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Hamilton is fastest

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Budapest: Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest times in both the practice sessions of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday. He lapped the Hungaroring circuit with a best time of one minute 25.814 seconds in the morning and 1:24.482 in the afternoon.

Rosberg was second fastest in both, 0.183 and 0.238 slower than the 2008 champion in the sessions.

Ramunas wins

Bergerac: Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey. German John Degenkolb took second place, seven seconds behind, and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff finished.

AFA fined

Zurich: Fifa, on Friday, has reprimanded the Argentine FA (AFA) and fined it $33,200 after its national team players were pictured with a political banner before a friendly against Slovenia in June.

Drogba signs

London: Chelsea have re-signed Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Ljungberg move

New Delhi: The Indian Super League has got a further shot in the arm as Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg signed a deal with the franchise-based event with an aim to give Indian football a taste of English Premier League. “I am really excited to be involved with Indian football,” Ljungberg said.

Inspection

Calcutta: A group of Fifa representatives will be here in October to conduct an inspection of the Salt Lake Stadium and other venues for the Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India.

It is learnt that the process of removal of artificial turf at Salt Lake and getting natural grass back there would begin in May next year.

Soccer camp

Calcutta: The Debanjan Sen Foundation will conduct a soccer clinic from August 4 to 16 at St James’ School ground for the boys selected from the Keventer Cup.

The camp includes a fitness-training programme and will be supervised by former East Bengal captain Anit Ghosh along with Nabarun Chatterjee. The selected boys will have to be present at The Heritage school ground on Saturday.

PCI mulls ban

Glasgow: Even as confusion prevailed over how para-athlete Sachin Choudhary came here as a part of the Indian Commonwealth Games contingent without dope clearance, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) was contemplating a life ban on the powerlifter.

Bhullar fifth

Moscow: Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied fifth as he hit one-under 71 to card a total of six-under 138 at the Russian Open, here, on Friday. SSP Chowrasia, who shot two-under 70, also made the cut.

Funds crunch

Bangalore: KSLTA is assured of a help of Rs 1 crore from the state government but the tennis body still needs to raise another 1.57 crore through sponsors to host India’s Davis Cup tie against formidable Serbia in September.