Real Madrid official lets slip on Benitez

first_imgReal Madrid vice president, Eduardo Fernandez, has let slip that Rafael Benitez will be the club’s new manager.Read: ‘Benitez Is Definitely Good Enough For Real’The vice president was at a meeting of a fans’s group when he announced the news about the former Liverpool boss.However, club president Florentino Perez revealed that the new manager will be announced this week, after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.”Ancelotti is an absolute phenomenon and we give him all our appreciation,” Fernandez told the Madrid members’ group.”Until three days ago he was the best trainer in the world as two years ago it was Jose Mourinho and from this week onwards it will be Rafa Benitez.” Benitez confirmed that he will be leaving Napoli at the end of the season, adding to the speculation that he will take over the reigns at the Santiago Bernabeu.–last_img read more

Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley honored by Japan

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley will be honored by the Japanese government tonight as part of the team’s annual Japan Night.O’Malley will receive The Order of the Rising Sun for the contributions he has made promoting friendly relations through baseball between Japan and the U.S. and the development of baseball in Japan.The decoration, conferred by Emperor Akihito, will be presented by Harry H. Horinouchi, Japan’s consul general in Los Angeles, in a ceremony before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.O’Malley has made approximately 85 trips to Japan. His first came in 1956 when he joined his parents, Walter and Kay, and his sister, Terry, accompanying the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers on their first goodwill tour to Japan. “I am extremely humbled and grateful for this honor,” O’Malley said. “The 1956 trip introduced me to the people of Japan and they made a lasting impact on me.“I saw first-hand fan enthusiasm throughout the country, their appreciation of baseball and warm welcome to the Dodger team. Consequently, I was fortunate to establish lifetime friendships through the common language of baseball and I’ve enjoyed bringing people together from the two countries.”The Government of Japan established The Order of the Rising Sun on April 10, 1875. It is the highest honor for a citizen not from Japan.It is awarded to those who have “distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.”O’Malley, whose sale of the Dodgers to the Fox Group was completed in 1998, now chairs Historic Dodgertown — Vero Beach, Florida, the effort to continue use of the Dodgers’ former spring training site. It was used in April by the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for minicamps.center_img Japan Night will also include an appearance by the Nisei Week Court, a Taiko Drum performance by LA Matsuri Taiko, Japan-born actress Keiko Takeshita performing the Japanese and U.S. national anthems, Hello Kitty throwing the ceremonial first pitch and the first 40,000 fans in attendance receiving a Hello Kitty plush.The Nihon Teriyaki Dog will be available at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas on the field, loge and reserve levels. It is a quarter-pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog dipped in teriyaki sauce, served on sweet Hawaiian bread and topped with a pineapple, cilantro and diced tomato salsa.last_img read more