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Men’s and women’s tennis compete in weekend tournament

first_imgSenior Logan Smith defeated redshirt senior Tanner Smith in the ITA Southwest Regionals singles finals to claim the title in a three-set match at David Marks Stadium. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Over the weekend, the men’s tennis team found success at Pepperdine during the ITA Southwest Regionals tournament, which ended with two Trojans going head-to-head in the singles finals. All eight men had a first round bye and won their second round matches with the exception of senior Jack Jaede. The third round provided an interesting matchup as redshirt senior Tanner Smith faced off against his younger cousin and No. 1 seed, UCLA’s Keegan Smith. With an emphatic 6-1, 6-3 win, Tanner Smith booked his spot in the next round. Junior Riley Smith and freshman Bradley Frye lost in the same round.   The fourth round saw all five Trojans advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday. Tanner Smith squared off against teammate Jaede and came out with the 6-4, 7-6(4) win. Joining Tanner Smith in the semifinals was Logan Smith. Jake Sands and Daniel Cuckierman both fell in straight sets.In the semifinals Sunday, Tanner Smith won 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Logan Smith was also victorious with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 win. The unseeded Tanner Smith and No. 6 Logan Smith faced off in the finals on Monday at Marks Stadium. Logan Smith claimed the title over his teammate in three sets.All four of USC’s double teams did not have to play until the round of 32, as they entered the tournament with a bye. In this round, the men’s doubles teams had a perfect showing, going 4-0 on the day. Among these wins, the No. 40 team of  Cukierman and Tanner Smith had the most dominant performance, defeating Loyola Marymount’s junior Ryan Brown and sophomore Diego Nava 8-2. The semifinals on Monday became  a tie-breaking affair, where the team of freshman August Holmgreen and junior Joel Gamerov prevailed over Brandon Holt and Smith by the score of 3-6, 6-3, (12-10).The Women of Troy also played their regional tournament in San Diego.All seven advanced to the second round, where five of the seven Trojans fell. Freshmen Danielle Willson and Salma Ewing advanced into the third round and both won their next matches 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3, respectively. The fourth round proved to be the end of Willson’s singles campaign as she lost 6-2, 6-2. Ewing beat UCLA senior Alaina Miller to reach the quarterfinals. Monday saw Ewing play in the finals, where she dropped the first set 6-3. It was the first time she had lost a set the entire tournament. She went on to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-2 and claim her first collegiate singles title.The women’s doubles teams put up a strong showing as well, with two pairs of teams reaching the quarterfinals. These teams included the No. 27 ranked doubles team of junior Angela Kulikov and senior Rianna Valdes and the doubles team of junior Constance Branstine and junior Becca Weissmann. The team had one other doubles team compete in the tournament that consisted of Ewing and Willson. The men’s team will compete in their next tournament this weekend in the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships on the home court. The women’s team plays its next tournament starting Nov. 2 at the Jack Kramer Invitational in Rolling Hills.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 30, 2020

UKGC outlines new measures to strengthen industry code

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Further to publishing its ‘2020/21 Business Plan’, the UK Gambling Commission has today outlined a set of new collaborative measures and directives to strengthen its industry code and further reduce problem gambling harms.This afternoon, the UKGC published its new action plan on VIP Programmes, product design and further advertising practices, underlining that the directives have been designed to accelerate a critical agenda to protect vulnerable customers.The UKGC detailed that it has developed its new protective measures in cooperation with ‘industry working groups’ featuring executives of 30 UK operators, co-ordinated by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).The first item of the UKGC’s agenda sees a number of changes to VIP programmes and incentives. ‘Certain measures’ are to be implemented from 14 April, including:Restrict and prevent customers under 25 years of age from being recruited to high-value customer schemesAll customers must be cross-referenced with the appropriate spend, safer gambling and enhanced due diligence measures before qualifying for schemesAll operator reward programmes must be fully audited, detailing ‘decision making’ and demonstrate senior oversight and accountability.Protecting younger audiences, the UKGC has moved forward on its AdTech initiatives, which sees it call on the industry to implement the following by July 2020:Indexing a common list of negative search terms (e.g. how do I self-exclude from gambling?) and suppression websites, which will help shield vulnerable groups from online gambling adsThe consistent use of customer data to ensure paid-for-ads are targeting away from vulnerable groups across all digital platformsEnsuring that all gambling-related pay-per-click advertising targets consumer +25 age across all web engines, directories and social media platformsThe requirement of ‘age-gating’ YouTube channels featuring gambling-related contentAdopting a ‘code of conduct’ for affiliates which will be updated on a regular basis to ensure all measures undertaken by the industry will be implemented equally by advertising partners.The UKGC confirms that its new advertising measures will be enshrined in the IGRG’s Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising.Supporting its future advertising policy, the UKGC has formed a cross-industry ‘Adtech Forum’ to ensure incumbents are making further progress in this area, including conducting and evaluating trials of advertising technology.UK gambling will also progress to a new code for developing safer products, focusing on game design and the development of safety features. The Commission will publish its product code in September, but details that operators will adhere to:A minimum spin speed of 2.5 seconds across all slot gamesRemoval of game features which may encourage intensive play such as slam stops and turbo buttonsProhibiting split-screen slots which have been associated with a ‘potential loss of control’.The development of a  more detailed work plan which will include in-game messaging and the creation of a Betting and Gaming Council Testing Lab to look into other game features.The Commission will launch ‘formal consultations’ on the above areas to ensure that new measures can be effectively incorporated within its governance frameworks.Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief executive, said: “We have been encouraged by the progress on VIP incentives, safer advertising and safer products. We set these challenges in order to deliver real and rapid change for consumers in key areas of risk. “However, it is important these commitments are implemented as soon as possible. It should not take months to implement safeguards many would expect to be in place already. “By working together with operators and seeking the views of people with lived experience of gambling harm we have been able to make significant progress, although there is always more to do. We will now consult on the necessary changes to our rule book to ensure all operators have to meet the new standards. Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more