RelatedPosts EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City Huddersfield Town have sacked manager Danny Cowley and assistant Nicky Cowley despite the club all but securing its Championship survival by beating West Brom on Friday night.That result left the Terriers three points above the relegation zone with one match to play but their superior goal difference effectively left them safe. But it wasn’t enough to spare the Cowley brothers the sack with the club saying they have “a different vision for the way we operate the club, and how our ambitions can be achieved.”Having taken Lincoln City up to League One following two promotions in three seasons, Cowley was appointed Huddersfield manager with the club in the relegation zone in September last year.He won the Championship’s Manager of the Month award in October following a run of six matches unbeaten but Huddersfield couldn’t pull away from relegation danger.Two wins and three draws since the restart proved sufficient to stave off the threat of back-to-back relegations but the Cowley brothers will depart the club with immediate effect.The club statement specified they aren’t looking for applications for the vacant position suggesting that Cowley’s successor has been chosen already. Chairman Phil Hodgkinson said: “I would like to place my thanks on record to Danny and Nicky for their hard work and dedication towards securing the Club’s place in the Sky Bet Championship for next season.“That was the clear priority when they were appointed in September and we are very grateful that has been achieved.“We all wish Danny and Nicky all the best for the future and they leave with my best wishes in their future endeavours.“However, we have made this decision in the belief that, in the long term, it is in the best interests of the Club as we move forward.“We have a different vision for the way we operate the Club, and how our ambitions can be achieved.” The decision left Huddersfield fans fuming with a number taking to Twitter to express their disgust.Tags: HuddersfieldNicky CrowleyWest Brom
Last season’s Cork Grand National winner Vics Canvas has been given the go-ahead to bolster an already-strong Irish challenge in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree on Saturday. Press Association ” We worried about his weight, but we want to get some experience over those fences into him.” Vics Canvas is, alongside Pineau De Re, the oldest horse in the possible line-up and was last seen finishing eighth in the ‘Fixed Brush’ hurdle race at Haydock on November 21. He is trading at around the 16-1 mark to win the Becher, with compatriots Goonyella, Heathfield and Thunder And Roses also prominent in the ante-post lists. Trainer Dermot McLoughlin had been slightly concerned about the 12-year-old having to shoulder a considerable burden around the Merseyside circuit, but decided to take the plunge on Wednesday morning. “We’ve given it some thought, and he’s going to run,” said the County Meath handler.
If Dare Ogunbowale gets his way, there will be no music blaring over the speakers this week at the University of Wisconsin football team’s practices in advance of UW’s game at Northwestern this Saturday.The fifth-year senior running back is not trying to take the fun out of practice. Rather, the Badger captain is looking for ways to make sure No. 8 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is ready for the different atmosphere at Ryan Field, the home of the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2).Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…“It’s kind of a dry type of field for a college football game,” Ogunbowale said.Ryan Field is “dry” in the sense it may not be as loud as another stadium. It only seats about 47,000 fans, a considerably smaller stadium than other capacities throughout the Big Ten. Therefore, Ogunbowale said, the absence of music during practice this week may help the UW offense find ways to create their own juice to make sure they are hyped to play come Saturday, regardless of the atmosphere.“Offensively, we got to start learning how to have our own energy,” Ogunbowale said. “When you’re playing at Camp Randall, we don’t have to worry about that because we have such a good atmosphere with the fans bringing energy for us.”Ogunbowale said the Wisconsin defense does a great job of generating its own energy because of guys like fifth-year senior outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who said the absence of music this week is a good idea.“Northwestern’s stadium poses different challenges that we’ve seen up to this point,” Biegel said. “It’s a little more of a quiet stadium. The crowd isn’t as much of a factor as we’ve seen previously.”Especially coming off the high of a prime-time win over then-No. 7 Nebraska in front of an electric home crowd. With the transition to the more laid back Ryan Field, it will be necessary to create the energy instead of feeding off of it, redshirt junior tight end Troy Fumagalli said.What Wisconsin doesn’t want is a repeat of 2014, when it stumbled to a 20-14 loss during an 11 a.m. kickoff under overcast skies and a half-full stadium.“We turned the ball over more than we should,” Fumagalli said. “It was a typical Northwestern game at 11 a.m. We came out in a sleep. What’s good is it’s in a lot of our minds.”Wisconsin has not won at Northwestern since 1999. UW head coach Paul Chryst was part of several of those losses as an assistant, but this will be his first time going to Evanston at the helm.Each of those losses, Chryst said, have come because of what has happened between the lines on the field and not in the stands.“Every stadium is different, and I think that’s what’s kind of cool about going on the road,” Chryst said. “It’s another experience, and no one place is like the other.”Rankings hold little importanceThe Badgers rose to No. 8 in both the coaches and the Associated Press poll this week after defeating Nebraska, but on Tuesday, the College Football Playoff Committee will release its first set of rankings.The release of the rankings will be televised by ESPN in an hour-long special beginning at 6 p.m. When asked if he’d be watching, Ogunbowale said he didn’t even know there was a show about the rankings.“I doubt that many guys will watch the show,” Ogunbowale said. “I’ll probably be watching Family Guy.”That mentality derives from that of Chryst’s, who has emphasized to shut out outside noise, such as rankings.“I think they matter to a lot of people, and there’s a lot of potential with it,” Chryst said. “I think for our team, or for any team, what really matters is what you do that week. The discussions don’t help you play the game. You got to play your season out.”Injury reportSophomore nose tackle Olive Sagapolu (right arm) will miss his third consecutive game this week. Chryst said there was no timetable for his return, but that when the injury occurred, the coaching staff knew it would be some time before he’d be back.The following players are questionable for Saturday: T.J. Watt (left shoulder), Austin Ramesh (right shoulder), Natrell Jamerson (left leg), Jacob Maxwell (right shoulder) and Griffin Grady (left shoulder)