Spanish vow: Spanish Olympic committee president Alejandro Blanco made an ‘inviolable commitment’ that Madrid 2020 will not spend a single above-the-budget, additional euro to host the Summer Games.
Bale shirts: Real Madrid put shirts bearing Gareth Bale’s name up for sale in their online store on Thursday. Negotiations between them and Tottenham Hotspur over a transfer are believed to be in advanced stages.
Alonso surgery: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone surgery on a broken bone in his right foot. Madrid did not indicate how long the Spanish international footballer was expected to be out of action.
Spurs triumph: Andros Townsend played a starring role in Tottenham’s 5-0 win at Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League on Thursday. Townsend scored the first goal and set up two others for Paulinho and Soldado.
Major doubt: Lionel Messi is a major doubt for Barcelona’s trip to Malaga after being forced off with an injury during the club’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. If he does not play, Neymar could be handed his first start.
Gleneagles golf: SSP Chowrasia opened with a one-under 71 while Jeev Milkha Singh carded one-over 73 in the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship. Chowrasia had three birdies and two bogeys.
New role: Sourav Ganguly on Friday became chairman of Bengal’s cricket coaching committee. The former left-hander will lead a five member panel, the CAB decided at its working committee meeting.
Archery success: The Indian women&’s recurve archery team of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buriuly on Friday advanced to the final of World Cup Stage 4 in Wroclaw, staying contention for a gold.
Enter Southgate: Former Middlesbrough manager and ex-England defender Gareth Southgate has been named England Under-21 head coach on a three-year contract. He replaces Stuart Pearce.
Ghoshal, Chinappa win: Top seeds Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa annexed the singles crown in the men’s and women’s section, respectively, at the 61st senior National Squash championship on Friday.
Madrid interest: Real Madrid have made a bid to sign Brazilian striker Henrique on a one-year loan deal. The Spanish giants contacted Henrique’s club, Botafogo, last week. Real Madrid would not pay a transfer fee.
Injury blow: Defending EPL champions Manchester City&’s captain Vincent Kompany is set for a month-long spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin injury in opening match, manager Manuel Pellegrini said.
Mehra wins: Veteran Delhi golfer Smriti Mehra pulled off a stunning final round of four-under 68 to win the eighth leg of the INR 5,00,000 Hero-KGA Pro Golf Championships 2013 at the KGA golf course.
Boateng to return: AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng has written to the Ghana Football Association (to confirm his availability to play for the Black Stars again after nearly two years of absence.