Sports Digest, January 28, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 January, 2013, 4:36am


Juventus take Anelka off Shanghai Shenhua

Juventus have signed striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract. The former France international, 33, becomes the Serie A champions' second big-name signing in a week after the capture of Spain international Fernando Llorente. "I'm really happy to be here," Anelka said after arriving in Turin by private jet. Anelka has also played for PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea, among others, before a big money move to Shanghai, where according to French media reports, he was bored in the Chinese top flight. AFP


Slagter opens account with Down Under title

Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter from Blanco Pro Cycling won the UCI World Tour's season-opening Tour Down Under yesterday, securing his first title as a professional. Slagter stayed out of trouble in the final 90-kilometre stage through the streets of Adelaide to win the general classification in 18 hours, 28 minutes and 32 seconds, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Spaniard Javier Moreno (Movistar) and 25 seconds clear of British rider Geraint Thomas (Sky Pro Cycling). Slagter, a former speed skater who only took up cycling to stay fit during the summer months, was almost at a loss to describe his emotions after his victory. "It's really strange for me, I'd never won a race like this," the 23-year-old said. "My first win was [on stage three] at Stirling, and that I take the jersey now, it's really amazing. I can't believe it actually." AFP


Anti-Muslim chants fail to deter Beitar sign-ups

A Jerusalem soccer team were in turmoil after some fans lashed out at the owner's plan to sign two Muslim players, insisting the club would remain "pure". Israeli media reported on Saturday that Arkady Gaydamak, the Russian-Israeli owner of Beitar Jerusalem, had decided to sign two Chechen players from Russian team Terek Grozny. During a game that day, some sections of the crowd chanted slogans including "No Arab will tread here" and waved a huge banner reading "Beitar - pure forever". Beitar have earned a reputation for a hard core of anti-Arab fans. Last March, 16 Beitar supporters were arrested after they surged into a mall following a match screaming "Death to Arabs!" Footage of the incident showed the fans spitting on Arab women in the mall and then assaulting Arab men who tried to intervene. Gaydamak remained steadfast in his decision to bring in the Chechen players, reported to be Zaur Sadaev and Dzhabrail Kadaev. "[It] is very clear that the absolute majority of Beitar supporters and general Israeli population are against the anti-Muslim provocation created by the very small group of supporters," he said. He insisted he was "absolutely" going to bring the players to Beitar. AFP