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December 2017

Sao Paulo eyeing permanent deal for Hebei China Fortune midfielder Hernanes

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 31: Sao Paulo are seeking to secure Hebei China Fortune loanee Hernanes on a permanent deal, according to the Brazilian club's football director Ricardo Rocha.Hernanes rejoined his original club in July on a 12-month loan but the Chinese Super League outfit have the option of ending the deal on December 31, reports Xinhua news agency. "The most important thing is that Hernanes stays. He is fundamental and has given us a greater quality both on and off the pitch," Rocha told SporTV on…

Anderson defeats Bautista Agut, earns tennis title in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, Dec 31: South Africa's Kevin Anderson defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championship here.Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, played more solidly than Bautista Agut, who failed to rally in the second set on Saturday, reports Efe. This is the first time Anderson has won the title at the exhibition tournament, which the so-called "Big Four" -- Swiss great Roger Federer, Nadal, Serbian star Novak Djokovic and…

Jelena stuns Serena in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, Dec 31: Latvian tennis player Jelena Ostapenko defeated American Serena Williams 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship here.This was Williams' first match back since winning the 2017 Australian Open title, after ending her season to focus on her pregnancy, reports Efe. Almost four months after giving birth to a baby girl, Serena was back on the court on Saturday. However, the 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko spoiled her comeback in the exhibition tournament. Despite rallying from a…

Nitin Patel agrees to resume work

Ahmedabad, Dec 31 (IANS) After sulking for two days, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday agreed to join the Vijay Rupani-led government.Patel told the media he took the decision after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah promised that he would get the portfolios commensurate with his stature. Chief Minister Rupani will submit the list of portfolios to the Governor later Sunday. Patel staged a revolt by refusing to join office after the portfolios of Finance, Petrochemicals and Urban Development…

Sassuolo snatches 1-1 draw against Roma

Rome, Dec 31: Roma was held to a 1-1 draw by Sassuolo in a Serie A 19th round match at the Olimpico stadium here.Lorenzo Pellegrini opened the scoring for Roma 31 minutes into the match on Saturday, reports Efe. With 12 minutes to go, Simone Missiroli netted the equaliser to give Sassuolo a 1-1 away draw. Roma remains in the fourth position with 39 points, one point behind Inter Milan, which is set to host fifth-placed Lazio later on Saturday. Sassuolo is in 14th place with 21 points. Udinese won 2-1 in an away…
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