SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say a North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to the South. The lawmakers say they were told by the National Intelligence Service that the diplomat arrived in South Korea in September 2019 with his wife and at least one child. That would make him one of the most senior North Koreans to defect in recent years. North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite, and has sometimes insisted that they are South Korean or American plots to undermine its government.
The French club have also confirmed bids for the 21-year-old striker, who has scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 this season. And Arsenal may have to move quickly if they want to add Osimhen to their star-studded attack this summer. The Nigeria international has enjoyed a stellar season in France after arriving last year from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi for £10m as a replacement for Emirates-bound Pepe. Arsenal are now looking to bring Osimhen to North London as well despite spending a club-record £72m on Pepe. But they will have to fork out a similar fee if they want to sign the talented youngster. And Lille confirmed there are other teams in the mix for his coveted signature. “We turned down one English and one Spanish offer this January transfer window. “There is a wide array [this summer] and I wouldn’t want to give the names of the clubs who are bidding. Loading… Lille of France have been demanding for a fee close to the £72million Arsenal spent on Nicolas Pepe for new Gunners target Victor Osimhen. “But what I can tell you is there are multiple [offers]. “There are three championships that have clubs that have bid for him. “I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn’t believe that we had the offers we had with Pepe, and it turns out we had multiple of them. “Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard. “The high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received. That’s where we are.” Meanwhile, Arsenal could be set to hand David Luiz a contract reprieve after it emerged they were yet to take up the option of extending his deal past the end of the month. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been offered a new contract with his current deal expiring next year. read also:Moses Simon: Liverpool target Osimhen destined for big club But there have been no talks with potential Chelsea free agent Willian, who plans on completing the rest of the season at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal’s interest in Philippe Coutinho is also close to ending after it emerged Barcelona want a £9m loan fee for the Brazilian flop… as well as a clause to make the move permanent for £71m in 2021. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Race fans, start your engines. The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule officially kicks off Sunday with the Daytona 500.Coming off a season in which the Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. seemingly won every race (and yet none came away with the championship as Joey Logano earned his first Cup Series title), this season is once again shaping up to be a good one as familiar faces (including Truex) take over new rides. MORE: Watch Daytona 500 live & on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)And as one new rule change stipulates drivers who fail inspection after a race will be disqualified rather than simply dropping playoff points, this year comes with a little more risk, as well.William Byron won the Daytona 500 pole in qualifying a week prior to the race with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman starting second. The rest of the starting lineup will be determined Thursday at the Daytona Duels.Here’s everything to know about the Daytona 500 and the schedule leading up to the “Great American Race,” including how to watch the race live on TV and stream online. What time does the Daytona 500 start in 2019?The Daytona 500 will take place Sunday, Feb. 17. Live coverage begins on Fox at 2 p.m. ET with the green flag scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Daytona 500 on?The Daytona 500 will be broadcast nationally on Fox in 2019. The race can also be live streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. Speedweeks 2019 TV schedule, how to watchFox will broadcast every practice and race for the Truck, Xfinity and Cup series across its family of networks. Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Daytona 500.(All times Eastern)Thursday, Feb. 15TimeEventTV channel2:35 p.m.Truck Series first practiceFS24:35 p.m. ETTruck Series final practiceFS27 p.m.Duel 1 at DaytonaFS1/fuboTV9 p.m.Duel 2 at DaytonaFS1/fuboTVFriday, Feb. 15TimeEventTV channel12:05 p.m.Xfinity Series first practiceFS1/fuboTV1:05 p.m.Cup Series third practiceFS1/fuboTV2:05 p.m.Xfinity Series final practiceFS1/fuboTV3:05 p.m.Cup Series fourth practiceFS1/fuboTV4:40 p.m.Truck Series QualifyingFS1/fuboTV7:30 p.m.Truck Series, NextEra Energy 250FS1/fuboTVSaturday, Feb. 16TimeEventTV channel9:40 a.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV12:05 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1/fuboTV2:30 p.m.Xfinity Racing Experience 300FS1/fuboTVSunday, Feb. 17TimeEventTV channel2:30 p.m.Cup Series Daytona 500Fox/fuboTVDaytona 500 starting lineupBelow is the full starting lineup for the 2019 Daytona 500.StartingDriverCar No.1.William Byron242.Alex Bowman883.Kevin Harvick44.Joey Logano225.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.176.Clint Bowyer147.Paul Menard218.Aric Almirola109.Matt DiBenedetto9510.Denny Hamlin1111.Martin Turex Jr.1912.Kurt Busch113.Bubba Wallace4314.Ryan Blaney1215.Chris Buescher3716.Jamie McMurray4017.Jimmie Johnson4818.Chase Elliott919.Ryan Newman620.Austin Dillon321.Ryan Preece4722.Ty Dillon1323.Daniel Suarez4124.David Ragan3825.Parker Kligerman9626.Kyle Larson4227.Landon Cassill0028.Erik Jones2029.Daniel Hemric830.Brendan Gaughan6231.Kyle Busch1832.Corey LaJoie3233.Matt Tifft3634.Michael McDowell3435.Brad Keselowski236.Ross Chastain1537.Cody Ware5238.BJ McLeod5139.Tyler Reddick3140.Casey Mears27