Donegal’s Daniel set to take time off following sellout Irish and UK tour

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell is set to ‘recharge his batteries’ later this year as plans on taking time away from a busy schedule. The Donegal native is currently in the middle of Irish and UK tours before he heads to the US in November for his annual residency in Missouri.But he will be hanging up the microphone at Christmas, and says he’s looking forward to time off the road. Having just released a new album, he plans to honour all his existing commitments for next year, but said he hopes to spend more time at home with wife Majella and family.However, the 57-year-old hinted he might make time for some new TV projects, having made several hit shows with Majella.He told the Daniel fanzine: “There has been talk about us doing another American Road Trip following the success of the last one on RTE.“It’s a possibility, and maybe we’ll also do another B&B Road Trip in Ireland too.” Daniel also pledged to return to Sri Lanka, despite the Easter Sunday terror attacks by militant Islamists in Colombo which killed more than 250 people.He is a major star in the Asian country and is one of the most played artists on its biggest radio station.Weeks before the atrocity, he played a sold-out gig in Colombo.He said: “My first reaction on hearing about the bombings was some of those people may have been at our concert or their families were.“Like our own situation in Ireland, it’s terrible religion would be used as a cause. It should unite us and not divide. Hopefully we will be back in Sri Lanka someday.”Donegal’s Daniel set to take time off following sellout Irish and UK tour was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR want Arsenal man – reports

first_imgQPR are interested in signing Andrey Arshavin from Arsenal, Russian media have reported.Fulham have also been linked with the 31-year-old, who is out of favour at the Emirates Stadium and has been widely tipped to move this summer.It is claimed that Rangers are looking to take Arshavin to Loftus Road, possibly on loan.Zenit St Petersburg, who sold him to the Gunners in 2009, are keen to re-sign him but he is believed to want to join a London club.It was recently reported that Arshavin’s wife is expecting their third child and they are keen for their children to attend a school in the capital.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Groves splits from promoter Warren

first_imgGeorge Groves has split with promoter Frank Warren and is expected to link up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom.It means the unbeaten Commonwealth super-middleweight champion’s scheduled fight against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European title is off.The pair were due to meet at Wembley Arena on 16 March for the belt recently relinquished by Groves’ bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.Warren snapped up Groves in 2011.Groves, 24, will continue to be trained and managed by Adam Booth.A statement issued by Frank Warren Promotions confirmed: “Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.“Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.”Hearn also promotes Nottingham’s world champion Carl Froch, who has been touted as a possible future opponent for Groves.See also:Groves links up with promoter WarrenWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves confirms move to MatchroomGroves weighs in ahead of Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fever pitch at Green Point

