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Chelsea have signed midfielder Oscar.

Chelsea sign Oscar

LONDON – Chelsea have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Oscar on a five-year contract for a fee understood to be in the region of 25m.

The Brazilian, who is in his country’s Olympic squad, joins from Internacional having previously played for Sao Paulo. The 20-year-old has been compared to countryman Kaka in Brazil.

Champions League winners Chelsea have already signed Marko Marin and brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard this summer.

Oscar had previously insisted he would wait until after the Olympics before completing his move to Roberto Di Matteo’s side.

“All Brazilian players have this dream,” he said after he had helped his country beat Great Britain 2-0 in an Olympics warm-up. “I have, like everybody, the dream to play in Europe and the Premier League.”


Organisers apologise for flag mix-up

HAMPDEN – The North Korean women’s football team walked off the pitch at their Olympic match in Glasgow today after their images were shown on a screen beside a South Korean flag.

Kick-off was scheduled for 19:45 BST and eventually started over an hour late.

North Korea were playing Colombia in the second of the Olympic matches being held at Glasgow’s Hampden stadium.

Games organisers in London apologised to North Korean officials for the mistake.

The error occurred when a video package was being shown ahead of kick-off, with the North Koreans noticing that their faces were being pictured alongside the South Korean flag.

Relations between the two Koreas have been tense since the armistice which brought an end to fighting in the Korean War in 1953.

South Korea will face North Korea in the first round of the men’s Olympic table tennis team event after the pair were drawn against each other today.


‘Iron Man’s’ mum safe after kidnapping

BALTIMORE – The 74-year-old mother of Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. was safe in her car today, a day after an armed man abducted her from her home northeast of Baltimore, police said.

Investigators do not know what the kidnapper’s motive was and no ransom was demanded for Vi Ripken’s release, Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Trabert said.

When asked if police believe the kidnapper knew who he was abducting, Trabert did not answer.

Ripken earned the nickname ”Iron Man” for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles before voluntarily ending the streak in 1998. He retired in 2001. His brother, Bill, played second base in the major leagues. The two were managed for a time on the Orioles by their father, Cal Ripken Sr., who died in 1999.

Vi Ripken is founding chairwoman of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which, according to its website, helps to build character for disadvantaged young people.


BANGALORE – In a conciliatory gesture, the governing body for cricket in India, BCCI, has granted amnesty to legendary all-rounder, Kapil Dev.

BCCI has stated that they have decided to bury the hatchet after a meeting between the concerned parties this morning.

“Mr. Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited / ICL. He has also stated in the letter that he has always supported the BCCI, and will continue to do so in the future,” Srinivasan said in his press statement.

Srinivasan also confirmed that he had received a letter from Dev stating that he had broken ties with the Essel Sports Private League which had formulated the now defunct rebel cricket league named Indian Cricket League (ICL) immediately after the humiliating exit of the national team from the 2007 World Cup held in the Caribbean.

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