Czechs beat Russia in Fed Cup final PRAGUE (AP): Defending champion Czech Republic clinched its fourth Fed Cup title in five years after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova won the decisive doubles yesterday against the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina. The Czechs rallied to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to take the best-of-five series 3-2, played on an indoor hard court at Prague’s O2 Arena, where security was stepped up following the attacks in Paris. Earlier yesterday, Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give Russia a 2-1 lead. Pliskova kept the Czechs in the final by defeating Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 in the second reverse singles to level the match at 2-2. Euro 2016 chief pledges strong security PARIS (AP): Nervous fans planning to attend next year’s European championship in 10 cities across France got a guarantee yesterday from the president of the organising committee that security will come above everything. “I’ve said it several times before: security is the biggest thing at stake for Euro 2016,” Jacques Lambert said in an interview with sports daily L’Equipe, published in the aftermath of Friday night’s attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left hundreds more wounded. There is speculation that the tournament – France’s biggest sporting event since the 1998 World Cup – could even be cancelled for safety reasons. While acknowledging that “anything is possible,” Lambert was adamant that this should not happen. “Anything is possible, anything is conceivable,” Lambert said. “But it would be to admit that for those who attacked us, it was worth it.” Germany vs Netherlands going ahead BERLIN (AP): Germany’s friendly game against the Netherlands will go ahead as scheduled in Hannover tomorrow despite security concerns following the Paris attacks. The German team, which played France in a friendly in Paris on Friday, is set to gather today. “The message is clear: We will not be intimidated by terror” German football federation caretaker president Reinhard Rauball said yesterday. Players were given time off after spending Friday night at the Stade de France because of the terror attacks nearby.
0Shares0000Thierry Henry was an assistant coach with Belgium at the World Cup — the former France striker has turned down an offer to become coach at Bordeaux © AFP/File / BENJAMIN CREMELBORDEAUX, France, Aug 29 – Thierry Henry rejected the offer to become coach of Bordeaux due to the “uncertainty” behind the scenes at the French outfit, the club’s president Stephane Martin said on Wednesday.Bordeaux confirmed on Tuesday that the 41-year-old, the all-time record goal-scorer for Arsenal and France, had decided against starting his managerial career at the helm of the six-time French champions. Martin said there were “several reasons” for Henry’s decision not to replace Gustavo Poyet in south-western France, but admitted that the fact the club are in the process of being bought out by an American consortium may ultimately have worked against them.“It is essentially down to the climate of uncertainty around the club, the period of transition that we are in, that meant things did not end positively,” Martin said.General American Capital Partners (GACP) are expected to complete their purchase of the club from French media conglomerate MG in late September.“He is very methodical, judicious and passionate about football,” Martin said of Henry, who is looking to strike out on his own as a coach after working as an assistant with the Belgian national team at the World Cup.“He really wants to be a coach in the long term, it’s not just a passing fancy. For his first experience in coaching, he wanted to be certain that all the conditions were right and he made a decision after thinking about it that he would not start with us.“Great players like him want to have great careers as coaches so they think twice about it.”Poyet, who was only appointed in January, was suspended earlier this month following a public row with directors over transfer policy. He is set to leave the club although Bordeaux are yet to officially announce his dismissal.In the meantime, Eric Bedouet is set to again take interim charge of the team in Thursday’s Europa League play-off, second leg at home to Gent.Bordeaux are targeting a place in the group stage after drawing 0-0 in Belgium in the first leg last week.“We move on, we have an important match tomorrow, we are very focused on that. It’s no drama,” added Martin, who says they will now take their time before appointing a new coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more