Ser­manni to coach New Zealand’s women’s team

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Jor­dan Cul­ver Pro Soc­cer USA — Edited from news ser­vices

FRESH­WA­TER: With an­other small drop in wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the fore­cast, try lo­cal ponds and small lakes for bass. Fish should be ag­gres­sive with the cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and the re­cent full moon. Swim­baits, Rat-LTraps and Senko lures should all work well. Sur­face plugs work well at day­break and sun­set.

SALT­WA­TER: Try live and cut mul­let from the end of the pier at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral for over-the-slot sized red­fish. Fish in the 40to 50-inch range are pos­si­ble. Use live mul­let as close to the jet­ties as pos­si­ble for snook. Cast spoons for blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel and jacks.

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It looks like the right job came along quickly for for­mer Or­lando Pride coach Tom Ser­manni.

Ser­manni, who mu­tu­ally agreed to part ways with the Pride af­ter a tough 2018 sea­son, on Thurs­day was named head coach of New Zealand’s women’s na­tional team. He’ll be the team’s coach at least un­til the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Ser­manni will be tasked with guid­ing the Foot­ball Ferns through the OFC Women’s Na­tions Cup, which serves as a qual­i­fier for the Women’s World Cup in France, as well as the qual­i­fier to the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics in Japan.

“Tom comes to New Zealand with an in­cred­i­ble amount of ex­pe­ri­ence and we are pleased to have a coach of his cal­iber lead­ing the Ferns as they look to qual­ify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and com­pete with the best teams in the world,” said New Zealand Foot­ball Chief Ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Prag­nell in a state­ment re­leased on the New Zealand Foot­ball web­site.

“We com­pleted a rig­or­ous re­cruit­ment process and Tom pre­sented a great plan and vi­sion for the Foot­ball Ferns. We be­lieve he will do a great job in de­vel­op­ing the Ferns over the next nine months and we AUTO RAC­ING: Kyle Busch turned a lap of 96.254 mph to win the pole for Sun­day’s NASCAR Cup Se­ries play­off race at Martinsville Speed­way in Martinsville, Va. Clint Bowyer qual­i­fied sec­ond . ... Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo recorded a lap of 1 minute, 14.759 sec­onds to win the pole for Sun­day’s For­mula One Mex­i­can Grand Prix in Mex­ico City. Team­mate Max Ver­stap­pen qual­i­fied sec­ond and sea­son-points leader Lewis Hamil­ton of Mercedes was third. Hamil­ton can clinch his sec­ond straight cham­pi­onship and fifth over­all with at least a sev­enth-place fin­ish in the race.

GOLF: Tony Finau birdied his fi­nal three holes to shoot a 2-un­der 70 and main­tain a three-stroke lead af­ter the third round of the HSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai. Finau reached 13-un­der 203 at the WGC event. De­fend­ing champ Justin Rose (70), Mas­ters champ Pa­trick Reed (70) and Xan­der look for­ward to see­ing what the Ferns can achieve in this pe­riod. It has ob­vi­ously Schauf­fele (69) were tied for sec­ond. ... Nelly Korda shot a 3-un­der 69 to grab a share of a two-stroke lead with sec­ond-round leader Wei-Ling Hsu (72) af­ter the third round of the LPGA Tai­wan Cham­pi­onship in Taoyuan City. Korda and Hsu reached 9-un­der 207. Jin Young Ko (69), Bronte Law (69), Megan Khang (70), Lydia Ko (72) and Jodi Ewart Shad­off (73) were tied for third . ... Cameron Champ shot an 8-un­der 64 to take a four-stroke lead af­ter the third round of the PGA Tour’s San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship in Jack­son, Miss. Champ reached 17un­der 199. Corey Con­ners (64) was sec­ond.

NFL: Bills RB LeSean McCoy was eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion and listed as ques­tion­able for Mon­day night’s home game against the Pa­tri­ots. Also, Bills TE Trent Mur­phy will miss the game with a knee in­jury.

TEN­NIS: been a chal­leng­ing pe­riod for the Foot­ball Ferns, but fol­low­ing the re­lease of the SKI­ING: Tessa Wor­ley of France won the sea­son-open­ing women’s World Cup gi­ant slalom in Soelden, Aus­tria. Olympic champ Mikaela Shiffrin was 0.94 be­hind in third.

SOC­CER: Sa­dio Mane scored twice to help host Liver­pool beat Cardiff 4-1 and go three points clear of sec­ond-place Manch­ester City in the English Pre­mier League. City will face Tot­ten­ham on Mon­day in Lon­don . ... Diego Godin and Filipe Luis scored to lift host Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win over Real So­ciedad and into first place in La Liga. Atletico was one point ahead of Es­panyol and Barcelona, which hosts Real Madrid on Sun­day . ... In Serie A, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored twice to lead Ju­ven­tus to a 2-1 come­back win over host Em­poli. Ju­ven­tus holds a sev­en­point lead over sec­ond-place Napoli, which hosts Roma on Sun­day.

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Sloane In­de­pen­dent Re­view we are look­ing for­ward.”

Ser­manni, 64, ended his ten­ure with the Pride with a 25-30-13 record. Dur­ing an in­ter­view with Pro Soc­cer USA af­ter he and the Pride parted ways, he said he wasn’t go­ing to chase a new job and that he’d only re­turn to coach­ing if the right of­fer came his way.

“If there’s noth­ing that ap­peals to me, I will quite hap­pily ride off into the sun­set of re­tire­ment,” he said at the time.

Ser­manni pre­vi­ously coached the United States and Aus­tralian women’s na­tional teams.

The OFC Women’s Na­tions Cup runs from Nov. 18 un­til Dec. 1. Stephens ral­lied for a 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Repub­lic to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship match of the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore. Stephens will face No. 6 seed Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine. Svi­tolina beat No. 8 seed Kiki Bertens of the Nether­lands 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4 . ... No. 1 seed and eight-time champ Roger Fed­erer beat No. 7 seed Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 of Rus­sia to ad­vance to the Swiss In­doors fi­nal in his home­town of Basel. Fed­erer will face Mar­ius Copil of Ro­ma­nia. Copil up­set No. 2 seed Alexan­der Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 . ... No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kaza­khstan 6-4, 6-3 to ad­vance to the Erste Bank Open fi­nal in Vi­enna. Nishikori will face No. 2 seed Kevin An­der­son of South Africa. An­der­son beat Fer­nando Ver­dasco of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

STEPHEN M. DOWELL/OR­LANDO SENTINEL

For­mer Or­lando Pride coach Tom Ser­manni was named the new leader of the New Zealand women’s na­tional team.

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