did Bryant say?“I said, Pau, come on with your silly pride thing. Put that to the side,’” Bryant said. “He said, ‘No, it’s principle at this point.’ As his brother, I can understand completely where he’s coming from.” Bryant then sympathized with Gasol’s journey with the Lakers. After helping the Lakers to three NBA Finals appearances and two championships, Gasol fared poorly in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals against Dallas. Then, the Lakers traded Gasol to Houston as part of the Chris Paul deal that the NBA rejected. Gasol then experienced injuries and diminished roles under former Lakers coaches Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni, as well as endless trade speculation.“I understand,” Bryant said. “Listen. We’re people before basketball players, especially a player that brought so much to this organization. I completely understand where he’s coming from. If I didn’t understand it, we wouldn’t be as close as we are to this day.”That explains why Bryant had argued this week that Gasol was not fully appreciated during his time in L.A.. “Some people appreciate you more. Some people don’t,” Gasol said. “But there were a lot of people that appreciated me, and Kobe was definitely one of them.”Gasol sensed Bryant’s appreciation quickly after the Lakers acquired him from Memphis in February 2008 for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round picks and the rights to Pau’s brother, Marc. Gasol talked with Bryant extensively before and after he landed in Washington D.C. to join the Lakers in the middle of their annual Grammy trip. “He was definitely excited to have me on the team with my skill-set, IQ and with the way I approach the game,” Gasol said. “We were a perfect fit for that team.”So much that Bryant has considered Gasol the NBA’s best post player and the best passer.“It was his intelligence. It had nothing to do with the spotlight or anything like that,” Bryant said. “It was his intelligence and his ability to communicate and his ability to have extreme poise and his ability to put the arm around the guys. He didn’t beat them up verbally. He put his arm around them and encouraged them and brought them along. It’s all those attributes. On top of it, he’s just a great player.”While Gasol considered himself the Lakers’ “missing piece of the puzzle,” Gasol considered Bryant his most talented teammate who navigated the Lakers through murky waters“He’s such a great closer. So when we were in trouble, he would always take over,” Gasol said. “He was never scared to take the last shot. He’s competitive in every single night. That’s something you have to respect 100 percent.”The respect between Bryant and Gasol has morphed into a relationship that Gasol said “stays strong.” But with Gasol viewing the Lakers’ front office differently, could he be persuaded to rejoin the Lakers if he becomes a free agent this offseason? Then, the Lakers will have room to sign two players to max deals.“This summer is a different moment and different story,” Gasol said. “I don’t know. I don’t think about the summer right now. I want to think about the season and playing as well as I can, and help this team as far as I possibly can.” LARGER THAN LIFEThe news caught Shaquille O’Neal by surprise. Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel informed O’Neal on his late-night talk show Wednesday that the Lakers will unveil a statue of him outside of Staples Center. The Lakers then confirmed this will happen at some point during the 2016-17 season.“We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at Staples Center,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss in a statement. “He is a giant not only in size, but also in stature and in what he accomplished as a Laker.”O’Neal will become the fourth Laker luminary to have his statue unveiled, joining Magic Johnson, the late broadcaster Chick Hearn, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. O’Neal said he will likely have Johnson, former Sixers legend Julius Irving and former LSU coach Dale Brown introduce him. O’Neal also revealed, “I’ll probably go in as a Laker.”All of which made Bryant gush about the honor and calling it “well-deserved.” He also reported “the statue is going to be magnificent” before sharing he most remembered O’Neal “pointing to the sky” following his lob in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals against Portland. The Lakers then won three consecutive NBA titles. “I don’t know if it would make for a good statue, but that pose to me was the beginning of the run,” Bryant said.Regardless, Bryant predicted O’Neal will show a softer side during the unveiling. “I know outwardly he’s never going to be too emotional about it,” Bryant said. “But knowing him the way I know about it, it means the world to him.”FEELING SNUBBEDIt took only a single tweet for Lakers center Roy Hibbert to capture why the Lakers have appreciated his support for the team’s young core. “Want to congratulate (D’Angelo Russell) and (Jordan Clarkson) for making the rookie sophomore game,” Hibbert tweeted. “But it’s a travesty that (Julius Randle) didn’t make it.”Hibbert expounded on his thoughts Thursday, citing Randle’s 16 double-doubles and 9.6 rebounds per game average that leads his sophomore class.“He got robbed,” Hibbert said. “He’s going to make the NBA pay.”As for Russell and Clarkson?“Jordan is playing strong and doing what he needs to do. D’Angelo has come a long way,” Hibbert said. “He would never talk about it. But I would see stuff people were saying about him and he’s proving people wrong.”center_img Moments before tipoff, Pau Gasol turned his head and saw Kobe Bryant walking onto the court. The two then shared a hug before Bryant slapped Gasol on the back multiple times. It symbolized the strong partnership through 6 1/2 seasons with the Lakers that spanned three NBA Finals appearances and two championships. It resembled the bond they built amid Bryant supporting Gasol through diminished roles and endless trade speculation. It also marked the first time the two played against each other since Gasol left the Lakers for the Chicago Bulls two years ago. During that time, Bryant and Gasol had an emotional conversation that revealed his mixed feelings toward the Lakers.“He said, ‘Kobe I want to play with you forever,’” Bryant said. “But what management did to me was disrespectful.’”last_img read more

Rebels continue to beat up Green and White, dump Leafs 9-0

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels continue to feast on all things in Green and White.Kootenay Ice Major Midget affiliate player Jesse Knowler had four points to lead the Murdoch Division leaders to a 9-0 pounding of the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.The win was the fifth straight for Castlegar over Nelson this season.This contest was well over before it started. The home side built up a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back.Knowler, Taylor Anderson, Tyler Jones and Erik Wentzel in the final minute of the frame scored to give Castlegar the commanding lead.Darren Tarasoff, Jamie Vlanich and Arthur Andrews added second period goals before Stuart Walton and Anthony Delong completed the scoring in the third.The Rebels fired 44 shots at the beleaguered duo of Darren Hogg and Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.The lopsided game allowed Rebel coach Steve Junker to rest starter Alex Ross after two periods, replacing the top Castlegar goalie with Cole Buckley in the third.The loss was the third straight for the Murdoch Division’s third-place team from Nelson.Nelson, falling to 1-9 against the Murdoch’s top teams — Beaver Valley and Castlegar — returns to the ice New Years Eve at 1 p.m. to host the Spokane Braves in the NDCC Arena.GAME NOTES: Jesse Knowler, with a goal and three assists, is second on the Kootenay Ice in scoring behind Nelson’s Dryden Hunt. . . .Jesse Vlanich and Arthur Andrews had three points while Erik Wentzel, Darren Tarasoff, Stuart Walton and Taylor Anderson each had two points. . . .Vlanich, a 17-year-old sniper from Trail, has nine points in nine games since being acquired from Fernie in the blockbuster deal that sent veteran goalie Andrew Walton to the Ghostriders. The Rebels also received Mike Wiest in the deal. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni made his return to the line up after a long stint on the injury list. . . .Kootenay Ice Major Midget forward Carsen Willans played his second game for the Leafs. . . .Nelson was missing foward Cody Abbey and defenceman Blake Arcuri for the contest. Both were serving suspensions from a December 11 dust up in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks. . . .Leaf forward Connor McLaughlin also did not play. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more