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Rangers seal Defoe loan deal

first_imgRangers have confirmed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan.The former England international moves to Ibrox in search of first-team football after struggling for regular action since re-joining the Cherries on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.Defoe is set to remain in Glasgow until the summer of 2020, though Bournemouth have two options to recall the veteran forward in either July 2019 or January 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is the third player to sign a deal at Rangers this month after Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara signed pre-contract agreements last week to move to Glasgow in the summer.The 36-year-old will now travel to Tenerife to link-up with the squad on their warm-weather winter training camp.He could make his debut when Rangers return to action after the winter break away at Cowdenbeath on January 18 in the Scottish Cup. Steven Gerrard’s side then travel to Kilmarnock in the Premiership five days later.Rangers are only behind leaders Celtic on goal difference as they seek their first Premiership title in eight years.Speaking of the deal, Gerrard told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Jermain to Rangers. He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.”Director of Football Mark Allen added: “It’s really helpful to get work on this front done early in the transfer window because it means we should be able to hit the ground running after the winter break. I believe that is vitally important.”Defoe began his career at Charlton before going on to play for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland, scoring more than 200 goals.He also had a loan spell at Bournemouth as an 18-year-old in 2000 before returning to the club on a three-year deal 18 months ago.Defoe has scored four goals in 34 appearances in his second spell at the Vitality Stadium but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place.He has made just three starts for Eddie Howe’s side this season, all in the Carabao Cup, and hasn’t scored since March.last_img read more

Nielsen says 34 million people watch farewell of Univisions Sabado Gigante

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nearly twice as many people as usually watched the Spanish-language television institution “Sabado Gigante” turned out for the show’s farewell on Univision after 53 years on the air.The Nielsen company said that 3.4 million people saw host Don Francisco’s adios in the United States. The three-hour variety show, whose name translates to “giant Saturday” and is a mix of celebrity appearances and amateur talent contests, reached 1.9 million viewers on a typical Saturday this year. The finale was the show’s fourth-biggest audience ever in the U.S., with the top being 3.5 million for an episode in January 2005.The measurement doesn’t include other Latin American countries, where the show is also seen, and for which no immediate viewership estimate was available.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama taped messages for the final show, which featured performances by musicians Luis Fonsi, Espinoza Paz, Intocable, Juanes and Laura Pausini.Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, began his show in Chile. It moved to Miami in 1986, when Univision began televising it. Univision is replacing “Sabado Gigante” with another variety show, “Sabadazo,” which will feature comedy and Latin music’s Top Ten for the week.Football and the second Republican presidential debate dominated the week’s ratings, won by NBC on the strength of its Sunday night football game. That game also cut into viewing of the annual Emmy Awards, with 11.9 million viewers the smallest audience in the show’s televised history.For the week in prime time, NBC averaged 8.7 million viewers, CBS had 6.7 million, Fox had 5.3 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.5 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.ESPN was the most-watched cable network in prime time, averaging 4.14 million viewers. CNN had 3.59 million, Fox News Channel had 1.59 million, the Disney Channel had 1.58 million and USA had 1.49 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.6 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.3 million viewers.For the week of Sept. 14-20, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Seattle at Green Bay, NBC, 26.38 million; Republican Presidential Debate, CNN, 23.06 million; NFL Fooball: Denver at Kansas City, CBS, 21.12 million; “Sunday Night NFL Preview,” NBC, 18.88 million; “Republican Debate Preview,” CNN, 18.83 million; NFL Football: Minnesota at San Francisco, ESPN, 14.33 million; “Football Night in America” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 14.15 million; NFL Football: Philadelphia at Atlanta, ESPN, 13.56 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.21 million; “Kickoff to the Emmys,” Fox, 12.7 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. CNN is owned by Time Warner, Inc.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2015 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nielsen says 3.4 million people watch farewell of Univision’s ‘Sabado Gigante’ read more