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Vitality Netball Superleague: Mel Mansfield to step down as head coach of Wasps Netball | Netball News

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Mel Mansfield joined Wasps Netball for their inaugural season in 2016 as assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in 2019; Mansfield has been part of the Vitality Netball Superleague since 2009

Last Updated: 14/04/22 11:10am

Wasps' head coach will leave her position at the end of the current season

Wasps’ head coach will leave her position at the end of the current season

Mel Mansfield will step down as head coach of Wasps Netball at the end of the current Vitality Netball Superleague season.

Mansfield was appointed as assistant coach prior to the franchise’s inaugural season in the competition and moved into the role of head coach in 2019.

“It has been a huge honour to have played a part in the history of this great club,” Mansfield said after announcing her decision to stand down.

“I have loved every minute of my time here and been very fortunate to have worked with great coaches, support staff and, most of all, with great players.

“It is difficult to leave somewhere that has become home but I will always be very grateful to everyone at the club for their support over the years.

“The Vitality Netball Superleague is a wonderful competition, and I will truly miss the excitement building up to every game, particularly at Coventry Building Society Arena. The atmosphere created by the Wasps supporters is incredible and I’d like to thank them all for their support during my time here.

“Before leaving at the end of the season, I will continue to work closely with the senior management team, support the recruitment of a new head coach and help to ensure an easy transition into next season.”

Sarah Taylor, Wasps Netball’s franchise manager, will lead the search for a new head coach and hailed Mansfield’s commitment and professionalism.

“I am hugely appreciative of her unstinting hard work, commitment and loyalty to the Club, and, above all, for the friendship we have forged, Taylor said about Mansfield.

“In our short history, Mel has been instrumental in both of our Superleague titles, as well as taking us to a third Grand Final and Fast5 success. She has coached the University of Hertfordshire to successive BUCS titles, as well as being invited by England to assist in the 2021 Legends Series.

“Mel’s list of coaching achievements and accolades is hugely well-deserved. Her dedication to the wellbeing and development of players and staff throughout the club has always been of the highest importance, and the genuine care she has for those around her cannot be underestimated.

“Mel has been part of the Superleague since 2009 and after 13 years of extensive travel, combined with her job as a senior lecturer and all the regular day-to-day demands of family life, I fully respect her decision that it is time for a break.”

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spring Showdown

Saturday Sunday
1pm Lightning vs Storm 12pm Bath vs Rhinos
2.45pm Rhinos vs Dragons 1.45pm Dragons vs Lightning
4.30pm Thunder vs Sirens 3.30pm Storm vs Thunder
6.15pm Wasps vs Pulse 5.15pm Pulse vs Mavericks
8pm Mavs vs Stars 7pm Stars vs Wasps

Wasps’ season continues with two games during the 10-match ‘Spring Showdown’ weekend in Birmingham. Every contest will be live on Sky Sports over the course of the weekend.

Mansfield’s team are taking on London Pulse on Saturday at 6.15pm before meeting Severn Stars in the final match of the weekend on Sunday at 7pm.

The outfit currently sit in ninth position in the Superleague table, having won just three wins of their 11 matches. Wasps went into the season having had a high level of turnover in their squad and looking ahead to “a new performance cycle”.





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Pep Guardiola jokes he’s ‘sorry’ that he stopped Mikel Arteta from becoming Manchester City manager

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Arsenal will face City at the Etihad Stadium tonight, with Guardiola’s former assistant back on his old North West stomping ground in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Gunners head north leading rivals City by five points with a game in hand atop the Premier League, but acutely aware of the challenging taking on the frustrated Guardiola and company.

Arteta left Guardiola’s City setup in December 2019 to take the Arsenal helm, transforming the Gunners in remarkable fashion since.

“I am pretty sure if I would have left here before, he would be here [at City] and he would be the best, absolutely,” said Guardiola, of Arteta.

“But I extended my contract, I am sorry, and he didn’t wait, so it could not happen. But definitely it could have.”

Arteta joined Manchester City’s coaching ranks on retiring as a player in 2016, learning his craft under master tactician and serial winner Guardiola.

City’s former Barcelona boss revealed how Arteta would never celebrate goals against the Gunners, the team he represented more than 100 times between 2011 and 2016.

“He loves the club; I remember when we were together here and we scored goals, he jumped a lot and celebrated – except with one team,” said Guardiola.

“One team, every time we score a goal, I jump, look back and he was sitting there. It was Arsenal.”



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R Madrid 3 – 1 A Madrid

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Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored in extra-time as Real Madrid fought back to beat local rivals Atletico 3-1 on Thursday and reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

On a freezing night at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu hosting its first game for 77 days due to the World Cup break, Real started slowly and Atletico had many dangerous counter-attacks.

Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata, right, celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring the opening goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Atletico Madrid took the lead against their rivals

Atletico captain Koke delivered a brilliant through ball to Nahuel Molina who ghosting in behind Reals defence and the full back set up Alvaro Morata, a former Real academy player, to tap the ball into an empty net in the 19th minute.

Eder Militao wasted a golden chance to equalise in the 32nd minute after Toni Kroos had delivered a perfect cross.

Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring
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Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring the opener

It was not only until Dani Ceballos came off the bench to replace the injured Ferland Mendy late in the first half that Real started to play better.

The 26-year-old midfielder injected a new dynamic into the team who were far more aggressive after the break.

Benzema wasted two good opportunities and Federico Valverde also sent a shot wide from just outside the box.

Real Madrid's Rodrygo celebrates with team-mates
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Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates with team-mates

Substitute Rodrygo equalised in the 79th with a delightful goal, dribbling past three defenders before finishing well.

With Real Madrid in full control, Atletico played most of extra time with 10 men after defender Stefan Savic was shown his second yellow card for chopping down Eduardo Camavinga in the 99th minute.

Five minutes later, Real substitute Marco Asensio sent a low cross into the box and Vinicius’s deflected shot reached Benzema who unleashed an unstoppable strike into the net.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Karim Benzema’s goal made it 2-1 in extra time

Vinicius secured Real’s win in the dying seconds with a brilliant individual goal, running half the length of the pitch before scoring with a low shot.

“We got behind very early and after Mendy’s injury the whole team had to be rebuilt. But we woke up and played really well after the break,” Ceballos told TVE.

“They played better in the first half, but the coach corrected things in the second; we took control of the ball and found the goal. Then, after the red card, everything was easier.”

Real Madrid joined Barcelona, Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals.



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Everything we know about Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes’ ankle

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Patrick Mahomes examines his ankle last Sunday against the Jaguars.

Patrick Mahomes examines his ankle last Sunday against the Jaguars.
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It’s conference championship week. With only four teams on the NFL schedule this week — the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals — one interesting storyline can dominate the entire conversation leading up to the games. This time, it’s QB Patrick Mahomes’ ankle.

The fact that this storyline is the dominant one heading into the weekend makes sense. He’s the best player in the league, and his team is hosting the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Also, the game is taking place one week after he suffered a high-ankle sprain and was still able to hobble the Chiefs to victory — aided of course by a timely 98-yard touchdown drive that was led by backup quarterback Chad Henne.

How mobile does Mahomes look right now?

Since his right ankle got rolled against the Jacksonville Jaguars, no leg in America has had as much attention on it as his. Not even Brent Maher’s as he overcame his kicking yips during the Dallas Cowboys’ loss on Sunday to the Eagles. Mahomes’ ankle has so much attention on it that Fox 4 KC’s Harold R. Kuntz has been filming him walking down from the press conference podium the last two days. And by filming Mahomes, I mean only his legs.

Thursday update: Mahomes didn’t even need to use the stairs.

Knox’s assessment: Don’t be a hero… until Sunday.

Kuntz isn’t the only reporter on the scene sharing video footage of Mahomes’ mobility. During the portion of practice that was open to the media, many videos were sent out of Mahomes moving around. As the Chiefs were warming up, Mahomes actually jogged and spun as he headed toward his next station. He is certainly running better than he was on Sunday.

In their comments to the media, Andy Reid said that Mahomes “did a nice job and was “comfortable with what we did.” Mahomes said that he believed his Wednesday practice went, “better than I expected.”

For Chiefs fans — and those of us who want to see a well-played AFC Championship Game — this news out of Kansas City is the best we could’ve received. On the Chiefs’ most active days of practice, Mahomes was seen moving very well. Also, he and the head coach both gave positive updates about the health of the most important leg in sports this weekend.

Will the ankle affect Mahomes’ play on Sunday?

There is no possible way that Mahomes will be 100 percent against the Bengals. They are going to test that ankle by trying to apply the same type of pressure that disrupted the Buffalo Bills during the Bengals’ Divisional Round win on Sunday. However, if he can move around all game as well as he has been in practice, he will be able to play well enough for the Chiefs to have a chance at victory.

We’ve received the closeup and overhead views of Mahomes’ health. All that is left is the view at Arrowhead Stadium from the CBS cameras at 6:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 29, 2023.





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