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Sports news in brief (Oct 12-18)
Kasper’s a keeper: Expectant father Kasper Schmeichel has opted not to take his place in the Danish squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria on Friday and Italy next Wednesday. FCN’s Jesper Hansen will take the Leicester City keeper’s place. Meanwhile, Bulgaria have called up Verona striker Valeri Bojinov, but there is no place for Bolton’s Martin Petrov or Dimitar Berbatov, who has retired.
Birdie blitz in vain: A burst of birdies by Thorbjørn Olesen on the back nine at St Andrews on the fourth day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship took the young Dane to the top of the leaderboard, but in the end he had to settle for second place, despite carding a 68. South Africa’s Branden Grace, who Olesen had trailed by four strokes at the start of play, dug deep to hold his nerve to win by two strokes.
Agger finally does: Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, 27, has finally signed a new contract, although no details were released by the English Premier League club. Agger, who joined Liverpool in 2006, had been linked with a move to EPL champions Manchester City. “I never wanted to go anywhere else,” Agger told media, adding that he liked the style introduced by new manager Brendan Rogers.
TV2 offloads channel: TV2 has agreed to sell its 51 percent stake in TV2 Sport to Modern Times Group, the Swedish-based owner of Viasat, which will now become the sole owner. As part of the deal, TV2 has acquired the broadcast rights to the men’s and women’s 2016 and 2018 European Handball Championship. A TV2 spokesman said the joint ownership had caused problems: both with making decisions and the competition authorities.
Faxe or axe?: The sports media were over the weekend awash with stories about the imminent departure of Brøndby coach Auri Skarbalius, but now it looks more likely he will stay and be joined by John ‘Faxe’ Jensen. However, pundits have questioned whether the partnership will work. “It must be made clear to the players who has the ultimate responsibility,” Jesper Thygesen told Sporten.dk.
Woz woes continue: Caroline Wozniacki has failed to kick on from her win in the insignificant KDB Korea Open in September, losing in the early rounds of two premier tournaments – Tokyo’s Toray Pan Pacific Open and the China Open – in the quarter-finals and third round respectively. Wozniacki has so far failed to make a premier final in 2012, compared to seven in 2011, five of which she won.