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Youngster Alena signs new Barca deal (21:44)
Madrid, June 28 (IANS) FC Barcelona have renewed the contract of promising young midfielder Carles Alena until the end of June 2020, the Spanish football giants confirmed on their official website on Wednesday.

CA warns players not to play exhibition matches (21:26)
Sydney, June 28 (IANS) Cricket Australia's (CA) team performance manager Pat Howard has written a strongly worded email, warning all international and national cricketers of a six-month suspension if found playing in any exhibition matches.

FIFA report nails England malpractices in 2018 World Cup bid (21:14) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 28 (IANS) Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked South Korean football officials to trade votes seeking to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid, in a violation of FIFA rules, a report by the game's world governing body on the inquiry into the bidding process has said.

Atletico president says Saul Ñiguez won't be going anywhere (21:12) IANS Photo Service
Madrid, June 28 (IANS) Spanish football giants Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo said on Wednesday that midfielder Saul Ñiguez, whose performance at the Under-21 European Championship is rousing interest in other clubs, has a long term contract and is set to stay with Atletico.

Women's World Cup: India favourites against West Indies (With Images) (21:08)
By Sunil Yash Kalra
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Fresh after a 35-run victory over strong title contenders England in their opening encounter of the ongoing Women's Cricket World Cup, India have displayed a swagger and quick moves on the field that make them look ominous.

Tite to visit Sochi, Brazil's possible headquarters in 2018 World Cup (21:04) IANS Photo Service
Kazakhstan, June 28 (IANS) Brazil national coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Tite, arrived in Russia on Wednesday to attend the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final match between Chile and Portugal, with an eye on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

UK prosecutors charge 6 persons over 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster (21:02)
London, June 28 (IANS) Prosecutors in the United Kingdom on Wednesday brought criminal charges against six people, including two former senior police officers, in relation to a spectator crush that killed 96 people in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.

New format of Pro Kabaddi League announced (19:38) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 28 (IANS) Ahead of the upcoming fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), starting July 28, the organisers on Wednesday revealed the new format of the tournament here.

Striker Traore joins Lyon on five-year contract (19:26)
London, June 28 (IANS) English football giants Chelsea has confirmed the sale of striker Bertrand Traore to Olympique Lyon for 10 million euros ($11.3 million).

Kabaddi skipper Anup Kumar reveals recipe of successful captaincy (19:10) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 28 (IANS) Asserting the importance of maintaining composure during high pressure situations, Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise U Mumba skipper Anup Kumar on Wednesday said anger only results in more mistakes on the mat.

No evidence Russia tried to influence 2018 World Cup bid: FIFA (18:52)
Moscow, June 28 (IANS) Russian officials did not attempt to influence the choice of the 2018 World Cup host country in their favour by offering gifts to members of the FIFA executive committee, a report by the world football's governing body on the inquiry into the bidding process has said.

Players unhappy with ISL draft system: FPAI (18:36)
Kolkata, June 28 (IANS) Most of the Indian players do not want to be part of the Indian Super League (ISL) draft scheduled next month, but they have no choice, the Football Players' Association of India (FPAI) has said.

Verma lone Indian survivor in Chinese Taipei Open (18:16)
Taipei, June 28 (IANS) Shuttler Siril Verma remained the lone survivor for India in the Chinese Taipei Open after defeating Chiao Hao Lee of Taiwan in the second round of the men's singles competition here on Wednesday.

Latin American female tennis players lack discipline, says Gavaldon (17:40)
Mexico City, June 28 (IANS) Mexico's Angelica Gavaldon, who competed on the WTA Tour from 1990 to 2000, said Latin America's women's tennis players were not performing well because they lack discipline.

Ronaldo likely to stay, Mbappe move may be premature: Real president (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Madrid, June 28 (IANS) There is "no reason to get too concerned" about Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid, the Spanish football club president Florentino Perez said, adding that it may be too soon to make a bid for French club Monaco's wonder kid Kylian Mbappe.

Fitness important for longer Kabaddi tournaments, says Anup Kumar (17:20) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 28 (IANS) Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise U Mumba skipper Anup Kumar on Wednesday emphasised the importance of maintaining fitness in the cash-rich league, which was expanded to a dozen teams this season.

Palmeiras in bid for Brazil midfielder Diego Souza (16:52)
Rio de Janeiro, June 28 (IANS) Brazil international midfielder Diego Souza is close to joining reigning Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras from Sport Recife, according to media reports.

Namibia selects 22-man squad for 2017 Cosafa Cup (16:36)
Windhoek (Namibia), June 28 (IANS) Namibia's football coach Ricardo Mannetti has announced a 22-man squad that will feature in the 2017 Cosafa Cup that is currently under way in South Africa.

Delighted to host Impact Wrestling in India: Siddharth (15:06) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 28 (IANS) Radio host Siddharth Kannan is delighted to host Impact Wrestling in India, a platform for professional wrestling promotion.

Engineer seeking cricket coaching job says it's a protest (15:04) IANS Photo Service
Burdwan (West Bengal), June 28 (IANS) Mechanical engineer Upendra Nath Brahmachari, whose application to coach the Indian cricket team has created a buzz, says his action is a protest against the treatment meted out to former coach Anil Kumble.

Mainz sign Romania international Maxim (13:44)
Berlin, June 28 (IANS) German football club FC Mainz 05 have signed attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim from newly promoted top division rivals VFB Stuttgart.

Valencia goalkeeper Alves denies move to Roma (13:38) IANS Photo Service
Rio de Janeiro, June 28 (IANS) Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has played down rumours of a possible move to Italian top division football club AS Roma this summer.

Goalkeeper Sirigu joins Torino (13:36) IANS Photo Service
Paris, June 28 (IANS) Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has moved from French top division outfit Paris Saint-Germain to Italian football club Torino on a three-year contract and is expected to take up the No.1 goalkeeper position for the Serie A team.

Goalkeeper Pavlenka to join Bremen (13:18)
Berlin, June 28 (IANS) Czech professional football club Slavia Prague and Bundesliga club Werder Bremen have agreed on the transfer of goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenk.

Ramanathan's win over Thiem a great achievement: Jaidip Mukherjea (11:42) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 28 (IANS) Former Davis Cup winner and India's non-playing captain Jaidip Mukherjea on Wednesday lavished praise on India's top singles player Ramkumar Ramanathan, saying his victory over world No 8 Dominic Thiem is a great achievement.

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