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Serie A beckons Drogba

Rome: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could move to either AC Milan or Juventus in the January transfer window, according to his agent Carlos Arino Bajo. In an interview with the Italian website tuttomercatoweb.com, Bajo said Drogba had been in contact with both Serie A clubs over a potential transfer after only six months with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Adhiban loses

New Delhi: Maharashtra youngster Rakesh Kulkarni stunned fifth seed Indian Grandmaster B. Adhiban in the opening round of the 11th edition of the Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival which got underway on Saturday.
GM Abhijeet Gupta started his campaign in style after defeating International Master B T Murali Krishanan of Railways while GM Aleksej Aleksandrov beat Himal Gusain.

Ranji umpires

Calcutta: South Africa’s Adrian Holdstock and England’s Rob Bailey will be among the on-field officials for the quarter final and semi-final clashes of the ongoing Ranji Trophy as part of the BCCI’s Umpires Exchange Programmes.

“Umpires Adrian Holdstock from South Africa, and Rob Bailey from England, are presently in India to officiate in the Ranji Trophy knockout matches, under the Umpires Exchange Programmes that the BCCI has signed with Cricket South Africa and the England and Wales Cricket Board respectively,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

Ravi academy

Calcutta: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said that former Indian captain Ravi Shastri has proposed to set up a sports academy in Jangal Mahal. “There is so much potential lying untapped in areas of Jangal Mahal. Ravi Shastri has told me that he wants to set up a sports academy at Jhargram in West Midnapore district,” she said. “I have asked him go ahead and we will give required assistance,” she said while addressing a rally in Midnapore.

Pak award

Islamabad: Pakistan President and PCB patron-in-chief Asif Ali Zardari has announced an award of Rs 500,000 for the highest-scorers and top wicket-takers in each game of the ongoing three-match ODI series in India. The announcement was made by presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar.

Staff reporter & agencies