Kairos Media acquire Lightning Pandas and sign former West Ham player Dragonn

first_imgKairos Media, a social media focused digital communications agency, has announced the acquisition of esports organisation “Lightning Pandas” who will return to the esports fray after a three year hiatus.Lightning Pandas was originally founded by Kairos Media co-founder Michael Craddock and Call of Duty professional Shane “ShAnE” McKerral, but has not been active in the scene since 2014. Back then, the team were a well-known Call of Duty squad who rose in popularity through YouTube and colourful branding.Kairos Media has now acquired the organisation, and will use it as the company moves into the esports market. Kairos’ first move is the signing of Sean “Dragonn” Allen, a professional FIFA player to the roster on the day of release of FIFA 18.Many will recognise Sean Allen, as he was West Ham United’s first FIFA player and runner up of the FIWC two years ago. This year he failed to qualify for the tournament but was involved in a coaching capacity, sharing the winning moments with Unilad’s eventual winner, Gorilla. There’s little doubt he’s one of the better known players in competitive FIFA with the scene still generally dominated by YouTube content, pack openings and less by competition-driven Twitch figures.Rahul Uppal, Esports Manager at Kairos Media commented: “Following their three-year hiatus, we’re excited to announce the official return of the Lightning Pandas. While most people will recognise the Lightning Pandas as the creative offspring of Mike and Shane, we’re now in a strong position to take the organisation to the next level.In addition to this, we’re delighted to welcome a player of Sean’s calibre to the Lightning Pandas, who does not only share the competitive ambitions of the company, but also our vision for the future.”Sean Allen said: “I couldn’t be happier to join the Lightning Pandas and become their first esports player. The experience, resources and knowledge of the company presents me with an invaluable opportunity to progress as a player and build my online presence. This is a massive move in the right direction for me and I’m really excited for the future.”Esports Insider says: Kairos Media are making their move into esports and have started it off with a big name in the FIFA scene. They’re definitely one to keep an eye on as they evidently have lofty ambitions in the esports space.last_img read more


Bellator 219: Saad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Bellator 219 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAwad (23-10) had been climbing toward title contention by winning four consecutive fights, but his journey to the gold was stopped just short by losing by unanimous decision to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 208 in October. Girtz (15-8) was on the same path as Awad. He had won three in a row between 2014 and 2015, but the 34-year-old has fallen on hard times since then, having lost four of five, including getting submitted by current 155-pound champion Michael Chandler in his last time out at Bellator 197 last April.Awad and Girtz are each in desperate need of a win for different reasons. A loss for Awad and he won’t be competing for the title anytime soon, while another setback for Girtz can signal an end to his time in the promotion. Here’s all the information you need to watch Bellator 219.How to watch Bellator 219Bellator 219 is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service, as well as the Paramount Network.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.What time does Bellator 218 start?The undercard for Bellator 219 is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the main card at 9 p.m. from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Expect Awad and Girtz to walk into the ring for the main event around 10:30 p.m.Bellator 219 fight cardMain cardSaad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz; Lightweight Daniel Straus vs. Shane Kruchten; Lightweight Andrey Koreshkov vs. Michael Jasper; Welterweight Joe Schilling vs. Keith Berry; Middleweight Preliminary card Darren Smith vs. Joshua Jones; Lightweight Adrian Najera vs. Johnny Soto; Bantamweight David Rickels vs. A.J. Matthews; Welterweight Shawn Bunch vs. Dominic Mazzotta; Bantamweight David Pacheco vs. Kelvin Gentapanan; Lightweight Janay Harding vs. Marina Mokhnatkina; Women’s Featherweight What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to MMA, DAZN also live-streams boxing, offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and “ChangeUp,” a live whiparound MLB show.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports.MORE ABOUT DAZN • Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhere can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as DAZN.com. Here is a list of DAZN-supported devices: Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV.. Bellator MMA returns this weekend, as Bellator 219 takes place on Friday, March 29 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main event pits Saad Awad against Brandon Girtz in lightweight action. The bout and the entire card can be streamed live on DAZN. last_img read more


Julie Ertz says husband Zach was her ‘plus-1 best friend’ at the World Cup

first_imgThe women who make up the USWNT are very close. In fact, they call themselves the “22 best friends.”Defensive midfielder Julie Ertz had all of those friends on the field throughout the 2019 World Cup in France, plus an extra best friend in the stands — her husband Zach, who plays tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Afterwards, Julie found out there were two reasons to celebrate, and she was overcome with emotion. As soon as the whistle blew here in San Diego, we had some good news for @julieertz…💚🦅@ZERTZ_86 & the @Eagles are heading to the @SuperBowl! pic.twitter.com/dI5MvG53VR— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 22, 2018The power couple met at a baseball game in college. Julie played soccer at Santa Clara University, while Zach was on the football team at Stanford.The couple wed in 2017. Members of the USWNT appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday in celebration of its World Cup victory, and host Michael Strahan mentioned Julie Ertz’s biggest fan.”It meant the world truly to have him there,” Ertz told Strahan. “We call each other 22 best friends and he’s my plus-one best friend, so to have him there meant the absolute world.”WORLD COUPLES: USWNT stars and their athlete significant othersZach Ertz isn’t shy about the love and pride he feels for his two-time World Cup champion wife. He supports her both on the sidelines and on social media.WORLD FREAKING CHAMPS!!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU ⁦@julieertz⁩!!! pic.twitter.com/NOoqOK3gha— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 7, 2019A freaking BALLER and her husband pic.twitter.com/SCfkFqgyDe— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 28, 2019JOYThrough It All pic.twitter.com/xzAWRHzeoJ— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 21, 2019The internet fell in love with this couple when a video of Julie finding out that Zach was Super Bowl 52-bound went viral in 2018. Julie Ertz and the USWNT beat Denmark while Zach and the Eagles were playing the Vikings in the NFC championship game.last_img read more