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Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

The two-match SS Steel International Friendly Series ended all square after hosts Bangladesh U-23 suffered a 0-1 defeat against their Nepalese counterparts at the Sylhet District Stadium yesterday. Substitute midfielder Sushil KC struck the all-important goal for Nepal in the 78th minute to beat the hosts, who had won the first match of the...

Views split on split-captaincy

Bangladesh's dismal run in international cricket this year led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) directors discussing the possibility of introducing...

Gazi out of WI Tests

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has been withdrawn from the Test series against the West Indies due to begin on September 5. The...

Sharma ruled out of series

India opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series in England after suffering a broken...

Tigers begin 3-dayer today

With a view to fine tune skills before the two-match Test series, the Tigers play a three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis starting from today at the Warner Park in St Kitts. “The weather is fine at this moment and the boys are now practising. Everybody is looking forward to the Test series and the three-day match will help the boys to change gears,” said selector cum team operation manager Habibul Bashar over telephone yesterday.  “The team had a...

Utseya hattrick goes in vain

Utseya hattrick goes in vain

South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hattrick from spinner Prosper Utseya to beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the third match of the triangular series on Friday. Utseya, who finished with career-best figures of five for 36, became only the second Zimbabwean to take a hattrick in a one-day international as...

Hockey team back to Dhaka

Having trained at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for the last 12 weeks, the national hockey team returned to Dhaka yesterday to take part in the World Hockey League (Round-1), which is set to get underway from September 5 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium. With Sri Lanka and Hong Kong being the other teams in the tournament, hosts Bangladesh are hoping to move to the next round as champions. Bangladesh, who beat both these teams on home...

US Open

Top seeds sail through

Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday. They were joined in the last 32 by 2012 winner Andy Murray and reigning Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova. But former world number one Ana Ivanovic, the eighth seed, and 2011 champion Samantha Stosur were knocked out on a day when stiff winds brought new...

3-on-3 b'ball underway

Cityc Open 3-on-3 Basketball Championship kicked off at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday, with 23 teams split into four groups taking part in the two-day event. A total of 26 matches took place in the opening day. The event was inaugurated by the president of Bangladesh Basketball Federation Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin where sponsor Citycell's head of corporate communications Taslim Ahmed was also present as special guest. The final will take place today at 4:30pm at the same venue.

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Rivals circle Juventus

Rivals circle Juventus

Juventus have been a class above the rest of the Serie A in the past three seasons but now they must contemplate going for a fourth successive title without coach Antonio Conte and a host of clubs believing they can wrest the crown from them. The title race will seek to revive Italian fans'...

UEFA Europa League

Spurs, Inter qualify

Spurs, Inter qualify

Tottenham and Inter Milan on Thursday qualified for the Europa League group stage draw but among those failing to make it across the play-off line were Lyon and Real Sociedad. Also missing from Friday's draw in Monaco were Hull City, Spurs' Premier League rivals who agonisingly on their first European adventure lost out on...

Barclays English Premier League

Di Maria set to play

Louis van Gaal admits not even his record-breaking swoop for Angel Di Maria will be enough to revive Manchester United immediately as the Argentina star prepares for his debut at Burnley on Saturday. Van Gaal shattered the British transfer record with his £59.7 million ($98 million) signing of Di Maria from Real Madrid as he continued a major overhaul of United's underachieving squad which has exceeded £130 million since he took charge. Di Maria should get his first taste of the...

Pirlo out for a month

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out for the first month of the season with a hip injury, the Serie A champions said on Thursday. Juventus said in a statement that an MRI had revealed a sprain and that "30 days will be necessary for a complete recovery". The announcement is an early blow for new coach Massimiliano Allegri, who took over in July after Antonio Conte resigned.  

Reus, Gomez recalled

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday named 18 of his World Cup winning squad for a friendly match against Argentina and the opening European Champion qualifier against Scotland next week. Strikers Marco Reus, who missed the World Cup due to injury, and Mario Gomez, who was overlooked for Brazil, return to the squad for the games in Dusseldorf on September 3 and Dortmund four days later. Squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover) Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich),...

