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Beckham’s PSG debut on Sunday

Paris: David Beckham will finally make his French league debut on Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain host Marseille in the country’s biggest rivalry. PSG have been training in Clairefontaine, where the France squad practise before their international matches.

Fixing arrest

Milan: Italian police arrested a fugitive associate of alleged soccer match-fixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng on Thursday after he flew in from Singapore to hand himself over, they said in a statement. The man, identified as 31-year-old Slovenian Admir Suljic, arrived at Milan’s Malpensa airport in the early hours to find police waiting for him after a tip-off by Singapore authorities.

Subrata TD

Calcutta: Subrata Bhattacharya has been appointed as Southern Samity’s technical director till the end of 2013-2014 season. His immediate focus is the second division I-League where Samity will start against Vasco SC on March 11 in a Group C (Preliminary Round) match in Bangalore.

Abidal returns

Madrid: Barcelona’s Eric Abidal had been cleared to play, on Thursday, after almost a year. He underwent a liver transplant.

Modest start

Yangon: Himmat Rai and Ajeetesh Sandhu were the best among Indians with cards of two-under 70 but that was only good enough for tied 42nd place as the Myanmar Open got underway here on Thursday. Rahil Gangjee, Sujjan Singh and Vinod Kumar opened with one-under 71 each in tied 64th place.

3-way lead

Calcutta: Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan and Ashbeer Saini of Kapurthala shot scores of 68 and 71, respectively, to climb into the joint lead along with overnight leader Mukesh Kumar, who fired an ordinary 75, after the third day of the PGTI Players Championship being held at the Chandigarh Golf Club, on Thursday.

Close battle

Calcutta: The final-round of the Tata Steel Northern India Open Amateur Golf Championship is set for an exciting finish as Syed Saqib Ahmed shot a brilliant 4-under to be just one shot behind overnight leader Piyush Sangwan at the end the third round, in Gurgaon, on Thursday.

New role

Chennai: VVS Laxman is all set to make his debut as a commentator for the Test series between India and Australia beginning in Chennai on Friday.

Ruled out
Auckland: New Zealand’s Martin Guptill will miss the final ODI and Test series against England to undergo surgery on his left thumb, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.

Staff reporter & agencies