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SOCCER

Albion sign Rondon

English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on Monday said they had signed striker Salomon Rondon for a club-record deal “worth around £12 million” (US$19 million). Venezuela international Rondon has joined the Baggies on a four-year deal from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The fee surpasses the £10 million that Albion paid for Brown Ideye before the start of last season. “I am very happy to be here,” Rondon told Albion’s Web site. “This is a new opportunity in my career. The club showed a lot of interest in me. That’s what is important for a player. There are expectations of me. I can’t wait to be with the other players and to play.” Rondon, who has also played for Malaga and Rubin Kazan, caught the eye of Albion manager Tony Pulis after scoring 20 goals in 37 games for Zenit last season. “He’s got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,” Pulis said. “We hope he hits the ground running, of course, but understand it might take him time to settle. He’s 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential, but we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it’s a deal worth doing. He comes highly recommended. I have spoken to [Manchester City manager] Manuel [Pellegrini] and AVB [Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas], who have worked with him, and they were full of praise for the lad. We are looking forward to working with him.”

FOOTBALL

Suit against Galette dropped

The lawyer for Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette says a civil suit against the player has been dismissed. Galette was arrested in January in Louisiana after an alleged domestic dispute with a woman. Charges were dropped, but the episode remains under review by the league. The NFL also is reviewing a video that shows a man resembling Galette in a fight on a beach. Attorney Ralph Whalen says in a statement the woman’s civil suit was “frivolous” and the criminal case “meritless.” He says the civil suit was filed “only after we flatly rejected her ex-lawyer’s shakedown to pay her US$2 million” to not file the suit. Galette was signed by the Redskins on July 31, less than a week after he was cut by the Saints.

CYCLING

Froome to ride Vuelta

Tour de France winner Chris Froome is to ride in this year’s edition of the Vuelta a Espana, set to start in less than two weeks. Race organizers announced on Monday that Froome will be on Sky’s team for the three-week grand tour. Froome, a two-time Tour winner, has finished the Vuelta in second place twice, in 2011 and last year. The British rider will join Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali as the favorites for the overall victory. Alberto Contador will not attempt to defend his title from last year. The Vuelta begins on Aug. 22 in Puerto Banus on the southern coast.

CYCLING

Viviani wins Eneco stage 1

Elia Viviani sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Eneco Tour following a 183.5km ride around Bolsward in the Netherlands on Monday. The Italian Team Sky sprinter edged out Dutchmen Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing), while Tour de France sprint star Andre Greipel could manage only fourth after launching his dash for the line too early. Yesterday’s second of seven stages is a 180km ride around Breda, also in the Netherlands. The Eneco Tour finishes on Sunday in Geraardsbergen in Belgium.

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