Harvard recommits $20M to create local affordable housing

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgWhen Scarlett Mitchell moved into her East Boston condo 12 years ago, her 9-year-old daughter made her promise that it would be their last move. They had been “going from place, to place, to place,” Mitchell said.Though she was working three jobs, when she looked for an apartment she was told she didn’t make enough money to cover the rent. Owning a home? Out of the question. Mitchell says at that point in her life, “I was homeless. I literally didn’t have a place to live.”Her story is not uncommon.Amid a growing population, Greater Boston is facing a housing crisis that is hitting lower-income and working-class residents particularly hard. According to a new WBUR poll, many say the cost of housing is perhaps the single most pressing issue facing the region.To help combat the problem, Harvard University is recommitting $20 million to an initiative aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing in Greater Boston. Through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative, the University has partnered with three local, nonprofit community-development lenders to create and preserve affordable housing, build and revitalize healthy communities, and create economic opportunities for low- and middle-income residents throughout the region.The partners include Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), BlueHub Capital (formerly Boston Community Capital), and the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.Mitchell, who moved to the U.S. from Venezuela 31 years ago and now works as a preschool teacher in the Boston Public Schools, was able to get into her condo with assistance from the East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) nonprofit and behind-the-scenes support of LISC and BlueHub.,“Someone at my church told me about NOAH. With their help, I was finally able to qualify. I went through the process, I won the housing lottery … I became the very first homeowner in the [Falcon-Border] complex,” she said. “I’ve been here 12 years now. I’m very happy. My children finished high school. My daughter is in college now. I got my bachelor’s degree, and I’m working on my master’s. I have all that I was looking for. I’m so appreciative and grateful for everyone who made this possible for me. I have a have a home, a place to call my own.“I wish there were more affordable housing complexes like this. There are so many people who are just like I was,” Mitchell continued, “people who are trying so hard to look for a place to live, but they just can’t afford the rent anymore.”Though the housing problem has grown more acute in recent years, Harvard launched its program, formerly known as 20/20/2000, in 2000, initially committing $20 million in low-interest, flexible loans. Since then, the fund has revolved more than two times, and has helped finance the preservation and creation of more than 7,000 units of affordable housing locally.The crucial recommitment ensures that the funding continues for at least the next two decades.“Harvard is pleased to renew the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative. We are proud to be part of a community where partners from across Greater Boston come together to strengthen the region and address the urgent need for quality, affordable housing,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “We are grateful to all of our partners for their support and their efforts to increase access to homeownership and promote fair and equitable access to housing.”,The program’s impact can be felt throughout the region. It has helped leverage more than $1.3 billion in housing developments with more than 5,500 affordable units in Boston and more than 1,600 affordable units in Cambridge. The program has also helped finance additional housing developments in Somerville and Watertown.The financing that is provided through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative is flexible, low-cost, and available at the critical early stages of development — such as during land acquisition and predevelopment — making it a particularly attractive, and oftentimes crucial, element for developers.“Harvard has been a supportive housing partner to LISC for two decades, and we are thrilled to renew our partnership through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative. It takes a civic partner who is invested in our communities to make flexible funds available at low cost on a long-term basis to drive housing affordability. Our region’s income disparity and housing affordability challenges have grown to crisis levels since our partnership began in 1999. We need the engagement and investment of anchor institutions like Harvard to take our response to this crisis to another level,” said Karen Kelleher, executive director of LISC Boston.Projects throughout the region include affordable apartments, cooperative housing, assisted living for low-income seniors, opportunities for first-time home-buyers, artist’s lofts, and even shelters. Many are adjacent to public transportation and include easy access to public green space.Leaders in both Cambridge and Boston have continued to make affordable housing creation a priority.Cambridge is grappling with how to expand opportunities for affordable-housing development in all neighborhoods in a way that ensures a diverse and vibrant city. The City Council is mulling over an idea for a new zoning law, with the goal of helping housing developers create new affordable units more quickly, more cost-effectively, and in areas where there are fewer affordable housing options for residents.Whether or not the city’s proposal moves forward, Harvard’s housing fund, with its access to early capital, has been a critical driver in helping Cambridge and its nonprofit developers address the crisis.“The University is an exceptional partner in our public education, sustainability, and affordable-housing efforts,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “Harvard’s affordable-housing initiative has directly impacted thousands of residents throughout our city.”Boston has set a goal of creating 69,000 affordable units by the year 2030.“Creating more quality, affordable housing for a range of incomes is essential to preserving the diversity that makes Boston the incredible city that it is, and is the backbone of Mayor [Martin J.] Walsh’s housing policy. Twenty years ago, Harvard stepped up to create this fund, providing early investment in the development process that has been a crucial element in many successful affordable developments,” said Sheila Dillon, the chief of housing and director of neighborhood development for the city of Boston. “Harvard’s continued partnership and investment in affordable housing in Boston has not only been innovative but is also a wonderful example of how a private organization can have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of Bostonians.”“Harvard’s program, providing access to capital, is an important partnership to allow affordable-housing creators to be competitive in the development market, and then build or preserve much-needed affordable housing options,” said Rep. Kevin G. Honan, chair of Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Housing. “It’s an innovative program that’s making a tangible difference in neighborhoods across our city, and throughout the region. I’m pleased to learn that this transformative program will continue for another 20 years.”Harvard’s recommitment follows the launch of an initiative last week by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both Harvard teaching hospitals, together with Boston Medical Center, designed to help local families pay their rent. The three hospitals, acknowledging the strong connection between stable housing and good health, pledged to spend approximately $3 million over three years to fund housing programs designed to prevent displacement, eviction, and homelessness.Besides bolstering the health of individuals, housing stability contributes to strengthening communities and combating a range of social and economic problems.“I feel like I belong here,” said Mitchell. “I belong to this community. This is my home. My building. It’s perfect for me. I’m so blessed.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Wisconsin Volleyball announces 2014 schedule