Del Bosque rings changes

Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia was included in the Spain squad on Friday as the former world champions begin the defence of the European Championship following a dismal World Cup in Brazil. Coach Vicente del Bosque named his squad to play France in a friendly next month and the first Euro 2016 qualifying match against Macedonia. Squad Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol) Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Mikel...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
'Excited to be back in national colours'

'Excited to be back in national colours'

The arrival of Shakib Al Hasan brought some excitement to the last day of the two-day players' transfer for the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.  The news spread quickly that the ace all-rounder was heading for the country's premier venue after the uncertainty regarding his transfer process was...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
U-23s aim at series sweep

U-23s aim at series sweep

Fresh from a single-goal win over the Nepal U-23 team, Bangladesh U-23s are looking forward to wrapping up the two-match SS Steel International Friendly series with a victory when they take on the visitors at the Sylhet District Stadium today. The match will start at 5:00pm with state-owned Bangladesh Television (World) telecasting the match...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Tigers eye Tests

The Tigers' limited-overs campaign ended with the one-off T20 International called off due to incessant rain after 17 minutes of play at the Warner Park in St Kitts on Wednesday night. After being whitewashed in the three-match one-day series, the tourists had a good start in the match as the opening pair of Tamim Iqbal (11) and Anamul Haque (19) posted 31 for no loss in 4.4 overs before the match was called off more than two hours later. Mithun Ali...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Sachin backs ISL

Sachin backs ISL

Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday threw his weight behind the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL), saying it was the way forward to unearth football talent in the cricket-mad country. "There is a lot of sporting talent in the country, but no platform to showcase the talent. Perhaps ISL is the answer," Tendulkar said in Mumbai at the launch of the eight-city franchise-based tournament to be played in October-December. Tendulkar, who retired last year as the leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket, is co-owner of the Kochi franchise in the new league that has been modelled on the lines of cricket's cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). While the 40-year-old's fame...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Sharapova, Wawrinka battle thru' to 3rd Rd

French Open champion Maria Sharapova and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka survived some shaky moments Wednesday to book their third-round berths at the US Open. Sharapova, who lifted her fifth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, fought back from a set down in a gritty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over 95th-ranked Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. Sharapova and Wawrinka were the day's headliners as two-time defending women's champion Serena Williams and the top men Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Zimbabwe A itinerary announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) released the itinerary of the Zimbabwe A team's tour of Bangladesh yesterday. The second string Zimbabwean side will arrive in Dhaka on September 10 and fly for Cox's Bazar the very next day where they will play the first four-dayer against their Bangladesh counterparts at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium from September 14. The second four-day match is slated for September 21-24 at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium, where the two teams will also play three...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Gamage given women's cricket reins

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed former Sri Lanka paceman Janak Champika Gamage as the national women's team's head coach. The 50-year-old Gamage, who represented Sri Lanka in four ODIs, arrived in Dhaka yesterday to start his tenure after BCB gave him a one-year term. Gamage is a familiar face in Bangladesh cricket as he played with distinction in Dhaka Premier League for Wari, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Kalabagan between 1987 and 2000. In 2006 he returned to Bangladesh and...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
4 share lead

Four players shared the lead in the 40th National B Chess Championship at the close of the fourth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday. They are IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed, FM Debaraj Chatterjee and FM Mehdi Hasan Parag, who have now maximum four points from as many games. Five players -- FM Aminul Islam, Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, Saiful Islam Chowdhury, Delwar Hossain and Mohammad Sagar -- were jointly in second position with 3.5 points...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Walton boxing underway

Walton 13th National Men's Intermediate and the First Junior Women's Boxing Championships got underway yesterday at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium with some 116 boxers fighting it out for 11 gold medals. The Men's Intermediate featured 86 boxers, who will fight in six different categories -- 46kg, 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg and 69kg -- while the junior women's section comprised five categories: 36kg, 40kg, 50kg and 55 kg. On the opening day, all preliminary rounds were held after deputy sports minister...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
RONALDO Europe's best