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the inside ofCape Town’s Green Point Stadium.(Image: City of Cape Town) An artist’s impression of Green PointStadium, with the ocean in the foregroundand Cape Town’s landmark TableMountain in the background.(Image: City of Cape Town) Green Point Stadium under construction inFebruary 2008.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the imagelibrary.)Lusanda NgcaweniNo matter what side of the fence you stood on a year ago, you probably won’t be able to hide your enthusiasm when you set eyes on the striking new football stadium in Green Point, Cape Town, which is to host eight Fifa World Cup matches in 2010, including a semifinal.Ever since it was proposed, the idea of building a new stadium in Green Point for 2010 has been plagued by political disputes. But despite the setbacks, and with the 2010 Fifa World Cup kick-off just under two years away, plans are finally coming together.Currently, the main challenge facing the Green Point Stadium – a joint venture between firms Murray & Roberts and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) – is completing construction on time, according to project director Andrew Fanton. The structure is being built on a 10.6-hectare site and has a seating capacity of 68 000.The dedicated team of about 2 000 labourers, 400 supervisory staff and 35 subcontractors is working hard to ensure the 14 December 2009 target is met.“We are approaching completion of the level-five elevated slabs and are on target to complete the entire superstructure to receive the roof compression ring in September 2008,” Fanton says.The grass for the pitch is being specially cultivated and is scheduled to take about four months to plant, with the process starting in August 2009. The glass roof will also be custom-made. “The glass is not only an aesthetic element, but required to weigh the roof down for Western Cape environmental conditions. The glass forms part of the roof structure which is being delivered by a joint venture between US and German companies, Birdair-Pfeifer.”Fanton says the benefits of working on such a large assignment far outweigh the challenges. “Projects of this size and complexity allow us as an industry to not only re-tool our businesses from a plant and equipment perspective, but also to train and develop our trade labour and supervision to deliver a core competence in this type of construction.“We as team Green Point are very proud to be tasked with this project for the City of Cape Town and South Africa as the 2010 host nation. Personally, I am looking forward to December 14 2009.”Empowering the workforceMurray & Roberts and WBHO have put their money where their mouths are, investing R6-million in the Green Point Stadium Training Centre, an impressive facility focusing on the construction and engineering industry.“The Green Point Stadium is the biggest construction in Cape Town,” says Antoinette du Toit, training manager at the centre. “When we started looking for workers, there weren’t enough. The construction industry had expressed the need to formalise skills, but nobody was doing anything about it. Because of a skills shortage in South Africa, we were bringing in people from Indonesia.” The boom in the building industry in Cape Town didn’t help matters, as shutter hands had to be brought in from Johannesburg, and steel fixers from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.The centre not only trains new people from scratch, but certifies existing skills as well. The certification is for those who, for example, have been doing scaffolding work for years but without a qualification. In the past when they began new projects they always had to start as unskilled workers as they lacked proof of their abilities.“The assessment, which recognises their skills level, is 100% neutral,” says Du Toit. “We have assessed about 400 people so far and they have walked away with a national certification.”Launched in August last year, the centre has also trained about 200 people who came in as general workers, but showed potential to be shutter hands and steel fixers. “The training centre has done wonders for productivity and general motivation of staff, none of whom will walk away from this project empty-handed.”Fanton agrees that the training process is making a difference on site. “It definitely develops a good team spirit. It’s about creating an understanding of what we want to achieve with respect to project delivery. This [training and certification] creates the will – then it’s about skilling and drilling to deliver consistent performance,” he says.As an incentive, the centre ensures workers get paid during training. “This has made a big impact on safety because the more trained people you have working on a site, the fewer the accidents,” Du Toit says.Training is not limited to on-site workers. There is a huge interest from tertiary institutions that bring in design, architecture, engineering and construction students. About 24 interns are also being trained at the centre and have the opportunity to gain some practical experience. They get to interact with the experts in the field, such as chief engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers.With the shortage of construction training centres in Cape Town, the Green Point facility is also open to other construction companies that need to provide workers with training. This helps cover the centre’s running costs.Because a national system was preferred, Du Toit says they decided to subcontract the training. “The company we use provides the trainers and the material. Qualified workers get a proper national certificate, which is Seta-accredited.” The Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta) manage the skills development process in the South African workplace.Pulling in the publicPart of the controversy surrounding the building of the Green Point Stadium was rooted in the area’s history. The Green Point Common, the 130ha piece of land on which the new Fifa Stadium is situated, was granted to the Cape Town City Council in 1923 by the Union Government as commonage for general public recreation. The extent of the common has been substantially reduced over the years for urban development, but remains a substantial and significant public open space – especially for those living in the area.To promote the idea of constructing a new costly stadium on the valued commonage, Murray & Roberts, WBHO and the City of Cape Town decided to open a visitors’ centre so reluctant locals and visitors to the city could see the site, track the stadium’s progress and have all their questions answered. Although the