The Swans parted company with Laudrup on February 4 after the Dane presided over a run of just one victory in 10 Barclays Premier League matches. Laudrup criticised the manner of his dismissal just 12 months after leading the club to their first major trophy – the League Cup – and subsequently took legal advice with the League Managers Association also involved. Swansea have reached a settlement with former manager Michael Laudrup following his sacking earlier this year. Swansea stated on their website: “Swansea City can confirm that a settlement agreement has been reached with former manager Michael Laudrup following his dismissal in February. “The club would like to thank Michael for his work over the 18-month period where he guided the club to ninth place in the Barclays Premier League and the Capital One Cup trophy. “Everyone at Swansea would like to wish Michael all the best for the future. Both parties will not be issuing any further comments on this matter.” Press Association
Lewis Hamilton won the 89th race of his career by dominating the Belgian Grand Prix from start to finish at the weekend.The victory opens up his championship lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished third, to 47 points, and reinforces the impression that he will waltz away to a record-equalling seven title.The Briton is being helped in this pursuit by the relative sluggishness of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who failed to apply any significant pressure on Hamilton at the start or the re-start following a yellow flag period for a potentially serious accident involving Williams’ George Russell. The biggest drama unfolded on the 10th lap when Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi lost control at Fagnes chicane and spun into the tyre wall before being spat out across the track. His left rear tyre was untethered and barrelled into Russell’s path.The impact of the flying missile fell, thankfully, on his front wheel and sent him into the barriers.Both men walked away unharmed, their races over.It could have been much worse for Russell but for a few inches.Elsewhere, Ferrari were fighting like rats in a bag. Having qualified 13th and 14th, it got worse for their disgruntled pair of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. They both had strong words with their team – Vettel urging them to ‘f******’ consider pitting him again, and Leclerc asking why he was brought in for a second time. ‘We’ll tell you later,’ he was told. Ferrari subsequently confirmed it was to top up his pneumatic pressure.There was a sense of the disarray about everything and everyone red as Vettel’s 13th-place finish and Leclerc’s 14th underlined.Hamilton deviated off track but it was a satisfactory, if far too predictable, outcome.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Wisconsin fifth-year senior Ben Street scored the only goal in the Badgers\’ 1-1 tie Saturday night against Colorado College.[/media-credit]Coming off an opening weekend in which he saw his team lose one game and tie another against WCHA rival Colorado College, Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves was encouraged by his team’s play but disappointed by the results.“We would first of all say we were disappointed [by] only getting one point,” Eaves said. “Expectations were such that we wanted to get more.”Despite the results of the games, Eaves expressed that he was pleased by his team’s effort throughout most of the weekend.“Friday night was a game we very easily could have won,” Eaves said. “On Saturday, we were very poor in the first period but got back in the saddle and played it out hard and got a tie.”Eaves and his staff also believe things could have finished much differently if it were not for a few unlucky breaks.“We went back and looked at videotape, and we figure, over the course of the weekend, we had hit eight or nine goalposts,” Eaves said. “Some of those pucks could’ve-should’ve gone in.”New Season, New FacesAlthough the Badgers return many key players from last year’s team, there is still a battle going on for the spot vacated by the departure of goaltender Shane Connelly.Eaves and his staff elected to start junior transfer Brett Bennett on Friday night and junior Scott Gudmandson on Saturday night. He was pleased with both of their efforts.“I think the biggest surprise is the fact that there was so much talk going on about our young goaltenders, and they were a pleasant surprise,” Eaves said. “We saw two pretty good performances.”Eaves also commented on the play of true freshmen Justin Schultz, John Ramage and Craig Smith.“It was fun to watch them get their feet wet,” Eaves said. “It was kind of like watching a duckling getting into the water for the first time and realizing that he’s not going to sink.”Injury UpdatesForward and captain Blake Geoffrion missed time Saturday with a concussion and defenseman Brendan Smith was a healthy scratch in the second game of the series.“Brendan will be back in the lineup [this weekend] and Blake is day-to-day right now,” Eaves said. “I’m looking forward to getting them back in there.”Geoffrion surprised many people when he decided to return for his senior year instead of opting to leave for the NHL. Eaves discussed what it was like playing without him.“Blake is a guy that we count on for a lot of minutes,” Eaves said. “We ran into a storm the very first night by getting Blake dinged up.”Eaves also briefly commented on the play of senior forward Ben Street, who saw his first action in nearly a year this weekend after missing most of last season with a leg injury.