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Kroenke wins full control of Arsenal after Usmanov agrees to sell

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 07:22:32
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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium, London, Britain on May 6, 2018. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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American billionaire Stan Kroenke has struck a deal to take full control of Arsenal by buying out Russian rival Alisher Usmanov, valuing the English Premier League club at around US$2.3 billion.

Kroenke said on Tuesday he had now received an acceptance from Usmanov to buy his 30% stake, adding to the 67% he already owns. He will now buy out the remaining independent shareholders at 29,000 pounds for each of its rarely traded shares - more than the average salary for a British worker.

* Aston Villa have signed Norway goalkeeper Orjan Nyland from Germany's Ingolstadt on a three-year contract, the Championship club said on Tuesday. Nyland is Villa's first permanent signing under new billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, who acquired a majority stake in the West Midlands club last month.

* England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a two-year contract with Premier League Burnley as he seeks to rebuild his career after falling out of favour at Manchester City. Burnley did not disclose the transfer fee but media reports said the 31-year-old, with 75 international caps, cost about 3.5 million pounds (US$4.5 million).

* Svetlana Kolesnichenko, the new dominant force of synchronised swimming, completed her immaculate and innovative five-day programme at the European Championships on Tuesday by doubling her gold medal tally to four. The 24-year-old Kolesnichenko repeated her quadruple haul from last year's world championships in Budapest by taking the solo free and duet free titles. She added them to the pair of technical golds she had already claimed at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

* Seven referees and linesmen from Ghana have been handed lengthy bans as the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday announced a new round of sanctions for match officials caught up in a bribery sting. Referee David Laryea was banned for life and six other officials received 10-year suspensions.

* Rangers have continued their recruitment drive by signing Croatia defender Borna Barisic from NK Osijek on a four-year deal, the Scottish club said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old, who impressed manager Steven Gerrard when the teams met in the Europa League second qualifying round recently, became Rangers' 11th signing of the close season.

* World No.1 Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson both enjoyed victories on Tuesday in the first round of the 2018 Snooker World Open held in Yushan County, Jiangxi Province, China.

* Three top European clubs are said to be in the running to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. Arsenal and Manchester United of the English Premier League are said to be interested in the 29-year-old, as are Paris Saint Germain, with the French champions appearing to be leading the race to sign the 2014 World Cup winner.

* The emblem for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou was launched Monday evening. Called "Surging Tides", the emblem consists of six elements: a Chinese fan, the Qiantang River, a tidal bore, a running track, the Internet icon and the glowing red sun of the Olympic Council of Asia.

Reuters, Xinhua