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Lampard in NYFC

New York: Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed for new Major League Soccer club New York City FC (NYFC) on a two-year contract, the team said on Thursday.

“It is a very exciting challenge for me. I had a fantastic 13 years with Chelsea that I can look back with pride upon. I want to carry on challenging myself,” he said.

Luis ‘debut’

Barcelona: Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid, with the first El Clasico of the season on 26 October.

Jail sentence

Singapore: Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang was sentenced to three years in jail on Thursday after being found guilty of bribing three Lebanese soccer referees with prostitutes to fix a match. Ding, 32, was found guilty last month of the offence prior to an AFC Cup fixture between Singapore's Tampines Rovers and East Bengal in April 2013.

Trio named

Calcutta: Ajai Appachu, Fouaad Mirza and Nadia Haridass, three of Karnataka’s senior show jumpers, would take part in the equestrian event of the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, from September 19 to October 4.

Nibali wins

Hautacam: Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage on Thursday. France’s Thibaut Pinot was second, 1:10 behind, and Poland’s Rafal Majka finished third.