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team’s road to a repeat trip to the Final Four became a little clearer as the 2014 regular season schedule was released Monday.Matches with 12 teams that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament last season highlight the Badgers’ schedule. Ten of those teams were ranked or received votes in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll last year.“It’s a challenging schedule and hopefully one that our fans will be excited about,” Sheffield told uwbadgers.com Monday. “Our nonconference schedule has a lot of teams that won a lot of matches last year and are projected to be very good this year.”The Badgers will open their season with a match against Louisville Aug. 29 in one of two games they will play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cardinals posted a record of 23-8 in 2013.In its first matches of September, Wisconsin will travel to Colorado for the Northern Colorado/Colorado State Classic. The Badgers will open the round robin tournament with a match against a 21st-ranked Colorado State team that went 28-2 a season ago. UW will round out the tournament with matches against Florida A&M and Northern Colorado.“Our tournament in Colorado should be very challenging and give us the opportunity to play against a really good team in one of the best home environments in the country,” Sheffield said. “The other two road tournaments are against top teams in the ACC and Pac-12, and kick off a four-year schedule with these tournaments rotating every year for four years.”Wisconsin will host the Badger Invitational tournament Sept. 12-13. Ball State, Missouri State and Miami will travel to Madison for the tournament. All three teams picked up at least 19 wins last season.In its final nonconference matches of the season, Wisconsin will travel to Seattle where it will take on No. 6 USC and No. 4 Washington in the Pac 12/ Big Ten Challenge.Wisconsin’s conference schedule will include matches with the Big Ten’s two newest schools, Maryland and Rutgers. The Badgers will play two matches with the Scarlet Knights and one with the Terrapins.last_img read more

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Fairplex turns green for annual Irish fair

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgFinan and O’Shea make a point to attend the fair every year. “This is the best one in Southern California,” Finan said. The weather Saturday made the fair even better, she said, as the sun was shining and temperatures were pleasant. Last year, the weather was a tad cooler. “It’s a great day for the Irish,” Finan said. The Irish Fair offered something for just about everybody. POMONA – Music performed by the Dublin 4 was so good that it got Carol Finan of San Diego and Tom O’Shea of Encinitas to push away their lunch and dance an Irish reel. “It’s Irish aerobics,” Finan said. “It gets your heart going.” The couple were two of the many who attended the fifth annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival on Saturday at Fairplex. The event concludes today. As part of what some call an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration, people from throughout Southern California came to listen to storytellers, watch dance groups and appreciate several musicians. Robbie Hidalgo Jr., 8, of Simi Valley was trying his hand at archery in a grassy area near the grandstand. He aimed, pulled the bow’s cord with all his might and then let go. The arrow cut through the air and hit the target, but wasn’t fired hard enough to stick. “It was fun to do,” Robbie said. “I’d like to do it as a sport.” This was the Hidalgo family’s first visit to the fair. Robbie’s father, Robbie Hidalgo Sr., said he learned about it while searching on the Internet for fairs. “We’re fair junkies,” he said. A short time after the family of six arrived, they found a number of family-oriented activities such as the archery area, Robbie Hidalgo Sr. said. “This right here was great fun and something you don’t get to do often,” he said. Shoppers were also kept busy with the opportunity to purchase books, compact discs, jewelry, clothing, packaged food products and small bunches of potted shamrocks. For the more athletic-minded, the Los Angeles-based Scottish American Athletic Association had something different for visitors. Kilt-clad athletes demonstrated their strength and skill in various events such as the caber toss, which involves the tossing of a large wooden pole, similar to a telephone pole. [email protected] (909) 483-9336160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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What will keep Warriors engaged for rest of regular season?

