Striker Nile Ranger leaves Newcastle

Newcastle says striker Nile Ranger has left the club with
immediate effect.

The Premier League club said Friday in a one-sentence statement
that Ranger had ”left the club by mutual consent.” No reason was
given, but the 21-year-old Englishman has previously been involved
in legal troubles.

In October, he was convicted of two counts of assault against
two police officers, but was told he would not serve any jail time
as long as he stayed out of trouble for the next 12 months.

Ranger last played for Newcastle on Jan. 5 in the FA Cup against
Brighton.