Jermain Defoe extends contract at Sunderland until 2019

first_imgSunderland have extended the contract of Jermain Defoe until 2019 after the striker helped the Premier League club avoid the drop. (Latest Football stories)The 33-year-old, who joined Sunderland from Toronto FC in January last year, racked up 15 league goals last season as the club finished 17th in the league table.”Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team,” manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s website (www.safc.com).”He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”Sunderland also extended the services of defender Patrick van Aanholt, who signed a new four-year deal at the club on Wednesday.last_img read more

Still no sign on 5th day of search for missing hiker

first_imgA view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Rescue crews and family members of 22-year-old Justin Nathan continued searching for him on Sunday, the fifth day that he has been missing on Deer Mountain, but found no clues.Nathan and a friend hiked to the top of the mountain on Wednesday, but Nathan wasn’t able to come back down. His friend left him at the second overlook with some extra clothing, and hiked out to get help.But, Nathan wasn’t at the second overlook when a Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad team hiked up to find him. Volunteers did find footprints in the snow leading off the trail, and teams have been searching in that area daily since Wednesday evening.Jerry Kiffer with KVRS says rescue teams from the non-profit organization did not hike up the trail on Sunday. It was relatively clear, so they instead used a donated helicopter to conduct an aerial search. However, Kiffer says, some members of Nathan’s family did hike up.“The family was up on the mountain today, and we supported their operations with radio equipment and beacons. They have just returned and they indicate as well they found no signs.”Weather conditions have made searching hazardous, especially on the steep mountainside. Until Sunday, precipitation was almost constant, sometimes accompanied by high winds.Kiffer says the goal remains finding Nathan alive.“Every morning, that’s what we go out with the intention. At some point, it becomes necessary to stop searching, based on the data that we’ve gathered over accumulated days, but honestly, we’re looking for a viable victim up until that point.”Kiffer says the KVRS planning team would talk Sunday evening about the information gathered so far, and decide whether to continue searching for Justin Nathan.On Sunday night KVRS decided to suspend their search.last_img read more