La Liga rejects payment by Neymar’s lawyers of buyout clause

La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Barcelona forward Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros (£198m). The Brazil international, 25, is set to sign for Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave on Wednesday. La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa’s Financial Fair Play…

Pujara, Rahane tons give India early edge

If Cheteshwar Pujara, combined with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, had put the Sri Lankans on a hospital bed with hundreds in the first Test, India’s number three took out a surgical knife and precisely carved the hosts open on the opening day of the second Test. Pujara made a superb unbeaten 128, while Ajinkya Rahane…