1954’s Cherwell was amongst the first to learn that Iffley Road would see Roger Bannister attempt to run the elusive four-minute mile. During secret training in April Bannister ran a three minute three-quarter mile and became convinced that the impossible could be done; he alerted Oxford University Athletics Club officials, who informed Cherwell staff that an attempt would be made but asked that the preview be ‘guarded’. On 4th May the newspaper previewed the soon to be famous match under the ambiguous headline ‘Records May Go’, with the prophetic words “with Bannister, Chataway and Brasher in the field something very, very fast may be expected.” One week later Bannister’s photo adorned the front page; the headline declaring him to be ‘Alone in the World’; the main headline, though, was devoted to the attempts to raise signatures for an ‘H-Bomb Petition’. On the back page of Cherwell, the newspaper’s athletics correspondent offered a behind the scenes exclusive on the breaking of “one of the few athletic records which catches the public imagination.” The report’s first line betrays the excitement all felt at the achievement: “Five days ago Roger Bannister M.A., B.Sc., Oxon, became the first man to run one mile in less than four minutes.” However, it shows too just how close Bannister came to calling off his attempt to run into history: “Earlier in the day Bannister had dismissed his plans for a record attempt, and Chataway had expressed his wishes to run in the Two Miles”. The men were persuaded to continue by George Truelove who, Cherwell wrote, “told them all to ‘have a go’” and, no doubt, by the realisation that the moment was ripe for the taking; with so many athletes vying for the honour of being the first to run the four-minute-mile a delay might have proved fatal. Still, it was only at 5.55pm that Bannister committed to the run. Cherwell’s report acknowledged Brasher’s early attempts to set the pace saying that “the greatest credit” was due to him, though his “valiant first half mile was almost forgotten by the end of the race”. Of Chataway the praise is equally fulsome, despite noting that “the phenomenal first quarter mile led to the third lap, at 62 secs, being the slowest of the race”. Bannister, though, “burnt himself out in a superhuman effort over the last 330 yards” and broke through the line into history. Hugh Murray, the Sports Editor of Cherwell, was quick to have a word with the hero of the day who declared himself “very pleased to have done this mile here at Iffley Road, for it was here that I ran my first mile” – the report notes that “in fact that mile was a very poor run in the Freshmen’s Sports, October 1947 when the track was constructed three laps to the mile.” It was Bannister who in one of numerous legacies he was to leave the University secured the approval for a “normal size…cinder track”, which the paper proudly points out ‘is now one of the best in the country. Perhaps Chataway, an ex- President of Oxford University Athletic’s Club, best summed up the spirit of jubilation at Iffley Road by declaring to a listening Cherwell reporter that the triumphant runners were “now off to find a night club.” One of Britain’s greatest ever sporting achievements being celebrated in Filth or Park End is perhaps not the most romantic of images but certainly marks it out as a quintessentially Oxford moment.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
It has been confirmed today that the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), have ‘stipulated an agreement with the objective of working together to identify and report any potential irregularities and suspicious betting patterns with regards to esports competitions’. Ian Smith, ESIC CommissionerGLMS President, Ludovico Calvi had this to say: “Betting on esports has been growing consistently in the last few years and the global appeal among millennials on digital entertainment is the driving force behind it. esports and in-play Mobile Betting are a perfect combination of social entertainment and interaction. GLMS, has been monitoring the phenomenon over the last 3 years now and we consider esports an area to dedicate specific efforts and commitment given the impact on young citizens and society as a whole. “We are very excited to support ESIC in its mission to tackle the integrity challenges within the esports arena. Thanks to our growing network which guarantees local expertise and global reach, I am convinced that we can make a difference in the domain of esports as well”.The Commissioner of ESIC, Mr. Ian Smith, will be one of the speakers involved at our upcoming ESI London (18-20th September). Smith had this to add on this latest ESIC agreement: “ESIC being the main integrity player in the field of esports is pleased to welcome GLMS into its network of partners.“GLMS, thanks to its experience on monitoring betting patterns, as well as its global operations with hubs in Copenhagen and Hong Kong will for sure be a great asset in the pursuit of our mission. The expertise of GLMS in managing intelligence and integrity matters as well as its local presence in almost 30 countries across the world will also help us enhance our education and prevention activities”.According to the release, GLMS and ESIC have already enjoyed a fruitful unofficial cooperation and exchange of information over the past years.In addition to the close monitoring of betting patterns, the two parties have also agreed to work together on the development of relevant educational programmes to raise awareness about risks related to betting on esports globally. ESIC members now include the likes of ESL, DreamHack, Betway, Sportradar, Unikrn, the UKGC, MGA, LVP, Intel, Rivalry and more. There are 27 members of GLMS right now spanning four continents including lotteries such as La Française Des Jeux, Sisal, Lottomatica, Danske Spil, China Sports Lottery and many more. Esports Insider says: Another solid partnership for ESIC then in a deal that is sure to strengthen both themselves and the GLMS as the two work even closer together in an official arrangement, the noble aim being to properly monitor betting patterns in esports and do their best to uphold integrity standards.
