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Published:Saturday | July 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Falcao joins Chelsea on loan


Radamel Falcao has clinched a deal to stay in the English Premier League at champions Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco despite a lacklustre stint at Manchester United.

United rejected the opportunity to permanently sign the Colombia striker, who scored four goals in 29 appearances.

The 29-year-old Falcao is being reunited at Chelsea with former Atletico Madrid teammates Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, and Diego Costa.

Falcao says he "can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe".

UEFA lifts Man City, PSG sanctions


UEFA lifted key Financial Fair Play sanctions from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) yesterday after both clubs met spending limits imposed last year.

The decision lets both clubs spend more on player transfers and wages, UEFA said.

Both clubs also avoided being fined US$22.2 million of Champions League prize money they earned last season. Fines would have been triggered for further overspending.

Last off season, the threat of further sanctions appeared to block Man City's interest in signing Radamel Falcao from Monaco. PSG also ended attempts to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. Both players joined Manchester United.

Sri Lanka reach 272-8

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Opener Dimuth Karunarane was the only batsman to handle Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah as he notched his second century in leading Sri Lanka to 272-8 at stumps on the first day of the third Test yesterday.

Karunaratne saw off a difficult period in the morning when Pakistan's seamers had lot of help from the pitch. After opener Kaushal Silva fell with the total on 15, he added 91 runs for the second wicket with Upul Tharanga. The left-hander met Yasir confidently, but he was the only one on his team.

Karunaratne reached three figures off 188 deliveries when he pushed a full delivery from Azhar Ali to mid-wicket for two runs, and became the first Sri Lankan to score a century at Pallekele.

He was eventually stumped for 130, having batted for nearly six hours. He faced 230 deliveries, and hit 14 boundaries.