RONALDO Europe's best

Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA's Best Player in Europe on Thursday. Ronaldo scored 17 goals in all as Real won the title for the 10th time. The Portuguese was presented with the award in Monte...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Liverpool draw Real

Liverpool draw Real

Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday. But the most mouth-watering draw saw 2013 champions Bayern Munich paired with Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E. It is the...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Arsenal through, Napoli crash out

Arsenal through, Napoli crash out

A goal by Chilean star Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal scrape into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday as they beat a plucky Turkish outfit Besiktas 1-0 in their play-off second leg clash for a 1-0 aggregate victory. Arsene Wenger's side managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men -- like the...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Eto'o calls time on Cameroon

Cameroon's four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o confirmed on Wednesday that he was calling time on his international career just days after he was stripped of the captaincy of the national side. "I inform you that I am ending my international career... Thank you to all Africa, and to all my fans for your unconditional support," the 33-year-old forward announced on his Twitter account. Eto'o, who had not been named in Cameroon's 25-man squad for the qualifiers for the...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Alonso set to join Bayern

German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid, they said on Thursday. The 32-year-old midfielder, who on Wednesday announced his retirement from international soccer after winning one World Cup and two European championships with Spain, is considered as a replacement for the injured Javi Martinez. He can help orchestrate Bayern's game from his deep-lying position while also providing leadership with holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara both...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Rooney takes over from Gerrard

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will take over from Steven Gerrard as England captain, manager Roy Hodgson announced during a press conference at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. The 28-year-old forward has won 95 caps since making his debut against Australia in February 2003, scoring 40 goals, and was also named captain of United two weeks ago. He succeeds Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, who stepped down after England's group-phase exit at the World Cup, and will begin his tenure as permanent captain in...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Platini won't challenge Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini announced Thursday that he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football's world body in an election next year. Platini told reporters he would concentrate on a new term in charge of Europe's governing body, leaving the path open for Blatter, 78, to win a fifth four-year term in charge of FIFA. Platini, who has called on Blatter to stand down next year and for change at the top of world football, said he told...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Tottenham sign Fazio

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Argentina defender Federico Fazio from Europa League champions Sevilla on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. "I'm really happy to be here at this club, this great club with very good players," the two-cap Argentina international told Tottenham's official Twitter account. "I come to Tottenham because I think it's a very good team, a very good club, very good fans. I know Spurs is a historic club in this country and league. This...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Giroud out for four months

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken tibia, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday. The France international was thought to have damaged his ankle after scoring a late equaliser in Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, but Wenger revealed that he had in fact broken his leg. "Giroud had surgery today for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Shakib return has CCDM stumped

Shakib return has CCDM stumped

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to lift Shakib Al Hasan's suspension from September 15 onwards has caused some hassles at the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metroploitan (CCDM), the organising committee of the Dhaka Premier League. The left-hander, whose six-month suspension was reduced to two months and eight days on Tuesday, will now be...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Pocket dynamo calls time

Pocket dynamo calls time

Whenever one takes a trip down memory lane to Bangladesh's two greatest one-day triumphs -- against Australia in Cardiff in 2005 and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean -- the now banned Mohammad Ashraful's name comes first, but not far behind is the diminutive figure of Aftab Ahmed. The...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Keeping feet on the ground

Despite a 1-0 win against Nepal U-23 side on Tuesday, the Bangladesh U-23 national team were keeping feet firmly on the ground and were focusing on the second and final international friendly which will be held at the Sylhet District Stadium on Friday. On their return to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) from after the match on Tuesday night, head coach Lodewijk de Kruif, captain Mamunul Islam, centre-back Atiqur Rahman Meshu and right-back Rayhan Hasan made brief speeches where...

