Elsewhere in Iraq, at least five American soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks on Friday and Saturday, the American military command said. One soldier was killed on Saturday when his patrol was struck by a bomb planted on a road south of Baghdad, officials said. Four other soldiers were killed in attacks on Friday, the military said: two when their patrol was hit by a homemade bomb and small-arms fire in northwestern Baghdad; one by small-arms fire during a combat operation in the capital; and one while on a combat mission in Anbar Province, in western Iraq. In another development, an American Special Operations unit has killed a Shiite militant suspected of organizing a sophisticated attack on a government compound in January that left five American soldiers dead, several senior military officers said Saturday. The suspect, Sheikh Azhar al-Duleimi, was killed in a firefight after American troops raided a house in northern Baghdad on Thursday night, the officers said, in speaking in separate interviews. The raid was prompted by intelligence that al-Duleimi had recently returned from Iran, they said, where he had fled after the January killings. In that attack, nine to 12 men dressed in American uniforms drove a convoy of sport utility vehicles into a government compound in Karbala, killing one soldier and abducting four others. Those four soldiers were killed shortly afterward as the police pursued the attackers. Fingerprints taken from al-Duleimi’s body matched those found in one of the captors’ vehicles. “We think he was the leader on the ground in the assault,” said an officer with access to reports on the raid. The Bush administration has long asserted that the killings were carried out by Shiites with closes ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and cited the case as an example of possible retribution by Tehran after Iranians suspected of carrying out attacks on American and Iraqi forces were detained last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms dragged 15 Shiite Kurds into the street in an eastern Iraqi village and shot them dead on Saturday, Iraqi government officials said. Residents of the village, Hamid Shifi, had posted guards at the entrances to the town, apparently anticipating an attack by Sunni Arab insurgents who had been increasingly active in the area, according to a police commander in Baquba, the capital of Diyala. But the guards waved the gunmen through their checkpoints, thinking they were authentic soldiers, the police official said. The gunmen grabbed the guards, dragged several other men from their homes and killed them all, the official said. “Our area was very quiet and there was no violence until a month ago when some Sunnis helped Qaida find a safe haven in nearby villages,” said Ahmed Qasim Mula, a village resident, according to a statement he provided to the police.
John Terry and Juan Mata (background) can both expect good receptionsKick-off: 4pm, Sunday 7 February 2016Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington, Northumberland)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea defend an eight-match unbeaten league run against a Manchester United side who haven’t beaten the Blues since October 2012.Five key battles: Including John Terry v Wayne RooneyBetVictor.com preview: Hiddink can get the better of Van Gaal Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Radamel Falcao (thigh), Loic Remy (calf), Alexandre Pato (fitness).Fitness test: Pedro (groin).MANCHESTER UNITEDRuled out: Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Luke Shaw (broken leg), Ashley Young (groin), Antonio Valencia (foot).Fitness test: Phil Jones (ankle). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Cahill, Miazga, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Kenedy, Hazard.Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney.Subs from: Romero, Varela, McNair, Jones, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Depay. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W D D W (9 points)Home: D D D W L (6 points)Manchester United total: W L W D W (10 points)Away: W D L L D (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 10; Oscar 8, Willian 8; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1, Traore 1.Manchester United: Rooney 14; Martial 9; Mata 6; Depay 5; Herrera 3, Lingard 3; Blind 2, Fellaini 2; Januzaj 1, Pereira 1, Schneiderlin 1, Schweinsteiger 1, Smalling 1.Last five meetings28 December 2015: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 018 April 2015: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 026 October 2014: Man Utd 1 Chelsea 119 January 2014: Chelsea 3 Man Utd 126 August 2013: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 0Chelsea 2 wins, Man Utd 0 wins, 3 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Daddy’s Home by Robert Couse-Baker , CC BY 2.0The MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team recently interviewed Christian, the 15 year old son of an Army soldier, for his thoughts on being a military child. