Sports Digest, January 29, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 5:58am

Galatasaray bid to sign Drogba from Shanghai

Turkish club Galatasaray confirmed yesterday they are negotiating a deal that would take Ivory Coast's veteran striker Didier Drogba to Istanbul from Shanghai. "Galatasaray Sports Club has begun official negotiations regarding the transfer of Ivorian professional football player Didier Drogba from FC Shanghai Shenhua," the club said. Turkish media reported agreement had been reached on an 18-month contract that would pay Drogba €7 million (HK$72.7 million) for the contract with a bonus of €30,000 for each match played. Drogba left Chelsea for Shanghai last year after helping the London side to their first Champions League title. AFP


Schleck defiant after quitting in Australia

Andy Schleck has shaken off concerns he could struggle to make a mark at this year's Tour de France after the Radioshack-Leopard rider made a less than convincing start to the new season in Australia last week. The 27-year-old Luxembourger struggled in the Adelaide heat and abruptly returned to his hotel after a mechanical problem in Sunday's final stage ended his Tour Down Under campaign prematurely. "I have no doubt I have the engine to come back," said Schleck, who was almost 40 minutes behind the leader when he abandoned the race on Sunday. "It's just a matter of working well and doing the right things. I need to be patient." A crash prior to last season's Tour de France ruined his 2012 season and an overweight Schleck staged a brief comeback at the Tour of Beijing in October. "My feelings are a lot better - if you have pictures from Beijing, I was basically a fat pig," he said. "I was 4kg more than now." Reuters


BC Rangers player on Malaysian club radar

Lam Hok-hei of BC Rangers may have a chance to play soccer overseas after being spotted by Malaysian Super League leaders Pahang. A Pahang delegation was in town last week to scout Rangers striker Giovane da Silva, but were more impressed by Lam, 21. Rangers director Philip Lee Fai-lap said Lam wasn't ready, however. "I don't think he has the quality to be a foreign player," said Lee, who said Pahang have not yet made a formal offer. "Maybe he can after a couple of more years ... but this is not the right time." Chan Kin-wa