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Euro 2020 final: Warning issued as England fan loses £1,200 in ‘shocking’ tickets scam

Euro 2020 final: Warning issued as England fan loses £1,200 in 'shocking' tickets scam

Last month, Action Fraud published an alert, urging people to take extra care when buying tickets of festivals and events online.

Figures from the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime show almost £1million has been lost to ticket fraud so far this year.

The Action Fraud data revealed 1,085 reports of ticket fraud have been made so far in 2021, equating to an average loss of £850 per victim.

How to spot signs of ticket fraud

Action Fraud shared some tips on how to spot the signs of ticket fraud and protect oneself:

“Only buy tickets from the venue’s box office, official promoter or agent, or a well-known and reputable ticket site.

“Avoid paying for tickets by bank transfer, especially if buying from someone unknown. Credit card or payment services such as PayPal give you a better chance of recovering your money if you become a victim of fraud.

Andy Murray vs Denis Shapovalov LIVE: Wimbledon scores as Murray loses first set

Andy Murray vs Denis Shapovalov LIVE: Wimbledon scores as Murray loses first set

Shapovalov takes the first set!

Shapovalov* 6-4 Murray

WHAT DRAMA! Shapovalov survives three break points which would have thrust Murray right back into contention for this first set. 

As it turns out, it wasn’t to be. The two-time champion could not quite see it over the line and the Canadian takes a deserved one-set lead. 

Shapovalov 5-4 Murray*

Momentum: regained. Murray holds serve to bring him to within one of the Canadian, although he still has it all to do if he is to take the lead. 

Shapovalov* 5-3 Murray

That’s more like it from Murray! Not many saw that coming, a 40-0 break of serve which gives the Scot a lifeline as he tries to work his way back into this first set. 

Shapovalov 5-2 Murray*

Finally, Murray is back on the board. That is his first game since the very first in the match. The first set now looks to be out of reach for the Scot, but he may as well try and regain some momentum heading into the second. 

Shapovalov* 5-1 Murray

Murray has a good go at Shapovalov’s service game, but he could not quite do enough to knock him off his perch as he romps towards a one-set lead. 

Shapovalov 4-1 Murray*

Even at this early stage, the crowd can sense that Murray needs some extra support. Unfortunately, their cries go unanswered as a series of top-class shots from Shapovalov seal his second consecutive break of serve after a long battle at deuce. 

Shapovalov* 3-1 Murray

Shapovalov really is looking formiddable in the early exchanges. He pounces on his opportunity after the break of serve to take his service game without reply. 

Shapovalov 2-1 Murray*

After racing into a 30-0 lead, Murray lost his grip on the game. Both men sat down as Murray’s miss looked to have handed Shapovalov a break, only to be ushered back onto the court when hawkeye revealed otherwise. 

Still, the result did not change as the Canadian won a superb rally to give himself an advantage here in the early stages of the match. 

Shapovalov* 1-1 Murray

Some extremely eye-catching work from Shapovalov, although he made hard work of drawing the first set level at one game apiece. 

Murray became the latest victim of the court’s slippery surface during a tense battle at deuce. 

Shapovalov 0-1 Murray*

A great start for Andy Murray who storms into a 1-0 lead. The crowd, understandably, are loving it!

(* indicates serve)

Andy Murray vs Denis Shapovalov LIVE

6pm: Andy Murray is hoping the Wimbledon grass, which has caused a number of injuries to players already this week, is less slippy than it has been.

“Yeah, it is slippy. And it’s not – it actually, it felt better today than it did when I played my first match, and hopefully it will continue to get better throughout the tournament,” Murray said after beating Otte.

“But I don’t remember it being quite like that. I know guys, you know, fall down a lot at the beginning of Queen’s, and it happens at Wimbledon, as well. That’s the nature of grass court tennis.

“But it just does feel like the way that players are falling down. Like, there was one where I ran back for a lob, and it was — yeah, it was close to being quite bad. I saw Isner fell and did a sort of similar thing like moving forwards today.

“Yeah, it’s just, yeah, you just don’t want it to be like that. Hopefully it dries out a little bit in the next few days. Some warmer weather I think would help with that. But it’s been a tough few days and a few players have obviously got hurt during matches, and a few have been lucky, me being one of them this evening.”

5.45pm: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon clash with Denis Shapovalov.

The Scot needed four sets to knock out 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match of the tournament.

