Sports news in brief (March 15-21)

Laudrup lauded by all

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has signed a new deal that will keep him at the English Premier League club until June 2015. Meanwhile, 46 percent of his peers have named him the “most impressive” EPL manager this season, according to a survey by the League Managers’ Association, which confirmed his £2.2 million signing of Michu last summer as the “best new recruit”.


Tine goes all-out in style

Badminton player Tine Baun, competiting in her final ever tournament, on Sunday became the oldest ever winner of the women’s singles at the All England Championships. Seeded seventh, the 33-year-old defeated Thailand’s Intanon Ratchanok 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 to claim her third crown following wins in 2008 and 2010. Elsewhere, China dominated, winning the four other titles.

Fitter than the Brits

A multi-national survey conducted by YouGov in five European countries has revealed that Danish women are more physically active than their counterparts in Germany, France, Sweden and the UK. In the week they were interviewed, only 19 percent failed to do the recommended amount of physical exercise to stave off cardiovascular disease, and just seven percent did nothing.


Contador third in Italy

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s star rider, Spain’s Alberto Contador, on Tuesday finished third in the Tirreno-Adriatico, the ‘Race of the Two Seas’, a seven-stage race that follows a route between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts of Italy. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali won, with Britain’s Chris Froome in second. Last month, Froome edged out Contador to win the Tour of Oman.


Shaken but still served

Although Caroline Wozniacki conceded that witnessing an earthquake before her third round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells had made her “nervous”, it didn’t put her off the next two rounds. She dispatched two Russians, Elena Vesnina and Nadia Petrova, in straight sets to make the quarter-finals, where she was handed a walkover after world number one Victoria Azarenka pulled out injured. She faces Germany's Angelique Kerber in the semis later on Friday.


Good for toys, bad for tops

A Copenhagen bookstore has used its leftover Nicklas Bendtner figurines from Euro 2012 to create a toy that pokes fun at his drink-driving exploits. Grouping a figurine with a Tuborg beer magnet and a toy car, the Bog og Idé outlet on Købmagergade was surprised by how quickly they sold. In contrast, claims Bendtner’s club Juventus has still not sold a shirt with the Dane’s name on it.