old Green Point Stadium had already been demolished for the new one close by, its presidential suite was still standing. This was the ideal place to convert into a visitors’ centre, says Silvana Dantu, project director of the Green Point Stadium Visitors’ Centre.The visitors’ centre helps educate the public on, among other things, the size of the new stadium and its environmental implications. It also enables school children to learn more about the project and gives access to people who wouldn’t necessarily get to see the stadium during the 2010 World Cup, adds Dantu.The facility boasts an extensive photo library, memorabilia from South Africa’s football history and puts on a one-man show for audiences. Visitors are also taken on a guided bus tour of the actual football pitch and can watch a short documentary, The Game Plan, which introduces the project’s major players and gives visitors an idea of what it takes to create a stadium that size. Visitors are then taken on a virtual tour of the completed Green Point Stadium as it will appear in 2010.Dantu believes the visitors’ centre should be the hub of the 2010 Fifa Local Organising Committee and the City of Cape Town. “We are documenting who is visiting the centre as part of the history of building the stadium. By the time it is complete, the Green Point Stadium will have a history of its own. For me it is such a privilege to get the opportunity to do something like this, to host one of the biggest events in the universe. Imagine … Ronaldinho will be here! The benefit of the experience will be to see the euphoria!”Shifting the goalpostsThe one-man show staged at the visitors’ centre, The Greensman, is a multi-media portrayal of the history of the Green Point Common andactor Apollo Ntshoko is the idea person to play the title role. “When I was a schoolboy at Langa High School, I used to come and watch soccer here,” he says of the new stadium’s site. Langa is a black township less than 10 minutes’ drive from central Cape Town. The Greensman is sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia for locals who know the area’s background and provide a gripping history lesson for adult and child visitors.“The best thing about his job,” Ntshoko says, is to see people who were vehemently opposed to the building of the 2010 Green Point Stadium, leaving the centre having changed their minds and being big fans.“It is a privilege for me to be telling this story and to play a small part in this, the first Fifa World Cup to be hosted on African soil. I can’t explain the feeling. My biggest wish is for the World Cup to open with The Greensman.”Lecture series, schools programmeMurray & Roberts and WBHO’s latest venture is the 2010 Lecture Series, which was launched in July 2008. “Hosted twice a month, these lectures will include a guided tour of the stadium construction site so the public will have a total experience of our spectacular 2010 stadium,” says Dantu.“All the lectures will be conducted by interesting and passionate experts who are integrally involved in the planning and implementation of national projects towards 2010.”The first lecture, on 13 August 2008, was presented by the stadium’s leading architectural firm, GMP Architekten of Germany. Project manager Robert Hormes discussed the design, construction and future use of the 2010 stadium and gave some background on GMP’s work globally.The visitors’ centre, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, also runs a free schools programme, which includes a tour of the centre, history on the Green Point Common and information on careers in engineering, architecture and construction. Murray & Roberts and WBHO use the buses for transporting its workers to ferry the youth to and from the centre – sometimes travelling as far as 72km to ensure South Africa’s younger generation in more rural areas don’t miss out on the developments.“So far over 6000 children have visited the centre. Soccer is a nice way of integrating communities from different backgrounds. It gives all the children something to aspire to, and makes the 2010 World Cup seem accessible to them,” Dantu says.Power of 10The visitors’ centre also doubles up as the site where new workers are inducted. “New workers get a motivational piece using soccer as inspiration for life,” says Dantu. “Football analogies with important qualities such as being a team player and keeping your eye on the ball are highlighted. To complete the stadium on time, we need workers to be motivated, to pull together and to be aware of safety measures such as wearing a hard hat at all times, wearing the correct regulation boots and not using a cellphone on site.”Inspiration and motivation are not limited to the induction, but extend to the construction site as well. As football fans know, the striker, who wears the number 10 jersey, is one of the most integral members of a football team. Some of the world’s most revered footballers have played this position, including Brazilian star Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé; Argentinian Diego Maradona; Portugal’s Eusebio (Eusébio da Silva Ferreira); Brazilian Ronaldinho (real name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira); and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane.All the workers on the site wear overalls with the number 10 on the back, which signifies the crucial role each one has to play in the construction process, irrespective of their level of experience. It also denotes the importance of teamwork.With all the initiatives that Murray & Roberts and WBHO have undertaken at the Green Point Stadium, there’s no doubt they will leave a legacy behind. After the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the area around the stadium will be integrated into an urban park, says Dantu. “The plan is to have a big garden which is open and free to the public, with a walkway from the stadium to the beach front and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Lusanda Ngcaweni at lusandan@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Visitors’ Centre informationTours can be adapted for different groups and cost R40 for adults and R20 for children and pensioners.Times of toursMonday to Friday: 10h00 and 14h00Saturdays: 10h00 and 12h00Free school tours: 12h00 dailyTickets to the 2010 Lecture Series cost R100.Contact Lana at the Green Point Stadium Visitors’ Centre on +27 (0)21 430 0410 or email lana@greenpointstadiumvc.co.zaUseful linksGreen Point Stadium Visitors’ CentreMurray & RobertsWBHOA history of Langa townshipThe Group Areas ActGreen Point Common Associationlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 7

