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Sportfive adds to golf representation portfolio with Alpha Sports merger

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SPORTFIVE has expanded its golf talent representation capabilities in Europe with the addition of London-based golf representation agency Alpha STM (“Alpha Sports”) to its global golf business.

As part of the addition, Duncan Reid joins SPORTFIVE as the Senior Vice President, European Golf. Previously the Managing Director of Alpha Sports, a management agency founded by Reid in 2016, Reid will now be responsible for leading the agency’s recruiting and servicing of up-and-coming European-based professional golf talent. Along with Reid, Nick Winder also joins the agency from Alpha Sports as a Player Manager and they both join David Rawluk, an existing Player Manager, in the agency’s Golf Division based in Dublin.

“With the addition of Duncan and Alpha Sports we are excited at the opportunities for representing more players in Europe”

Steve Loy, President of Global Golf and Co-President, Americas at SPORTFIVE

The Alpha Sports team moves to SPORTFIVE with an impressive roster of players, made up of European Tour winners and some of the game’s rising stars. They include Antoine Rozner, Matthew Jordan, Romain Langasque, Daniel Hillier, Casey Jarvis and Oihan Guillamoundeguy to the stable.

“Since launching our global golf business strategy, expanding our presence in the sport in Europe has been on the top of our priorities list” said Steve Loy, President of Global Golf and Co-President, Americas at SPORTFIVE. “With the addition of Duncan and Alpha Sports we are excited at the opportunities for representing more players in Europe, along with fuelling an expansion in golf event management and brand representation in the game.”

“The agency’s Golf Division is already incredibly strong in the US and Asia and we now have the chance to expand on that success in Europe.”

Duncan Reid, Senior Vice President, European Golf at SPORTFIVE

Reid has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years, starting his career at IMG where he spent 10 years both in Europe and the US representing some of the world’s most high-profile players.

“It’s such a great time to join SPORTFIVE,” said Reid. “The agency’s Golf Division is already incredibly strong in the US and Asia in talent representation, event management, and brand consulting, and we now have the chance to expand on that success in Europe. This merger will offer up more playing and commercial opportunities for current and future clients who have ambitions to play on the PGA Tour and will enable smooth transitions for them across the Atlantic.”

SPORTFIVE has a diverse global golf business built around talent representation, event management and commercialization. The agency has one of the top client rosters in the golf industry with clients playing in the top professional tours around the world. The roster is highlighted by Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Tom Kim, Keegan Bradley, Harris English, and Davis Love III. Its clients include four Major Championship winners, four PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award winners, and two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

SPORTFIVE also manages several professional golf events around the world, including PGA TOUR events The American Express™, the Fortinet Championship, Barbasol Championship, and Puerto Rico Open, and the Korn Ferry Tour’s Lecom Suncoast Classic. The agency also internationally manages the Singapore Open, the Singapore Women’s Open, the Simone Asia Pacific Cup and the BNI Indonesian Masters. It is also the exclusive sales agency for the DP World Tour tournament the BMW International Open, providing full partner support during the tournament, among other services.

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Europa League leading scorers ahead of semi-final fixtures

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Marseille’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading scorer in this season’s UEFA Europa League ahead of the semi-final fixtures in May

Marseille’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading scorer in this season’s UEFA Europa League ahead of the semi-final fixtures in May.

The former Arsenal captain is ahead of Roma’s Romelu Lukaku and Brighton’s João Pedro on the goal chart.

The Gabonese has ten goals to his name so far.

UEFA Europa League top scorers ahead of semi-final fixtures:

10 goals – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Marseille)

7 goals – Romelu Lukaku (Roma)

6 goals – João Pedro (Brighton)

5 goals – Victor Boniface (Leverkusen), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg), Viktor Gyökeres (Sporting CP), Fotis Ioannidis (Panathinaikos), Juninho (Qarabağ), Mohammed Kudus (West Ham), Darwin Núñez (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta) and Patrik Schick (Leverkusen).

Meanwhile, Marseille will face Atalanta in the semi-final stage, while Bayer Leverkusen will tackle AS Roma.

 

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Liverpool defeat Atalanta 1-0 but crash out of Europa League on aggregate

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Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta with the Italian side reaching the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta with the Italian side reaching the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

Atalanta are in the last four of a European competition for the first time since 1988, despite Mohamed Salah’s early penalty giving Liverpool a 1-0 second leg win, thanks to their three-goal lead established in the quarter-final first leg at Anfield last week.

In what is becoming a sobering climax to the season, Liverpool have won just three of their last nine games in all competitions and again looked tired after already having played 52 games this campaign.

Jurgen Klopp may well only have the League Cup to show for his final season on Merseyside as the German’s team have been eliminated from the FA Cup and Europa League and trail Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Gian Piero Gasperini called Thursday’s match probably the most important Atalanta had ever played and his players were hailed as heroes at the final whistle by a pulsating crowd at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo.

Fireworks were shot into the air from behind the stands while in the ground supporters bounced and roared at a huge victory for their team against giants of European football.

Atalanta last reached the semi-finals of a European competition in 1988 when they were knocked out of the old Cup Winners’ Cup by Mechelen.

Atalanta were then a Serie B team but the future is increasingly bright for a historically small, provincial club which has been punching well above its weight ever since Gasperini took charge in 2016.

Reaching the last four even trumps their run to 2020 Champions League quarter-finals, where they were desperately unlucky to lose to Paris Saint-Germain.

That run came at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Bergamo became the epicentre of a deadly global health crisis.

And Atalanta still have the opportunity to crown Gasperini’s reign with the club’s first major trophy since the Italian Cup in 1963.

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Bayer Leverkusen qualify for Europa League semis after edging West Ham

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Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen reached the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday and stretched their undefeated

Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen reached the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday and stretched their undefeated run in all competitions this season to 44 matches.

The German side drew 1-1 at West Ham in the second leg of their quarter-final tie and went through 3-1 on aggregate.

Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead on 13 minutes before Jeremie Frimpong levelled in the 89th minute for Xabi Alonso’s side.

Bayer Leverkusen will face Roma for a place in the final.

“I think we felt it in the first half, for me, it was a typical English crowd. They were pushing West Ham unbelievably. We were lucky in the first half if we’re honest,” Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka told TNT Sports.

“It was a different phase in the second half, we controlled the game. We are happy we got through.

“We competed much more. If you see over 180 minutes, the better team go through.”

Last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen won the Bundesliga for the first time, ending Bayern Munich’s 11-year grip on the title.

They remain in contention for a treble trophy haul this season as they also face second-division Kaiserslautern in the German Cup final on May 25.

 

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