Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne set for 10-week lay-off

first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne faces 10 weeks out of action after damaging his knee and ankle against Everton. The Belgian suffered his injury setback late in the Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton on Wednesday, having come off the bench during the second half and changed the game with a goal and an assist. His efforts helped to set up a trip to Wembley for City next month, when Liverpool await them, but cruelly De Bruyne is set to miss that occasion along with important Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup games. De Bruyne wrote on Twitter: ” Just got back from the specialist. I’ll be out for around 10 weeks. “I’ll work hard on my recovery and hope to be back on the pitch asap. Thank you all for the supportive messages!” City won the second leg 3-1 to take the tie 4-3 on aggregate, with De Bruyne’s appearance ending when the 24-year-old appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee. He stands to miss both legs of City’s Champions League last-16 clash with Dynamo Kiev, the Wembley clash with Liverpool on February 28 and the Premier League derby against Manchester United on March 20. If the 10-week forecast proves accurate, De Bruyne should be back in contention to feature against his former club Chelsea on April 16. He should also be back in time to play enough football to assure Belgium of his fitness ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign. De Bruyne’s representative Patrick De Koster told Sky Sports News: “Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important. “But he knows they (City) are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that (injuries) is what happens in football.” De Koster detailed the injuries as a “tear in the ankle and also the lateral (knee) ligaments”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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India put England in a spin on day two

first_img(REUTERS) – England were left with a mountain to climb after India made 455 in their first innings before returning to blow away the tourists’ top order on a spin-dominated second day of the second Test yesterday.England reached 103 for five, trailing India by 352 runs, at stumps with all-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow unbeaten at the crease.The touring side were rattled in the third over when paceman Mohammed Shami breached captain Alastair Cook’s defence but Joe Root and young opener Haseeb Hameed survived a hostile spell of bowling from the Indians to add 47 for the second wicket before the latter was run-out on 13 by some smart work from wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.England’s batting mainstay Root, who hit a century in the previous Test in Rajkot, made 53 before he fell to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also picked up the wicket of Ben Duckett.Debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav picked up his maiden wicket with a review after Moeen Ali advanced and then padded the ball away.England were 80-5 at that stage, but Bairstow, unbeaten on 12 and Stokes ensured there was no further damage. Stokes was not out on 12 and survived when a delivery from Yadav kissed, but did not dislodge, his bail.Earlier, Ashwin scored his second half-century of the series to guide India to a strong first-innings score.Ashwin scored 58 and added 64 for the eighth wicket with Yadav (35) after England off-spinner Moeen had claimed three quick wickets to peg back the hosts.Resuming the second day on 317-4 in the first ever Test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam, captain Virat Kohli and Ashwin added 35 in a fifth-wicket stand.Stokes failed to hold on to the straightforward chance from Ashwin but made amends with the very next ball, catching Kohli when the India captain attempted a cover drive.Kohli, who was unbeaten on 151 overnight, hit 18 boundaries in his knock of 167 – an incoming delivery that split the left-hander’s off-stump in two. Moeen dismissed Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in the same over to reduce India to 363-7.Saha wasted a review on a plumb lbw decision while Jadeja did not appeal his leg-before dismissal to a delivery which, replays confirmed, was missing the stumps.Ashwin, who scored 70 and 32 in the first Test at Rajkot, and Yadav then added some crucial runs to India’s total.INDIA 1st innings (overnight 317-4)M. Vijay c Stokes b Anderson 20L. Rahul c Stokes b Broad 0C. Pujara c Bairstow b Anderson 119V. Kohli c Stokes b Ali 167A. Rahane c Bairstow b Anderson 23R. Ashwin c Bairstow b Stokes 58W. Saha lbw b Ali 3R. Jadeja lbw b Ali 0J. Yadav c Anderson b Rashid 35U. Yadav c Ali b Rashid 13M. Shami not out 7Extras: (b-4, lb-5, w-1) 10Total: (all out, 129.4 overs) 455Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-22, 3-248, 4-316, 5-351, 6-363, 7-363, 8-427, 9-440.Bowling: J. Anderson 20-3-62-3, S. Broad 16-2-4- 1, B. Stokes 20-4-73-1 (w-1), Z. Ansari 12-1-45-0, A. Rashid 34.4-2 -10-2, M. Ali 25-1-98-3, J. Root 2-0-9-0.ENGLAND1st inningsA. Cook b Shami 2H. Hameed run-out 13J. Root c U. Yadav b R. Ashwin 53B. Duckett b R. Ashwin 5M. Ali lbw b Yadav 1B. Stokes not out 12J. Bairstow not out 12Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (for 5 wickets, 49 overs) 103Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-51, 3-72, 4-79, 5-80.Bowling: M. Shami 8-2-15-1, U. Yadav 6-1-14-0, R. Jadeja 15-3-38–0, R. Ashwin 13-5-20-2, J. Yadav 7-3-11-1.last_img read more

