Mel had flown to London for talks with West Brom regarding the vacant position. Bookmakers installed the former Real Betis manager as the favourite to replace Steve Clarke, who was sacked two weeks ago, but Press Association Sport understands he is no longer being considered for the position. West Brom’s search for a new manager took a fresh twist on Friday when the club pulled the plug on negotiations with former front runner Pepe Mel. West Brom released a statement on Friday stating that they were closing in on a new head coach. Until that appointment is made, Downing will continue to be caretaker. “We have identified suitable candidates to work within our existing structure,” sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said. “This is a confidential process and it is inevitable there will be speculation about whom may be under consideration. “We are now progressing through the interview and short-listing stage. We plan to make an appointment at the earliest opportunity but our primary concern is recruiting the most suitable individual. “We are grateful for the professional manner in which Keith Downing, the coaching staff and the players have approached the last two games. “Keith remains in charge for (Saturday’s) game at West Ham United and until an appointment has been made.” Mendilibar would be an interesting appointment for Albion. The 52-year-old guided Real Valladolid to the Spanish top flight in 2007 before spending two and a half years at Osasuna. It is understood that Mel wanted to bring his own team of backroom staff to the Hawthorns, but the Baggies wanted to stick with their own coaches like Keith Downing and Dean Kiely, who have been at the club since 2011. Mel, whose three-year spell at Betis came to an end on December 2, will fly back to Spain while West Brom consider other candidates. Bookmakers now make Malky Mackay favourite to succeed Clarke. Mackay’s struggle with Vincent Tan ended on Friday when the Cardiff owner sacked the former Watford boss. Although Mackay’s stock is high in football, a move to West Brom so soon after a trying spell at Cardiff may be too much for the Scot. It is also important to note that West Brom have already held discussions with several candidates over the vacant position. Although Mel was the bookmakers’ favourite, Albion never offered him the job and there were still plenty of others in the frame before he was told he was no longer under consideration. Former Osasuna boss Jose Luis Mendilibar and ex-Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino have been mentioned as possible candidates – as has Paul Clement, who is currently assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Press Association
AJ MACLEAN/Herald photoIf you asked which players were the best forwards in the WCHA over the past few years, there would probably be a variety of answers.The list would probably include players like Minnesota-Duluth’s Junior Lessard, Colorado College’s Marty Sertich and Brett Sterling and North Dakota’s Zach Parise, among others.Notably missing from that list however, is Minnesota State junior David Backes. Yet, after a 37-point rookie year, he led the team with 19 goals, 24 assists, and 43 points last season.”I think that everyone knows that he is one of the elite players in the league,” UW junior defenseman Jeff Likens said. “I think people just don’t talk about him as much because his team is never up at the top of the league.””He’s a good player — he’s big, he’s strong, he’s got a big-time release,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s a different type of player than a Sterling or a Sertich, but you better know when he’s on the ice and what he can do.”Backes is on the move again early this year, tallying five goals and posting nine assists for the more offensive-minded Mavericks through their first 10 games. The No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers will have the task of stopping him in a rare Saturday/Sunday series at the Kohl Center this weekend.”Everybody knows who he is and how dominant he is when he’s out there on the ice,” Likens said. “We’re all aware of what he can do.”While his efforts have only translated to a 2-6-2 record, Minnesota State has picked up the pace over the past two weeks. The Mavericks are now unbeaten (2-0-2) in their last four WCHA contests, including a win and a tie against defending national champion Denver a week ago.The Mavericks, who are sixth in the league on offense but have scored 3.5 goals per game during their unbeaten streak, will have their work cut out for them against the Badgers and their league-leading defense. But not if Backes has his way.The Blaine, Minn., native has been a thorn in Wisconsin’s side in his first two seasons, tallying five goals and one assist in six games against the Badgers.”He’s one of their key players — if they’re going to be successful he has to be on the score sheet,” Eaves said. “He’s got an excellent chance to play at the next level.”But all of those points were tallied against UW former goalie Bernd Bruckler. This year he will have to tackle Brian Elliott, perhaps the hottest goaltender in the country.The junior is second in the country with a 1.38 goals against average and .944 save percentage, backstopping a Badger defense which has allowed just 1.25 goals per game in league play.”[Backes] has had some success against us, but we have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net just like him,” junior forward Jake Dowell said. “He’s just one guy and we’re going to focus on him, but overall [focus on] good defense. We have confidence in Brian Elliott to stop some shots.”For those still stuck thinking that Wisconsin plays a defense-first sort of style, its offense has been getting the job done just fine. The Badgers are averaging 3.62 goals per game in league play, second only to Minnesota.Junior Robbie Earl, sophomore Joe Pavelski and freshman Jack Skille, who have combined for 15 goals thus far, pace the Wisconsin offense. With team captain Adam Burish out for Saturday night’s game, it appears the three will skate on the same line.Burish will not be in the lineup due to a disqualification penalty at the end of last Saturday’s victory over Colorado College.Riding an eight-game unbeaten streak including back-to-back successful weekends against North Dakota and Colorado College, Eaves and his staff have made sure their team is not overlooking the Mavericks.”They will give themselves a chance to win because they work so darn hard,” Eaves said. “Everything they do is based off of that.”The Badgers could be in trouble if they overlook Minnesota State and think ahead to their date with No. 1 Michigan next weekend.”We have to make sure we come out and play our game,” Likens said. “These guys are going to try and outwork us, and that’s one of the ways they can beat us, so we just need to do what we need to do.”But Wisconsin appears to have its head on straight, and if it continues to play like it has in recent weeks, its success should continue at home this weekend.
Facebook37Tweet0Pin0 Shannon Monahan is the Office Coordinator at In Touch Therapy.You’ve just been in a car accident. Luckily, it was minor. No one appears to be hurt, and both vehicles seem to be in okay condition besides for a few minor scrapes. You exchange insurance (just in case), and carry on with your day – grateful that you hit the brakes when you did.Has this happened to you? If so, maybe you were lucky and didn’t feel any residual pain following the accident. But, even after an accident as minor as a small fender bender, the body can sustain an injury. Shannon Monahan is the Office Coordinator at In Touch Therapy in Olympia and she says it is important to remember that property damage has nothing to do with physical damage. “When you’re in an accident, all the energy from the accident gets distributed through you,” she says. Even if there is no visible damage on your vehicle, the impact from the accident can cause damage to your body.For individuals who have conditions or pathologies resulting from accidents and injuries that have been diagnosed by a physician, In Touch Therapy can often help alleviate pain and discomfort using the healing powers of massage therapy. Working together with more than 100-area doctors, In Touch Therapy’s experienced staff provides outstanding supplemental pain relief through massage practices to help you get back to feeling your best.And, finding out if you are a candidate for medical massage is as simple as asking your doctor. Once you receive a prescription for medical massage from your physician, you are ready to experience the healing, restorative powers of massage. And, because so many different types of insurance companies cover medical massage, chances are your plan will cover the service, making medical massage an affordable, natural approach to healing what ails you.Ready to get back to feeling good without undergoing expensive, time consuming surgeries? Talk to your doctor about how you can benefit from massage therapy, and learn more about In Touch Therapy by visiting their website here.
The tournament may have happened on May, but it’s never too late to recognize the winners of the Tournament of Roses women’s golf event held at Granite Pointe. Which is why the staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the group as Team of the Week. The winner’s picture includes, L-R, Cherie Baker and Lynn Young of Creston, Tournament of Roses sponsor Doug Stoddarts and Marlene Pozin and Paula Seibel of the host club. Baker and Young won low gross honours in the team event while the duo of Pozin and Seibel captured the low net title.