Olympia, The London International Horse Show’s 2021 edition will relocate to ExCeL London and take place from Thursday 16 to Monday 20 December 2021, organisers announced today.The Olympia London venue in West Kensington, which has been home to the iconic horse show for the last 49 years, is currently undergoing a re-development plan. As a result of COVID-19, the building activity for the re-development programme has accelerated. The revised construction programme will restrict the use of the venue for events in December 2021, hence the decision to move the Christmas horse show from Olympia London to ExCeL London.Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director, commented; “We are very pleased that we are able to stage the event at ExCeL London. This modern venue offers us the opportunity to build on all the aspects of the Christmas horse show that our visitors, hospitality guests, sponsors, competitors and officials know and love. The scope and flexibility of ExCeL will enable us to add exciting new features and will allow a larger arena with integrated hospitality.”“Our 90,000 strong audience can expect to see the best international competition including three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Jumping, Dressage and Driving, alongside the usual wonderful mix of international equestrian displays, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and, of course, the Christmas Finale.”“ExCeL will offer our horse show customers excellent facilities, first class restaurants, fast digital connection, multiple parking spaces and a relaxing environment for Christmas present buying in the Show’s renowned Shopping Village.”“Our partners, sponsors and exhibitors including the FEI, British Equestrian and Longines are all supportive of the move and are looking forward to seeing a new version of the Show at ExCeL.”Simon Mills, Executive Director – Exhibitions, ExCeL London said: “We have a track record for delivering world class events, from globally recognised trade shows and consumer exhibitions, to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. As such we are delighted to welcome an international horse show to ExCeL. We’re really looking forward to working with the organising team to create a hugely memorable event for the equestrian community, that delivers a world-class experience with a raft of new opportunities.” Tags: Olympia, The London International Horse Show, ExCeL London, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews
The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team has exceeded expectations from day one and looks to continue that into the playoffs, but before tournament time approaches, let’s take a look back at the Badger’s regular season.Where the Badgers standThe No. 18 Wisconsin team has secured the second spot in the Big Ten after preseason predictions had the team finishing fifth in the conference. Despite a tough three-game skid, the Badgers have managed to net a program second-best 12 Big Ten wins and have earned themselves a first-round bye in their conference tournament.Key regular season matchupsThat position did not come easy, as the Badgers faced off against ranked opponent after ranked opponent in the regular season.The team’s first real test came against a then-No. 6 Boston College team, who Wisconsin split with in just their second series of the season. This series was a wakeup call to Badger nation, giving hope to a deprived fan base.The Badgers looked poised to be a solid team but lacked consistency in nonconference matchups. But the truth of the tale would be told when Big Ten play began.Men’s hockey: Badgers score two power play goals to help upset No. 6 Boston CollegeThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to impress under Tony Granato, taking care of No. 6 Boston College Read…In their third conference series of the year, Wisconsin faced a now-No. 5 Minnesota Gopher team who featured one of the best offenses in the country. In a thrilling overtime loss and a dominating victory the following evening the Badgers split with the top-ranked Gophers, proving they were a serious contender in the Big Ten.That win propelled Wisconsin into its hottest streak of the season, winning five straight, including a sweep of a now-No. 13 Ohio State team.It is possible the biggest indication of the potential of this Wisconsin team came in their second series against the top ranked Gophers. In a hostile environment at Mariucci Arena, the Badgers snagged another key victory Friday night, and nearly stole the weekend sweep but succumbed to a tight, one-goal loss the following evening.Men’s hockey: No. 16 Badgers square off against No. 11 Nittany Lions in final road seriesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will head to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 11 Nittany Read…Offensive firepower Much of Wisconsin’s regular-season success is due in part to their highly skilled and highly talented offense, which ranks eighth in the nation with 3.5 goals per game.For the first time since 2009-10, the Badgers have eight or more players with 20 or more points on the season. The team has also scored five or more goals in 13 matchups, again the most since the 2009-10 team did it 18 times.Sophomore forward and team captain Luke Kunin has been the undeniable face of leadership for the Badgers this season. Kunin, who secured a career-high 36 points on the year, including 21 goals, currently ranks eighth in the nation for points scored.Freshman phoneme Trent Frederic has been right behind the sophomore captain all year, earning 33 points on the season and a National Rookie of the Month award in February.