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The calendar indicated that the NBA All-Star break ended about five days ago. The Warriors’ play indicated that the NBA All-Star break only ended recently.“We’ve been on the All-Star break until late last night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following a practice on Sunday evening at Davidson College. “We finally got off the All-Star break at …last_img read more

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Sephaka excited about return to World Cup rugby

By on December 18, 2019

first_img13 March 2014 The wheel will come full circle for former Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka when he returns to the Rugby World Cup in August, 11 years after he ran out in Australia as part of the Springboks’ 2003 squad. This time, though, Sephaka is the coach of the Springboks Women’s team, which will be contesting the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris.‘An honour’ “It’s an honour to continue my involvement in South African rugby at this level following my career as a player,” Sephaka said in a statement on Wednesday. “I am very excited about this opportunity. I have always been passionate about rugby and about the green and gold, so hopefully my knowledge and passion for the game would allow me to make a big contribution to the side. It really is an honour and privilege to coach the national women’s team.” Sephaka will rely largely on his senior players to help prepare their younger peers for the demands of international rugby, as many of them have participated either in a Rugby World Cup or the Rugby World Cup Sevens before. However, he believes his Rugby World Cup experience will be equally important in his new role.‘This experience will be important’ “I am one of a lucky few that have had the honour of representing my country at the highest level and on the ultimate world stage, and it will remain one of the highlights of my career,” he said. “I believe this experience will be important in my new position because it gives the players a sense of confidence that I know what I am talking about. “The fact that they know I have been in their shoes and have experienced the trials and tribulations of participating in a World Cup first-hand gives credibility to the messages I try to get across to them. So hopefully they will take the lessons I have learned and use it as they strive for success.”Career Sephaka earned 24 test caps for the Springboks between 2001 and 2006. During his 12-year provincial career, which started at Under-21 level in 1998, he represented the Golden Lions and the Falcons, while he played for the Cats and Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby. Four years after hanging up his boots, Sephaka now faces a new challenge, and while his team may be feeling intense pressure when they touch down in Paris for the spectacle, the former prop will relive a few fond memories he has of France after playing for French club Toulon for seven months between 2008 and 2009. French experience “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in France,” he related, “so I am excited to go back to the country even though it will be under different circumstances. I was based in Toulon when I played there, but Paris is beautiful and it will be good to experience the French culture again. “Obviously, as a team, we will go with one goal in mind and that is to do well at the World Cup, but this experience will also present the women with a fantastic opportunity to see and experience Paris.” Conditioning and skills With the Women’s Rugby World Cup only five months away Sephaka, with the assistance of the South African Rugby Union’s (Saru) ARU Mobi-Unit and satellite coaches in Port Elizabeth, KwaZulu-Natal, East London and Cape Town, faces the tough task of working with players scattered around the country to ensure that their conditioning and skills are at the required level for the international showpiece. The Springbok Women’s Sevens elite squad players, who will also be available for selection, have also been training hard at their base in Port Elizabeth with coach Renfred Dazel, who will assume the role of Sephaka’s assistant coach in the showpiece tournament. With World Cup hosts France, Australia and Wales drawn in Pool C with the Springbok Women, Sephaka is under no illusions about the magnitude of the challenge they will face.‘This is a tough group’ “This is a tough group, so we are aware that there is a big task awaiting us in France,” he said. “It is also important to note that the French side is doing very well in this year’s RBS Women’s Six Nations competition, so they will have a point to prove in front of their home crowd. “But we have been working hard to prepare our preliminary squad for this challenge, and it is vital that we make the most of the limited time we have to get them ready mentally and physically. “We have placed a big emphasis on conditioning in the next few months to get the players faster, fitter and stronger, and our other objective is to improve their skills. If we can achieve that, I believe the groundwork will be in place for a strong campaign.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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CP NewsAlert Alberta investing 37B to move oil by rail leasing cars