NASCAR at Kentucky expert picks1. Kyle BuschBusch’s 17-race winless drought has to end at some point, and he typically runs well at Bristol. He led 100 laps in the May race at Bristol with the same short track package before finishing fifth.2. Chase ElliottElliott had one of the cars to beat at Bristol in May before he and Logano got together and crashed on a late-race restart. The strongest car in the Hendrick Motorsports stall this season should have another shot at a Bristol victory Wednesday night.3. Joey LoganoLike Elliott, Logano has a chance for revenge Wednesday night after losing the May Bristol race in the late-race incident. All three Team Penske cars have been strong this year on short tracks. MORE: Complete starting lineup for NASCAR All-Star RaceFurther complicating our picks for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race is the new choose cone rule, which will allow all drivers (rather than just the leader) to pick their lanes for all restarts. There’s no telling how that rule change will impact the finish of Wednesday night’s race.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR All-Star Race odds to win at BristolThough the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte to Bristol, the favorites to win Wednesday night’s event likely are some of the same names that would have been atop the odds board for a race at Charlotte.Kevin Harvick, the favorite to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race, is the Cup points leader and arguably the hottest driver in the series. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece. Chase Elliott, who is fourth in the Cup points standings, had a strong run at Bristol in May before his late-race crash with Joey Logano.Below are the complete odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, courtesy of DraftkingsSportsbook.DriverOdds to win Bristol All-Star Race Kevin Harvick+450Chase Elliott+600Denny Hamlin+600Kyle Busch+700Brad Keselowski+800Joey Logano+800Martin Truex Jr.+800Ryan Blaney+900Kurt Busch+1200Alex Bowman+2000Jimmie Johnson+2000Erik Jones+2200Matt Kenseth+2800Cole Custer+4000Ryan Newman+4000Justin Haley+8000The odds board above only includes the drivers locked into the field for the All-Star Race. Three of the last four positions in Wednesday night’s All-Star lineup will be the stage winners of the Open, with the winner of the fan vote getting the 20th and final spot.Clint Bowyer (+400) is the favorite to win the Open, followed by Aric Almirola (+550), William Byron (+550), Christopher Bell (+650) and Matt DiBenedetto (+650). Picking a winner based on the odds for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is tricky because the event is unprecedented. Because of the NASCAR schedule shake-up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual non-points race will run at the world’s fastest half-mile for the first time in its 36-year history.The good news is the NASCAR Cup Series has run at Bristol once this year, giving us a decent idea of who might have speed when the series returns Wednesday night for the All-Star Race. The problem is Brad Keselowski lucked into a win in that May race after Chase Elliott and Joey Logano wrecked while battling for the lead in the closing laps. Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney also had strong cars that day.
Our region can expect on and off rain through the weekend, with partly to mostly cloudy skies.Most areas could receive two to four inches of rain, with locally heavier amounts possible in some areas. Photo courtesy: WPEC/CBS12 You might want to wait to make those outdoor weekend plans, or carry that umbrella with you.According to forecasters, a tropical wave that is currently over the Turks and Caicos has a 40 percent chance of developing over the next two days, and a 60 percent chance through the weekend.It is moving toward South Florida, and could become a tropical depression as it starts to move ashore on Saturday.