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Battle Royale to determine Milo Under-18 finalists

first_imgTHE top four teams in this year’s Milo-sponsored Petra-organised U-18 Schools football tournament will compete for two spots in the final.The semi-finals will feature Morgan’s Learning Centre against Masters Academy at 19:00hrs, and Chase Academy versus Sir Leon Lessons which begins at 17:00hrs at the Ministry of Education ground.The opening game will set the tone for the day with players like David Coates, Osafo Matheson, Chris Macey, Adrian Adolph, Daniel Clarke and Orin Moore. The obvious favourites are Morgan’s Learning Centre over Masters Academy.However, the underdog tag might just suit the Masters side. Their heavy reliance on defensive mindset and the smash-and-grab counterattack method means that the game may not be as straightforward as expected.Calvin Peters and Akeem Giddings will be chief in this regard and are players to be looked at.In the second match-up, defending champions Chase Academy and Sir Leon Lessons, offers a mouth-watering spectacle for any football fan – being regarded as a final in itself.With their record thus far, the defending champions are in the prime position to carry their campaign all the way to the final.Considering as well the foot-balling level of the unit with Reshawn Ritch, Job Caesar, Nicholas McArthur, Jeremy Garrett, Malachi Adonis, Rondell Peters and Ryan Hackett, the players have easily cemented themselves as the benchmark for schools football.Still, Sir Leon Lessons have shown that they are willing to go the extra mile, managing to keep their cool to hold off The Bishops’ High in the last round, on penalties.Their ‘go to’ men will be Omari James, Tyrese Forde, Richard Rayside and Adrian Aaron.Meanwhile, the winners of the tournament will collect $500 000 towards a school project and the championship trophy, while the second-, third- and fourth-placed sides will receive $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively towards a similar endeavour along with trophies.The event is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health.last_img read more

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Underclassmen carry Syracuse in season-ending 4-3 OT loss to Mercyhurst

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Emily Costales couldn’t look up and had her gloves over her face. Alysha Burriss casually skated to accept her award and without emotion returned to her team on the blue line. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan calmly talked to his assistant coaches as his head faced the ice and then at the team that beat his on the other blue line.Syracuse (19-14-3, 14-4-2 College Hockey America) lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in overtime against Mercyhurst (19-10-5, 14-3-3) in the CHA tournament final. The Orange scored two goals in the game’s final three minutes on goals by Allie Munroe and Burriss. Grossi scored SU’s first goal. The loss snapped Syracuse’s eight-game win streak.The game would be the last for Syracuse’s most successful senior class that included CHA Player of the Year Melissa Piacentini.“It’s a weird feeling (that this is the last time donning a Syracuse jersey),” Piacentini said “I don’t think it’s really hit me yet, but I’m sure it will in the future.”As one award-winning class leaves another is ready to takeover. Sophomores Burriss and Grossi, as well as freshman Munroe, were named to the All-Tournament team and others have improved throughout the year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They are very ready to take the reigns,” Piacentini said. “The underclassmen, this year they really led this team (at times). There is a lot of leadership on and off the ice with that group.”Flanagan acknowledged how much success this senior class had but also pointed out his disappointment of not winning a conference tournament.“There is a tremendous amount of disappointment in (the locker room), our upperclassman have been in two overtime losses in a row in a championship game. But you got to kind of revel in the fact that you got in those championship games … it’s going to sting for a while.”Flanagan echoed Piacentini in that the underclassman are hungry for next year and will thrive and be a part of a new core based off of their improvement this year. Dakota Derrer in particular impressed Flanagan.“But Dakota, she is just like an old fashioned defenseman out there. She is blocking shots and getting everything out (of the zone). You don’t notice her a lot. She doesn’t carry the puck up a lot, but she was awesome tonight. She’s only a sophomore.”Munroe has learned a lot from the senior class and expressed gratitude to their influence on not only the team but also herself.“We’re pretty hungry to win next year,” Munroe said. “ The girls that are coming back, even the seniors, want us to win. The offseason is going (to begin) soon for sure.”“We wanted that championship and it was heartbreaking to see them (Mercyhurst) all celebrate.” Comments Published on March 6, 2016 at 1:06 am Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Basketball tickets sell out in five minutes following Final Four season

