Sports notes | Timely brace renews chase

With his two goals against Italy on Friday night, Nicklas Bendtner took his international goal ratio return to 0.43 – an impressive 24 goals from 56 games. However, he would have to considerably better this record to force his way into the all-time top 20, where another Dane sit at the top of the tree. Poul Nielsen, who retired in 1925, scored 52 goals in 28 games – a ratio of 1.37.

Woz is a meanie
Caroline Wozniacki has denied her relationship with golfer Rory McIlroy is over following fresh claims in the Irish media. “I’m so tired of the rumours,” she told Ekstra Bladet tabloid, one of the few newspapers to trouble itself with the story. Over the weekend, an Irish rag reported McIlroy was upset that the Dane had posted an unflattering photo of him on Twitter, which one source claimed was “mean”.

The Bjørn Inferiority
Thomas Bjørn and Thorbjørn Olesen were on the winning team as Continental Europe won the Seve Trophy for the first time since 2000 with a 15-13 defeat of Great Britain & Ireland in France. However, both had stinkers. Olesen scored just one point out of four, while Bjørn’s only half-point (from four) came because his opponent was injured. Bjørn is four places above Olesen in the world rankings at #48.

Mie, mie, that’s impressive
Backstroke swimmer Mie Nielsen smashed two national short-course records on Sunday – in just one race. Swimming the first leg of a 200-metre medley relay at a meet in Reykjavik for her Aalborg club, she clocked 26.96, two hundredths inside her own record. And then the team, which also included Louise Dalgaard, Mathilde Hvid and Julie Levisen, clocked 1:50.61 – 0.69 better than the previous mark.

The new Bendtner?
Arsenal are taking a punt on another Danish teenager. Subject to a successful trial, they might sign Mads Dohr Thychosen, 16, who plays for Danish First Division club Vejle Boldklub – the same club that discovered Thomas Gravesen. Meanwhile, in related news, Superliga side Viborg FF have signed American striker Mike Grella, a free agent who formerly played for Scunthorpe United and Leeds United.

Under-21s rout Russia
Following a disappointing 2-2 draw, albeit from 0-2 down, against Slovenia at home on Friday, the under-21s reignited their European qualifying campaign to win 2-0 away in previously unbeaten Russia to replace them at the top of Group 2. Jens Jønsson and Nicolai Brock-Madsen struck at the start of the second half to seal the win. Denmark lead Russia by a point with five games remaining.