Ferguson looks to help Moyes

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson insists David Moyes will get all the support he needs to succeed as Manchester United manager. “Once they get the ball rolling, everything will be fine.” Ferguson added: “David Moyes is in a great position. He will get the same help I got. “He has a great support system and he will be fine.” Ferguson said he had not considered walking away from the limelight after announcing his retirement in May. “When you are part of our club it is very difficult to leave it permanently,” he said. “You have to remain active. I have taken on quite a few challenges over the past few months.” Three of the more controversial characters Ferguson had to deal with during his 26 years at United were Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and David Beckham. Ferguson repeated his assertion that Rooney asked to leave United at the end of last season. However, he also stated that had the England forward been playing the way he has been this season, a move away from Old Trafford would not even have been considered. “Wayne asked away because he felt he was playing out of position,” said Ferguson. “I can understand that. My judgement was that Wayne wasn’t playing well enough. “But when you see him playing like he is, do you think I would drop him? No way. “He is England’s great white hope and a great player for Manchester United. The player who is playing now is a different player.” Press Association Ferguson released his autobiography today with United languishing in eight spot in the Premier League and yet to record back-to-back victories since his retirement. The Scot admitted the press conference to herald the book’s publication did not represent the greatest of timing given the scrutiny Moyes is now under. However, he is sure the former Everton boss will get it right, and claimed United are the only club who could win the title from their present position. “Obviously this press conference has come at a bad time, otherwise I wouldn’t have been asked that question,” said Ferguson. “When I joined Manchester United I was given great encouragement from Matt Busby, who was a fantastic help to me. “I hope to help David Moyes in exactly the same way.” One of Moyes’ first acts as United boss was to rail against what he perceived to be a fixture list loaded against him, featuring, as it did, matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in his first five games. “When I saw that fixture list I would have been raging too,” said Ferguson. “It was a really difficult start to the season. “But do you know something, Manchester United are the only club that can win the league from coming from behind. last_img read more

Liverpool hit four to stun City as Foxes go top

first_imgLiverpool blew away title favourites Manchester City with an emphatic 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium to leave Leicester top of the Barclays Premier League. The Reds got off to a flying start as Raheem Sterling endured a day to forget against his old club, the visitors racing into a three-goal lead thanks to an own goal from Eliaquim Mangala and strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino inside 32 minutes. Sergio Aguero marked his return from injury with a superb effort to reduce the arrears just before half-time, but Martin Skrtel added to City’s misery with a fourth for Liverpool. Defeat denied City the chance to return to the top of the table, with Leicester instead taking over at the summit thanks to a 3-0 win earlier in the day at Newcastle. Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th consecutive Premier League game to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record. The Foxes forward shook off pre-match concerns over a hip injury and blasted home in first-half stoppage-time to match former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy’s streak set in 2003. Leonardo Ulloa laid on the record-equalling effort before heading home himself, and substitute Shinji Okazaki added another as Leicester’s incredible season continued. It meant Claudio Ranieri’s men moved above lunchtime leaders United, who won 2-1 at Watford, and the two sides meet next weekend at the King Power Stadium where Vardy can make history. At Vicarage Road, Watford looked to looked to have snatched a point when Troy Deeney’s 87th-minute penalty cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener, but the Hornets captain bundled B astian Schweinsteiger’s cross into his own net moments later to ensure an away win. Arsenal would have gone top had they won at West Brom, but they blew their chance as Santi Cazorla missed a late penalty. James Morrison and Mikel Arteta’s own goal cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s first-half opener as the Gunners suffered a frustrating afternoon and lost 2-1 in the Black Country. Cazorla slipped and skied his spot-kick in the final 10 minutes and Mesut Ozil hit a post, but Arsenal could not recover from a nightmare five minutes just before half-time. Jose Mourinho was back in the dugout and Diego Costa returned to the score sheet as Chelsea claimed a much-needed 1-0 win over Norwich. Costa ended a six-match barren spell as the champions secured only a fourth win in their 13th league game of the season. Bottom side Aston Villa slumped to a heavy first defeat under Remi Garde in his second game in charge as two goals apiece from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku condemned the bottom club to a 4-0 thrashing at Everton. Barkley put the Toffees ahead in the 17th minute, finishing at the far post after Brad Guzan had turned Gerard Deulofeu’s effort his way. Lukaku headed home in the 28th minute before poor Villa defending allowed Barkley to add another three minutes before half-time. Belgium forward Lukaku notched his second just before the hour, with Barkley and Deulofeu again involved. At St Mary’s Bojan Krkic fired away-day specialists Stoke to a 1-0 victory against Southampton. The former Barcelona forward tucked in his third goal of the season after 10 minutes. Andre Ayew came to Garry Monk’s rescue as Swansea fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth. Joshua King and Dan Gosling had fired the visitors into a commanding lead after 26 minutes to give the Cherries hope of a first win in eight games. Ayew pulled a goal back within two minutes of Gosling’s strike with a classy back-heel and then won a penalty, albeit in dubious circumstances, which Jonjo Shelvey stroked home before the break. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse runs out of gas in 2nd half, drops 93-83 decision at No. 13 North Carolina

