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Madrid, Aug 9: Real Madrid have reached an agreement to buy goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from London club Chelsea. The Belgian international has signed a six-year deal with the record European football champions.

Real Madrid said on their website that 26-year-old Courtois already has gained extensive experience in European football, noting that he stands 1.99 meters (6-foot-5) and praising his “ability between the sticks”, reports Efe.

According to media reports, Real Madrid will pay Chelsea around $40 million to buy Courtois.

The move comes four years after Real Madrid signed Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, who gained international recognition with his outstanding performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has been the starting goalkeeper for a Blancos club that has won the last three Champions League titles. Navas will turn 32 in December.

Courtois began his senior career with Belgian club Genk, where he played from 2009 to 2011. After joining Chelsea in 2011, he was loaned to Atletico Madrid and played for the Colchoneros from 2011 to 2014.

He later returned to Chelsea in 2014 and competed for the London club for four seasons, becoming a standout player and winner of the Premier League Golden Glove (for most clean sheets) in the 2016-2017 season.

Courtois also was named the most outstanding goalkeeper of the recently concluded 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he helped lead Belgium to a best-ever third-place finish.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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