Topics : Sane is looking forward to linking up again with Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, who has just steered the club to an eighth straight league title in his first season in charge.”I know Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there,” added Sane.”I want to win as many titles as possible with FC Bayern, and the Champions League is at the top.”The Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, but Sky Sports and the BBC have reported that Bayern and City agreed a fee of £54.8 million (59.97 million euros, $67.36 million). Bayern Munich on Friday confirmed the signing of Germany winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City on a five-year contract for reportedly at least 50 million euros.”FC Bayern is a very big club and has big goals – these goals suit me as well,” said the 24-year-old, who added wants to win the Champions League with the Bundesliga giants.”I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team.” German daily Bild claim the fee is around “at least 50 million euros”.”We are happy that we can welcome Leroy Sane to Bayern,” said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.”He is an excellent player who has proven his qualities over the past years, especially in the national team.”Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and Leroy’s commitment confirms that.”The 24-year-old will start preparing for next season in Munich next week, the club has said, meaning he will sit out Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin.Last year, Sane had reportedly been on the verge of a three-digit million euros transfer to Bayern before suffering a serious knee injury in August, which sidelined him until February.After rebuilding his fitness, the Germany international made his first Premier League appearance of the season as a substitute against Burnley last week.His transfer became an open secret after City manager Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his contract in Manchester.”We wish Leroy all the best in this new chapter of his career,” said Guardiola in a statement on Friday.”Leroy has been part of one of the most special periods in this club’s history and he leaves with the best wishes of everyone here at Manchester City.”Sane, who won the Premier League title twice with City, has scored 39 goals in 135 matches in all competitions for the Citizens since joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.The fleet-footed winger will bolster Bayern’s attack out wide.”With Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Leroy, we are now very well occupied at the highest level on the wing, positions that are important for our game,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Follow Deena on Twitter @DeenaKhattab Using USC Library archives, Nathan Masters, the manager of academic events and programming communications at the USC Libraries, partnered with Gizmodo to launch Southland, a blog dedicated to reviving the history of L.A.“The idea is to use Los Angeles as a microcosm to explore the way cities have evolved, the way cities are changing today,” Masters said. “Not that Los Angeles is necessarily exceptional in any way; like I said in my introductory post, L.A. has a sort of unexceptional exceptionalism.”The blog launched Nov. 25. The idea for Southland came from recognition of Masters’ previous work with writing Los Angeles historical pieces for Southern and Central California’s community television station KCET.Gizmodo, a reputed technology blog owned by Gawker Media, recently began to expand its scope to include urbanism and design. When Gizmodo Editor in Chief Geoff Manaugh saw Masters’ regional historical work on KCET, he approached him with the idea to launch Southland, a proposition Masters eagerly accepted.Southland’s pieces, however, are more than historical: They examine the role of the physical land Los Angeles occupies in its history.“Southland is a play on words; we’re sort of using it as a metaphor. We’re examining the city’s relationship with the land,” Masters said. “For instance, lost landscapes and forgotten infrastructures are two key terms we’ve used. Roads, sewers, electric power lines, aqueducts — those are ways a city can expand its reach and grow in size.”Yet, Masters is taking it further, looking at what the area was like before this infrastructure existed.“Southern California has undergone a landscape succession. There’s the indigenous state of the land, before Europeans came, you know — native plants, the Gabrielino or Tongva Indians. In the San Fernando Valley there was wheat farming, there was citrus farming, and then they were cut down and replaced with suburbs. That’s what we mean by lost landscapes,” Masters said.Masters publishes biweekly stories that draw on various aspects of Los Angeles history. He extracts images from USC Libraries and its member collection “L.A. as Subject,” a division of the libraries that aims to preserve, archive and share the history and culture of the Los Angeles region.“Southland and our other media partnerships complement the already really strong regional history collection we have here,” Masters said. “Our regional history collection serves scholars here on campus. There are some amazing faculty members who are really at the leading edge of understanding Los Angeles and they make good use of our materials, but scholars from all around the world travel here to access our collections.”Masters, an Anaheim, Calif. native, started the blog to show that the history of Los Angeles is not necessarily how Hollywood portrays it.“A lot of people think they know all about Los Angeles. Especially because it’s the subject of a lot of films, people feel like they know things about Los Angeles,” Masters said.Yet the fact that the blog is so region-specific poses an interesting challenge for Masters.“How do you get people all across the country and all over the world to care about Los Angeles?” Masters asked. “One of the best ways is to surprise people. If you can, turn people’s assumptions about the city on their head.”Since launching the blog, Masters has already debunked a number of myths about Los Angeles history. In his first post, he made it clear that there was never a war declared on the Los Angeles streetcar system, and that the city in its natural state was an agricultural hub — not a desert as people commonly believe.Unlike on other blogs, readers of Southland can comment directly on the archival photographs. One can simply click anywhere within the photograph and the interface crops a square of the image so that they can comment on a smaller area within the larger photograph. Masters said this allows for active reader participation.Masters said reader comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Most recently, Southland received attention from the popular tech blog Boing Boing. The blog has also received a number of positive reactions from the USC community.“Southland looks like it will provide a unique look at the history of this area covering more than just popular icons such as Hollywood, but equally important stories that might otherwise be neglected,” said Camille Saucier, a sophomore majoring in psychology who works at the USC Libraries. “I appreciate that USC is contributing some of its vast resources towards such community project.” read more