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A somber day of memories in Newtown


 Bells tolled 26 times Saturday to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School as local churches held memorial services and President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence.

With snow falling and many homes decorated with Christmas lights, Newtown looked every bit the classic northeastern New England town, with long lines at a coffee shop and general store. But reminders of the private grief were everywhere. "God bless the families," read a sign posted at one house in the green and white colors of the Sandy Hook school, and a church posted that it was "open for prayer

Ribery more loved in Germany than France – Deschamps


Didier Deschamps believes that there is more support for Franck Ribery's bid for the Ballon d'Or in Germany than his native France.

The Bayern Munich winger will compete with Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for the accolade, which will be presented in Zurich on January 13.

Ribery is considered a strong contender given that he played a key role in his club's historic treble last season but Les Bleus boss Deschamps feels that the 30-year-old's chances could be hindered by the fact that he does not have the full support of the French public.

'I think it is relative to history,' the World Cup winner mused in an interview with RTL. 'He is certainly better supported and more loved in Germany with everything he does.

'This is the French mentality at times. When you win and you are French, it's hard to have the whole world behind you.'

Klose dismisses Bayer Leverkusen rumours


Schalke have made it clear that midfield star Julian Draxler will not be sold during the January transfer window.Reports in the German media have suggested the 20-year-old is a firm target for Chelsea, with Kevin de Bruyne touted as a possible makeweight in any potential