US Open

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Teen power rules as Roger, Serena cruise

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the US Open on Wednesday, going down 6-3, 6-4 to China's Peng Shuai in the second round. Radwanska, the champion in Montreal in the run-up to the tournament, had also lost to the Chinese player at the same stage in New York in 2010. Her defeat continued her miserable record at the US Open where she has never got beyond the fourth round. Peng, the world number 39 who made the fourth round...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Raina ton sets up massive win

Suresh Raina's dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India's crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat by England in the preceding Test series. Raina's innings was the cornerstone of India's imposing 304 for six after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss. England, chasing a rain-adjusted 295...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
BFF seeks Japan's help

The Japan government wants to help the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) under the 'Sports for Tomorrow' programme, designed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. During a bilateral summit in May, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had held a meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who wished to extend his help Bangladesh's football development by providing training for national football coaches.     In this regard, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan's Senior Vice Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, held a meeting with state...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
AB masterclass topples 300 plus

AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday. The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe. It eclipsed the 187 put on...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Benaud from the bedroom?

Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on Test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. The 83-year-old former Australia captain has been absent from the commentary box since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee last October.

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Bolt's Indian innings

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first trip to India next week to play cricket against India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, organisers said on Tuesday. The cricket face-off -- titled 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends' -- is being organised by sportswear giants Puma and will take place at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on September 2. The format and details of the game have not been revealed. "Puma brings Usain Bolt down for a one-of-a-kind cricket...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Panyangara 'expelled'

Seamer Tinashe Panyangara has been removed from the Zimbabwe squad for the remainder of the triangular series for sharing an intimidating video of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson with his teammates. A Zimbabwe Cricket media release confirmed on Wednesday that Panyangara had been "expelled" from the Zimbabwe camp because of "indiscipline", but gave no further details. "The 28-year-old Panyangara has also been fined one match fee for his behaviour that the national team disciplinary committee found to be disruptive in the...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
MU humiliated by MK Dons

MU humiliated by MK Dons

Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and substitute Benik Afobe scored two goals apiece as United's defensive frailties were...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
'Di Maria is world class'

Manchester United announced on Tuesday that they have signed Argentina winger Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British-record transfer fee of £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros). The 26-year-old's move, on a five-year contract, shatters the previous British-record fee of £50 million paid by Chelsea to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011. "Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel di Maria has completed his transfer for a British-record fee of £59.7 million. Angel joins...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Alonso calls time on Spain

Alonso calls time on Spain

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. "I want to announce that my time with the Spanish national team has come to an end," he said in a statement. "The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Angel didn't ask to leave

Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) move to Manchester United. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had repeatedly stated over the past week that Di Maria had demanded an exit from the Spanish capital. The 26-year-old denied those suggestions, but did hint that the reason behind his departure had been the club's failure to give him an improved contract after his man-of-the-match...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Eto'o thanks Mourinho

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o said on Wednesday that there was no bad blood between him and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after completing his move to Everton. The 33-year-old scored 12 goals for Chelsea last season, but his relationship with Mourinho came under scrutiny after the Portuguese was caught on camera apparently casting doubt on Eto'o's age. At the time, Eto'o reacted by branding Mourinho a "fool", but after signing for Everton on a two-year contract, he said that he was happy...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Barca sign Douglas

La Liga giants Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira from Sau Paulo for an initial fee of four million euros ($5.2 million, £3.2 million), the club confirmed on Wednesday. The 24-year-old will sign a five-year deal and is expected to compete with compatriot Dani Alves for a place in the first team. The deal could rise to 5.5 million euros subject to the number of appearances he makes for the Catalans. "FC Barcelona and Sao Paulo FC...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Spurs snap up Dawson

Hull City announced on Tuesday that they have signed English centre-back Michael Dawson from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. Dawson, 30, has signed a three-year contract at the KC Stadium, having decided to end a nine-year association with Tottenham that saw him appointed club captain in 2012. "I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it," Dawson said on Tottenham's official Twitter feed. "I would like to say thank you to everyone...