first_img Published on January 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kaleb Joseph dribbled over the North Carolina logo at halfcourt and frantically glanced at the game clock above the backboard.Joseph had three seconds to race to the net. He accelerated his dribble before gliding in for a finger roll that gave Syracuse a five-point lead as the first-half clock ran out.When the freshman point guard turned to see the five Tar Heels he’d burned down the court, teammate Trevor Cooney was the closest player. Cooney gave Joseph a hard high-five before yelling “Let’s go boy!” and the Orange jogged to its locker room as the streaking team.But the second half never offered that kind of separation. Instead, Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) and No. 13 North Carolina (17-4, 7-1) turned into offensive heavyweights and the Tar Heels had a bit more juice in the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday night. With a near-flawless second half, UNC stiff-armed SU in a 93-83 win, the Orange’s second ACC loss in three days after falling to Miami on Saturday.The first half belonged to Cooney and his 15 points, but SU could only build a five-point halftime lead despite 13 North Carolina turnovers in the first half. The Tar Heels were sloppy in trying to crack the Orange’s zone, and Syracuse seemed comfortable at the up-and-down pace that North Carolina regularly plays at.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen UNC, which shot an uncharacteristic 56 percent from 3 in the first, started bullying SU in the paint. While Rakeem Christmas found an offensive groove that was noticeably absent in the first frame, Tar Heel forwards Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson found the cracks in the zone and led the North Carolina offense.Yet every time UNC went on a mini run, SU head coach Jim Boeheim stood in front of the Orange bench, clapping in a calm rhythm as the stadium erupted around him. And Syracuse followed Boeheim’s metronomic beat, meeting each UNC spurt with one of its own.Cooney’s dominance turned into a 14-point second half for Christmas. And if it wasn’t Christmas it was sophomore Tyler Roberson. And if it wasn’t Roberson it was Cooney shaking Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto for an off-balance jumper.But then the wheels fell off around the three-minute mark.Roberson fouled out. Joseph turned the ball over looking for a cutting Michael Gbinije. Gbinije split two free throws and then threw away an entry pass as the game clock ticked toward one minute.Gbinije hits a 3 before Cooney completed a three-point play in the final minute, but UNC gave itself a big enough cushion to rest on.Before the final buzzer sounded, Joseph knifed into the lane and had the ball ripped out of his hands by UNC guard Marcus Paige. This time there was no celebratory high-five from Cooney. Joseph hadn’t beaten anyone down the floor. The Orange walked off the court with little energy, if any at all. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Students protest gun violence at March for SC rally

