Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after three years as coach, paving the path for his return to England and a second stint as Chelsea's...
Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after season
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after three years as coach, paving the path for his return to England and a second stint as Chelsea’s manager.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced at a news conference after a board meeting Monday that a mutual agreement was reached for Mourinho’s departure.
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The 50-year-old Portuguese coach has two matches remaining in a season that will end on June 1 without Madrid winning a major trophy.
Mourinho will leave having won only two major titles, the 2011 Copa del Rey and the 2012 league championship, and he failed to deliver the club’s much-desired 10th European Cup. He was ejected from Friday’s 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end at the end of the current season,” Perez said at the news conference. “The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work. The team has improved in his three years, and we wish him all the best.
“After three years we both agreed this was the correct moment to finish. With Mourinho, we made a big leap competitively and sportingwise. Today Madrid is where it ought to be. We had not reached that level prior to his arrival, so the balance of his stay here was positive.”
Mourinho, who has often been criticized for his prickly nature, has won two Champions League titles and seven top division league championships while coaching in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.
Woods doesn’t plan to make amends with Garcia
Tiger Woods spoke for about 20 minutes about the state of his game, belly putters, the U.S. Open and the AT&T National. As he was wrapping up, he needed just one word to cover the topic of Sergio Garcia.
Asked if he had any thought of contacting Garcia to make amends between the two, Woods quickly answered: “No.” He smiled. Nearly everyone else in the room laughed.
Hardly the best of friends, the Woods-Garcia relationship hit petty proportions during this month’s Players Championship over a dispute as to whether Woods inadvertently or maliciously — or somewhere in between — disrupted the Spaniard’s swing when they were paired together during the tournament’s third round.
Woods’ expression Monday said it all: They won’t be calling a truce any time soon.
Memphis’ Black transferring to Kansas
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Former Memphis big man Tarik Black has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play basketball at Kansas.
Black, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward, elected to leave Memphis after averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season, his junior year. He graduated with a degree in organizational leadership earlier this month and will be eligible to play his senior season right away under the graduate-transfer rule.
Smith will transfer to Minnesota
Guard Malik Smith has signed his tender to transfer from Florida International to Minnesota. Smith is following coach Richard Pitino to the Golden Gophers. He averaged 14.1 points as a junior starter for FIU last season.
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