German world No 151 Oscar Otte then pushed Murray the distance in the second round.

Tenth seed Shapovalov is expected to be a much sterner test than Murray’s previous opponents – but stay tuned to see if the three-time Grand Slam champion can produce another memorable display on Centre Court.

Author: Charlie Gordon
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Texas loses walk-off heartbreaker to Mississippi State in CWS semifinals

Texas loses walk-off heartbreaker to Mississippi State in CWS semifinals

OMAHA, Neb. (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns lost to Mississippi State 4-3 after a walk-off double to the left centerfield gap from junior Tanner Leggett.

Texas had to face sophomore Will Bednar for the second time in the College World Series. In Bednar’s first start against the Longhorns he struck out 15 batters in a 2-1 win.

On Saturday night, the Longhorns were able to get to Bednar in the second inning with a two run home run from junior Cam Williams to put Texas up 2-0 early.

In the fifth inning senior outfielder Mike Antico scored freshman outfielder Douglas Hodo III with a double that he ripped into the right centerfield gap.

Junior pitcher Tristan Stevens took the mound for Texas allowing three runs through five inning of work, but left runners on second and third base with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Cole Quintanilla came in and worked his way out of the jam without allowing any runs.

Quintanilla was on the bump for the rest of the night striking out five Bulldog hitters. After getting the first man out in the bottom of the ninth, a breaking ball got away from Quintanilla hitting freshman Kellum Clark in the back foot.

Sophomore Brayland Skinner pinch ran for Clark and wasted no time stealing second base. Leggett got a pitch over the middle of the plate and ripped the pitch to left centerfield scoring Skinner and knocking Texas out of the College World Series.

While the Longhorns will start making their way back to Austin, Mississippi State will take on Vanderbilt in a best two out of three championship series beginning Monday.

Author: Kam Dyer
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Cameron Norrie loses final at Queen's as Matteo Berrettini shows Wimbledon credentials

Cameron Norrie loses final at Queen's as Matteo Berrettini shows Wimbledon credentials

Matteo Berrettini announced himself as a serious contender for Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon title by winning the cinch Championships at Queen’s in superb style. Berrettini completed a hat-trick of wins over home players by beating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 at a noisy Queen’s Club in west London. 

The Italian world No 9 had beaten Andy Murray and British No 1 Dan Evans on his run to the final.

And the future superstar becomes the first player to win at Queen’s Club on his debut since Boris Becker in 1985. Two weeks later the teenage German went on to lift the Wimbledon title.

Berrettini served superbly – and did not face a break point – and held off a brave fightback by Norrie who forced a decider after winning the second set.

Berrettini, who sent down 19 aces and did not drop his serve after his first round match, said: “I was dreaming about playing this tournament.

“I was watching as a kid and now I have the chance to lift the trophy so it is a dream coming true. It was such a nice week.”

Norrie said: “All credit to Matteo and your team. You were too good today, better than me on the big points.

“For sure I have had a fantastic week. If you had told me at the start of the week I would be in the final, I would have signed for that.

“It was a great week, I really enjoyed my tennis. It is great to have tennis back in the UK, in London and back on the grass-courts.”

Berrettini has now claimed five ATP Tour titles – and this is his second on grass after winning the 2019 Stuttgart Open.

The 25-year-old has the big serve and powerful forehand to trouble all the top stars on grass – and is trending towards a Grand Slam breakthrough.

He reached the 2019 US Open semi-final and took a set off Djokovic in the quarter-finals on the clay in Paris earlier this month.

Amazon Prime pundit Greg Rusedki said: “Berrettini served out of a tree. For Norrie to stay in the match for that long was a sensational performance.

“The Italian stallion looks like the man going into Wimbledon. He will now look to copy Boris Becker and go on to win Wimbledon.

“Yes Djokovic is still the favourite but you have to put his name down all of a sudden who can possibly go deep and possibly win Wimbledon after this performance at this event.”

Norrie will go to Wimbledon as a seed for the first time after bringing his excellent clay-court form back home. But the British No 2 has still to win his first ATP Tour title after losing his fourth final – and his third this year.

World No 7 Andrey Rublev lost the final of the Halle Open to Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3 7-6.

