Vela signs Sociedad deal until 2018

first_imgReal Sociedad have secured the services of Carlos Vela until 2018 after Arsenal opted not to take up their option to re-sign the Mexico striker, with the Gunners set to receive up to 15million euros from the deal. The 25-year-old Mexico international initially joined Sociedad on loan from Arsenal in 2011 before making the switch permanent in 2012, with the Gunners retaining the option to buy the player back. Arsenal have now decided against bringing Vela back to London and have agreed a deal with the Spanish club understood to be worth up to 15million euros (£12million) for Vela to become Sociedad’s player exclusively. A statement on www.realsociedad.com read: “Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal for Carlos Vela to continue at the txuri urdin club. “Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with Carlos Vela to renew his contract for the next four seasons. The previous agreement finished in 2016. The Mexican striker has already signed his new contract.” Vela has scored 47 goals in 126 matches for Sociedad, helping them finish fourth in La Liga in 2013 and seventh last term. Vela said: “I’ve also said that this is my home, I’m very well in San Sebastian, which is what I told the president when he asked my about my intentions. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but fortunately things have turned out well and all parties are happy. “This club, this team, have the ambition to carry on improving and I’m convinced we’re going to have an exciting year. Now I’m going to enjoy the last few days of holiday with my family and then be able to prepare for the season in the best fashion.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Commonwealth TT:  Indian Women Reach Semis, Men Follow

first_imgCuttack: Indian men and women were the first to book their semifinal slots after winning their Super Eights group matches in the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.Though the Indian men have a formality to complete — they play their last match against Wales in group F — the women finished their engagements in group F with emphatic triumphs over Wales (3-0), Malaysia (3-0) and Nigeria (3-0).Earlier, the men’s team defeated Sri Lanka and Malaysia with an identical 3-0 margin to seal their berth in the semifinal.Anthony Amalraj, who got to play his matches on Thursday, had it rather easy against Sri Lankan Krishan Wickramaratha, cleaning him up with a 3-0 verdict in the opener though he was found to be struggling a bit against Malaysian Feng Chee Leong. But the Indian overcame the initial hiccups to beat him 3-1.As for the rest of the matches, they were as simple as they can get as G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar formed part of the squad against Sri Lanka while Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai were pitted against Malaysia.Coaches Australian Brett Clarke and Soumyadeep Roy gave ample opportunities to all the players before the knockouts on Friday.Archana Kamath was the common factor in all the three women’s matches while the two coaches rotated the other players, including Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee. All the players came out with flying colours against their respective opponents.Besides India, England men and women too made the semifinal grade after notching up two wins each. Their men beat Singapore 3-2 while they claimed a 3-1 victory over Australia. Their women, on the other hand, beat Australia 3-1 and then trounced Sri Lanka 3-0.With two semifinal slots left in each of the two sections, the teams that look to book their berths are Singapore and Nigeria, barring a problem or two in the last match.In individual events, only one of the two Indians, G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar, would progress to the medal round as they were drawn in the same quarter while the other three Indians were lucky to find themselves evenly distributed into the other quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: India Start on Grand Note in Commonwealth Table Tennislast_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL RUBS SHOULDERS WITH HOLLYWOOD STARS AT FILM PREMIERE

first_imgLETTERKENNY girl Mollie MacGinty was the special guest at a top movie premiere in New York this week.And the Colaiste Ailigh student, 15, wasn’t just the guest of anyone – she was the guest of top actor Martin Sheen!The Way premiered on Wednesday night at the School of Visual Arts in New York and transition year student Mollie was joined by her mum Edel. The film stars Martin Sheen as Tom, an American doctor who goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life.”Yorick van Wageningen, Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt also have feature roles in the movie.The premiere and after party were well attended. Guests included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, Luis Gonzalez-Bunster, Ivanka Trump, Donna Karan, Deborah Kara Unger, Scott Harrison, Dhani Makalani Jones, Crystal Hunt, Phillip Bloch, Marisa Noel Brown, Angel Sanchez, David Alexanian, Sonja Magdevski, Shari Liu, Alex Grimaldi, Ramon Estevez, Dhani Makalani Jones, Geena Rocero, Marissa Sackler, DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen, John Sloss – and of course Mollie MacGinty! Proceeds from the night went towards the Walkabout Foundation.Mollie’s dad Michael said: “She got invited to spend a few days with Martin Sheen in New York as work experience. Her mother worked in the film business and her grandad is in the US for 8 weeks on this promotional tour for The Way with Martin who is a personal friend.“Martin heard about her school results and recent academic achievements so he asked her Grandad if she would attend the Premiere with him as his guest. Michael Gibbons, principal in Colaiste Ailigh agreed to her making the trip.”Pix: Edel MacGinty with Martin Sheen above. Top: Mollie is all smiles with her mum.DONEGAL GIRL RUBS SHOULDERS WITH HOLLYWOOD STARS AT FILM PREMIERE was last modified: October 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste Ailighletterkennymovie The WayPremierelast_img read more