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Matthews’ march to 50, playing with Spezza keep Hyman hopeful for return

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Watching Auston Matthews chase 50 goals and having another chance to suit up with Jason Spezza are among the many reasons Zach Hyman would like to see the 2019-20 season continued.

Matthews was at 47 goals when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the NHL to hit pause, and the future of Spezza with the Leafs could be in doubt as he is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent once the season ends.

“He has had an amazing year and hopefully we can get back to playing so he can finish that off and get to 50,” Hyman said of Matthews. “He has been an elite player since he got into the league and I think he has got better every year, which is hard to do when you are already playing at a high level.”

Hyman and Spezza had side-by-side stalls in the Leafs dressing room.

“I picked his brain a bunch,” Hyman said. “You can ask him any question about hockey and he will have an answer for it.

“He has been through a lot this year and he had a calm and steady demeanour through it and was a great presence for our younger guys. It would be awesome to have him back.”

 

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Covington vs Woodley – UFC Fight Night 178: Free live stream, UK start time, how to watch and full fight card

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Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley go head-to-head in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178 this weekend.

This will be final event before the world of UFC heads back to Abu Dhabi for a host of major fights.

Covington lost his last bout to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in December 2019.

Woodley, meanwhile, has suffered back-to-back defeats recently, losing to Gilbert Burns in May.

Both fighters will be eager to get their careers back on track this weekend.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone will be on the undercard as he looks to hit back from four straight defeats against Niko Price.

UFC Fight Night 178: Date and start time

The event is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday, September 19 for UK fans and will be held behind closed doors.

The preliminary card begins at 11pm on Saturday night UK time. The main card starts around 1am with Overeem and Sakai expected to start at 4am.

The event is being held at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas.ttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.410.0_en.html#goog_1983551844Play VideoEddie Hearn doesn’t think that he could promote Conor McGregor even if he is retired from UFC

UFC Fight Night 178: TV and live stream

BT Sport 1 will broadcast the event with their coverage of the prelims starting at 11pm on Saturday. Their main show starts at 1am on Sunday ahead of Covington vs. Woodley.

The show will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.

The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.

In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

How can I watch Fight Night for FREE?

EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.

You can then cancel the trial at any time.

UFC Fight Night 176: Fight card

Main card (BT Sport 1, 1am Sunday)

  • Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley, Welterweight     Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price, Welterweight
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Middleweight
  • Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann, Light Heavyweight
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos, Women’s Strawweight
  • Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart, Middleweight

Preliminary Card (BT Sport 1, 11pm Saturday)

  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Luiz Garagorri, Featherweight
  • Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Mara Romero Borella, Women’s Flyweight
  • Jordan Espinosa vs. David Dvorak, Flyweight
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Sarah Alpar, Women’s Bantamweight
  • Journey Newson vs. Randy Costa, Bantamweight
  • Andre Ewell vs. Irwin Rivera, Bantamweight
  • Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie, Featherweight


UFC Fight Night 176: What has been said?

Woodley has warned Covington he is willing to hurt him illegally when the pair finally this weekend.

The welterweight clash is years in the making, with the two men first linked to one another when Woodley was champion in 2018.

Both men accused the other of rejecting the chance to make the fight, but the talking finally stops on September 19 at the UFC Apex.

However, ‘The Chosen One’ has taken the trash talking to the next level, by suggesting he will strike Covington in the groin if needs be.

“I agree with you, I will let my hands go,” Woodley said. “You guys and you fans telling me ‘let your hands go, let your hands go,’

“I need to let them go. You have that, you have my word I will let these hands go.

“I’ll let them go upside his head, body. I might even punch in the sack for the warning, bap. I will take the warning or even the point deduction, I feel good guys.”