first_imgThe 2014-15 home schedule is highlighted by another non-conference match up against national powerhouse, Duke, on December 3rd. Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, and Penn State will all travel to the Kohl Center during Big Ten play as well.Not all of the 2,100 tickets were sold Tuesday morning, however. Those who participated in the Men’s Basketball Rewards Program last season and earned enough points by attending games could buy their season tickets a day early.Regardless, with one of the best season’s for men’s basketball in the rear view mirror, and a team in 2014-15 that could be even better, the Kohl Center is set to remain as one of college basketball’s toughest places to play as the Grateful Red should be out in full force.Wisconsin’s tournament run ends in one-point loss to KentuckyARLINGTON, Texas — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team made just two three-point shots in the NCAA semifinals. The Read… Coming off a Final Four run, the demand for student season tickets for men’s basketball was sure to reach new levels as they went on sale Tuesday morning.But not many people could have predicted just how fast they went.It took only five minutes for the 2,100-seat “Grateful Red” student section to sell out Tuesday morning, showing just how excited students are for this year’s Wisconsin basketball team. Usually, the demand for football tickets is what has people stressing out, but it appears basketball — for at least one season — has dethroned football as the most wanted sport at UW. But that should not come as a surprise.Football tickets sell out in less than an hourWisconsin undergrads set their alarms early Monday morning for the annual expedition to get season tickets for the upcoming Badgers Read…The 2014-15 men’s basketball team returns all but one of the members of its starting lineup this season after Ben Brust graduated this past spring, but the Badgers have two strong options to replace him in the starting line up. Nigel Hayes, last year’s Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, and guard Bronson Koening, could take the starting spot. Koenig played exceptionally well as a freshman last season, and sliding him into the starting lineup would give Bo Ryan a three-guard lineup.But don’t forget about the other four people that make up the starting lineup.Traevon Jackson, who always seems to come up with a big shot when called upon, will be back to anchor the point guard position with Josh Gasser in the backcourt as well. Sam Dekker, who wowed people this summer at Lebron James’ camp, returns alongside breakout star Frank Kaminsky. The hype from both Dekker and Kaminsky heading into this season is about as high as the demand for student season tickets was this morning.last_img read more

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Men’s hockey: Badgers split first Big Ten series against Michigan

first_imgThe Badgers went .500 this weekend in their first conference matchup against the unranked University of Michigan Wolverines.Wisconsin fell behind 2-0 midway through the first period on two Michigan power play scores. The Badgers would respond late in the same period when freshman Trent Frederic found the back of the net to cut the lead to one.Frederic’s goal would ignite the Badgers as they lit up the second period, outscoring the Wolverines 5-1 to build a sizable 6-3 lead.“Everybody was feeding off of each other, everybody was positive on the bench, but definitely that energy I mean when someone scored it felt like everyone had scored,” Wisconsin senior forward Aidan Cavallini said.Men’s hockey: Badgers fail to win in weekend series for first time all yearThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team showed resilience this weekend despite coming away with a tie and a loss Read…The Big Ten foes would both score a single time in the third period to end the first game of the series in a dominating 7-4 performance by the Badgers.Sophomore forwards Luke Kunin and Will Johnson both had no problem finding the back of the net as each of them scored a pair of goals in the offensive feast. Their fellow forward, junior Ryan Wagner, would finish the night with the assist hat trick finding his teammates on three of the seven Badger scores.Saturday’s contest would tell a different story despite a similar beginning for Wisconsin. The Badgers, again, fell behind 2-0 in the opening period but could not muster up the same offensive rebound from the night before.A power play score from senior Grant Besse was the only shot Michigan goaltender Hayden Lavigne let by him the entire night in a sensational 34-save redemption performance from the night before.Wisconsin shut down the Wolverine attack in the last two periods, excluding the two empty net goals at the end of the third. The offensive success from a night before did not carry over as Michigan thwarted any chances the Badgers leaving Ann Arbor with a clean sweep.Men’s hockey: Badgers push onward with split over weekend in ColoradoThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team returned from the West Coast with a win and a loss after they Read…Ryan Wagner finished the weekend on the road with four points moving him up to the fourth spot on the team’s leaderboard. Luke Kunin had a prolific showing as well, scoring twice on Friday and recording an assist on the single Badger goal Saturday night.A road split in conference play — especially on the road — is far from the worst thing for a Wisconsin team who has struggled mightily the last couple years in the Big Ten.Conference play continues after a winter hiatus on Jan. 6, when Michigan State University travels to Madison for the Badgers’ first Big Ten home series of the season.last_img read more

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Indian-origin Singapore student wins gold medals at World Memory Championships, here’s how