first_imgIn the wake of last month’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., student leaders across campus organized the March for SC rally Thursday to protest gun violence in America. Action against arms · (From left) Sophomores Shir Attias, Alec Vandenberg and CJ Wechsler organized the March for SC, a campaign against gun violence in America. The campaign hosted a rally Thursday. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanAccording to one of the event’s founders, sophomore Shir Attias, the event was inspired by actions nationwide after the Parkland shooting that led to the #NeverAgain movement calling for gun control legislation. The purpose of these events are to raise awareness and start a dialogue concerning school shootings across the nation. The rally was held at the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and drew an estimated 40 attendees. While it was originally planned to be held at the Tommy Trojan statue, the rally’s location was changed due to inclement weather. The March for SC is co-sponsored by various student organizations, including Undergraduate Student Government assemblies and campus political advocacy groups. The idea for the campaign was developed by sophomores Alec Vandenberg, a Daily Trojan columnist, CJ Wechsler, Michaela Murphy, Attias and junior Mai Mizuno. Over the past month, the group created a social media campaign, held the student campus rally, and is organizing resources for students to participate in the March for Our Lives in Los Angeles, which takes place Saturday.“We wanted to make this a unified effort,” Vandenberg said. “We really wanted to make sure we did a lot of outreach because not only are all students affected by gun violence, everyone can be a part of the dialogue and everyone can be a part of the solution.”The social media campaign, which started on March 14, was created to spread awareness and demonstrate support for the March for Our Lives movement, where supporters added a March for SC frame to their social media profile pictures. Thursday’s rally included a vigil for the 17 Parkland victims who died in the shooting, and provided a space for students and other advocates to voice their concerns about gun violence. During the rally, Attias, Vandenberg and Wechsler called students to join together as a united front to make a difference and for USC to join the national conversation concerning student safety and prevention of violence in and out of the classroom. “I know that all three of us have had individuals reaching out to us and what this is doing is bringing this into a collective solidarity,” Wechsler said during the rally. “Because we cannot stand alone and be effective. What is effective is having us all standing together and uplifting our own voices.”The rally featured representatives from political organizations calling for increased gun safety measures. Along with members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, the LA Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action, Paul Wilson, the husband of one of eight people killed at a shooting in Seal Beach, Calif., in 2011 and advocate for common sense gun legislation, spoke to students as a member of Everytown for Gun Safety.“Our kids have grown up in this environment and they finally have a voice to say enough is enough,” Wilson said. “Enough of our thoughts and prayers. We demand action and we demand action now. I am proud to be standing with them and marching with them.”In addition to local community members, two students shared their experiences with school shootings. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alumnus Gabe Lam, a senior majoring in business administration and accounting, spoke about his connection to Parkland and his fear  for his brother’s safety when he first heard of the shooting. Lam’s brother is a current student at the high school,  and was not harmed in the shooting. Tess Murray, a senior studying international relations and global business, grew up in Newtown, Conn., and was a neighbor of the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She shared how she foresees a cultural change for future political reform concerning current gun policy. “America is ready for change as long as our generation stays active, stays angry, and demands action, it will happen,” Murray said. “Our generation, frequently referred to as the mass shooting generation, is driving a cultural change that will make America safer.”March for SC encourages students to continue protesting gun violence by promoting the March for Our Lives at Pershing Square on Saturday, and is organizing transportation for students to get to the event.“This entire movement is to show the generations before us that students are stakeholders in these issues,” Wechsler said. “Oftentimes children and young adults are disregarded when it comes to policy because they may not be informed enough or may not really understand the scope of the issue, but this is something that is directly affecting students and by uniting all these voices and standing in solidarity.”last_img read more

Locals Participate in Women’s March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisGraphic Photos: Saturday marked the 3rd year for the Women’s March since President Trump has taken over the White House.Thousands across the nation marched for change including here in northeast Michigan. Despite the cold temperatures a group of locals in Harrisville did the same.The group met at Alcona Coffee Shop and marched down M-72 to Lake Huron. Coordinator, Patty Thomas said she encouraged folks to come out to the event to express any issue they wanted to see improvements on.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for January 18Next 2019 Alcona Regional Farm Conference Encourages Attendees to Embrace Michigan Cheese and Winelast_img read more