“I think as a whole we’ve been pretty successful together, and I think a big part is how easy he is to play with,” Kunin said regarding his line mate Frederic. “He makes guys around him better and he’s just a great player.”Jonah LeurquinTop five moments from Wisconsin fall sportsThe 2016 fall semester produced many memorable moments that Badger fans want to relive. It was tough to narrow it Read…Special specialty unitsFor a good chunk of the season, the Badgers were the only team in the country to rank in the top 11 in power play and penalty kill percentages. They now hold the ninth spot for power-play conversions, but have dropped down to No. 13 on the penalty kill.In Big Ten, play the Badgers hold the top penalty kill percentage and are number three in power play percentage.Youthful squadIf it isn’t apparent already, this Badgers team is young and full of talent.Three of the top five point-scorers for the Badgers this season are of freshman or sophomore status, as is more than half of their roster.“We really like youth,” assistant coach Don Granato said. “The youth mentality is one of the larger appetite. You know you want more, your eyes are open to absorb more, to find ways to get better, to improve and that kind of exemplifies our team.”Included in this young corhort are defensemen Peter Tischke and Toronto Maple Leaf’s third-rounder J.D. Greenway, who have been key contributors in the defensive unit’s improvement.Staying on the defensive end, Wisconsin goaltenders freshman Jack Berry and sophomore Matt Jurusik have been solid all year for the Badgers, taking turns in front of the net throughout conference play.Men’s hockey: Frederic continues to impress in sweep of MichiganUniversity of Wisconsin men’s hockey freshman standout Trent Frederic had another impressive series this weekend as the Badgers swept Michigan Read…New coaches, early impactFollowing two sub-par years for Wisconsin men’s hockey, the program hired a brand-new coaching staff in hope of beginning an improved era of Badger hockey. Former Badgers Mark Osiecki, Don Granato and head coach Tony Granato headlined this group.“I guess they call it the ‘Granato Era’ or something like that; it’s kinda just getting started and you see how successful we already are, so it’s pretty sweet,” Frederic said.The minute the trio stepped onto campus, things seemed to change. With a new look and some fresh talent, the coaching staff has taken this team from last in the Big Ten to a first-round bye in the conference tournament.“They’ve been huge, a big part of it is them [new coaching staff] and what they’re doing,” Kunin said about the change of coaches. “Just as a whole I think everyone’s been doing things to make us successful but for sure it starts with those guys up top.”David Stluka/UW Athletic Communications Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…What’s next?The Badgers have fallen out of the top 16 in the country, making an NCAA bid more precarious but by no means unattainable. With a solid Big Ten Tournament and some help from the committee, Wisconsin could be looking at their first NCAA Tournament since the 2013-14 campaign, when they fell in the first round to North Dakota.Wisconsin heads to Detroit this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament and will see the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan State matchup.“We’ve played each team four times now and we’ve beat each team at least once, so I think we have a good idea what each team plays like and we have a good feeling, we win two games when we’re in the tournament and we win the Big Ten so I think we can easily do that,” Frederic said about the upcoming tournament.Following the conference tournament’s conclusion, teams will discover their fate in terms of the NCAA Tournament Sunday morning.
Source: squawka.com One of the greatest, and wealthiest, clubs in the world, Barcelona have untold riches both on and off the pitch.Hosting some of the best players in Europe, the La Liga giants have to keep the vultures from circling their players as they try to build another dynasty – especially considering Spanish clubs are obliged to include release clauses in all player contracts. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba The first step to keeping your players – one that had looked all but unassailable before Paris Saint-Germain bought Neymar – is to set their release clause at a prohibitively high amount.So who would cost rival teams the most to entice away from Barcelona? Find out below, where we’ve ranked every Barcelona player ranked by their release clause, from lowest to highest.22. Carles AlenaPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 06/09/2017Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €75mAnother La Masia graduate, the sky’s the limit for Carles Alena, who made 35 appearances for the Barcelona first team in the 2018/19 season. The 21-year-old’s release clause won’t be as low as €75m for much longer.21. Moussa WaguePosition: DefenderContract signed: 05/08/2018Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €100mMoussa Wague initially joined Barcelona’s B team in 2018 but was moved up to the senior squad ahead of the current season.20. Nelson SemedoPosition: DefenderContract signed: 14/07/2017Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €100mA regular at right-back, Semedo has played 98 games across all competitions, including 76 starts.19. Ivan RakiticPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 09/03/2017Contract until: 30/06/2021Release clause: €125mOriginally signing in 2014 from Sevilla, Rakitic’s performances with Barcelona earned him a new contract in March 2017 with a big €125m release clause.The midfielder has won four La Ligas, four Copa del Reys and one Champions League in his five years at the club so far, though his future is currently in doubt.18. Jean-Clair TodiboPosition: DefenderContract signed: 31/01/2019Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €150mOne for the future, the 19-year-old centre-back has made four Barcelona appearances since joining from Toulouse.17. Ansu FatiPosition: WingerContract signed: 04/12/2019Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €170mAnsu Fati has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Barcelona having been promoted from the famed La Masia academy in the summer.He has been rewarded for his performances so far with a new contract until 2022, with the option to extend it for a further two years and a release clause rise from €100m to €170m. But that will once again rise