Francesco Guidolin set for Swansea watching brief against Watford

first_img Although the deal is yet to be officially confirmed, club chiefs decided to act after just one win in six games under Curtis saw the club slide back into the relegation zone on Saturday. Swansea will become the 14th different club in Guidolin’s managerial career, which peaked during a recent spell at Udinese, whom he twice led into the Champions League. He started out in charge of minor club Giorgione, and has also had spells at Atalanta, Bologna, Genoa and Palermo. Guidolin’s only experience of managing outside Italy came in 2005, when he had a short spell in charge of Monaco. Since leaving Udinese last year, Guidolin worked as a technical adviser to the Pozzo family, which has a controlling stake in Udinese, Granada and Watford. Earlier, Curtis had appeared to intimate that his short spell in sole charge of the club could be drawing to a close. Curtis said: “I’d expect to be here until the end of the season, but if results go against us and the club deem it that they need to bring someone in at short notice, then so be it.” Press Association Sport understands the 60-year-old Italian will be named as the club’s new head coach working alongside Alan Curtis, who was only confirmed in the role 10 days ago. Guidolin – who will sign an initial short-term contract – will watch from the stands before taking charge for the first time in next Sunday’s top-flight trip to Everton. Press Associationcenter_img Francesco Guidolin is set to get his first glimpse of Swansea’s Barclays Premier League survival prospects when he watches them play Watford tonight.last_img read more

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner loses extradition appeal

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former international football strongman, Jack Warner, yesterday suffered a major setback in his fight against extradition to face corruption charges in the United States, after the Court of Appeal here dismissed a judicial review challenging that extradition.The 76-year-old Trinidadian had his initial claim for judicial review dismissed by High Court judge James Aboud in 2017, but had subsequently challenged the ruling, contesting the process by which the extradition proceedings against him were being carried out and seeking to quash the authority to proceed (ATP) which was signed in 2016 by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.A former powerful former FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president, Warner also challenged the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, and the treaty signed between this country and the US.In a 40-page written decision dismissing the latest claim, however, the Court of Appeal comprising Justices Gregory Smith, Prakash Moosai and Andre des Vignes said the extradition treaty had not been shown to lack conformity with the Act and there was no merit in Warner’s case that the U.S. order which declared that country as a declared foreign territory was not valid.“Therefore, the pending extradition proceedings in respect of the appellant before the magistrate are valid,” the Court of Appeal ruled, adding that “there was no denial of justice in the issuance of the ATP by the Attorney General”.The Court of Appeal stayed the magisterial proceedings for 21 days pending an application by Warner for permission to argue his case at the London-based Privy Council, the country’s highest and final court.Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb is currently awaiting sentencing in the US.Warner, who is on TT$2.5M (US$369 365) bail, was one of nine former and current executives of football’s world governing body, FIFA, to be named in a 47-count indictment by then U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, back in 2015.The indictment alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies among other offences spanning 24 years in a scheme “to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”.Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb, who replaced Warner as CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president following the cash-for-votes scandal of 2011, was also indicted. He subsequently pleaded guilty and is currently awaiting sentencing in the U.S.Warner, a long-serving Caribbean Football Union president and a former government minister here, is charged with 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money-laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, dating as far back as 1990.But Warner has claimed the case against him is politically motivated, accusing the United States of seeking revenge because it lost to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.He surrendered himself to police here in 2015, after learning of the provisional warrant for his arrest.last_img read more

Lacrosse hits the road for series with Oregon, SDSU

first_imgThe No. 9 women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) is set to play Oregon (7-5, 3-1) and San Diego State (8-4, 2-2) in a road series this weekend.After dropping two straight road contests to Cornell and Stony Brook, the Trojans are coming off of three straight victories over Ohio State (16-7), Fresno State (21-5) and Cal (21-4).The recent win streak comes thanks to a Trojan scoring surge which featured 58 goals scored by 25 different scorers. Two of those scorers, senior Michaela Michael and freshman Kaeli Huff, earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for their step-up play against Cal and Fresno State. After a six-goal performance against Ohio State, Michael took less than 20 minutes to score six goals against Cal and just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance versus Fresno State. In the past two games, the senior netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.Huff, meanwhile, followed in Michael’s footsteps with a five-goal game of her own, adding three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win over Fresno State.Along with Michael and Huff’s play heating up, the Ducks and Aztecs will have to watch out for a Trojan defense that forced 32 turnovers and allowed just 16 goals over the past three games.USC will travel to Eugene, Oregon first to play an Oregon team that has played poorly in recent outings, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going 5-1 in the first six games, the Ducks are 2-4 in their past six, allowing 77 opposing goals to slip through.The Ducks’ primary scoring threats are sophomore attacker Shannon Williams (37 goals, 18 assists) and senior midfielder Bella Pyne (30 goals, 11 assists), while Cambi Cukar acts as Oregon’s primary distributor with 28 assists. Despite playing the same number of games as USC, Oregon has turned the ball over 25 more times and caused 12 fewer turnovers. The Ducks could give the Trojans difficulties not just in the home field advantage, but also in ball movement as Oregon leads the assist battle 83-77 over USC.After tonight’s matchup in Oregon, USC will travel to San Diego on Saturday to play an SDSU team that is 9-2 in its past 11 games.Although the Aztecs have been porous on defense in 2017 (10.7 goals allowed per game), their offense can put the ball in the back of the net with ease (12.75 goals scored).While USC relies on a couple of primary scorers to carry the team, San Diego State has a more balanced attack with six players scoring 13 or more goals this season.With MPSF playoffs just three weeks away, the Trojans have just five games left to cement a national title campaign.last_img read more