first_imgBEIJING (AP): Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua said yesterday that they paid an US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid US$40 million over two years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to divulge details of the transaction. Tevez is expected to join team training on the Japanese island of Okinawa next month, with a formal introduction to follow soon afterward. The next Super League season begins in March. Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG sealed a deal with Oscar from Chelsea. Other stars to join Chinese clubs include the Brazilians Hulk, Ramires and Paulinho, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tevez will be coached by Gus Poyet, the former Sunderland and Real Betis manager who became Shenhua’s manager in November. Other internationally recognised managers in the Chinese Super League include Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas, and Hebei China Fortune’s Manuel Pellegrini. China’s government wants to turn the country into a football power, setting the goal of having a team capable of winning the World Cup by 2050. Leading the national team is Italian coach Marcello Lippi, signed earlier this year to a hefty contract of his own. China has also invested in youth soccer and building stronger pipelines to develop homegrown talent.last_img read more


first_imgRoberto Di Matteo paid tribute to his players – and Didier Drogba in particular – after Chelsea’s incredible triumph in Munich.And the Italian refused to discuss his future amid calls for him to be installed as manager after leading the Blues to Champions League glory.Di Matteo told Sky: “We have a group of players that have a big heart, passion and desire and that was the only way to achieve this trophy.“It was an immense effort from everyone and we are very happy. Bayern is a good team and when they scored there wasn’t much time left and in a game like this you need players to rise to the occasion.“He’s [Drogba] been incredible for this club. He scored a fantastic goal to keep us in the game and then the penalty to win it.”More reaction to follow later.Who was your Chelsea man of the match? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government would compensate 8,000 fishermen families who would bear losses due to the fishing ban imposed for protection of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.The annual fishing ban would be in force from November, 2019 to May 31, 2020 during which lakhs of turtles would arrive at the Odisha coast for mass nesting. The fishermen families would be paid a compensation of ₹7,500 per month.On Thursday, the high power committee for protection and conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles, chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed officials not to harass small traditional fishermen who carry out fishing without power boats.According to the guidelines, trawlers with 30 HP or more are banned up to 20 km inside the sea, particularly in Olive congregation area and their buffer zones in three river mouths, namely Dhamara, Devi and Rushikulya.The State government will set up 66 offshore patrolling camps this year to keep a close watch on fishing ban violators.“Babubali, Agarnasi, Devinasi and Purunabandha will be bases for sea-going patrol. Seized vessels will be kept at Barunei, Gupti, Sanapeta and Krishnapriyapur,” said Hari Sankar Upadhyay, Principal Chief Wildlife Warden of Odisha.Each patrolling camp would be provided with VHF communication devices and mobile phones. There would be regular intelligence sharing among the Indian Coastguard, patrolling ships, and various camps and marine police.last_img read more


first_imgThe All India Tennis Association (AITA) is contemplating some strong steps, including dropping Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, when the selectors meet here on Saturday to pick the Davis Cup team for the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie against New Zealand.This has been prompted by the Indian tennis contingent’s disappointing performance at the London Olympics.Bhupathi and Bopanna, who paired up against the selection committee’s original decision, lost to Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in the second round.AITA had warned the duo of disciplinary action for sticking to their stand.”The Olympic performance of the players will be taken into consideration,” a selector told MAIL TODAY on condition of anonymity.”We are also going to take into account the attitude of the players before finalising the team. The committee is aware that some strong decisions need to be taken,” he added.The selection row before the Olympics had turned ugly. Leander Paes had refused to partner Vishnu Vardhan while Bhupathi and Bopanna did not budge from their stand.Paes, finally, agreed to play with the rookie as India fielded its biggest tennis contingent at the Games.Paes and Vishnu gave a tough fight to second seeds Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga before bowing out.The positive from the Olympic campaign was however Vishnu, who showed guts in playing against some top players.”He was very impressive,” the selector said.Somdev Devvarman is expected to return after an eight-month injury lay-off to shoulder the responsibility in singles. Yuki Bhambri is likely to be the second singles player.If Bhupathi and Bopanna are kept out, Paes and Vardhan will do the doubles duty.India have come out on top in each of their last three meetings with New Zealand in 2002, 2003 and 2004, after losing the first three in the 1970s.India will meet New Zealand in Chandigarh from September 14 to 16.The winners will stay in Group I, while the losing team will have to deal with another play-off, against Chinese Taipei.advertisementlast_img read more