Rene Meulensteen, Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins have all left Fulham as part of major backroom restructuring. Speculation has been rife over the embattled Barclays Premier League club’s managerial set-up since Friday’s shock announcement of Felix Magath as new first-team manager, following Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool. The announcement brought an end to Meulensteen’s 75-day spell at the Craven Cottage helm, but, despite him claiming he had been “released”, he remained contracted as head coach. However, the Dutchman has now formally left Fulham alongside four other members of the coaching staff, while Magath has brought Tomas Oral in as first-team coach and named Werner Leuthard conditioning coach. Former Charlton and West Ham manager Curbishley has left his role as first-team technical director, while Wilkins has vacated the post of assistant manager. Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill have also left the Whites. “I am very grateful to Rene, Alan and Ray, as well as Mick and Jonathan, for their commitment to Fulham,” chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement released on Tuesday night. “Their efforts were admirable and appreciated, and I wish them the best. “Felix has come to Fulham with purpose and exceptional confidence, and I know he is extremely pleased to have Tomas Oral and Werner Leuthard join him for the mission ahead. “From today forward, the focus is singularly on winning football matches and remaining in the Barclays Premier League. The work has begun.” Magath’s first game comes away at West Brom this Saturday – one of 12 matches left remaining for the Cottagers, who lie four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table. Press Association
Manhattan looks for home win vs Niagara February 6, 2020 Associated Press BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Marcus Hammond is averaging 13.5 points and four rebounds to lead the charge for the Purple Eagles. James Towns is also a key contributor, accounting for 12 points per game. The Jaspers have been led by Pauly Paulicap, who is averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds.MAAC IMPROVEMENT: The Jaspers have scored 66.7 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 60.2 per game they recorded against non-conference foes.MIGHTY MARCUS: Hammond has connected on 39.4 percent of the 104 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 22 over his last five games. He’s also converted 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Niagara is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 64.BEHIND THE ARC: Manhattan’s Samir Stewart has attempted 119 3-pointers and connected on 28.6 percent of them, and is 6 for 23 over the last three games.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Niagara offense has turned the ball over on 15.8 percent of its possessions, the 16th-best mark in Division I. 21 percent of all Manhattan possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Jaspers are ranked 291st, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNiagara (7-14, 5-5) vs. Manhattan (9-10, 5-5)Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Manhattan looks for its seventh straight win over Niagara at Draddy Gymnasium. The last victory for the Purple Eagles at Manhattan was a 60-56 win on Feb. 17, 2013.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> The soft-spoken Robert Sacre who always preaches teamwork and deflects praise showed his playfully cocky side. The Lakers’ second-year center had just played a large part in securing the team’s 96-92 victory Tuesday over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum by holding bruising forward Zach Randolph to 18 points on 7-for-22 shooting. Sacre soon relished the moments he matched up with Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill in practice where he apparently dominates.“When Pau gets mad, he starts grunting and groaning and then puts Jordan Hill under the basket,” Sacre said. “Me? Nah, not me. I make him shoot jumpers all day.”Hill interjected and playfully argued the accuracy of Sacre’s story. “No one can keep me off the offensive boards,” said Hill, though he was limited with only two points on two field goal attempts and two rebounds in eight minutes because of four fouls. “You think Robert can keep me off the offensive boards? If you believe that … ”Hill laughed playfully in disbelief. But then again, few likely would have believed Sacre could limit Randolph, whom Sacre likened to UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for his bruising style. “He’s so physical,” said Sacre, who has climbed the depth chart this season after the Lakers selected him 60th overeall in the 2012 NBA Draft. “I try to match that physicaltiy and keep him from trying to be aggressive. I wanted to make sure he got the ball as far aaway from the basket so he had to make moves.”The approach worked. “He played fantastic,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said of Sacre. “He comes in and plays hard and does everything we ask him to do and more.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Including shutting down Gasol and Hill in practice? That remains up for debate.Keeping faith >> When he set foot in this city nearly 3½ years ago, Xavier Henry was considered a highly touted draft prospect that could help the Memphis Grizzlies toward a deep playoff push. Henry, whom Memphis selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, never did that. A right knee injury sidelined him for 35 games his rookie season. The Grizzlies then traded Henry the following year to New Orleans, where overlapping injuries buried him on the depth chart. “I was just faithful to God and stayed true to the Bible,” Henry said. “I perservered through it. I’ve been doing that so far in my career. It hasn’t been easy,”The Lakers signed Henry to a one-year deal this offseason with a partially guaranteed contract worth $884,293, and the move became a good investment. Henry only posted five points on 2 of 8 shooting in the Lakers’ win Tuesday against Memphis. But he has averaged a career-high 9.8 points on 44 percent shooting in 20.1 minutes per game. He has also shown marked improvement from November (6.8 points on 37.9 percent shooting) to December (13.9 points on 50 percent shooting). “I’m trying to solidify myself and have a great career,” Henry said. “But it doesn’t happen in a day. I can’t have too many highs or lows. It’s about pushing through the whole season.”