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Most Successful South African Athletes

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Most of the time, success goes hand in hand with a person’s net worth. Several South African athletes have been successful in their careers. Many are fan favorites for punters on the South African Betway Mobile app for their great performances.
We are going to look at those who have been ranked as the most successful:

Ernie Els

Ernie Els is also known as “The Big Easy.” He is a golfer who has won four times; two opens and two US opens. He is also a former World’s no. 1, and he emerged victorious in 79 tours. He is known to have come up with designs for public golf courses around the globe. Apart from being a sports person, Els is also an entrepreneur. He owns a wine farm. His net worth is R1.3 Billion.

Jacques Kallis

Jacque Kallis is a cricket player. Kallis is the only player to make 10,000 runs and taken 250 wickets in both one-day formats and tests. He is also among the best all-rounders in the history of cricket. He has served as both a player and the manager in the Indian Premier League. His net worth is R980 Million.

Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen is a golf player. He is also known as “The Goose.” He has 41 tour victories and also won two titles in the US Open games. Retief has also ranked in the top 10 of the world golfers. This success has made him get two endorsements by Grey Goose and Rolex. His net worth is R654 Million.

Bryan Habana

Bryan Habana is a rugby player that is known to be very fast in the field. In 2007, he won the title of being the IRB Rugby player of the year. In the same year, he was the world cup winner. He was the top try scorer for Springbok with 67 tries. His performances gave rugby gamblers on Betway something to think about. He has played for the Bulls, Stormers and Lions. Later on, he signed a five-year contract with Toulon, which is a French club. His net worth is R614 Million.

Steven Pienaar

Pienaar is a soccer player who has played for Everton in the English Premier League. He made 150 appearances for Everton. He has also played for Dortmund, Ajax and Spurs. Later on, he went back to South Africa to play for Bidvest Wits. His net worth is R523 Million.

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis is a golf player. He has 19 tour victories came to the limelight after winning the Open Championships in 2010 at St Andrews. He also emerged first runners up in both the US Open and Masters. UPS and Mercedes Benz have endorsed him. His net worth is R496 Million.

Charl Schwartzel

Charl is a golf player. He has won in the Asian tour and the US Masters in 2011. In 2012, he scooped the sixth position in the World. He also has 11 European tour victories. Apart from the tour victories, he is also a multiple winner of the Alfred Dunhill at Leopard Creek. His net worth is R457 Million.

Jacques Fourie

Fourie is a rugby player. He has played for the Stormers, Springbok and Lions. In the 11 year period that he played for Springbok, he won 72 caps for them. He also contributed to the winning of the World cup in 2007. Apart from rugby fans, even punters on Betway recognized the influence he had on games. He later on joined the Kobelco Steelers in Japan. His net worth is R286 Million.

Ab De Villiers

Villiers is a cricket player who has many batting records. He has won the World’s fastest One Day International (ODI) 50, 100, and 150 and has played for three Indian Premier League teams. His net worth is R265 Million.

Chris Morris

Chris Morris is a cricket player who has played for the Indian Premier League with the Delhi Daredevils. He has scored 17 balls and holds the league’s fastest half-century. His net worth is R222 Million.

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The Video Games That Could Land You a Job

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Video gameplay has attracted negative attention in some parts of our culture. It has been seen by some as unproductive, time-wasting, and preventing people from going outside.

This has changed a lot in recent years, though. Video game players have turned pro, taking part in competitive leagues and tournaments. These esports events often have large pots of prize money that is handed out to the participants, depending on their final position. Are you ready to enter the world where top players can potentially earn millions of dollars?

 

The Early Days of the Professional Esports Player

Video game competitions are called esports and have grown into a billion-dollar industry in just a few years. Some of the esports tournaments and leagues that we know today began in the early 2000s and have developed strong followings.

These include multi-discipline competitions like Major League Gaming, the Intel Extreme Masters, and the World Cyber Games. A range of titles are played by their participants, including Dota 2, Hearthstone, CrossFire, FIFA, World of Tanks, and Super Smash Bros.