Anamakee Bay IPA, the beer that keeps on giving

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Some adults enjoy a good beer, especially, a beer that keeps on giving.It’s the debut of Anamakee Bay IPA. Anamakee translates to the Chippewa word ‘thunder.’ Ed and Audra Smith, Jackie Krawczak, Krista Morrow, and Lora Greene helped create this new adult beverage.“The folks here that made the beer picked a great name,” said Latitudes Tavern owner Jeff Kowalski. “Anamakee Bay IPA has a lot of history here in this area.”The five bid on the experience to brew their own beer at a United Way auction event. Huron Distributors donated the item for folks to bid on. The group of five submitted the winning bid for $1,000 which was donated to the United Way.They came up with a malt-forward, orange citrus, and zesty tasting IPA with an alcohol content of 6.7%.“I didn’t have expectations,” said Jackie Krawczak. “I just wanted it to be good, and it’s really good, so I think it will go over pretty well.”This beer is one that keeps on giving. Latitude’s owner Jeff Kowalski is allowing one dollar for every pint sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena.“I’ve gone down to the Boys & Girls Club and seen the activities and lunches, and they definitely do a great job,” said Audra Smith. “It’s good to know that they’re going to have funding to continue that.The goal is to have fun while creating fun while drinking responsibility. Head to Latitudes Tavern at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night to try it out.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Anamakee Bay IPA, auction, Beer, Brewing, Huron Distributors, IPA, Latitudes Tavern, United Way of Northeast MichiganContinue ReadingPrevious APS reminds students and parents of early college pre-enrollment deadlineNext Northeast Michigan residents take a freezing plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympicslast_img read more

LA Lakers don’t show much inside defense in preseason loss to Sacramento Kings

first_imgThe Sacramento Kings said they rested All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on Tuesday night so he could have a night off to rest.“We need to learn how to play without him,” Kings coach George Karl said. “There’s a reliance on him last year that was probably over-reliant.”Sacramento did not need him much in a 107-100 victory at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Lakers still conceded 38 points in the paint and double-digit efforts to Marco Belinelli (17 points), Darren Collison (16), James Anderson (13), Ben McLemore (11), Rajon Rondo (11), Rudy Gay (10) and Eric Moreland (10).“They had way too many uncontested jump shots,” Scott said. “All the things we had talked about and we wanted to work on tonight, we didn’t come 100 percent committed to doing those things. If we’re going to be successful this season, it’s got to be on that end of the floor. It’s all the little things because little things add up to big things. We didn’t do those things.” Live by the 3 It turns out that Scott does not hate 3-point shooting. A year after arguing the increasing reliance on 3-point shooting “doesn’t win you championships,” Scott will become more open this season on his team utilizing it for the 2015-16 season. Last year, Scott outlined his preference that his team takes about 12 to 15 3-pointers per game. How about this season?“We’re going to shoot 18 to 25,” Scott said after mentioning Bryant, Nick Young, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson. “We have guys that can shoot.”The Lakers ranked 17th out of 30 NBA teams last season in 3-point shooting (34.4 percent), marking one of many reasons why they finished with their worst record in franchise history. The Lakers also attempted 18.8 3s per game, a huge drop off from the NBA’s league average of 22.41 per contest. This year’s Lakers have shot only 33 percent from 3-point range in four exhibitions entering Tuesday’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at in Las Vegas. But they have attempted an average of 25.5 3-pointers per contest, which is 18th.Scott also proposed the 4-point line, something league executives floated in preliminary discussions in 2014. “Let’s go another 3 or 4 feet back and that’s a 4-pointer,” Scott said. “We could put it in this year if they don’t mind.”Scott’s comments about 3-point shooting last year drew criticism considering seven of the past nine NBA championship teams led the league in 3-point shooting and attempts. But Scott has contended his resistance to outside shooting had more to do with his personnel. The ironic part: Scott led the NBA in 3-point shooting during the 1984-85 season with the “Showtime Lakers.”What are the odds?This circumstance may have caused formers Lakers owner Jerry Buss to fold his hand. Gambling site Bovada.com pinned the Lakers with 100/1 odds to win the 2016 NBA championship. TopBet has 70/1 odds on the Lakers to win the title, 40/1 odds to advance to the 2016 Western Conference Finals and 50/1 odds to win the Pacific Division. Westgate Las Vegas sports book director Jay Kornegay reported they have 300/1 odds for the Lakers to become the 2016 NBA champions and 200/1 odds to win the Pacific DivisonInjury updateLakers guard Marcelo Huertas missed his fifth consecutive exhibition game because of a strained right hamstring. Scott estimated a “75-percent chance” Huertas will play Saturday against Golden State in San Diego. Rookie hiccupsIt’s a good idea Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell does not want to compare himself to Stephen Curry, Chris Paul or any other great point guard. He has plenty to learn. Russell posted 11 points on only 3-of-8 shooting and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench.“He wasn’t great,” Scott said of Russell. “But I don’t think there was anybody that was. He has to continue to learn, which he will.”Russell chalked up some of his struggles toward playing with both the starters and reserves.“I feel like I’m foreign to it right now,” Russell. “When I’m out there with the starters I know what I have to do. When I’m out there with the bench, it’s pick-and-roll. When I get established on what my role is, I’ll figure it out.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Rattled USWNT bailed out against Spain, seals dream quarterfinal