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s first medal in athletics as he broke the Games Record and the National Record after all three squash players returned with bronze after losing in the respective semi-finals.The 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performance in the singles squash event.Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordTop seed Saurav Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals.Saurav Ghosal settles for bronze | Joshna Chinappa goes down fighting| Dipika Pallikal settles for bronzeAs for the the Indian women, Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia, whereas Joshana Chinappa went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam. Day 6: WRAPIndia won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIndian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaIt was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.advertisementRowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double Sculls Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis (Reuters Photo)Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis. Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.India women settle for silver in Kabaddi Heena Sidhu bagged bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.Bronze for Heena SidhuThe last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisDay 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.advertisementDay 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018advertisementAn in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Holden Home Ground Advantage

first_imgHolden has made a long term commitment to helping grass roots sport by giving local clubs the chance to upgrade their facilities with the Holden Home Ground Advantage project.Apply for a grant up to $10,000 or $100,000 for your local sporting club today and enter your own video clip to support your application.Applications are now open but be quick, they close on Saturday, 28 February 2015.For more information and to apply, please click on the following link:http://www.holden.com.au/homegroundadvantage Related LinksHolden Grants Availablelast_img

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche confirms successful Lennon op

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche confirms successful Lennon opby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed successful surgery for Aaron Lennon.Dyche revealed that Lennon has undergone knee surgery that will keep him out for an unspecified amount of time.Lennon sustained cartilage damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against former club Tottenham at Wembley.“It’s a tidying up situation. He’s happy with it and the surgeon is happy with it.”Hopefully it will be a straight-forward recovery, albeit some time.” last_img

10 months agoRudiger slams Chelsea: Stupid! Mentally weak!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudiger slams Chelsea: Stupid! Mentally weak!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Toni Rudiger blew his top after their dismal defeat to Leicester City.Stamford Bridge was stunned into silence as a single goal from Jamie Vardy derailed Maurizio Sarri’s men and saw them fall further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.Speaking after the final whistle, a clearly angry Rudiger ranted the Blues can no longer think about the title.And he also revealed that the squad is lacking mental strength, calling the situation “stupid.”Rudiger said: “It’s a disaster. We don’t talk about the title any more.“If we can’t win these games, we can’t compete. We only talk now about top four.“Maybe it’s a lack of mentality. Stupid.” last_img read more

10 months agoDerby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaserby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United face losing Dan Barlaser for nothing.The Daily Mail says the Turkey youth international is currently impressing during a loan spell at League One Accrington Stanley and boss John Coleman is desperate to extend his stay beyond January.Barlaser – who has also been involved with England Under-18s – has appeared three times for Newcastle’s first team but is said to have improved markedly in recent months given the exposure to senior football.The 21-year-old is now attracting interest from the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby, Preston and Wigan who are aware of his contract situation at St James’ Park. last_img read more

Sportsbook Bovada Has Brice Johnson As Favorite To Win NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

first_imgUNC enters tonight’s national championship match-up against Villanova as a three point favorite, so it should be no surprise that the Tar Heels’ top player is the favorite to take home the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Bovada has forward Brice Johnson at +110 to win the award, with Villanova’s Josh Hart as the second favorite at +325. Here is the full set of odds.ncaa tournament mop bovadaWith UNC’s size advantage, Johnson is a very legitimate favorite for the award, but if you believe in Villanova, a bet on Jenkins or Arcidiacono has to be pretty tempting at +900. [Bovada]last_img