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US The only Singaporean in the competition of over 260 contestants from China, Russia, India, Taiwan and Malaysia, Dhruv stood out in the competition with his stupendous memory.READ: 8-year-old From Hyderabad Successfully Climbs Australia’s Highest MountainDhruv has mastered the Roman memory technique of creating “memory palaces”, which works by associating the ideas or objects to be memorised with scenes imagined at familiar locations, such as one’s house. 1 year ago WATCH: Woman devotee Bindu recounts how she entered the Sabarimala sanctorum Dhruv, who just finished primary school, memorised more than seven decks of shuffled cards in an hour; 1,155 binary numbers in half that time; and 87 names and faces in 15 minutes. A 12-year-old Indian-origin student from Singapore has bagged two gold medals at the World Memory Championships held in Hong Kong.Dhruv Manoj won in the “names and faces” and “random words” disciplines, beating 56 other contestants in the “kids category” at the World Memory Championships held from December 20 to December 22, 2018. WE RECOMMEND Training for Hong Kong competition was tougher for Dhruv, who was also a head prefect, a sprinter in the track and field team and a member of the computer club in his school. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd January, 2019 11:41 IST LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 2nd January, 2019 12:09 IST Indian-origin Singapore Student Wins Gold Medals At World Memory Championships, Here’s How A 12-year-old Indian-origin student from Singapore has bagged two gold medals at the World Memory Championships held in Hong Kong. Written By Dhruv’s father Manoj Prabhakar, who is a management consultant in the oil and gas industry, said: “I found that Dhruv enjoyed doing it and he’s doing pretty well, so I thought I should support him.”READ: 16-year-old Bengaluru Kid Wins $4,00, 000 In Global Science Competition For Making YouTube Video “The toughest part was concentrating on what I have to do, because for most of my friends, PSLE just ended… For me, sitting down there and practising… it was hard, but I managed to pull through,” Singapore tabloid ‘Today’ quoted Dhruv as saying on Sunday. Dhruv said he would manage to take out two to three hours of practice every week before the vital Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) after six years of the first level of schooling.READ: Unstoppable | 102-year-old Great-grandma Has Created A World Record In Skydiving. Read Her Inspiring StoryHe only began his intensive training in October, memorising binary numbers and cards for about four to six hours a day. 1 year ago ‘Oh no! it’s 2018 again’ : Sydney makes hilarious typo while welcoming New Year 2019 1 year ago Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s family portrait is just picture perfectlast_img read more

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SportCaller strengthens William Hill alliance with Golden Race

first_imgShare SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, free-to-play (FTP) sports-game specialist SportCaller has extended its alliance with William Hill to launch its new Golden Race.The launch of the new game is intended to enhance player-engagement with the bookmaker’s audience. Players can compete for a jackpot prize of up to £1m by trying to predict the outcome of a given number of runners in the featured race each day across the Cheltenham Festival.Liam Wallwork, Commercial Director at William Hill, commented: “Having successfully showcased the potential of FTP with our popular Lucky 7 racing game, we were keen to recruit SportCaller’s services again for Cheltenham, a tentpole event for us where client retention is invariably at a premium.“SportCaller have again delivered on a refreshing new FTP which has already proved a boon for player engagement. Jackpot games have to be winnable, otherwise our clients won’t trust or play them. So, we were thrilled to see so many enjoy the Midas touch at Kempton’s Golden Race on Wednesday. “The game will now be the cornerstone of our marketing and advertising campaign for The Festival and beyond. In fact, we will be running the £1m Golden Race in tandem across the meeting alongside Lucky 7 for 100k-a-day. It’s by far the most generous FTP offering in the village.”Golden Race has been adapted by SportCaller to improve retention levels across all operator platforms, as well as boosting the customer-experience during the Festival, which has traditionally shown to result in a huge pull on annual targets.The game has since been integrated into the William Hill account architecture, and can be accessed via a centralised sign-in function on the iPhone app. SportCaller Managing Director Cillian Barry added: “Having originated the first free-to-play jackpot game with Channel 4 Racing way back in 2014, it’s great to return to our first love ahead of Cheltenham with the next generation in horse racing FTP.“It’s a real validation for Hills, a name so intrinsically connected with horse racing and The Festival, to have enlisted our services and we can’t wait for Golden Race to come under starter’s orders next week and for one, or more, lucky punters to bag the £1m daily jackpot!”In order to play the game, entrants must place a £10 qualifying bet (or £5 each-way) on any UK/IRE race that same day, which then entitles the player to then participate in the Golden Race for the jaw-dropping £1m, or a consolation prize of £50,000 for forecasting the first two finishers home, if the jackpot isn’t won. Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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DraftKings to capitalise on Supreme Court’s betting ruling