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What are some of your favorite memories as a military child? Some of my favorite memories are the places I visited when we moved and the people we met. I have been to more countries than most kids will see in their lives. I also have friends living all over the world.What, if anything, has been challenging?One thing that has been challenging is the fact that you have to move frequently. Whenever you move, you have to start all over and make new friends. Another challenging thing is that sometimes I don’t get to see my dad for long periods of time. Sometimes he has been gone for as little as 4 months and sometimes as much as 15 months at a time.Has your parent deployed while you were a child? How frequently?My dad has been deployed seven times. He was sometimes home for just a few months between deployments and sometimes home for a least a year.If so…What did your parent(s) tell you about their deployment? They told me that my dad was going to go away for a long time because of the Army. As I got older I began to understand that he would be far away with limited contact and that he was going to be away for a long time.How far in advance were you informed? I was informed around the same time that my dad found out he was deploying. My parents would tell my sisters and me well before he left.What would you suggest to other parents that need to prepare their children for an impending deployment? I would tell other parents that they should tell their kids about the deployment as soon as they know, and that they should tell them as much about it as their child can handle.How can parents support their children through all phases of a deployment (pre, during, and post)? Before my dad’s deployments he would spend a whole day with us. For example, he and I spent a whole day going to a hockey game. I would also say to parents that they should have a plan to incorporate little things during the deployment. When I was younger my mom and dad made Build-A-Bears for us with a message from my dad that he recorded before the deployment. We always go on family vacations after he gets home. We went to Hilton Head after a deployment and to the North Carolina mountains after another deployment. We are able to relax and enjoy time with just the five of us.Have you moved frequently? If so, what strategies do you use to get used to your new “home” and make new friends? What recommendations do you have for adults to help military children through these transitions?I have moved a total of seven times. To help me get used to a new home I always try to meet new neighbors and play outside with them as soon as possible. I also get involved with sports and try to start team practices and camps soon after we move. This helps because then I have people I know when I start at a new school. One recommendation that I have is be open to meeting new people. Another is that sports can help you adjust to a new location. One of my favorite things to do is to play sports so I meet a lot of friends through the sports I play.What are some of the things your teachers have done for you at school that has helped you adjust/cope with military family life?My teachers have made sure to introduce me to the military family life counselor (MFLC) at our school. They made sure that I knew there was someone I could always talk to if I had concerns about my dad.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has re-registered 10 cases in the Srijan scam, in which hundreds of crores were siphoned off allegedly by a Bhagalpur-based non-governmental organisation in connivance with bank and government officials.The cases were earlier probed by the Economic Offences Wing of the Bihar police, which has so far arrested 18 persons and frozen 15 accounts to which the funds were allegedly diverted.Among those named in the FIRs is Manorama Devi, then director of Srijan Mahila Vikash Samiti, who died earlier this year, besides other office-bearers of the NGO and bank officials. The cases were transferred to the CBI on a reference from the Bihar government through the Centre.The police had got a Look-Out Circular issued against the NGO’s secretary, Priya Kumar, the daughter-in-law of the then director and her husband.The Rashtriya Janata Dal, earlier this week, demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe, soon after Mahesh Mandal, an accused, died in a hospital at Bhagalpur.On Friday, the issue rocked the Assembly. Members of the Opposition parties sought the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. RJD, Congress and CPI-ML members staged a walkout.Office space for NGOThe BJP targeted the RJD, alleging that the NGO was given office space in a government building at Bhagalpur on a 30-year lease when Rabri Devi was Chief Minister. While the lease deed was signed on February 25, 2004, it was extended for 50 years the same year, it said.The BJP has also alleged that a key player in the scam, who was absconding with her husband, was the daughter of a Congress leader.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and the defending champions avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17. He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant’s big three.“We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us,” DeRozan said. “Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute.”Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh straight in the series. Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.Thompson had two 3s and Durant another from downtown during a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and Thompson another in the waning seconds that put Golden State up 61-53 at the break.Rookie Jordan Bell’s dunk that featured a toss to himself off the backboard Saturday at Memphis drew some debate.Coach Steve Kerr spoke to the first-year forward out of Oregon, whose play had Curry and Durant’s jaws dropping.“I told him after it happened, I said be ready for them to retaliate. He had a bewildered look on his face. I think the issue is you’ve got old-school people, players on our own team, like Shaun Livingston, David West,” Kerr said. “The young guys are like, ‘Man, that was cool.’ I’m sort of in the middle, I never want to embarrass our opponent.”Kerr made a heartfelt message about loving and accepting your neighbor as the Warriors hosted LGBT Pride Night. Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was the first openly gay NBA executive.“There’s never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity. I’m really encouraged by my kids’ experience here in California growing up, just in terms of acceptance. It seems like the young generation is learning more and more about we all just are who we are. We’re all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other, I think it’s an important night for us. We want to welcome everybody from the LGBTQ community. Maybe, if you’re coming to the game tonight and your child says, ‘What does that mean?’ explain it to them. Explain to them the importance of loving the person next to you, respecting them, no matter who they are, where they come from. They’re human beings, we’re all human beings. We’re all in this together.” Ferrari’s fast F1 start reduced to late-season flop Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl, left, as Warriors’ Draymond Green, second from right, blocks Raptors’ Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—The defending NBA champions are working to rediscover their defense. Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Our defense has been horrible,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points, and the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKevin Durant’s 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the 3 that made the difference.“A 4-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out,” Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered. “… We don’t want to build bad habits and Coach is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes.” Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points. He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant and Thompson each missed key 3s down the stretch.Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals but also six of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.“It’s a focus thing,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews (23) and Myles Turner (33) celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder,Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 108-106. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS— Paul George figured to be the feature attraction in his second visit to Indiana since a blockbuster trade two years ago.Domantas Sabonis and Wesley Matthews upstaged the former Pacer on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. George turned the ball over twice, slipped as the Pacers started their final possession and got knocked to the floor on a pick — giving Indiana the one-man advantage that allowed Matthews to free himself for the putback on Bojan Bogdanovic’s errant 16-footer.“At the end of close games, there’s going to be contact,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In those situations you just have to play through that.”Matthews finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to help Indiana cut its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.The Pacers’ second straight win also kept them in third place in the Eastern Conference while the Thunder slipped into a tie for fifth in the West.“Domantas really came in during that second half and established us,” coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought we did a good job, especially late, pressuring their dribble, getting some deflections and really disrupting their rhythm defensively. That is what we have to be about and, really, it came at the right time for us.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook has 131 triple-doubles in his career. … Steven Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds. … Oklahoma City went 3-3 during a stretch in which they played five road games. … The Thunder fell to 6-5 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.Pacers: Darren Collison had 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. … The Pacers committed 16 turnovers. … Bogdanovic scored 23 points and extended his streak of consecutive games in double figures to 24 and his career best single-season total of 20-point games to 28. … Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game for personal reasons. McMillan said he expects Evans to travel with the team later this week.BOO-BIRDSGeorge brushed off the boos by saying he thought his second trip back to Indiana was tamer than his first. SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWithout All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who the underdog Pacers got in the blockbuster deal that sent George to the Thunder in July 2017, Indiana fought its way back over the final 15 minutes behind the other player it acquired in the deal, Sabonis, and Matthews, who the Pacers signed last month as Oladipo’s replacement.It was Indiana’s second-largest comeback this season. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Bayern Munich’s decline laid bare by Liverpool Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting They did it against George, a six-time All-Star who shrugged off resounding boos to score 36 points, and Russell Westbrook, who added his 27th triple-double of the season but missed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.George was terrific for the first 47 minutes.He scored 25 points in the first half and completed a three-point play to give the Thunder a 73-54 lead with 7:18 left in the third quarter. He even made the tying 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the game and two free throws to give Oklahoma City a 106-104 lead with 1:13 to go.It was a different story in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Pacers fans didn’t just boo, though.At one point, they chanted “Zion hates you,” a reference to the blown out shoe that forced Duke star Zion Williamson to miss a few games. At another, they serenaded George with “We don’t miss you.”George took it in stride.