The 2016 finalist Milos Raonic of Canada is out of Wimbledon with a calf injury that has kept him out since March.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Murphy qualifies to defend Olympics backstroke double-gold; Lochte loses final bid

Murphy qualifies to defend Olympics backstroke double-gold; Lochte loses final bid

Several swimmers earned Olympic qualifying bids in second events while another overcame personal tragedy to make her first Olympic team.

OMAHA, Neb — Ryan Lochte’s Olympic career is apparently over.

He won’t get a chance for one more swim in Tokyo.

Looking to make it back to the Summer Games for a fifth time, the 36-year-old Lochte didn’t come close. He struggled to a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. swimming trials Friday night.

Michael Andrew — 14 years younger than Lochte — romped to victory by setting a blistering pace over the first three laps and holding on at the end to win in 1 minute, 55.44 seconds.

Chase Kalisz, who already had won the 400 individual medley at these trials, claimed another Olympic event by touching second in 1:56.97.

Lochte was lagging far behind. He only beat one other swimmer, settling for a time of 1:59.67 that really showed his age.

“This ain’t the end of the road,” Lochte vowed in a poolside interview with NBC. “There’s a lot more I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming, whether it’s in the pool or outside the pool.”

A 12-time Olympic medalist, Lochte was the last swimmer to climb out of the pool. He blew a kiss to the crowd and was greeted by a parade of swimmers who wanted to pay homage to his great career.

Kalisz waited at the edge of the pool to dole out a hug. Andrew did the same. Even Michael Phelps, Lochte’s longtime rival who retired after the 2016 Rio Games, came down the from the stands to embrace Lochte.

“He’s a legend in the water,” Andrew said. “He’s done some incredible things. To share the pool with him is always an honor.”

Lochte went over to greet his wife and two young children, a sign of his different life since he embarrassed himself at the Rio Games by lying about being robbed at gunpoint during a boisterous night on the town.

Proclaiming himself a changed man, Lochte arrived in Omaha saying he not only expected to make the team, he felt he was still capable of winning a medal in Tokyo. He went all in on the 200 IM — the only event where he had a realistic chance of qualifying — and made it through to the final.

That’s where age finally caught up with him.

In other events, Ryan Murphy romped to victory in the 200 backstroke, adding to his triumph in the 100 back, while Abby Weitzel won the 100 freestyle after defending Olympic champion Simone Manuel shockingly failed to advance from the semifinals the previous night.

Lilly King also booked a second event in Tokyo, though she didn’t tough the wall first. The outspoken American settled for the runner-up spot in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall nearly three-quarters of a second behind Annie Lazor.

King had previously won the 100 breast.

Murphy set himself up to go for another backstroke-double in Japan, leading the entire race to post a winning time of 1 minute, 54.20 seconds.

The 25-year-old Floridian, who trains in California, swept both races at the Rio Games. The American men haven’t lost a backstroke race at the Olympics since 1992 in Barcelona.

“It feels awesome,” Murphy said. “I put in the work. I mean, I worked really hard, better than I have any other year. I’m really excited to get that double going.”

He’s not feeling any pressure to extend the U.S. streak.

“Obviously, I want to go in there and win. I’m as competitive as anyone,” Murphy said. “But it doesn’t make or break my life.”

Bryce Mefford took the likely second Olympic spot behind Murphy in 1:54.79. No one else was within a second of him.

Lazor had just missed out on a spot in the 100 breast, settling for third in an event that King has dominated.

But the 26-year-old Lazor, a native of Michigan, earned her first trip to the Olympics in the longer breaststroke event.

Lazor’s winning time was 2:21.07, a comfortable distance ahead of King at 2:21.75.

While the 100 has always been King’s baby, she’s becoming stronger in the 200.

Not strong enough to beat Lazor.

“She’s pretty fearless in it now,” Lazor said. “I never really knew I had the race in the bag.”

When the race was over, King gave Lazor a big hug.

“This is Team USA,” King said. “It’s not Team Lilly.”

Weitzell’s winning time in the 100 free was 53.53, with Erika Brown taking the second individual spot for Tokyo in 53.59. Olivia Smoliga (53.63) and Natalie Hinds (53.84) finished third and fourth to earn spots on the 4×100 free relay.

Hinds became the first Black swimmer to make the Olympic team, an especially poignant moment in light of Manuel’s struggles with overtraining syndrome.

“I really feel for Simone and hope she’s able to get better,” Hinds said, “because we’d definitely love to see her in Tokyo.”

