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Villa signs one-year extension with New York City FC

Villa has scored five goals in seven appearances for New York City this season. Credit: PA

Former Spain striker David Villa has signed a one-year contract extension with New York City FC.

The 35-year-old, last season voted the most valuable player in Major League Soccer, put pen to paper on a three-year deal when he became the club's first signing in 2014.

He will now remain part of coach Patrick Vieira's side until the end of the 2018 campaign.

Three years ago we started a very good project to build this amazing club and they chose me to be the first captain, which I'm still so proud of.

When I look back to those first days in 2014, it's really amazing to see how far we've come in such a short space of time and to know that there is so much potential for us to continue growing, on and off the field.

I'm so happy here in this city and at this club, I am fit and I can do things on the pitch - I'm not ready to go to the sidelines.

That's why continuing here and signing this contract was a really easy decision for me.

– Villa to New York City FC website


Rahami bought bomb materials on eBay, prosecutors allege

Ahmad Khan Rahami Credit: Reuters

Ahmad Khan Rahami bought bomb making equipment on eBay, made a video of himself testing out homemade explosives, and kept a journal expressing outrage at the US "slaughter" of mujahideen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine, federal prosecutors allege.

The charging documents and accompanying sworn statements from the FBI were unsealed in a Manhattan federal court and shed new light on Rahami's motives.

His journal apparently expressed the wish to die a martyr, the criminal complaint revealed.

One passage of his journal is said to have read: "Inshallah (God willing), the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your oppression."

Other parts of the 28-year-old's journal allegedly praise "Brother" Osama bin Laden; Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric and leading al Qaeda propagandist who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011; and Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 people and wounded 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

An eBay account linked to Rahami bought chemicals, circuit boards and ball bearings that matched the explosives and remnants collected at the crime scenes, the documents said.

Video found on a family member's mobile phone dated two days before the bombings showed Rahami lighting a fuse and igniting incendiary material packed in a partially buried cylinder.

Lampard hits hat-trick for New York City

Frank Lampard scored a hat-trick as New York City strengthened their position at the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference with a 5-1 thrashing of 10-man Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids went into the game in second place in the Western Conference, with games in hand on leaders FC Dallas.

However, they faced an uphill battle after Michael Azira was sent off in the 37th minute - nine minutes after Lampard had opened the scoring.

Frank Lampard has found his feet in America. Credit: PA

Tony Taylor doubled the lead three minutes before the interval, and then three goals inside the last 15 minutes completed the rout.

Substitute Steven Mendoza got the third, before former England midfielder Lampard netted twice in three minutes - the second of which was a penalty - to complete his hat-trick

Shkelzen Gashi replied for the Rapids in the last minute - but it was little consolation.


Lampard nets first New York City goal

Frank Lampard found the net. Credit: Reuters

Frank Lampard scored his first goal in Major League Soccer as New York City recorded a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder, making just his fifth MLS appearance after a series of injury setbacks, fired home from the edge of the penalty area to give his side a 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

New York City had to make do without star striker David Villa after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury but fellow forward Patrick Mullins made sure of the points when he headed home a second goal from an Andrea Pirlo corner in the 77th minute.

New York settles Eric Garner killing case for $5.9m

A picture of Eric Garner is seen on a newspaper at his memorial in Staten Island, NYC. Credit: Reuters

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of man who died after being restrained by police in July 2014.

The family of Eric Garner - who died after being put in an illegal 'choke hold' by police - will receive $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing, The New York Times has reported, citing a family lawyer.

Juventus hero Pirlo looks set for MLS move

Andrea Pirlo is on his way to America. Credit: PA

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is set to join New York City on a free transfer when his Juventus deal expires at the end of the month.

Pirlo was in attendance for New York City's defeat to New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

If he does move to the Big Apple, he will join the likes of Frank Lampard and David Villa in the City ranks.

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