Mark Birighitti: The 25-year-old has penned a two-year deal at the Liberty Stadium 1 Swansea have signed Australia international Mark Birighitti on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who has one international cap for the Socceroos, has joined on a free transfer from A-League Newcastle Jets.He will provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel in the race to be Francesco Guidolin’s number one.Birighitti began his career at Adelaide United and has spent time on loan at Serie B’s Varese.“I’m very happy with the move,” Birighitti the club’s official website.“A lot of hard work has gone into it, and I’m very grateful and humbled by the opportunity to represent such a prestigious and fantastic club.“I’m really looking forward to it. “As a young footballer growing up you dream of playing in big leagues around the world such as the Premier League, which is the best in the world. “Growing up, I watched a lot of English football and it was something I wanted to achieve in my career. “Hopefully I can repay the club for the faith they have shown in me. “Before coming here I knew there would be strong competition at the club. Kristoffer is a very good goalkeeper and Gerhard is too. “Watching the Euros back home in Australia, I saw Lukasz have a fantastic tournament. He was probably one of the best goalkeepers in the tournament. “But my plan is to take each training session as they come and try to be better than them. I have to make sure when the opportunity comes that I take the opportunity with both hands and don’t look back.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Beyond the Sept. 2 announcement, I have no comment,” said Shannon Bennett, an Albertson’s spokeswoman. The company put itself up for sale on that date. She also refused to confirm the newspaper’s report that its board planned to meet this weekend. The Journal said the transaction could be announced after the board meeting. According to the report, the Cerberus group would assume $6.4 billion in Albertson’s debt as part of the deal. Spokesmen for Cerberus, based in New York, Stamford, Conn.-based Kimco, and Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Albertson’s was founded in 1939 on a downtown Boise street corner by entrepreneur Joe Albertson, who was among the first American grocery retailers to combine supermarkets with drug stores. Albertson’s trails only The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, among supermarket-only operators, although the food business of Wal-Mart has eclipsed the both of them in recent years. Albertson’s presently has about 2,500 stores in 37 states, with about 240,000 workers. It stores include Albertson’s, Acme, Shaw’s and Jewel, while its drug stores include Osco and Sav-on Drugs In the three months ended Nov. 3, Albertson’s missed analyst expectations for a second quarter in a row and reduced its full-year profit outlook, adding to pressure to find a buyer. In the period, net income declined 30 percent to $77 million, from $110 million in the third quarter of 2004. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, it earned $284 million, or 76 cents a share, up from $249 million, or 67 cents a share, a year ago. Nine-month sales rose to $30.13 billion from $28.76 billion a year ago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOISE, Idaho – An investment group including Cerberus Capital, Kimco Realty Corp. and Minnesota-based supermarket chain Supervalu Inc. is near a deal to buy Albertson’s Inc., the second-largest U.S. supermarket chain, for about $9.6 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The deal, which the newspaper said was valued at $26 per share, would put an end to a three-month auction for Boise-based Albertson’s, which has suffered from lagging results, a stagnant share price and competition from lower-cost rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Albertson’s shares rose 34 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $24.33 on the New York Stock Exchange. The Journal, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter for its report, also said Albertson’s is continuing separate talks to sell its pharmacy business to CVS Corp. for as much as $4 billion of the overall purchase price.