first_imgREIMS, France — Before the World Cup even began, fans had June 28 circled on their calendars.If everything played out the way it was expected, the United States would take on hosts France that day in a dream quarterfinal, a game that would see the two tournament favorites clash in Paris. That game is now a reality, but it took nearly everything out of the U.S. in Monday’s 2-1 victory over Spain to get there. MORE: Three takeaways from USWNT vs. SpainJill Ellis’ side was surprisingly pushed to the limit by Spain, which was done in by naive defending in a game in which it successfully rattled the U.S. throughout.Were it not for two poor challenges in the box from its defenders, Spain might have secured one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. Instead, Spain will have to rue a major missed opportunity.Just like every other game so far this tournament, the U.S. came out swinging early. Megan Rapinoe’s seventh-minute penalty saw the team continue their trend of scoring inside the first 12 minutes of every game at the World Cup thus far.But unlike the team’s previous three games, this time, the USWNT’s opponent punched back.Spain took advantage of some disastrous play out of the back just two minutes after Rapinoe’s opener and found a quick equalizer through Jenni Hermoso’s strike.That goal left the U.S. staggered, particularly its back line.Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, in her first tournament as the starter, was partially at fault on Spain’s opener as she played Becky Sauerbrunn into a tight spot from which she gave the ball away.This clearly rattled Naeher, who nearly turned the ball over again minutes later before another shaky moment in which she headed a ball out that she could have clearly handled.The USWNT’s attack was not at its best, either, particularly Rapinoe. After her early goal from the spot, Rapinoe struggled mightily, turning the ball over on the flank and failing to spark the U.S. offense the way she normally does.Alex Morgan, meanwhile, went down with an injury midway through the first half, possibly the same problem that saw her sit for the second half against Sweden last week. Morgan returned to the game, but she did not seem to be at 100 percent and continued to be battered throughout the game.MORE: Full Women’s World Cup bracket, scheduleSpain, for its part, executed its plan to perfection, pressing the U.S. at selective opportunities and matching its intensity from the first whistle. Meanwhile, Ellis surprisingly refused to make a substitution until the 85th minute despite the USWNT’s incredibly deep bench and temperatures that neared 90 degrees for much of the game.Just as frustration appeared close to boiling over, the U.S. was bailed out. With 20 minutes left to play, Rose Lavelle went down in the box under minimal contact from Virginia Torrecilla. For the second time in the game, referee Katalin Kulcsar pointed to the spot. After a lengthy VAR review, the call was confirmed, and Rapinoe, once again, stepped up to the spot and buried her shot.There will be plenty of questions asked of the U.S. after this game, but in a knockout tournament, ultimately, survival is all that counts.The USWNT will live to fight another day, but bigger tests lie ahead, especially on Friday in Paris.last_img read more

Florida records over 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, death toll up by 40

first_imgThe Sunshine State’s coronavirus cases have risen by a record for the third day in a row, 4,049, and additional deaths declined to 40 from 43 the day before for a total of 3,144, including 4 in Palm Beach County, the Florida Department of Health announced Saturday.The cases record surpassed by 227 the previous record of 3,822 and a 3,207 mark Thursday. On Wednesday, the rise was 2,610 Wednesday and a previous record 2,783 Tuesday.Seven of the eight days more than 2,000 cases have been reported, with the only exception 1,758 on Sunday. Last Saturday the increase was 2,582.In one week, cases statewide have climbed by 20,245 for a 27.7 percent gain.For more information, click here.last_img read more

