During his time in Glasgow Wieghorst helped Celtic end Rangers’ run of nine-straight SPL titles, before being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2000 and making a remarkable return to resume his playing career. Wieghorst, who played alongside Laudrup for Denmark, left the Hoops in 2002 to become one of his former team-mate’s first signings at Brondby. The highlights of his managerial career to date have been the consecutive Danish Cup triumphs he oversaw with Nordsjaelland, before taking the reins of the national under-21 side. He was also viewed as a potential successor to Morten Olsen, with the boss of the senior Denmark side set to step down next year, but the chance to return to club football has been too strong a draw. The move to bring in Wieghorst would suggest Laudrup has no intention of leaving the Liberty Stadium, having been linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea. Despite the speculation, the Swans boss does not believe there is any need to rush a decision over extending his contract, which runs out at the end of next season. But with a Capital One Cup final, important Premier League games and next week’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai on the horizon, Laudrup does not believe his contract is a matter that needs to be dealt with immediately. He said: “I think for me the present is more important than the future, we have so many things coming up now and I already have a contract for next season so it is not urgent for me. “We have some very important things to deal with right now. I am talking to the chairman a lot of times every week and we talk about a lot of things.” Swansea are set to appoint former Denmark and Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst as Michael Laudrup’s assistant, Press Association Sport understands. The 41-year-old has been in charge of the Denmark Under-21 side, but is to give up the role to move to the Liberty Stadium, and his switch could be confirmed before the weekend. Erik Larsen has been working as Laudrup’s right-hand man so far this season, but it is believed he will be moved into a position with more focus on scouting, while Alan Curtis will remain as a first-team coach. Press Association
SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital unveils unrivalled speaker line-up August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon CEOs to share post-COVID-19 vision at industry’s biggest online conference March 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Betcart is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Natalie Berenato, the company’s Head of Marketing and Affiliates, about what she is looking forward to at the conference, what attracted Betcart to sponsor the event and the status of its application for a UK licence.SBC: Why did you choose to sponsor Betting on Football 2017?NB: We’re happy to be able to sponsor such an important event within our industry. SBC has been a pivotal partnership for us and we find these focused events a brilliant tool to not only catching up with our peers, but to be updated with many important key topics in the sportsbook industry.SBC: What are you most looking forward to at the conference?NB: Catching up with our affiliates as well as meeting new ones, of course we know that these events are attended by the top personalities in the industry. All the talks about the different markets will be of great interest and we’re looking forward to some professional and high-level comments from some industry experts.SBC: Ahead of sponsoring the UK-hosted #bofcon2017, what is the status of your application for a UK licence?NB: We will be able to update our suppliers and affiliates on the status of it before the conference.SBC: You previously stated that the “true gold” in affiliate partnerships lies in the quality of service and the relationships built; are there any specific affiliates that you are looking forward to meeting at Stamford Bridge?NB: We’re very open to collaborate with any affiliate that is willing to work hard with us to make our partnership a success. We’re focusing our 2017 targets in specific markets, such as Scandinavia, so it will be of interest to us to focus on those countries, but we’re looking forward to speaking to anyone interested in working with us!SBC: And finally, which parts of the conference agenda have caught your eye?NB: The market profile tracks talks will be highly interesting for us, and of course the networking at the end of each day!
Adam Silver confirmed kneeling during the national anthem is against the NBA rules, but added he respects peaceful protest and acknowledged “these are highly unusual times.”The 2019-20 NBA season is set to return Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic. As well as the global crisis, the season’s suspension has coincided with a period of protest across the United States and beyond following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Players, coaches and trainers must stand and line up in a dignified posture along the foul lines during the playing of the American and/or Canadian national anthems.Silver recognizes such demonstrations are especially important in the NBA, a predominantly black league, where he revealed Floyd’s death almost halted the season.”It’s been part of our history. I think of it as part of the DNA of this league,” he said. “You think of Bill Russell and some of the early players, their activism over the years. Now an issue like the killing of George Floyd comes and you have a league, in the case of the NBA, that is roughly 80% black — similarly with the WNBA. These are issues in terms of racial inequities in society that are near and dear to their hearts. Right at the time that we were making plans to relaunch the season is when the death of George Floyd occurred.”It frankly nearly prevented us from relaunching the season, given the turmoil and how emotional people were around the league — and around the country, for that matter. It was very important then when we came together to think about what we could do to use this platform to affect change. The messaging is just part of it, but the images show the court saying Black Lives Matter on the floor, plus the players will be wearing messages on their jerseys. Beyond that, we’re working collectively with the 30 NBA teams on a foundation dedicated to economic empowerment, specifically focused on black Americans. This has been a part of the league forever.” The incident brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the fore, with its message to be painted on the floor for the upcoming games in Florida.Here is the NBA restart court in Orlando: the spaced out chairs are the socially distanced bench, Black Lives Matter is written on the court. pic.twitter.com/XGJu1w4QLC— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 21, 2020NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedSports stars across the world have subsequently taken to kneeling before games, echoing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 national anthem demonstration against racial injustice and police brutality. WNBA players preferred to remain in their locker rooms during the anthem.Further protests are anticipated in the NBA, starting with Thursday’s opener between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.There’s growing consensus among NBA players to kneel during the national anthem when season restarts Thursday, our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports. pic.twitter.com/6HrdbDdruz— Stadium (@Stadium) July 28, 2020But commissioner Silver is understanding of his players’ desire to make a stand.”The NBA has had a rule on its books that preceded David Stern, which was standing for the national anthem,” Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. “Having said that, I respect peaceful protest. I’m not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night and we’ll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times.”MORE: NBA season would ‘cease completely’ following coronavirus outbreakThe NBA rule for the anthem can be found in the league’s rulebook: