Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and the Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn’t get anything past goalie Darcy Kuemper.Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left.The Avalanche broke it open from there.Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 2 on Friday.Kuemper stopped 152 shots in four games against Nashville in the Stanley Cup qualifiers and was superb again, making several spectacular saves to keep the Coyotes in it. He finished with 37 saves, but the Coyotes generated little on offense.Arizona benefited when when the NHL expanded the postseason bubbles to 12 teams per conference and took advantage, knocking off Nashville 3-1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Kuemper was superb, stopping 152 shots, and the Coyotes had production throughout the lineup, with 16 players notching at least a point, 11 scoring a goal.The Avalanche presented a much bigger problem.The No. 2 seed in the West, Colorado is one of the NHL’s most dynamic scoring teams, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, and has scoring depth across its lines.The Avalanche had the Coyotes on their heels in the first period, peppering Kuemper with 13 shots while Arizona managed just three.The Coyotes thrive in the rope-a-dope, though, and escaped the first period with a scoreless tie.Arizona had some better stretches in the second period, yet had to be bailed out by numerous difficult saves by Kuemper to keep it scoreless while being outshot 16-4.Colorado finally wore down the Coyotes in the third period, turning a tight game into a runaway in a span of 83 seconds.Notes: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz missed his fifth straight game with a head injury, but could return soon. … Colorado went 1 for 2 on the power play, Arizona 0 for 2. … Arizona G Antti Raanta missed his third straight game since suffering a pregame injury before Game 2 against Nashville.UP NEXTGame 2 is Friday in Edmonton. Associated Press Television News COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 13th August, 2020 11:32 IST Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 11:32 IST Avalanche Score 3 Third-period Goals To Beat Coyotes 3-0 Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and the Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. WATCH US LIVE
Whilst the skin betting world has been somewhat quieter of late, with Valve’s previous Cease and Desist orders seemingly proving a deterrent, it’s safe to say that websites operating in the unregulated space remain rife.Worse still, awareness is still seemingly lacking as many of these sites still gain prominence through streamers, personalities, teams and even through tournament sponsorship.We’ve recently seen the emergence of a slightly more subtle gambling product. Whereas previously, wagering on esports teams and playing casino-style games such as Roulette were the most common, the latest incarnation is somewhat less garishly obvious, but the legitimacy is understandably questionable. Skin case opening sites effectively market themselves as a cheaper way of opening chests in game, with a chance to unpack an extremely rare item, as you would by purchasing a case from Valve. The issue here, is that the people who run these sites, as revealed by esports journalist Richard Lewis fix the odds and can go as far as putting their sites in “rape mode”; a mode where only the two cheapest skins from any case could be discovered. Equally, those promoting the sites would have better odds and win big. It all harks back to previous scandals where famous streamers even went as far as, in Trevor “Tmartn” Martin’s case, owning the site and not disclosing it so to encourage his fan base to use his site and thus make him even more money. Late last week it seemed as though someone had gently prodded Valve and suggested that their initial C&D had not actually had the impact they desired. Two websites, Lootmarket and CSEsport had all of their bots banned and thus have been forced to cease operations.Lootcase and LootmarketWhilst Lootcase issued a statement following having its Steam bots (used to collect and redistribute items from users) saying that it had never engaged in shady practice, certain terms and conditions on its site suggested otherwise.One read: “You understand that the odds shown on the site are estimates and not exact”. before also adding “You also understand and agree that the odds may change at any time without notice”. Lootmarket could then be used to sell items, thus allowing users who “win” valuable skins to directly convert into cash. EDIT: After discussion with the Lootcase/market CEO, clarity on the terms has been provided. “The bit about odds being exact just references the rounding. Users could click to see odds for any of the cases. We may show 1% instead of 1.1% or 3% instead of 2.893%.”“The bit about odds changing any time without notice is true. As the prices for items fluctuate, we may need to adjust the odds for item drops within a case to maintain our desired returns to users.”There’s little doubt that Lootcase are not the worst example of a skin site by ethics, morals or even layout but the point remains. These sites can often be shady by nature and without regulation, be it gambling specific regulation and lax age control, and they effectively encourage youngsters to engage in gambling activity. The holding page reads “RIP Loot Case…” and explains that the bans from Valve mean the website will be closing operations. It does say “Keep an eye out for new projects from the Loot Team!” — insinuating a potential return could be on the cards at some point in the future. CSesportCSesport is reminiscent of CS:GO Lounge or Dota 2 Lounge. A user can simply place skins on professional games that are taking place. It served as a sportsbook and the site is now still operating, although only with skins which are already contained on the site. The terms and conditions of CSesport are all too common across skin betting sights and go to highlight the sheer obscenity of the unregulated industry.Here are some of the most ludicrous: “2. If you don’t agree with all of these rules… don’t place bets on CSesport”3. By placing a bet on CSesport you are confirming that you are in abidance with your country’s laws which allow you to participate in skin-betting. This is generally 18 years of age or older, but make sure to check.” If you have a bet on, and you’re going to win at a certain price, CSesport can change it at any time: “5. The value system is automatically updated at our discretion and can be updated without warning and may occur during active bets.”Then there’s arguably the two best of the lot: “24. You have 21 days to claim your items/winnings from your returns. After which, these items will be claimed by CSesport and used for giveaways, promotions and, in some cases, added to winnings of future bets.”“25. These are the basic rules to which we operate, however, we reserve the right to change these rules at anytime without warning. If a situation arises for which we have no rules, a decision will be made amongst the CSesport staff – and this is the final decision.”Just 21 days to claim, otherwise we keep all of your money. And we are able to make up any rules at any point that suit us best. It’s just the wonderful world of skin betting. Esports Insider says: You just have to look at these websites and laugh. Valve, seemingly out of the blue has been proactive and banned two sites. That leaves just the remaining hundreds. It’s just another reminder that these operators lack proper rules and regulations. They’re a danger to the industry (especially the likes of CSesport) and the more that get shut down the better.
View this post on Instagram “We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.”pic.twitter.com/V4GLyovo9a— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 29, 2019In a statement, the Lions said: “Earlier today, we were informed by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about the sudden passing of their youngest son, Marlo. The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during his extremely difficult time.”Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support. On behalf of the Jones family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the matter at this time.” Marlo was reportedly 6 months old.Jones, the father of five children, wrote on Instagram: “Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son ‘Marlito’ has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us.MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019 Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son “Marlito” has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you. We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too). We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wingsA post shared by Marvin Jones Jr (@marvinjonesjr) on Dec 28, 2019 at 3:41pm PST”Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you.”We did not get the chance to hear your first words [It would’ve been in Spanish too]. We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday.”We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, The youngest son of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones died Friday, the player revealed.Jones, 29, announced the death of his infant son Marlo via social media Saturday before the Lions released a statement.