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Kidnap & release

Buenos Aires: The lawyer for Carlos Tevez has revealed the father of the Argentina and Juventus star was kidnapped on Tuesday, but was released eight hours later and appeared to be physically unharmed. Lawyer Gustavo Galasso said the forward’s father “is in good shape” as he announced the news. Argentine TV station C5N said Carlos’s father was set free after a payment of $400,000.

Barca plans

Barcelona: Barcelona want to use Lionel Messi to help expand commercial ties with Russia despite diplomatic tensions between Moscow and the West, the Spanish club’s vice-president Javier Faus said on Tuesday. Russia and Brazil were places where the club did not have a major business partner and while Argentine Messi could help in Russia, Brazilian Neymar could do the same in his native country, Faus said.

Drogba target

London: An excited Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea to try to help the former European champions end a five-year wait to land the Premier League title, he said on Tuesday.

“Five years is a long time not to win the Premier League so I want to win it,” Drogba told the club website.

Origi signs

London: Liverpool signed teenager Divock Origi on Tuesday before immediately loaning the Belgium World Cup striker back to Ligue 1 side Lille for next season, said the five-times European champions.

Vidal future

Rome: Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is not heading for Manchester United but is fundamental to champions Juventus and is happy to stay, the Italian club’s manager Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

Manager in trouble

New Delhi: The manager of the Indian shotgun shooting team, Ararul Hassan Choudhury, was Tuesday detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for carrying prohibited ammunition while the team was returning from Glasgow after participating in the Commonwealth Games.

Mumbai win

Calcutta: U Mumba notched up their third win in four games when they edged out Patna Pirates 36-33 in the final game of the Mumbai leg to remain on top of the table in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, at the NSCI Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Table tennis

Calcutta: Shreyoshi Hazra and Chiranjib Chowdhury won the men’s and women’s singles titles in the Kalyan Jayant memorial Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday. While Shreyoshi defeated Sammriddhi Banik 11-8, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8, Chiranjib outclassed Tarak Roy 11-3, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4.

Tennis meet

Calcutta: Asish Sinha and Rupkatha Mukherjee won the boys’ and girls’ titles at the DKS-AITA Talent Series at the DKS Sports Complex. In the final, Asish beat Mudit Bhagat 6-3, 6-1 while Rupkatha overcame Nikhar Roy Chowdhuri 6-2,6-1.