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Sabella future

Buenos Aires: With Argentina set to play a friendly against Germany in Duesseldorf on September 3, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella said that he would be mulling over his future this weekend and would let Argentine FA chief Julio Grondona know about his decision on Wednesday.

Remy deal

London: Liverpool have agreed an 8.5m fee with QPR to sign France international striker Loic Remy. He is now expected to discuss personal terms and have a medical with the Reds.

Rob plans

New Delhi: AIFF technical director Rob Baan laid down a plan on the preparation of the U-17 national team for the World Cup in 2017 in a special technical committee meeting in Bangalore, on Saturday. As part of the preparations, Baan said the team should be sent on minimum three exposure trips a year.

Rafal wins

Risoul: Vincenzo Nibali stre-ngthened his stranglehold on the Tour de France when he gained further ground over his rivals in the second Alpine stage won by Poland’s Rafal Majka on Saturday.

Bhupathi view

New Delhi: Mahesh Bhupathi said there is no threat to the IPTL. He also asserted that none of the team owners has pulled out and a multi-year deal was firmly in place with the country’s biggest broadcaster for his ambitious event.

India seventh

Mumbai: India ended their campaign in the Asia Cup basketball competition at Wuhan, on Saturday, by thrashing Singapore 85-36 to finish seventh in the tournament.

Danish point

Glasgow: Back in the national fold after recovering from a knee injury, experienced midfielder Danish Mujtaba wants to provide as much support as possible to captain Sardar Singh in the hockey team’s campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games here.

Silas triumphs

Monaco: Kenyan Silas Kiplagat shocked compatriot Asbel Kiprop to become the fourth-fastest 1,500m runner of all time at the Monaco Diamond League, on Friday. Kiplagat clocked three minutes, 27.64 seconds. Nijel Amos won the 800m event, defeating David Rudisha. Gatlin continued his unbeaten sprint season by running a personal best in the 200 metres with 19.68 seconds.

Chess tourney

Calcutta: WFM Swati Mohota accounted for Ashry Srivastava, while Sukanya Dutta and Arpita Mukherjee won their respective matches against Garima Sarda and Soumili Chandra in the opening round of the 41st West Bengal State Women’s Chess Championship.