first_imgDraftKings, a fantasy sports platform, is looking to cash in on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the authorisation of sports gambling in North America – according to Jason Robins, CEO.The company has been building its betting platform since July 2017 and expects it to be ready at the latest in September of this year.DraftKings has a whole host of sports available for its users to get involved with; esports is one of the 10 fantasy sports available. According to Robins, esports is dwarfed in popularity by sports such as American Football, Basketball, and Baseball – but it’s growing rapidly.Speaking to CNBC, Matt Kalish, CRO of DraftKings revealed that esports was actually the fasting-growing category DraftKings offered in 2017 with League of Legends entry rates rising 59% up from what it was in the previous year. He also noted that the numbers are on track to grow beyond that in 2018.Kalish stated in the interview: “We are certainly aware of how fast the sport has grown. One of the reasons we believe esports could be much bigger on DraftKings is we haven’t really penetrated to the full breadth of games.”One factor that should be considered when mentioning that esports is DraftKing’s least popular category is that the platform only accommodates for League of Legends, not any other title. Popular games, which are often considered ‘top tier’, such as Dota 2, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone are all safe choices should the company branch out any time soon.DraftKings, back in 2016, was set to merge with its main rival at the time, FanDuel. Ultimately the merger fell through because the Federal Trade Commission realised the combination of the two would control 90% of the market share. Since then, FanDuel has lost two co-founders and has quietened, which means DraftKings will likely be happy with itself that it’s managed to stay around until this point.DraftKings previously had a number of partnered teams in esports, including the likes of compLexity Gaming, SK Gaming, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid, and Mousesports.Esports Insider says: The new ruling certainly opens up the potential for betting and fantasy sports sites to operate with the industry, but nothing is clear just yet. We’re intrigued to see the result of DraftKing’s betting site and just how they capitalise on their own self-found growth of interest in esports.last_img read more

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Robert Kraft spa footage ordered temporarily sealed by Florida judge

first_imgPalm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser, in granting the protective order sought by Kraft’s legal team, wrote in a 10-page ruling (via USA Today) that “making these images public, at this time, seriously jeopardizes Defendant’s fundamental right to a fair and impartial jury.””Furthermore,” Hanser wrote, “the Court is seriously concerned about allowing the media to disclose to the public a piece of evidence that would be (or could be) central to the case against defendant. In effect, the potential jury pool would be given the opportunity to preview trial evidence, including identifying (Kraft) as the person depicted in the video tapes.”Prosecutors in Palm Beach County said in court papers last week that they are obligated under Florida law to release police surveillance videos of Kraft and 24 other men allegedly paying for and engaging in sex at the spa.Kraft and more than a dozen of the men charged in the case had asked Hanser to issue a protective order blocking the public release of the videos. Attorneys for multiple media organizations had sought their release under Florida’s open-records law. In a hearing before Hanser, Kraft defense attorney William Burck questioned the need to release the videos, especially given that already public affidavits from Jupiter police provided a detailed account of what they allege transpired between Kraft and women on Jan. 19 and 20.”The only possible reason to release it is to get eyeballs and clicks” on media websites from people seeking to watch individuals “engaging potentially in sexual conduct,” Burck told Hanser.“It is basically pornography, your honor,” Burck said of the videos.Last week, Judge Joseph Marx issued a temporary protective order to keep the video footage from being released until Hanser made his ruling.”I may be on shaky rounds, media, but right is right,” Marx said in a conference call last Wednesday, via ESPN. “To have this happen without a judge passing judgment on it is just wrong.”State attorney Dave Aronberg’s office argued the videos must be released in relation to cases against two women — Lei Wang and Hua Zhang — who are accused of owning and managing the alleged house of prostitution the men visited. Kraft’s and Wang’s attorneys asked the judge to bar release of the videos while their criminal cases are pending. Prosecutors said in court papers they cannot wait, under state sunshine laws.Prosecutors, “as the custodian of the records, cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents,’’ Aronberg’s office wrote last week. “The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”Beyond preventing the video from becoming public, Kraft’s attorneys also have argued to keep the video from being admitted as evidence in his trial, claiming that Kraft’s rights were violated when authorities obtained the warrant that allowed the secret videotaping of Kraft and others inside the spa. A Florida judge handed Robert Kraft a short-term victory Tuesday when the surveillance video of the Patriots owner allegedly paying for and engaging in a sex act at a Jupiter spa was ordered sealed until his trial has begun or the case is otherwise adjudicated.Kraft, 77, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January in Palm Beach County, Florida. He has denied engaging in any illegal activity, pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.last_img read more

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