LONDON: Premier League West Bromwich Albion have signed Wales international defender James Chester from relegated Hull City on a four-year deal, the Baggies said on Wednesday. No fee was given but media reports put the deal at eight million pounds. West Brom manager Tony Pulis told the club website that the 26-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, came with glowing references from Hull boss Steve Bruce. “James did very well for Hull City. I’ve had a good chat with him and he’s the type of player I like,” said Pulis. “He’s young, a strong character, a good defender, he has good feet and he has the Man United stamp all over him, just like (Stoke City’s) Ryan Shawcross and (West Brom’s) Darren Fletcher.” Pulis said West Brom, who finished 13th last season, were looking to bring in more players.
Dentsu wins rights
KUALA LUMPUR: Advertising agency Dentsu has won the Olympic broadcasting rights for 22 countries in Asia for 2018-2024, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. The deal includes three consecutive Olympics in Asia with the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics, the 2020 summer games in Tokyo and the 2022 winter Games in either Kazakhstan's Almaty or Beijing, as well as the 2024 summer Olympics. There were no financial details of the deal available. The agreement also includes rights for all languages and across all media platforms but does not cover the biggest Asian markets of China, Japan and South Korea, the rights of which are sold separately. "This agreement ensures Olympic broadcast coverage for fans across the region, including on free-to-air television," said IOC President Thomas Bach. "Having begun our relationship with Dentsu at the Winter Games Sochi, I am pleased we will continue to 2024."