8 pros, 1 amateur compete for $8.4M WSOP prize

first_imgThe bad beats and roller-coaster chip swings weeded out the one-in-a-million dreamers, poker personalities such as Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey and celebrities including sitcom stars Ray Romano and Jason Alexander, who took seats at the green felt. Defending main event champion Greg Merson was eliminated during the fifth day of play.When the dealing was done, nine skilled, mostly professional players were headed toward the final table with three months to plan their strategy and hone their skills.On Monday evening, they will again don hoodies and sunglasses and take their seats amid the blue and red lights of an ESPN set crafted within the off-Strip casino.“This may be the most skilled nine players at the final table,” spokesman Seth Palansky said. “You expect that after the initial jitters, these guys will not be making amateur mistakes”The chip leader is 36-year-old poker professional J.C. Tran, a longtime grinder from Sacramento who slowed down to raise his family, and is hoping to retire after one last run at glory.Tran is the best known of the remaining players. It was he who eliminated the 10th player in July, and he might have reason to think he can beat the other finalists to take the diamond-encrusted bracelet. After all, many of them are tournament newbies who came up through the ranks of online poker.The finalists include 29-year-old Las Vegas VIP Host Jay Farber, with just $2,155 in recorded tournament winnings at the time he made the final nine, and 26-year-old Englishman Sylvain Loosli, who says he’s won more than $1 million online, but had just $3,198 in recorded earnings.Also among the challengers is Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, a Canadian who identifies himself as a tattoo artist and ping pong aficionado.Play begins Monday evening and will continue until all but two or three players are eliminated. ESPN will broadcast the tournament with a 15-minute delay.Caesars Entertainment, which controls the series, has listed Tran as an 11-5 favorite to win the event.Palansky expects a long session stretching into the early hours of Tuesday morning, with everyone playing conservatively. Tran, for instance, has said he will adopt a patient stance at the final table.“At first, I wanted to come down and be a little aggressive, but then I lost a couple of pots and decided you know what, I’m just gonna let it come to me, I’m not gonna force anything,” he said after finishing as the leader in July.The survivors will return Tuesday night and play until one player has all the chips.Several players left in July with precariously low chip counts. David Benefield will sit down on Monday with 6,375,000 in chips and Marc Newhouse will start with 7,350,000 in chips. Five of their competitors have more than 25,000,000 in chips, and Tran is playing with 38,000,000.Players with dwindling stacks generally play more conservatively to avoid being forced out before they make it to the next level, which at the final table could mean an extra $1 million. Chip leaders generally play more aggressively, leveraging their position to push out weaker competitors.The nine men will play a game that has capped the World Series of Poker since 1970, when seven players gathered at Benny Binion’s casino to determine the best poker player in the world.In no-limit Texas Hold ’em, each player is dealt two cards face down (these are sometimes called “hole cards”). Then, the dealer places three community cards face up on the table (these are called “the flop”), followed by one more card (“the turn”) and then a final card (“the river”), with rounds of betting each time cards are dealt. Players use a combination of their hole cards and the five community cards to form the highest five-card hand.In no-limit Texas Hold’em, there is no cap on the amount players can bet; they may push all their chips in at any time.The World Series of Poker, the world’s richest poker tournament, benefited from the online poker boom of the early 2000s. The competition’s popularity later waned as Congress and federal officials cracked down on online sites. Entries in the World Series of Poker’s main event took a tumble in 2007, falling by 28 percent from a high of 8,773. Entries have topped 7,000 only once in the years since.Now, some states have begun to legalize and regulate online gambling. This fall, the World Series of Poker launched a real money online gambling site in Nevada.The organization is hosting nine online tournaments ahead of the start of play at the final table, culminating in a two-day championship among the nine winners at the Rio casino with $100,000 in prize money.___Hannah Dreier can be reached at http://twitter.com/hannahdreier PHIL IVEYby Hannah DreierAssociated Press WriterLAS VEGAS (AP) — A club promoter and eight poker professionals, including one with a sideline as a tattoo artist, are back in Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker main event and lay claim to the $8.4 million prize that goes to the winner.Seven players will become millionaires at the no-limit Texas Hold ’em final table that runs Monday and Tuesday nights. The first player eliminated will take home only the $733,000 paid to all nine who made the finals in July.That’s when the tournament began with 6,352 players, before whittling down to the final nine through seven days of play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.Phil Ivey at the Million Euro Challenge (Photo by Ralph Unden)last_img read more