Author: George Hartley

Paul Manning, women’s endurance coach at British Cycling, has resigned from his role. The 46-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, has been part of the coaching staff for British Cycling for over a decade. Former cyclist Manning, who won multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, among others, for Britain during his own career, has excelled as a coach for his nation too. http://gty.im/590205704 The British women’s team have been victorious, winning every Olympic medal they competed for during Manning’s time in charge. The departure of Manning will mark further change for British Cycling with the Tokyo Olympics rapidly approaching. Senior sprint coach…

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John McGinn featured as Scotland reached their first major tournament in over a decade http://gty.im/1229595984 McGinn in action last night during Scotland’s victory over Serbia Steve Clarke’s Scotland achieved Euro qualification last night after defeating Serbia on penalties. The Scots will face England in Group D during next summer’s tournament, set to go ahead from June. Aston Villa star John McGinn played the majority of the game, continuing his hot run of form from club appearances. McGinn has starred in the centre of the park for Villa this term. The ex-Hibs midfielder has combined with Luiz, Barkley and Grealish to…

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The Baggies are set to agree a transfer for the Huddersfield Town striker before the EFL deadline. West Bromwich Albion look set to finalise a deal for Huddersfield forward Karlan Grant. http://gty.im/1257634720 Slaven Bilić’s side have been linked with the ex-Charlton man for a number of weeks and appear to have made a breakthrough in their pursuit, according to a Football Insider report. Grant impressed for the Terriers last season, scoring 19 goals in 43 league appearances in the EFL Championship. The Englishman signed for Huddersfield under David Wagner with the club still in the top-flight. Progressing through Charlton’s academy,…

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The Warriors are awarded a 20-0 victory as the Sharks forfeit and miss play-offs following positive coronavirus tests. http://gty.im/1278597730 Worcester Warriors have been awarded a 20-0 victory over Sale Sharks after the Manchester club forfeited the tie. The teams were due to clash in the Premiership but 27 people involved with the Sharks, including players and staff, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past eight days. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed to Wednesday before its cancellation. Sale Sharks have issued a statement on their decision to forfeit the game: https://twitter.com/SaleSharksRugby/status/1313774951514681350 The decision sees the…

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It was a night of mixed results for women’s football in the West Midlands. Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Coventry United all featured in Group Stage matches in the FA Women’s League Cup yesterday. Aston Villa Gemma Davies’ Aston Villa faced Sheffield United after three consecutive league defeats following promotion to the top-flight. The Villans earned three points in their group thanks to a penalty from Jodie Hutton not long before half-time. https://twitter.com/AVWFCOfficial/status/1313938650846158854 Former Villa striker Katie Wilkinson and midfielder Olivia Chance had opportunities in the first 45 but failed to hit the target. Meanwhile, Villa failed to capitalise on…

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The Midlands side net seven against Klopp’s Liverpool as Watkins scores a hat-trick. http://gty.im/1228896707 Aston Villa hit seven past reigning Premier League champions Liverpool in a historic result at Villa Park. New recruit Ollie Watkins netted his first top-flight goal early on after a mistake from stand-in Reds keeper Adrian. The ex-Brentford forward doubled his tally, cutting inside to loop the ball over the keeper and extend the Villans’ advantage. Fans of the Midlands club were left biting their nails after the half-hour mark when Mohamed Salah struck from close range to halve the deficit. But this wasn’t to last…

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Mikel San José could be set to play for Birmingham City for the first time as Karanka’s men face Midlands rivals Stoke. http://gty.im/1228726231 Birmingham City manager Aitor Karanka is looking to field veteran midfielder Mikel San José for the first time as his side face Stoke City this weekend. The former Liverpool midfielder, who joined the Blues on a free transfer, has spent the last decade in his home country with Athletic Bilbao. He has been seen as a quality signing by the Blues faithful with the side capturing a star who has graced La Liga for ten years. Boss and fellow…

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Half of Wolves’ senior Portuguese stars have been featured in their national squad ahead of the international break. http://gty.im/1228752632 Five of Wolves’ ten Portuguese players have been announced as part of Portugal’s international squad for approaching matches against Spain, France and Sweden. Wide-man Daniel Podence, who is yet to be capped by Fernando Santos’ side, is one of the quintet named in Portugal’s international plans, as unveiled today. Veteran goalkeeper Rui Patrício is also included and could be set to push his way into his nation’s list of top ten all-time appearance makers. New recruit Nélson Semedo – a £27.5m…

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Ryan Emery has commended his basketball side after coronavirus awards them an early title. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Worcester Wolves women’s basketball team have been crowned winners of WNBL Division 2 with the campaign cut short due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The side finished with nine victories and two defeats, recording a win percentage of almost 82% and pipping the Derbyshire Diamonds to the title. Head coach Ryan Emery voiced his undying praise for his players, saying: “I am super proud of the team. The girls’ ability to perform at a consistent level throughout the season is the reason we…

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Club chairman Gary Vella is hoping new coach Jemiah Richards can help kick start another promotion fight. Gary Vella is delighted by Jemiah Richards’ appointment Racing Club Warwick added ex-footballer and teacher Jemiah Richards to their staff last week and chairman Vella is counting the days until his impact can be seen. The Walsall man, who lectures in sports at Dudley College, has joined the Warwickshire side as their first-team coach. Vella, who has been chairman since 2015, spoke of his reasons behind bringing him in. He said: “The club is delighted to bring Jemiah on board. I know him…

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