Turan leaves Atletico for Barcelona
BARCELONA • Barcelona on Monday announced the signing of Turkish international midfielder Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal for a fee that could reach 41 million euros (S$61 million).
However, the 28-year-old will not be able to make his Barca debut until January, by which time the reigning European champions will have completed a Fifa-imposed transfer ban.
Casillas free to join Porto, says agent
MADRID • Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received an offer from FC Porto, his agent revealed yesterday.
Casillas, 34, has two years left on his contract with Real Madrid and, according to Carlo Cutropia , the club will allow the player to leave as a free agent so he can sign a two-year deal with Porto.
De Villiers on track for Springboks comeback
JOHANNESBURG • Skipper Jean de Villiers is set to play for the Springboks on Saturday - eight months after a knee injury threatened to end his rugby career.
The South African Rugby Union said the 34-year-old inside centre would be considered for selection when the team to play a World XV in Cape Town are named today.
Budapest bids to host 2024 Games
BUDAPEST • The Hungarian parliament on Monday approved Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, pitting the city against Boston, Paris and Rome.
Since Moscow in 1980, no country from Eastern Europe has hosted the Olympics.
Murray headlines Brits' Davis Cup bid
LONDON • Andy Murray will lead Britain's bid to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1981 when they face France in the last-eight at Queen's Club next week.
World No. 3 Murray was named yesterday in the squad for the tie against last year's runners-up.