“I think he was one of our bigger performers,” Eaves said. “He played like a guy who had missed a lot of games and really missed playing.”Street scored the only Wisconsin goal in Saturday’s contest.Looking AheadNext weekend, the Badgers (0-1-1) travel to the Verizon Wireless Center to take on Minnesota State (2-2-0). Eaves discussed the difficulties of playing at this particular venue.“The way they play and the shape of the building makes [the rink] seem smaller because [the fans] are right on top of you,” Eaves said. “It’s a tough building to play and win in, as we know firsthand.”Eaves is confident that between himself, his staff and his players the early season kinks the Badgers displayed against Colorado College will be worked out in time for this weekend’s series.“We had some guys that played sub-par and we need to give them that feedback this week and make sure that we get up to speed,” Eaves said.
Wisconsin got back on track this weekend, downing both No. 48 Northwestern and Purdue 5-2. The Badgers dominated the courts at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, dropping only four points on the weekend, and regained some confidence after a heartbreaking loss to Michigan the previous weekend.Saturday the Badgers faced the Boilermakers, jumping ahead 1-0 after winning the doubles point. Senior Michael Dierberger and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann paired up at the No. 3 doubles spot and quickly took care of business, allowing Boilermakers Eric Ramos and Paul Foley one game point as they defeated them in commanding fashion 8-1.Senior Moritz Baumann and junior Marek Michalicka found similar success, albeit with more frustration. Baumann and Michalicka were down 4-5 until they were able to turn things around and fought back for the 8-5 win, securing the doubles point for the Badgers.“We were up 40-love in the first game and we didn’t make the break,” Michalicka said. “I was just frustrated that I wanted to move so much. I felt like I was ready to go, but then you miss a couple balls because you get more and more frustrated, it just gets worse and worse. But we made it, we just got through it.”In singles play, the Badgers again swiftly took out the Boilermakers.Baumann quickly jumped ahead of Slavko Bjelica 5-1, but Bjelica was not going to give up easily, fighting back to only a game behind at 5-4. Baumann caught the break closing the first set out 6-4 and didn’t allow Bjelica another game point, shutting him out in the second set.“It started out well; he wasn’t really into the match for whatever reason,” Baumann said of his match. “Then I was up 5-1 and I thought I was just going to finish the set, and I lost a little focus there and didn’t quite close the set down and he came back a little bit. I think I closed it at 5-4, and then the second set was pretty easy. I think he kind of gave up then.”Baumann was not the only one with swift success as Michalicka, Pohlmann and freshman Chris Freeman all notched wins, securing the 5-2 win over the Boilermakers.While Freeman notched his third singles win in a row, fellow freshmen Billy Bertha and Ricardo Martin were unable to finish out their matches with similar success. Despite the differing outcomes, all three freshmen found substantial court time this weekend.“The freshmen, they’re used to playing a lot of matches, they’re still trying to improve,” Baumann said. “I mean they played well yesterday. [Freeman] is doing a really good job the last three matches — he won all of them — Michigan and this weekend. [Martin] won yesterday, a big match for us. He’s struggling right now, but just keep on improving and practicing, I think they’re doing fine.”“I think we’re trying to get those guys as much experience as possible, and late in the season now they’ve played a bunch of matches and they know what to expect and I think that’s why their results are starting to show up a little more,” assistant coach Evan Austin added. “I think if we keep working hard in practice and the more matches those guys play they’re going to get their wins.”While Freeman found success on Saturday, he also notched a win Friday against Northwestern’s Alex Sanborn, helping Wisconsin pull out a 5-2 win.After dropping the doubles point, UW had to fight back in singles play. Again the Badgers took care of business, winning five out of the six matches to redeem their loss against the Wildcats last season.“It was pretty nice. You want redemption, especially when you lose the year before, so it was a good feeling,” Baumann said of the win. “Especially after the frustrating Michigan loss — we should have won — we want to get back on track on the home matches and really take care of those matches, especially Northwestern who we lost to last year. [Friday] and [Saturday] were like we should win for sure, so I think we took care of business.”With only four matches left before the Big Ten Tournament, the two wins this weekend helped the team get back on track and set the tone for the rest of the season.“Going into the Big Ten Tournament and everything, we just need a lot of matches behind us — a lot of confidence — going into these matches,” Freeman said. “They’re just trying to get us through all the tough ones. It’s really good for us to get some good wins out here, even it it’s a little easier team for us to just set the tone and show that we’re out here to win.”