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgEDMONTON — The Alberta government says it’s investing $3.7 billion to move the province’s land-locked oil to market by rail.It says 4,400 leased railway cars will move up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.Shipments are expected to begin as early as July.The province estimates the plan will lead to a $5.9-billion increase in royalties, tax revenues and profits over three years, meaning a net gain of $2.2 billion.It expects the discount for Western Canadian heavy oil versus U.S. light crude will shrink by US$4 a barrel.  The rail investment is meant to be a medium-term measure as new pipelines to coastal ports, such as the Trans Mountain expansion to the West Coast, remain in limbo. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Football What three things to watch for heading into spring practice

By on September 28, 2019

The ref rules OSU freshman wide receiver Binjimen Victor’s (9) catch a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAs the Ohio State football team gears up for spring practice this week, the Buckeyes look to replace some key components at multiple positions while also enshrining a new offensive coordinator. From the start of practice on March 7 to the annual spring game on April 16, the Buckeyes make their first steps toward the 2017 season that will bring the same heightened expectations of competing for a national championship, despite several players departing early for the NFL draft.There are three particular storylines heading into spring practice that will have an integral impact on the 2017 season.Kevin WilsonThe lack of explosion in OSU’s offensive attack last season was inexcusable to the fanbase. While an appearance in the College Football Playoff is impressive, the Buckeye offense was underwhelming on the biggest stages.As former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson comes in to replace Tim Beck and Ed Warinner, who left for Texas and Minnesota, respectively, his effect on the young Buckeye offense during spring practice should be a wakeup call for an offense that possesses the tools necessary to average 500 yards of offense per game.At Indiana, Wilson’s offenses continually put up commendable stats against Big Ten opponents with lesser-recruited talent. Indiana averaged 6 yards per play in 2013 and 2015. In the final season with redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, Wilson is arriving at precisely the right time for the offense. Veterans like redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell along with redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin could thrive with this change of system, alongside younger receivers like redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomores Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack. OSU also brings in three 6-foot-4, true freshman wide receivers who will arrive in Columbus in the summer.The production of redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, and possibly, sophomore Demario McCall at H-back, should supplement Wilson’s offense in OSU’s journey to recalibrate the offense back to what is was under former offensive coordinator Tom Herman in 2014.Linebacker leaderAs Raekwon McMillan prepares for the NFL draft — one of six early departures for OSU — the defense must replace its former strength and its unquestioned leader on that side of the ball. When then-junior linebacker Dante Booker went down with a lingering injury last fall, the emergence of now-junior linebacker Jerome Baker in the latter part of the season was crucial for the Buckeye defense.Alongside Baker and McMillan was then-redshirt junior Chris Worley, who had a formidable season with 69 tackles and 4.5 for loss.Realistically, Booker, Baker and Worley could play each linebacker position, but the coaching staff will have to determine who the face of that unit will be.Secondary overhaulFollowing the 2016 season, the OSU secondary had several holes to fill. Eli Apple was a top-10 pick for the New York Giants, Vonn Bell went in the second round to the New Orleans Saints and Tyvis Powell joined with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. Fast forward to this spring and the Buckeyes must replace another three first-round potential athletes from the secondary. Safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are off pursuing their NFL dreams, as another talented group joins the fray.Senior safety Damon Webb and junior cornerback Denzel Ward return as starters, leaving another two spots to be filled. Redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette also contributed to the secondary, amassing 21 total tackles.Junior cornerback Eric Glover-Williams is transitioning from the secondary to the wide-receiver room.OSU also welcomes in three of the top defensive back recruits in the country — Jeffrey Okudah, Kendall Sheffield and Shaun Wade.Sheffield is transferring from Blinn College, a Texas junior college,  and could realistically start in his first season with the Buckeyes. Okudah and Wade could also be major contributors at those spots in the fall. Along with those three new enrollees, the Buckeyes signed four other defensive back recruits.Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller is viewed as the most likely replacement for Hooker. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State and Penn St has become rivalry over recent years

