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first_imgShakespeare still Leicester boss LEICESTER, England (AP): Craig Shakespeare will remain in charge of Leicester City until the end of the season, tasked with keeping the ailing champions in the English Premier League following Claudio Ranieri’s firing. Shakespeare has won both league games since being promoted from assistant coach last month, steering Leicester three points clear of the relegation zone. Ranieri was dismissed despite delivering the title last season in one of the biggest upsets witnessed in sports. Wei wins 4th All England title BIRMINGHAM, England (AP): Top-ranked Lee Chong Wei won his fourth All England Open crown on Sunday and changed his mind about it being his 13th and last visit to badminton’s oldest championship. After swatting aside first-time finalist Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-10, Chong Wei said he will return to defend the title of his favorite tournament. “Every year I come here, I feel like I am playing at home,” the Malaysian said. “I will definitely come back next year.” Aldridge out with heart arrhythmia SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP): San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely due to a minor heart arrhythmia, the latest occurrence of heart issues for the five-time All-Star. Coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge informed the team “he felt a little odd” during San Antonio’s 112-102 loss at Oklahoma City on Thursday, leading to the diagnosis.last_img read more

Lewandowski fires Bayern to domestic double

first_imgBoth Robben and Ribery came off the bench to make their final appearance in a Bayern shirt, and Lewandowski hailed the iconic duo after helping Bayern to victory with a goal either side of half time.“These titles are for Franck and Arjen, they have done so much for the club and we have to thank them,” the Polish striker told public broadcaster ARD.The win sees Bayern lift the golden German Cup trophy for the 19th time in their history, just a week after securing a seventh successive Bundesliga title last Saturday.“It was a difficult season at times, but I think we can now say that in the end, it was a very good season,” said Lewandowski.The campaign has been particularly tough for Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who has faced constant criticism both from inside and outside the club in his first year in charge.Yet the fans chanted Kovac’s name before and after the final whistle as Bayern ended their season on a high.“It will take a few days to sink in that it is now actually over, but it was good to go out with the double,” Robben told ARD.Both sides probed rather frantically for an opener in the first half, and Manuel Neuer denied Yussuf Poulsen with a reflex save on ten minutes.Bayern Munich players celebrate with the trophy after the German Cup Final © AFP / Odd ANDERSENIt was Bayern who broke the deadlock, though, Lewandowski flicking in a superb header in the 29th minute after a fine move on the left from Coman and David Alaba.Coman had a free run at goal and rounded goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi shortly before half-time, but his shot was cleared on the line by Ibrahima Konate.Emil Forsberg had a similar chance for Leipzig just after the break, but came off second best in a one-on-one with Neuer.A breathless second half saw chance after chance fall at either end, until Coman’s 77th minute strike put Bayern out of reach.The Frenchman found the top corner after elegantly bringing down a loose ball in the penalty area.He later came off for departing veteran Franck Ribery, who was making his final appearance for Bayern alongside fellow winger Arjen Robben.By that point it was already 3-0, as Lewandowski had broken free of the back line and lifted the ball over Gulacsi to secure victory five minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on Saturday © dpa/AFP / Christian CharisiusBERLIN, Germany, May 25 – Robert Lewandowski dedicated victory to departing team mates Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery after Bayern Munich wrapped up a domestic double with a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on Saturday.Goals from Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman sealed victory for Bayern in an enthralling game at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.last_img read more

An emotional reunion along D-Day beaches

first_imgASNELLES-SUR-MER, France – American and British veterans marked the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day landings Tuesday with ceremonies and talks to schoolchildren about the invasion that changed the course of World War II. Hundreds of relatives and others joined at least two dozen veterans to remember the June 6, 1944, invasion on Normandy’s beaches that helped free France – and much of Europe – from Nazi Germany’s grip. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge laid a wreath along with the U.S. ambassador to France at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of crosses and Stars of David mark soldiers’ graves on a finely groomed lawn. At Utah Beach, where thousands of Americans stormed ashore, about 150 people gathered for a ceremony to honor veterans from the 101st Airborne Division under blue skies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The weather wasn’t like this 62 years ago,” recalled Bill Thornan, 86, who landed on a nearby beach on D-Day and was among more than a dozen American veterans at the ceremony in Saint-Marie du Mont. Others remembered how the airborne drop by the 101st went awry for some American parachutists: They landed behind German lines, but outside the planned drop zones. “I remember insulting the pilot of our plane because he didn’t drop us in the right area,” recalled Jack Dickson, 83. He also said the anniversary is an important time to reflect. “I hope I’ll be here next year to send this message to future generations: Never forget the horror of war – and never forget that men died on these Normandy beaches to free the world.” U.S. reservists – including some who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – took part in commemorative parachute jumps Sunday and Monday ahead of the anniversary. “It’s a very special day in history, when the United States, with the British and the Canadians, outfoxed the Nazis,” U.S. Ambassador Craig Stapleton told The Associated Press. “Any American who has come to the beaches of Normandy, or any of our cemeteries in Europe, goes back with a different perspective on what Americans have done in Europe.” A new, $25 million visitors center is to open on D-Day next year at the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery to detail events surrounding the D-Day invasion, Stapleton said. He said about 1.4 million people visit the U.S. cemetery every year. About 1,000 people attended an official D-Day ceremony Tuesday in Asnelles-sur-Mer, part of Gold Beach, where British soldiers came ashore. The site of the official anniversary alternates between the U.S. and British landing zones every year, Stapleton said. French Veterans Minister Hamlaoui Mekachera called the invasion, which bore the codename Operation Overlord, one of the greatest events in history. Speaking at the ceremony, he praised the “brothers-in-arms” from eight countries – the United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Poland, the Netherlands and Norway – who died “to defend the cause of freedom.” In the early morning, a few veterans from Britain’s 231st Infantry Brigade went to Gold Beach to remember lost friends and talk to villagers and schoolchildren about their experiences. “It’s very moving to be here,” said 87-year-old Ken Ewing. “To see this beach where many friends lost their lives gives me the chills and makes me think we should never forget; we must never forget.” A dozen schoolchildren read poems they wrote for the occasion. Children asked such questions as “Were you afraid?” “I am very moved to be with them,” said Laura Guyon, 11. “These older gentleman were crying when they were on the beach.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more