Capping off another successful season in dramatic fashion, the USC women’s golf team fell one shot short of a title at the NCAA championships on Friday. It marked the closest finish since 1996, when the winner was determined through a tiebreak.This close · Sophomore golfer Jennifer Song and the tough-luck USC women’s golf team finished just one stroke short of first-place Purdue at last week’s NCAA championships. – Courtesy USC Sports Information “It’s a terrible feeling to lose by one shot,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “We go into every tournament wanting to win, so this was really tough.”The No. 3 Women of Troy held the lead in the first two rounds of tournament play, but No. 7 Purdue overtook the top spot on the third day of play. Going into the third round on Thursday, USC was ahead by seven strokes, but by the end of the day, they had fallen behind by seven strokes.Purdue held onto the lead for the remainder of the tournament, though USC cut the lead to one stroke in the final round. The team seemed poised to rally and regain the lead on the final day, but its efforts came up just short of victory.“It was difficult for the team to not see their goals come true,” Gaston said.Sophomore and All-American first team member Jennifer Song missed a 12-foot birdie on the final hole, which would have forced a playoff. Had she eagled the final hole, USC would have clinched the national title.“Jennifer gave us a chance to tie. The putt just didn’t go down,” Gaston said. “This wasn’t on anybody’s shoulder. All of us left some shots out there.”USC’s lead fell out of grasp in the third round when the team struggled on the front nine holes and never quite fully recovered. Nonetheless, the team combined for 1,154 strokes during four total rounds of play, a school record. Comparatively, the 2008 championship team combined for 1,168 strokes.Song’s individual 5-under par score tied her for fifth place overall at the title match. Playing her last season as a Trojan, Song leaves as the all-time leader in rounds in the 60s and a school record holder in stroke average with 71.55, her freshman year average.Her tie for fifth also marked the 12th time a USC women’s golfer has finished in the top 5 of the NCAA championships.The winner of the individual tournament was Oklahoma State’s Caroline Hedwall, who finished with a 12-under par 276. Finishing second was Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson. Following her were Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Auburn’s Cydney Clanton, LSU’s Megan McChrystal and Song.For USC, senior Belen Mozo finished in 21st place overall and shot a team-best 71 on Friday, while junior and All-American second teamer Lizette Salas placed 27th overall. Freshman Cyna Rodriguez matched Mozo’s 71 on Friday, a nice recovery from her shaky third round in which she shot an 83. She finished in 33rd place after ending the third round in 41st place.Sophomore Inah Park finished in 86th place, playing her strongest round of the competition on Friday — including a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — to finish with a score of 74.Battling Purdue and Arizona State, USC was a member of the tournament’s lead group for the third year in a row, and the fifth time since 2003. The second place finish also marked the sixth time in eight years the Women of Troy placed in the top four.With Song and Mozo leaving the team next season, Gaston said the focus now shifts to recruiting and integrating new players.“Our remaining three girls are going to be instrumental in acclimating the new recruits,” she said. “We have to learn to be resilient and maybe better people as a result.”