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports

Israel parliament ousts Netanyahu after 12 year tenure – leader loses crunch vote by one

Israel: Netanyahu’s opponents agree coalition government

In a raucous session in which Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing and ultra-Orthodox supporters shouted “shame” and “liar” at Mr Bennett, parliament voted confidence in his new administration by a razor thin 60-59 majority. Following his defeat, Mr Netanayahu pledged he would soon return to power. US President Joe Biden said the United States remained committed to Israel’s security and would work with its new government.

Mr Bennett – former defence minister and a high-tech millionaire – was due to be sworn in shortly after the vote.

He pledged to be prime minister for “all Israelis” and said: “Thank you, Benjamin Netanyahu, for your lengthy and achievement-filled service on behalf of the State of Israel.”

His alliance includes for the first time in Israel’s history a party that represents its 21 percent Arab minority.

With little in common except for a desire to end the Mr Netanyahu era and political impasse that led to four inconclusive elections in two years, the coalition of left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab parties is likely to be fragile.

Benjamin Netanyahu loses 12-year hold over Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu loses 12-year hold over Israel (Image: Getty)

Nationalist Naftali Bennett

Nationalist Naftali Bennett (Image: Getty)

Israel’s longest-serving leader, Mr Netanyahu was prime minister since 2009, after a first term from 1996 to 1999.

But he was weakened by his repeated failure to clinch victory in the polls since 2019 and by an ongoing corruption trial, in which he has denied any wrongdoing.

Under a coalition deal, Mr Bennett will be replaced as prime minister by centrist Yair Lapid, 57, in 2023.

The new government, formed after an inconclusive March 23 election, plans largely to avoid sweeping moves on hot-button international issues such as policy toward the Palestinians and to focus on domestic reforms.

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Centrist Yair Lapid

Centrist Yair Lapid (Image: Getty)

Palestinians were unmoved by the change of administration, predicting that Bennett would pursue the same right-wing agenda as Mr Netanyahu.

The former Israeli prime minister was previously dubbed the “Trump before Trump”.

Mr Netanyahu’s unofficial biographer Anshel Pfeffer told Sky News: “He was Trump before Trump.

“He is a constant campaigner, he’s basically running for re-election the whole time. He doesn’t take a break between elections.

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Israel boundaries

Israel boundaries (Image: Express)

“So many of the populist politicians we talk about today – Orban in Hungary, Boris Johnson; Netanyahu was doing a lot of what they are doing now long before they were on the scene.

“Probably the only politician who was doing this in the television era before Netanyahu is Silvio Berlusconi in Italy.”

He continued: “Netanyahu is the most divisive prime minister in history, he has exploited every divide in Israeli society between Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, left and right.

“All these all these divides have been exploited and the communities have been played off against each other to keep him in power.

Benjamin Netanyahu ousted

Benjamin Netanyahu ousted (Image: Getty)

“That’s something that Israeli society will be paying the price for years to come.”

Ehud Olmert, Mr Netanyahu’s predecessor, said the two were “never friends” and said he never liked him.

He said: “I never liked him. I never felt close to him.

“I never felt that he is a genuine human being [but] I thought it was a highly talented performer, the greatest that I’ve met in modern politics.

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden (Image: Getty)

“He’s a genius.

“I mean, there will be no one that can compete with him in on television. Laurence Olivier?”

He continued: “He’s a great performer, but when you look at the substance of things, the divisions within the Israeli society today are greater than ever before.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: World Feed

'Oh come on!' Peston explodes in furious Brexit row as he loses patience with Lewis

'Oh come on!' Peston explodes in furious Brexit row as he loses patience with Lewis

Robert Peston criticised Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis over the Government’s position on the Northern Ireland protocol after talks between the UK and the European Union failed to reach an agreement. Speaking on his ITV politics show, Mr Peston argued that the UK was “not honouring” the protocol as agreed in the Brexit deal negotiated with Brussels. Talks between Brexit Minister Lord Frost and EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic ended on Wednesday without agreements over the regulation of good entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

Brandon Lewis argued on the Peston programme that the EU had fuelled tensions over the protocol by briefly triggering Article 16, a unilateral option of last resort in the agreement, in a dispute over vaccine supplies.

However, Mr Peston argued that the negotiations over goods regulations and checks at ports were an entirely different issue.

Cutting off Mr Lewis, he said: “Hang on hang on, article 16 was a completely different issue.

