Madrid: Atletico Madrid set up a last-four Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. Atletico’s 2-1 victory in the quarter final second leg, which made it 3-1 on aggregate, was Bilbao’s first reverse at their new San Mames arena. Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help Barcelona rout Levante 5-1 to make semis, winning the tie 9-2 on aggregate.
Vineeth in BFC
Calcutta: Bengaluru FC (BFC), on Thursday, signed CK Vineeth from United SC till the end of this season.
New Delhi: Subrata Paul, on Thursday, signed a six-month contract as the third goalkeeper of Danish top-tier club FC Vikings.
Calcutta: Jhumpa Khatun will lead the Bengal squad in the Junior National Girls’ Handball Championship, to be held in Indore, from February 1 to 6.
Lahiri fires 70
n Ahmedabad: Anirban Lahiri, on Thursday, posted a two-under 70 to card a total of 10-under 134 and stayed two-strokes ahead of the rest of the field at PGTI Ahmedabad Masters, here. Abhinav Lohan was placed second at eight-under-136.
Nicollet hits 78
Calcutta: Sharmila Nicollet, on Thursday, hit a six-over 78 in the second round of Leg 1 of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf tour to maintain her lead, at the RCGC, here. She carded a total of 10-over 154.
Jerez: Red Bull designer Adrian Newey went back to his drawing board on Thursday after another nightmare day for the F1 champions in pre-season testing. Daniel Ricciardo broke down on his first lap of the day and managed only two further circuits before Red Bull called time. Sebastian Vettel had returned home on Wednesday.
Dhaka: Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan has said Bangladesh will play against India, England and Australia in the next two years. He is hoping to sign the Members Participation Agreements by February 8 with the three countries to confirm the tours.
Calcutta: Cricket Australia, on Thursday, suspended Ashton Agar for Western Australia’s next four-day match after the spinner breached the Code of Behaviour during the Futures League match against Queensland on Wednesday. Agar, who showed dissent at an umpire’s decision, admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction.
Calcutta: Australia replaced injured batsman Shaun Marsh with Phillip Hughes on Thursday while clearing fit-again paceman Jackson Bird to join the team in South Africa for the three-Test series.