Bookmakers back Theresa on Tory confidence showdown

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first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Political punters were kept busy all night, as rumours circulated Whitehall that embattled Prime Minister Theresa May would be forced into a vote-of-confidence by Tory party rebels.Early this morning, Sir Graham Brady of the Conservative 1922 Committee confirmed that he had received the 48 declarations needed to trigger a cabinet vote on PM May’s leadership, which will take place tonight (Wednesday) between 6-8pm.PM May needs to secure 158 votes (the Tory MP majority), to retain party leadership for at least another year. Standing steadfast May states that she will not abandon the terms of her unpopular Brexit agreement – which has led to the ‘confidence showdown’.Updating all UK political markets, Betfair this morning announced that a ‘Flood of bets and money’ had been placed on the PM since the confidence vote was announced, with May currently at ‘odds-on at 1/2 to retain leadership following tonight’s vote’.Katie BaylisBetfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “While Theresa May is under immense pressure to retain the leadership ahead of tonight’s vote, we are seeing a huge amount of backing from punters since the vote was announced this morning for her to prevail.“She’s now odds-on at 1/2 to come through tonight with her leadership still intact, and those odds have been shortening by the minute.”Working in May’s favour is the scarce choice of candidates willing to take on the reality of PM negotiating Brexit terms, whilst trying to unite a fractured party regardless of the vote of confidence.Should the PM be defeated, Paddy Power Politics has placed former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab as 9/2 market leader of ‘to replace Theresa’ – followed by a cramped Tory pack of Boris Johnson (5/1), Sajid Javid (5/1) and Michael Gove (6/1)Paddy PowerUpdating the media, Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Things have moved quickly overnight in UK politics, but not as quickly as Dominic Raab’s last few months – he’s gone from political anonymity to the favourite to be next Tory leader.“Which, given Theresa May’s stint, is much the same thing.”Moving towards a new year, both Paddy Power and Betfair, firmly believe that 2019 will deliver more UK political shenanigans – pricing  2/5 that there will be no deal reached before official withdrawal day and 8/11 that we will have another Brexit Referendum next year. Sharelast_img read more

Bol Bol slides to 2nd round, heads to Denver after NBA draft day swap

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first_imgLATEST STORIES The Oregon center’s wait to hear his name called lasted longer than he anticipated. That’s OK — simply more fuel.Denver acquired the draft rights to Bol at No. 44 from the Miami Heat on Thursday night in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBy Bol’s calculation, he figured he’d go in the middle — possibly toward the end — of the first round even with a foot injury. His drop into the middle of the second round left him frustrated.“My biggest takeaway, I honestly don’t know,” said Bol, who spent the entire first round in the green room. Oregon’s Bol Bol smiles before the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)DENVER — Bol Bol stands 7-foot-2 with a 7-7 wingspan.That grudge? Even wider.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Part of the reason for his free fall may have something to do with this: Bol was limited to nine games with Oregon last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot. Still, the 19-year-old native of Khartoum, Sudan, averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.“My foot is 100 percent healed,” Bol said. “I just recently started to get back on the court about a month ago.”Although the Nuggets didn’t have a pick in the draft, they tried to enter into the draft at various points throughout the evening. Each time, the price was too steep. But Bol was a player they couldn’t pass up. He’s the son of the late Manute Bol, who played 10 seasons for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and the Heat.“We’re not concerned as to why he fell. We feel very fortunate that he fell,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “We were fortunate to add another young piece, a guy that we thought pretty highly of.”Bol figures to form quite a tandem in the middle with Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Looking to add scoring punch, Warriors acquire Michigan guard Jordan Poole DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Funny, Bol actually studied Jokic’s game to become a better passing big man.“He’s a very great player,” Bol said. “The Nuggets were a very great team last season. Very excited to be a part of the team.”The Nuggets are coming off a 54-28 season in which they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They made it to the conference semifinals before losing to Portland in Game 7. Denver has a young nucleus that includes Michael Porter Jr., the No. 14 selection last June who sat out the 2018-19 season. Porter was considered a top-five selection before a back injury limited him to three games at Missouri in 2017-18. The 6-foot-10 Porter slid to the Nuggets, who felt his talent was work the risk. A year ago, Porter underwent a second back surgery that sidelined him again.He is making big strides and expected to play in the Sumer League next month.“Fantastic,” Connelly said when asked how Porter’s progressing. “We want to temper expectations but he looks healthier than he’s been in a long, long time.”Porter’s rebound from his back injury is a reason why the Nuggets felt so confident in taking a gamble on Bol.“It made us more comfortable,” Connelly said. “When you get a guy with the tools like Bol Bol, it’s hard not to be excited.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more