“What we’re talking about now is a protocol that we signed with our eyes open.

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“Which most people would say we are simply not honouring.”

Mr Lewis responded: “Two things on that Robert, first of all, the real sense of tension we’ve seen develop here in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically from that action the EU took.

“That had an impact, that is still a reality. We are still dealing with the fallout, the sense of anger in the Unionist community that came about after that action.

“There is no doubt about that in my mind from talking to people.”

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The EU argued this week that chilled foods, including sausages, entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK would have to be frozen.

There has already been an increase in paperwork for good coming from mainland Britain, discouraging suppliers from selling good and leading to shortages in Northern Ireland supermarkets.

The grace periods for businesses to adjust to new rules expire at the end of the month but Boris Johnson is reportedly considering extending them with no clear agreement on the horizon. 

Ahead of his meeting with the Prime Minister at the G7 summit in Cornwall this week, US President Joe Biden issued a stern warning that the UK should not jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process through the trade negotiations.  

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Serena Williams loses at French Open; Federer withdraws

Serena Williams loses at French Open; Federer withdraws

It was quite a blow to the tournament to see both gone from the field one after the other — and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing mental health.

Serena Williams turns 40 in September. Roger Federer hits that milestone the month before. No one knows how many more French Open appearances each will make, and this year’s tournament ended for both on Sunday.

Williams fell way behind and could not put together a comeback against a much younger and less-experienced opponent in the fourth round at Roland Garros, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Elena Rybakina — who wasn’t even born when the American made her tournament debut in 1998.

Asked whether that might have been her last match at the clay-court major, Williams responded: “Yeah, I’m definitely not thinking about it at all. I’m definitely thinking just about other things, but not about that.”

Her defeat came hours after Federer withdrew, saying he needed to let his body recover ahead of Wimbledon after a long third-round victory that ended at nearly 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Wimbledon — which Federer has won eight times and Williams seven — begins June 28.

“I’m kind of excited to switch surfaces,” Williams said. “Historically I have done pretty well on grass.”

She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles; Federer has won 20. They are two of the sport’s greatest and most popular players, so it was quite a blow to the tournament, its TV partners and tennis fans to see both gone from the French Open field one after the other — and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing a need for a mental health break.

Williams has won the French Open three times. But the American hasn’t been past the fourth round in Paris since she was the runner-up in 2016.

Rybakina is a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan who is ranked 22nd. This was just the seventh Grand Slam appearance for Rybakina — and the first time she ever made it so much as past the second round.

“When I was small, of course, I was watching her matches on TV. So many Grand Slams,” Rybakina said.

Against Williams, whose right thigh carried a heavy tape job, Rybakina hit big, flat serves. She dealt with, but managed to steady, her nerves. She even produced the occasional return winner off Williams’ speedy and spectacularly gifted serve, breaking her five times, including in the next-to-last game.

“I knew that the serve was going to be difficult for me to return. She’s powerful, but I was ready,” Rybakina said. “Then, after few points, I felt … comfortable.”

Rybakina said she followed her coach’s strategy of sending shots to Williams’ backhand side and trying to stay away from her forehand.

Every time Williams appeared as if she might turn things around, she could not quite get the momentum fully in her favor.

Down a quick break in the second set, she got to 2-all. Williams then was down 4-3 in the second set but pulled even again when Rybakina sailed a forehand well wide to get broken.

In the next game, Williams gave away the opening point when, near the baseline, she failed to get out of the way of a shot from Rybakina that was flying long. Williams smiled ruefully and leaned over, resting and propping herself up with her racket.

Repeatedly one sort of mistake or another undid Williams. She ended up with 19 unforced errors and only 15 winners.

“I’m so close. There is literally a point here, a point there, that could change the whole course of the match,” Williams said. “I’m not winning those points. That, like, literally could just change everything.”

Since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant for her most recent major singles title — No. 23 set a record for the professional era — Williams has come close to tying Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24. That includes four runner-up finishes at Grand Slam tournaments, most recently against Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 U.S. Open.

But since then, Williams has been beaten twice in semifinals, and once each in the third and fourth rounds. Last year at the French Open, she withdrew before the second round, citing an injured left Achilles.

Federer, meanwhile, never had pulled out of a Grand Slam tournament once he had started competing in it until now.

