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A LOSS: United write off £6.7m Schweinsteiger

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The former Germany captain was omitted from United’s Europa League squad but included in the equivalent Premier League group, although that was compulsory under league guidelines.United’s figures also indicated that Van Gaal and his coaching staff were paid £8.4million in compensation after leaving the club in May.The Dutch manager’s time at Old Trafford ended with the club lifting the FA Cup, but he was replaced by Mourinho just days later.Monday’s accounts showed that United had become the first British football club to earn more than half a billion pounds in a single year, with total revenue of £515.3 million ($683.5 million, 608.9 million euros) for the year ending June 30, 2016. London, United Kingdom | AFP |Manchester United have written off Bastian Schweinsteiger as an “exceptional” multi-million pound item in their latest published accounts now that the Germany international has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho.The 32-year-old joined United from Bayern Munich before the start of last season when former manager Louis van Gaal was still in charge at Old Trafford.But he has fallen out of favour under new boss Mourinho and his chances of making a comeback under the Portuguese coach looked even less likely after the club published its annual accounts on Monday.Under the “exceptional items” section of the annual report, it listed a sum of £6.7 million ($8.9 million, 7.9 million euros) “related to a registrations’ impairment charge regarding a reduction in the carrying value of a player no longer considered to be a member of the first team playing squad”.It is widely understood Schweinsteiger is that individual and could not be included as an asset as it may give an unfair impression to investors.last_img read more

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Hurry to nominate golf’s champion volunteers

first_img Time is running out to nominate golf’s champion volunteers for top national awards from the England Golf Partnership (EGP). The closing date for nominations is Friday, 14 December 2012 and the easy-to-follow nomination form is found at www.golfvolunteers.org. The awards celebrate the growing network of golf volunteers who support new and emerging players. They will be presented during the 2013 County Golf Development Conference in February. There are seven different Volunteer of the Year Award categories which take in age groups, including under-18, volunteer coaching, those involved in club and county development, and lifetime achievers. The winners will come from the growing network of golf volunteers, whose passion inspires others to take up and enjoy the sport. They contribute within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes and many other programmes. Phillip Beard, Volunteer Manager for the England Golf Partnership, said: “Volunteers of all ages give up their time to help new and existing players and to make golf a truly welcoming game. We want to celebrate these volunteers and give them to the special praise they deserve.” In its objective to ‘Grow the Game’, the EGP has expanded its volunteer base through a dedicated national strategy. Traditional club volunteers have now been joined by many young leaders, as well as volunteer coaches, PGA professionals who combine volunteer work with their regular coaching, schoolteachers and community sports representatives who all gain satisfaction from helping golfers of all abilities to play golf in our clubs and communities. Caption: Winners of 2012 Volunteer of the Year Awards. 28 Nov 2012 Hurry to nominate golf’s champion volunteers last_img read more

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Tears, Smiles Mark Marines Homecoming

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The sense of anticipation was palpable, as families and other loved ones gathered at the Monmouth Armed Forces Reserve Center last Thursday to await the arrival of their loved ones.The mood at the Reserve Center was celebratory because these mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, children and well-wishers knew that these Marines were coming home safe.The crowd was awaiting approximately 38 U.S. Marines, who were on the last leg of their journey home from a seven-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as members of the Corps’ 6th Motor Battalion, headquartered at the reserve center.“I know he’s coming home and he’s here and he’s safe. I can hold him,” said Debbie Foley, Howell, whose smile said it all, as she anxiously awaited the return of her son, Lance Corporal Russell Peter Surdi Jr.Foley, who waited with many family members, said Surdi had been wounded while serving in Afghanistan and had been awarded the Purple Heart. He turned 23 while on deployment. But “He’s OK,” she quickly added.Latisha Robinson, who lives in Mulllica Hills, in South Jersey, said the welcome home gathering was “ the complete opposite,” of the atmosphere when her husband, Sergeant Markee Robinson left for his deployment.“When he’s coming home, you’re happy because you don’t have to worry about the stress.”When her husband returned, from what was his second tour, Latisha said she would, “love him, tell him I missed him,” and tell him he’s “staying home this time.”The Marines were reservists assigned to the battalion and serving at Camp Leatherneck, where they were responsible for providing transportation for personnel and materiel, often through strife-ridden areas and some real hot spots laden with improvised explosive devises (IEDs), said Lt. Col. Peter Mahoney, the battalion’s inspector instructor.When the bus arrived, with a police escort, and the Marines stepped off, the cheers were deafening.“It was a tough time. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to happen?’” said Rahway resident Luciana Pires, as she waited for her son, Corporal Valter Pires.Valter said he was equally happy to be home and had immediate plans. “I’m going to eat some Portuguese food and ride my motorcycle around the block,” he said.When Andrea Kunak finally saw her son, Sergeant John T. Sharkey, she said, “I don’t have the words to express myself.”Sharkey’s grandmother, Martha Szaro said, “I’m so happy he’s home,” as it was his third tour.Szaro’s granddaughter and the granddaughter’s husband have also served in combat, with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. “We got a lot of them,” serving, she said of her family. “I’m proud, I’m proud of them all.”When Surdi was finished hugging and kissing and being hugged and kissed he said, “It feels amazing, it really does.”His next mission was, “go have a beer,” he said.“I can sleep and not worry now,” with her son home safely, Foley said. But then she thought for a moment and added, “except for all the sons and daughters still over there.”last_img read more

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Kootenay shines in Seattle rain, impresses college scouts

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in Vancouver.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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