to €400m when he signs a professional contract as a full-time member of the first-team.16. Marc-Andre ter StegenPosition: GoalkeeperContract signed: 29/05/2017Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €180mOriginally a back-up for Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen became Barcelona’s number one goalkeeper when the Chilean signed for Manchester City in 2016.Ter Stegen was then offered a new contract by Barcelona in 2017, with a €180m release clause, and has turned into one of the best goalkeepers in the world.15. Junior FirpoPosition: Left-backContract signed: 04/08/2019Contract until: 30/06/2024Release clause: €200mJunior Firpo’s stock has risen greatly over the past two years, especially since helping Spain win this summer’s Uefa U-21 European Championships. After arriving from Real Betis, he has initially deputized for Jordi Alba before, hopefully, taking his place.Just like many of his new teammates, Firpo has a massive €200m release clause and is clearly well thought of in the Catalan region.14. NetoPosition: GoalkeeperContract signed: 27/06/2019Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €200mDespite being signed to play back up to Ter Stegen, 2019 arrival Neto actually has a higher release clause than the German.13. Luis SuarezPosition: ForwardContract signed: 16/12/2016Contract until: 30/06/2021Release clause: €200mSigning from Liverpool amid controversy in 2014, Luis Suarez has continued to grow as one of the best centre-forwards in the world.His partnership and understanding with Lionel Messi earned him a new contract in 2016 with a release clause of €200m – which he has repaid by scoring 187 goals in 263 games.12. Arturo VidalPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 06/08/2018Contract until: 30/06/2021Release clause: €300mLooking to fill gaps in the midfield, Barcelona signed Arturo Vidal from German champions Bayern Munich in 2018. Giving the Chilean a three-year deal, Barcelona also slapped a €300m release clause onto the ageing star.11. Clement LengletPosition: DefenderContract signed: 12/07/2018Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €300mLenglet has made 61 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona since joining in 2018 and will be looking to improve on his partnership alongside Gerard Pique with a €300m release clause.10. Frenkie de JongPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 01/07/2019Contract until: 30/06/2024Release clause: €400mOne of the best young midfielders in the world, Barcelona, has made sure they will not lose Frenkie de Jong easily, with a €400m release clause.9. ArthurPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 09/07/2018Contract until: 30/06/2024Release clause: €400mAnother impressive young midfielder with a €400m release clause, Arthur is expected to be the future of Barcelona after an impressive breakthrough campaign.8. Ousmane DembelePosition: ForwardContract signed: 28/08/2017Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €400mThe former Borussia Dortmund man is another expected to be in Barcelona for years, signing a five-year deal in 2017 with a €400m release clause.While injuries and misuse have hampered his development so far at the Nou Camp, there are still high expectations for the young Frenchman.7. Jordi AlbaPosition: DefenderContract signed: 28/02/2019Contract until: 30/06/2024Release clause: €500mBarcelona’s number one left-back since signing from Valencia in 2012, Alba’s importance to the club was stressed when he was offered a new five-year deal in February 2019 – less than a month before his 30th birthday.With a ridiculous release clause of €500m, Alba has played 309 times for Barcelona so far, scoring 16 goals.6. Sergio BusquetsPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 27/09/2018Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €500mArguably the best central midfielder in world football, Sergio Busquets came from Barcelona’s academy to become an integral part of the club.Such is the Spaniard’s importance that he was given a new five-year contract in 2018 with a release clause of €500m – a big hands-off warning from Barcelona.5. Samuel UmtitiPosition: DefenderContract signed: 04/06/2018Contract until: 30/06/2023Release clause: €500mSigned from Lyon in 2016, the French centre-back has established himself as a first-choice defender for Barcelona in his three years at the club. Umtiti signed a new contract in 2018 taking his release clause up to a massive €500 million, surely pricing out any moves abroad for the time being.4. Sergi RobertoPosition: MidfielderContract signed: 19/01/2018Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €500mThe scorer of a historic goal in 2017 when Barcelona came back from 4-0 down on aggregate to beat PSG 6-5 in the Champions League, Sergi Roberto has found himself to be a big part of the club.His importance was highlighted in January 2018 when his new contract saw a massive €500m release clause put in for the La Masia graduate.3. Gerard PiquePosition: DefenderContract signed: 30/01/2018Contract until: 30/06/2022Release clause: €500mBarcelona’s best central defender and a key part of the club’s identity, Gerard Pique was rewarded for his service to the club with a new four-year deal in 2018 almost ensuring he would end his career in Spain.2. Lionel MessiPosition: ForwardContract signed: 25/11/2017Contract until: 30/06/2021Release clause: €700mArguably the greatest player to have ever played football, recently adding a sixth Ballon d’Or, many teams have tried to entice Lionel Messi away from Barcelona.But each time they are swatted away by both club and player, with the Argentine committing another four years to Barcelona in November 2017 – accompanied by a release clause of €700m.1. Antoine GriezmannPosition: ForwardContract signed: 12/07/2019Contract until: 30/06/2024Release clause: €800mDespite Messi’s stature in Barcelona, one man has a higher release clause. Antoine Griezmann finally made the move to the Nou Camp in July 2019 and his five-year deal was accompanied by a staggering €800m release clause. Tags: FC Barcelona