Rybakina next will meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a semifinal berth on the line; they’re playing doubles together and are scheduled to play a third-round match in that event Monday. Pavlyuchenkova advanced with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

The other quarterfinal on that side of the women’s draw is going to be Paula Badosa against Tamara Zidansek. Neither has been this far at a major tournament, either.

One of those four players will become a first-time Grand Slam finalist next weekend.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is still looking for his first major final, too, and he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the second year in a row by eliminating 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Tsitsipas next faces No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who has won six of their previous seven meetings.

Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist — at the 2019 U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open — but was 0-4 for his career in Paris until now. He advanced Sunday by eliminating No. 22 Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.

The other quarterfinal on that side of the field will be unseeded 22-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina against No. 6 Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori. Davidovich Fokina beat Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

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Austin FC comes up short to LA Galaxy, loses second straight match

Austin FC comes up short to LA Galaxy, loses second straight match

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC had chances but the team just couldn’t capitalize in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the LA Galaxy.

It’s the club’s second straight loss, and second straight match in which they failed to score a goal.

The LA Galaxy scored their first goal in the 35th minute, courtesy of Sebastian Lletget. The play resulted in an injury to Hector Jimenez when he tried to stop Lletget on the attack.

The Galaxy added another goal late in the second half, courtesy of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, in the 77th minute.

An area that was glaring for Wolff was the club’s lack of energy, he felt that they should’ve been sharper throughout the entire match, particularly, in the first half.

“We just weren’t moving in our typical manner, in and around the penalty box, getting behind the line,” Wolff said. “I think the energy level was off, our running was off, the dynamic wasn’t its normal self, and we’ll have to look into that.”

This is the fifth match of an eight match stretch in which Austin FC will be on the road, and it seems to be taking a toll on the team.

“It’s tough, it is that’s just the way it is, the games are going to keep coming and it’s not going to get any easier,” Matt Besler said. “I think for the most part, we can be happy and proud of where we’re at right now, we’ve managed to get six points through five games and we’ve just got to keep going, we’ve got to continue to get points when we can.”

Austin FC continues its eight-game road trip to start the season next Sunday, May 23 at Nashville SC. The match is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

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This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Austin rental scams on the rise: Woman loses more than $5K off fake Zillow listing

Austin rental scams on the rise: Woman loses more than $5K off fake Zillow listing

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re looking for a new place to rent, beware. Scammers are preying on people here in Austin, and they can be pretty convincing.

“We were so excited. It came with a dog door, a guest house and everything,” said Michelle Deloach, who had been looking for a place to rent in Austin for weeks. “Things in Austin go like that, so we thought, ‘We love this house, let’s jump on it.’”

The home was listed on Zillow and after communicating by email with who she thought was the owner she was ready to move in.

“We sent over the deposit and the dog deposit and first months rent,” said Deloach. “It all added up to be $ 5,200.”

Everything seemed perfect, but when she went to meet the owner at the property to pick up the key, the owner never showed up or responded to her.

“This is the real owner’s name, but clearly he just forged it,” Deloach said, as she pointed out a rental agreement that was set up between her and the scammer.

When asked for comment and an explanation on why something like this could happen, Zillow responded with this statement:

Zillow goes to great lengths to police activity and fully informs our users of the existence of scams and how to protect themselves. Our customer support team monitors activity on the site in a number of different ways and if a rental listing is found to be fraudulent, it is immediately removed from Zillow. Zillow has a “Beware of scams and other internet fraud” page on the site, telling users to look out for red flags like requests for wire transfers and long-distance inquiries, and directing them to our fraud and scams page, which provides valuable information about how to avoid fraudulent listings.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says this is a growing trend and is happening more and more, especially in areas like Austin where many people are moving.

“It is prevalent,” said Jason Meza, the BBB’s regional director. “It should be on the top of every mind for everyone looking for a rental right now.”

Meza says you should always be vigilant, and if something looks too good to be true, it might be a scam.

Most scams involve a request to wire funds. Do not wire funds to anyone you haven’t met personally. Scammers create convincing reasons why they need to deal remotely. Likewise, do not accept wire funds that you did not initiate.

Now down thousands of dollars and with no place to go for the time being, Deloach hopes her story will help others not get scammed.

“What was supposed to be an exciting time has now become a huge nightmare,” she said.

Deloach filed a police report and reached out to the BBB to report the scam.

Author: Nabil Remadna
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin