Broncos appoint Rea
Struggling London Broncos sacked head coach Rob Powell on Tuesday and appointed Australian Tony Rea as his successor on a temporary basis until the end of the season. Powell, who at 31 was the youngest head coach in Super League, paid the price for a dismal season for the Londoners, who are bottom of the table with just three wins from their 20 matches. Rea first joined the Broncos in December 1994 and made 47 appearances at hooker before retiring at the end of the first Super League season in 1996 to become chief executive. At the end of the 2000 season he took over as head coach from John Monie and under him the Broncos made the playoffs in 2003 and 2005. Rea’s first game of his second spell in charge will be against Wigan Warriors at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
Wilkinson joins Jeonbuk
Central Coast captain Alex Wilkinson will leave the Mariners to join South Korea’s K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors FC. The A-League team said yesterday the 27-year-old defender agreed to a two-year contract with Jeonbuk following the completion of a transfer deal. Wilkinson played 172 A-League matches for Central Coast over seven seasons, appearing in three grand finals, including the club’s two premiership wins. Wilkinson said he had mixed feelings about the move — “I’ve loved every minute up here ... but there was always a part of me that wanted to play overseas and this offer was in the too-good-to-refuse category.”
Legend Ghiggia recovering
Uruguay soccer legend Alcides Ghiggia says he expects to be released from the hospital this week following a car accident last month that left the 85-year-old in critical condition and fighting for his life. Ghiggia, who scored the winning goal for Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final to beat Brazil, said on Tuesday in an interview that he expected doctors to let him go home this week.”
Dudelange upset Salzburg
Luxemburg’s FC Dudelange produced a stunning upset in the Champions League qualifiers with a 1-0 home win over Austrian double-winners Salzburg on Tuesday. HJK Helsinki thumped seven goals past hapless visitors KR Reykjavik, with Juho Makela scoring a hat-trick, and Alexander Frei scored twice to give Swiss champions FC Basel a 2-0 win at Flora Tallinn in other second round, first-leg qualifiers. Basel, forced into the qualifying rounds after the Swiss league dropped down UEFA’s complex rankings system, had to wait for the last 30 minutes before securing their win in Estonia. Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol won 1-0 at Armenia’s FC Ulisses in Yerevan. Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade thumped FC Valletta 4-1 away, while Czech side Liberec won 1-0 at home to Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.
Clark leaves Frankfurt
Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt is parting company with US midfielder Ricardo Clark. Eintracht said late on Tuesday that Clark’s contract was terminated by mutual agreement, effective July 31. The club said in a brief statement that it wishes Clark well for his future, but gave no details of his plans. Eintracht last season sent Clark on loan to Norwegian club Stabaek. Clark signed with Frankfurt in 2010 after leaving Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. Eintracht is returning to the Bundesliga this coming season after a year in the second division.