Mary I will play host to G-M-I-T in the opening game of the day at 2pm.Later tonight, U-C-D will travel to face I-T Carlow in a game that will throw-in at 7 o’clock.
Les Kiss has called upon Iain Henderson and Jared Payne following their Ireland exploits just last week for the trip to Dragons. Kick off at Rodney Parade is at 7.35. Scarlets start the night four-points adrift of Ulster in the table ahead of the visit of Edinburgh to Parc Y Scarlets where there’s a 7.05 start.
Football enthusiasts were treated to amazing display of good football artistry at the FSV Mainz 05 Football Camp that held at the Shell Club in Rumukurushe, Port Harcourt recently.The camp powered by Vandyke Football Club and hosted by the PENGASSAN Shell branch ran from August 26 through September 6 in the Garden City.Mainz 05 coaches, Robin Hassenclever and Philipp Weber led the drills ably supported by Vandyke FC coaches Blessing Harrison and Sunny Gershon Ejekwu. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chairman, Rivers State Football Association, Chris Green, who graced one of the sessions described the Mainz 05 camp as one of its kind in recent times in the land.“The camp is a great opportunity for youth players to develop under a very professional structure and we are very happy to work with Mainz 05 and Vandyke FC as they roll out this exciting project in the state.“This is a huge platform for player’s development in Nigeria,” said the former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee chairman.The FSV Mainz 05 Football School Head, Christof Babatz said Nigeria is amazingly endowed with great football talents. “It is a well known fact that Nigeria is a country of many talented players and we are proud to be here to help young players in their development of technical and tactical football skills,” said Babatz.Vandyke FC Director, Emeka Enyadike who is one of the most trusted voices in African football and a legend of the game is the driving force behind the Mainz 05 Football School partnership and expansion into Africa.
NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa underwent neck surgery Thursday, placing the championship in limbo.The company announced that WWE’s medical staff recommended Ciampa undergo a procedure known as an anterior cervical fusion. WWE has not given an update on Ciampa’s status, but he is expected to be out of action for at least three to six months. #NXTChampion @ProjectCiampa underwent anterior cervical fusion surgery to repair his injured neck.WARNING: Graphic images ahead. https://t.co/4H8ymx0J7K— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 8, 2019Ciampa, 33, defeated Aleister Black last July during the NXT television tapings to win the NXT championship. Over the past two years, he has been embroiled in a bitter feud with his former DIY partner Johnny Gargano, which is widely considered one of the best wrestling rivalries in recent memory.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year WWE recently called up Ciampa and Gargano — along with fellow NXT stars Black and Ricochet — to the main roster, where they teamed together despite their differences in NXT storylines. The two were expected to face off at NXT TakeOver: New York at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 5.The question now is, what will happen with the NXT championship? The brand will hold its next set of TV tapings next week at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., where it will likely be announced that the title has been vacated because of Ciampa’s injury.As for NXT TakeOver: New York, it would make sense for Gargano to be one of the participants for the title, but the brand could go in a variety of directions. It could hold a singles bout or a multi-man match that may include such wrestlers as Adam Cole, Matt Riddle and North American champion Velveteen Dream.
MASON CITY — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Monday to commemorate the construction kickoff for the multi-purpose arena that’s part of the River City Renaissance project in downtown Mason City.The arena is being placed in the former JC Penney location in Southbridge Mall and it part of the $38 million Iowa Reinvestment Act project that also includes the addition of a convention center complex to Music Man Square, a hotel in the eastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall, as well as a performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side.Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake has already started some work as part of the first phase of the arena project, which includes things like electrical and mechanical demolition, exterior wall and interior partition demolition, and earthwork and mass excavation.Monday’s groundbreaking event will start at noon, with people attending being asked to use the north entrance off of the corner of 1st and South Washington.Preliminary drawings by ICON Architectural Group of the proposed center will be unveiled, with the drawings to remain on display after the ceremony at Southbridge Mall and City Hall.