“I actually think things seem more normal now,” he said. “I feel like things have died down.”UP NEXTThunder: Hosts the Western Conference-leading Warriors on Saturday.Pacers: Begin a crucial four-game road trip at Denver on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Matthews tipped in a basket with 1.8 seconds left and Indiana rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-106. Sabonis added 26 points against this former team.“Man, this team fights. That’s one of the big reasons why I chose to come here,” Matthews said. “We fight, we compete. No lead is too much. We needed a win against a playoff team, and that’s what we’ve got to do going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief
The OSU men’s basketball team huddles before the game against Wyoming Nov. 25. OSU won, 65-50, at The Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team used a 20-5 run in the last 13 minutes of play to secure its fifth victory of the season, defeating Wyoming 65-50.OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured in a game-high 20 points on 5-8 shooting from 3-point land. Junior center Amir Williams did his part, recording a double-double with 12 points and 16 boards.“I thought that Lenzelle was the difference in the game,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said.Despite only allowing an average of 23.5 points in the first half of its first four games, OSU gave up 34 in the first 20 minutes against the Cowboys. Wyoming shot 56 percent from the field and had 24 points in the paint before halftime.“Quite honestly, it was like a layup clinic,” OSU coach Thad Matta said about the opening half.The Buckeyes struggled containing Akron, Ohio, native Larry Nance Jr throughout. The 6-foot-8-inch junior forward had 11 points on 5-9 shooting in the first half, including multiple dunks. Nance finished with a double-double in his homecoming, scoring 17 points and collecting 12 rebounds.The Buckeyes leaned on 3-point shooting in the first half, tossing in six of 13 attempts. Smith Jr. accounted for half of those makes to give him a game-high of 12 points at the half. OSU made just 28.6 percent of its 3-pointers coming into Monday, tied for worst in the Big Ten with Indiana.Matta said Williams’ improved play and resulting defensive attention helped his team make open shots from the perimeter.“It’s hard to leave (him defensively) now, and you saw the effects when they did,” Matta said about the added attention to the Buckeye center.OSU struggled to continue its hot shooting from deep to start the second half, as they missed three attempts from range in their first five possessions.The poor shooting allowed the Cowboys to get a three point advantage, 42-39, with 15:27 remaining, prompting Matta to call a timeout.Matta’s men responded with a 6-1 run, but a rocking Schottenstein Center was abruptly silenced by a technical foul call on junior guard Shannon Scott with 13:06 remaining after he appeared to knock over a Wyoming player with a forearm to the chest.Matta did not comment on the call after the game, as he said he was not watching Scott when it occurred.Junior guard Riley Grabau made both ensuing free throws for the Cowboys, tying the game at 45.OSU scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points to open up a 10 point lead with just under six minutes remaining. The Buckeyes would not look back, pushing the lead all the way to 15 at game’s end, OSU’s largest lead of the night. Wyoming failed to make a shot from the field in the game’s final 10 minutes.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross also struggled offensively, posting just three points and one rebound in 19 minutes of action in another disappointing performance.“He needs to make some shots,” Matta said. “LaQuinton needs to trust himself.”Matta said his starting five will not change before the next game.OSU is set to return to action Friday against North Florida at 5 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorRyan Day has spent only three games as head coach of Ohio State, but when he takes the reins as the full-time head coach on Jan. 2, 2019, he will immediately become one of the highest paid coaches in college football.Day will be the head coach for five years and will receive an annual pay of $4.5 million, according to his term sheet obtained by The Lantern. His contract will give him a base salary of $850,000, with media, promotions and public relations adding $2.39 million, equipment deals giving him $1.25 million and a Coca-Cola appearance of $10,000.On top of that, Day will receive separate retention payments of $250,000 if he is still the Buckeyes head coach on Jan. 31, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2024.According to a database of college football coaches’ salaries by USA Today, $4.5 million would place Day as the 18th-highest paid coach in college football. The database said Urban Meyer made $7.6 million this year, second only to Alabama’s Nick Saban, who made $8.3 million.Day was named the head coach in waiting after Meyer announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. Day, formally the offensive coordinator, served as acting head coach when Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season. He was paid $487,000 for his time at the helm.As offensive coordinator, Day made a base salary of $810,000 that, with incentives, could have reached as high as $1.1 million.The term sheet also lists academic bonuses for his team’s success in the classroom. He would receive $50,000 if his team has a cumulative GPA of 3.0, $100,000 if the team reaches 3.3 and $150,000 if the team averages a 3.5 GPA. The GPAs are based off both fall and spring semesters and he would receive the bonuses on May 30 each year.Of course, Day will also be rewarded for the team’s success on the field. If Ohio State wins the Big Ten East, he will be given a $50,000 bonus. On top of that, he can receive an additional $100,000 if his team wins the conference. Should the Buckeyes make it to a College Football Playoff bowl game, he will be given a $200,000 bonus. If that bowl game is a CFP semi-final game, the bonus is $250,000, however, he would receive a $350,000 if he leads the team to the finals. Should he find personal success, winning Big Ten Coach of the Year, Day would receive $50,000. He could also receive $75,000 if he is named National Coach of the Year.The term sheet also gives him an automobile stipend of $1,200 per month. Day will also be given a chance to enjoy his leisure time, with Ohio State providing Day with a membership to a mutually agreed upon golf course. The university would pay any monthly dues, but Day has to pay any personal expenses with the membership.A private jet will be available for Day to use on any university business, including recruiting visits in time not exceeding 50 hours per year. Day can also use the aircraft for 50 personal hours per year.Day can treat his family and friends to tickets to Ohio State football games with 12 football tickets per home game and five press booth credentials, with the option to buy 20 additional home tickets. Day’s spouse and family will be granted access to a suite for the games. Day will also receive two parking passes per home football game. He also will be given two tickets per home men’s basketball game.
Andres Iniesta insists that he was enticed into coming to Japan by the prospect of a new challenge and revealed that he had turned down several offers because of the “interesting” project that Vissel Kobe haveThe Spanish playmaker recently ended his 22-year association with Barcelona and completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side this week.Iniesta, who will reportedly earn about €25m a year in Japan, confirmed that he had received a lot of interest but chose to join Kobe because of the project and the confidence they had shown in him.“It’s a very important day for me, a challenge in my career,” said the 34-year-old, according to Marca.“I trust in this project, Japan is a wonderful country, and I come to play and work with my teammates.“I received several offers from other clubs, but I decided on Vissel Kobe because the project they presented to me was very interesting.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“They showed confidence in me and I have a lot of respect for Japanese football.”Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani, who is also the founder and CEO of Barcelona’s principal shirt sponsor Rakuten, believes that Iniesta will have a positive impact on the next generation of young players at the club.“His values and ability to influence globally will be an inspiration for the club, for the whole league and Japanese society,” he noted.“The methodology of La Masia and Iniesta himself will be applied to the academy of young footballers here, and we will collaborate in this regard with FC Barcelona.”The former Barcelona captain will be presented at the stadium of his new club in western Japan on Saturday, before returning to the Spanish national squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
Wahbi Khazri has left English side Sunderland to join Saint-Etienne, according to Goal.The Tunisian has called time on his nightmare spell with Sunderland after playing only 42 times in three seasons to sign for French Club Saint-Etienne.Khazri captained his country Tunisia to the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia scoring twice and providing the assists as the Carthage Eagles failed to move beyond the group stages of the competition.Tunisia were placed in group G alongside eventual second runners-up Belgium, England and new comers Panama. They manage a single victory which was a 2-1 win over Panama before they were eliminated and sent home.Khazri spent last season on loan from Sunderland with Rennes in France scoring nine times in 27 appearances.Victor Osimhen taking over Ligue 1 Taimoor Khan – August 29, 2019 He might have only recently joined Lille but Victor Osimhen has perfectly adjusted to life in Ligue 1 and scored a brace to hand…That form led to Saint-Etienne signing the winger on a four-year deal from Sunderland for a fee thought to be around £8million.The 27-year-old signed for Wearside based Sunderland in January 2016 from Bordeaux helping the club avoid the drop to the Sky Bet Championship that season. He only manages three goals in 42 appearances for the now relegated team who find themselves in the championship.Frederic Paquet, Saint-Etienne director believes that Khazri can improve much more as he returns back to France.“At his age now Wahbi has reached more maturity. He led from the front for his country with outstanding performances though they failed to make it past the group stages.” Paquet said.“He’s has a lot of character and he’s a gifted technical footballer as well. I’m sure he’ll do well for us.”