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No. 3 Micah Jordan celebrates a last-second takedown that won him the bout against North Carolina State University’s No. 4 Justin Oliver in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. Jordan won the bout by decision, 6-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternEvery year, both Ohio State and Penn State have this duel circled on their calendars.Recently, a rivalry has formed between Ohio State and Penn State with some of the most talented wrestlers in the country, and this year is no different. Penn State leads the overall series with a record of 20-12, and currently have a three-duel win streak against the Buckeyes.  As a veteran, Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, knows what the rivalry between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes means on the mat.“ It would mean so much, at least to me. A lot of the young guys haven’t been in there and experienced that kind of intensity when we wrestle [Penn State], said Moore. “[Penn State] has beaten us a lot and we have beaten them sometimes, and it would be really big for us to get a win.”No. 6 Ohio State will host No. 1 Penn State, following a 19-18 Nittany Lions home win a season ago, with an anticipated energized crowd and expected sold out St. John Arena to try and stop the losing streak against its rival. Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team is excited for a chance at redemption..“I think the crowd speaks to the madness of the event, and hopefully it will sell out,” Ryan said. “We lost a close one last year, and we definitely want this one.”  Ohio State and Penn State have gone toe-to-toe in nationals, the biggest stage in collegiate wrestling, the past eight years. Penn State has won seven NCAA championships in those eight years, while Ohio State has won one, finishing runner-up to Penn State two years in a row.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, said payback is on the team’s mind.“We have a salty taste in our mouths from last year because they got the better of us,” Smith said. “I’m just really looking forward to the [duel].”When Ohio State and Penn State square up on Friday, there will be five former or defending NCAA champions competing, which has become a common occurrence in their recent duels..Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, has won two-straight NCAA titles, and has won 90 of 93 career matches. “197 is the Mack Daddy match,” Ryan said. “That is the one that is a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup and it should be fun to watch.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, won the NCAA title at 174 pounds, as a true freshman in 2016, who has 109-18 career record.Penn State redshirt senior Jason Nolf and redshirt junior Vincenzo Joseph, No. 1 at 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, are currently both two-time defending NCAA champions.Ryan called Nolf “one of the elite college wrestlers in the last 50 years.” Penn State junior Mark Hall, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won the NCAA title in 2017, and has a career record of 63-4.With 17 of 20 wrestlers in this duel being ranked, Ryan said that this duel is something that fans of all sports should be watching.“If you can’t get fired up for this [duel] then you should find something else to do with your time,” Ryan said. read more

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Rob Edwards rejoins Wolverhampton Wanderers as head coach

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgRetired Welsh international footballer Rob Edwards has returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers as the coach of the U23 squad.Edwards was also an interim manager of the first team in 2016, where he made 111 appearances as a player between 2004 and 2008. The 35-year-old left AFC Telford United in May after just one season, leading them to a 14th-place finish in National League North.“Rob Edwards has come through a recruitment process and we are delighted to welcome him back to the club, as our Under-23 lead coach,” Wolves academy boss Gareth Prosser told reporters via Sportsmole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He will be assisted by Sean Parrish and the rest of the performance team and will be tasked with leading the Under-23s on a daily basis. Rob has the development of players at the heart of everything he does.“I am sure he will fit back into the club very quickly to continue the development of our young players. There is no doubt the standard of football at this club has risen in the last 12 months and we all have the responsibility to ensure our players hit these new standards.”Edwards had five Wolves players on loan at Telford last campaign, including Aaron Hayden and Aaron Simpson.last_img read more

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Cassano closing in on move to Ibiza

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first_imgUD Ibiza are closing in on the signing former Italy international Antonio Cassano, according to Football Espana.The veteran Italian striker is expected to join the Spanish Segunda Division B outfit on a free transfer this summer. The former Real Madrid striker would link up with another experienced Serie A striker Marco Borriello, who completed his move to the Islanders this week.The club, based in the holiday resort on the Balaeric Islands, were promoted to Spain’s third tier this summer for the first time since their formation in 2015.Reports in the Italian media say a deal is close despite the striker not appearing in football for over a year, announcing in January that he was ‘done’ with football.Cassano proposes Higuain-Icardi trade between Juve & Inter Andrew Smyth – July 26, 2019 Antonio Cassano reckons Inter Milan should forget about Romelu Lukaku in favour of doing a swap deal with Juventus involving Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi. Ibiza are currently owned by Amadeo Salvo, who is best known for his presidency of Valencia between 2013 and 2015 while they are attempting to generate great interest alongside building a team capable of promotion.Cassano is somewhat of a journey man in his career having played for Bari, Roma, Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter, Parma, Hellas Verona and the Italian national team during his colourful career.The Italian bad boy as he was fondly called by the press never truly hit the heights projected when he came onto to the scene as a talented teenager in Bari.last_img read more

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