Monday Sports Notes: End of an era as Wilbek steps down

The legendary coach will focus on being the sporting head at the Danish handball union

Wilbek bows out with loss
Ulrik Wilbek stepped down from his position as the Danish men’s handball coach with a 26-28 loss to France in the Golden League last night. Wilbek will focus on being the sporting head for the Danish handball union, a position he has held since 2012 alongside his coaching responsibilities. Wilbek, who had coached the men’s team since 2005, led the men to two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and two World Cup silvers in 2011 and 2013. Before coaching the men’s team, Wilbek won a string of Olympic, World and Euro Championship gold medals as the coach of the Danish women’s national team.

Magnussen burns up in Bahrain
Kevin Magnussen’s bid to recover some valuable points in the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship in the Bahrain Grand Prix was dashed after his car suffered a clutch failure on lap 43. In another race dominated by Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team, Magnussen had started the race in eighth position, but a poor start saw him drop down to eleventh, where he would remain until his untimely retirement from the race.

Legendary coach passes

The former AGF and Vejle coach Poul Erik Bech passed away over the weekend at the age of 76 after a long illness. Bech, who was voted the Danish coach of the year in 1984, was one of the most successful coaches in Danish football, winning two league titles and a cup with Vejle between 1977 and 1984 and finishing second and third while coaching AGF.

Black Swans go down fighting
Copenhagen Rugby League Football Club lost 24-38 away to the Skåne Crusaders for the second straight season in the first match of the 2014 Pan Scandinavian League last week. After falling behind early doors, the Black Swans clawed back to within four points before the Swedes capitalised on some errors to seal the win. The rematch comes on April 12 in Amager where entry will be free.

Højbjerg sets Bundesliga record
Danish starlet Pierre-Emile Højbjerg became the youngest ever Dane to play a full Bundesliga game after taking part in the entire match as his club Bayern Munich lost 0-1 away at Augsburg. The loss was Bayern Munich’s first in the league for 54 matches, but coach Josep Guardiola praised the 18-year-old as being one of the team’s top two performers in the match. 

Wozzie drops despite semi
Caroline Wozniacki dropped a spot to number 15 in the WTA Rankings despite reaching the semi-final of a WTA tournament in Monterrey, Mexico last week. Denmark’s tennis darling lost a close match to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-7, 4-6, who went on to win the tournament. Wozniacki can now look forward to regaining some points as the clay season draws near.