If a game is popular, it’s likely to have an esports competition that uses it too, although some titles are more present than others. For example, Hearthstone, Fornite, and iRacing are commonly featured in competitions.

It is only within the last decade or so that we have seen esports grow into a professional discipline. Like all sports, as the number of spectators has increased, businesses have become interested in sponsoring events to get their brand in front of excited fans. This has driven up the professionalism and commercialism of esports and led to large prize funds.

While in the first few iterations of Major League Gaming, the World Cyber Games, and the Intel Extreme Masters, competitors shared prize purses of a few hundred thousand dollars among their competitors, but this has grown to millions in 2020.

The International (Dota 2) tournament awards more than $30 million to its competitors, while it has been estimated that global prize money now equates to over $700 million each year.

 

Top Players

Thiese huge payouts spawned some wealthy esports gamers. The Danish player Johan Sundstein, who goes by the name N0tail when is thought to have earned almost $7 million from esports. He earned nearly half of that just in 2019, bringing in more than $3 million of winnings.

Additionally, professional esports players can boost their earnings by broadcasting their gaming on streaming platforms like Twitch. A report by the Hollywood Reporter claimed that some are making as much as $15,000 per hour doing this.

This money is generated through donations, paid channel subscriptions and advertising, and sponsorship deals, similar to how YouTubers make money.

 

 

 

Anyone Can Get Involved

Unlike many traditional professional sports, there are a lot of esports tournaments where members of the public can qualify for a place. This is most common with esports that are organized by traditional sports leagues, that help run the marketing for the video games and the sport itself.

Although competition for a place is fierce, it is a genuine route into professional video game playing. So anyone who wants to have a career in esports may wish to consider one of these games.

 

NBA 2K

Launched in 2018, the NBA 2K League is the official NBA esports league. It has teams that are affiliated with the teams in the real NBA, although the divisions remain independent of each other. Therefore NBA championship outcomes or betting odds are not affected by the performance of teams in the 2K League and vice versa.

Players can take part in the NBA 2K League Qualifier to earn a place in its draft. Those that get drafted go on to represent their team in the main league, with live events taking place across the US.

The 2019 qualifier rules required players to win at least 50 games and maintain a win percentage of at least 50% in online games during the qualifying period. Therefore, if they played 120 games, they would have to have won at least 60 of them.

They also had to complete an online application form, which was designed to test their understanding of basketball and the NBA 2K game, as well as their commitment to fair and respectful competition.

The draft then took place in four rounds, with a total of 75 players being picked by the teams. In 2019, teams didn’t take up the option, but they also can forfeit a draft selection to retain a player from the previous season.

 

Formula 1

Racing simulation video games are perhaps the most realistic of esports. While the NBA 2K game has ballers controlled by joysticks, the Codemasters Formula 1 games are usually controlled using force feedback steering wheels and pedals that make racing as close as possible to the real thing.

This can be seen in Nissan’s GT Academy that takes the best players of the Gran Turismo video game and turns them into professional race drivers. Past winners of this competition include Jann Mardenborough, who has been successful in Super GT and Formula 3.

While the Formula 1 game doesn’t offer the chance to compete against Lewis Hamilton in real life, it does give you the chance to take part in the F1 Esports Series. Like the NBA 2K League, teams are affiliated with the official Formula 1 teams and players can be drafted into a driving spot through qualification.

There are multiple qualification routes with a time trial contest, the “challenger series,” and a “playoff,” all adding contenders to the draft event. Each team ends up with a total of three drivers, one for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC versions of the game.

 

The Dream Job?

For many people, playing video games for a living is a dream. Until recently, it wasn’t something that many could believe would happen. However, with competitions like these that are open to the public, it’s possible for truly talented video game players to earn a job as a video game player.

Competition is strong, though, and as the NBA 2K League has demonstrated, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be kept for future seasons. Instead, players will need to use the fame their position attracts to build more sustainable income sources, either through sponsored video game playing or entering into other tournaments.

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