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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Chelsea sign Rahman Baba

Ghana defender Abdul Rahman Baba is leaving Augsburg to join Premier League champions Chelsea. The Bundesliga side on Sunday said a deal has been agreed between the clubs but did not disclose a transfer fee. Chelsea confirmed the transfer on their Web site. “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world and I can’t wait to train with my new teammates and I am very much looking forward to working with them and Mr. [Jose] Mourinho,” the 21-year-old defender was quoted as saying by Chelsea. Baba joined Augsburg from second-division Greuther Fuerth last year, helping the side reach the Europa League in his only season at the club. He played 31 league games for Augsburg. “Abdul Rahman Baba has developed enormously and made a huge leap in one year with us,” Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter said. Baba told Augsburg’s Web site that “I have to take this chance to play at a top club in England, even if I’d set myself up for a long stay in Augsburg a year ago. I felt very comfortable in the team.”

CYCLING

Wellens wins Benelux tour

Belgian rider Tim Wellens retained the Tour of Benelux title after Sunday’s seventh and final stage over 188.6km from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Geraardsbergen in Belgium, with Italian Manuel Quinziato winning the stage. The Lotto-Soudal rider had grabbed the overall race lead by winning Saturday’s s 208.6km sixth stage from Heerlen in the Netherlands to Houffalize in Belgium. Wellens, 24, clocked 26 hours 31 minutes and 5 seconds after the week’s race to finish top ahead of compatriot Greg Van Avermaet, who was overall second at 1 minute 59 seconds, with Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman third at 1 minute 17 seconds. Quinziato won the final stage in 4 hours 18 minutes and 18 seconds in a race for the line ahead of Belgian riders Bjorn Leukemans at 0.03 seconds and Yves Lampaert at 0.08 seconds.

OLYMPIC GAMES

Camera team robbed

A team employed by the city of Rio de Janeiro to film a road cycling test event for next year’s Olympic Games were robbed at gunpoint, according to Brazilian news reports on Sunday. Two armed men on a motorbike approached the group of five and robbed them of camera equipment and a mobile phone, the Globo news network said. The team were setting up to film 100 cyclists from 20 nations as they went past during the 164.9km road race. The Casa Digital agency told reporters they were not authorized to give details about the incident, but such armed robberies are not uncommon in Rio. Last year, the number of robberies in the city rose 25 percent, the biggest jump since records began in 1991, according to official figures. Officials said more than 85,000 law enforcement personnel are to be on duty during next year’s Olympic Games, the first to be held in South America.

TENNIS

Nishikori to rest hip injury

Japan’s Kei Nishikori has pulled out of next week’s ATP 250 tournament in Cincinnati to rest a minor hip injury ahead of the US Open. The world No. 4, who reached the final at Flushing Meadows last year, looked out of sorts in collapsing to a one-sided 6-3 6-0 semi-final loss to Briton Andy Murray in Montreal on Saturday. The 25-year-old hardcourt specialist said he did not think the injury would curtail his title bid at the US Open which starts in New York on Aug. 31. “I’ve never injured that part of the body but I expect to get better in a week,” Nishikori said in a statement to Kyodo news yesterday.

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