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Teams look for fresh start

Teams look for fresh start

A glance at Bangladesh's cricket statistics in the last three years would rate Khulna as one of the happier hunting grounds for the Tigers at home. The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, which stands tall along the Khulna-Jessore highway, witnessed a number ten batsman score a century on his Test debut back in the winter...

Younis in 8K-run club

Younis in 8K-run club

Australia were left with a daunting task to save the second...

'Want to be remembered as a team man'

Team man not greatness is what Younis Khan wants to be remembered for in Pakistan's cricket history after his epic double...

Mehedi fires Magnum

A half-century from Mehedi Hasan (63) helped First Division league leaders Magnum Cricketers beat Dhanmondi Progoti Sangho by two wickets in...

Cricket meet named after Malala

Pakistan's cricket authorities have named their under-21 women's tournament after Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai in an effort to encourage girls to take up the game. Malala, who campaigns for the right of all children to go to school, survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and earlier this month became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel peace prize. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the Under-21 women's event to be held in December this year would be dedicated to...

WC lifeline for Ryder

Troubled New Zealand batting star Jesse Ryder was handed a World Cup lifeline Friday when selectors included him in the New Zealand A squad to tour the United Arab Emirates next month. Ryder has had numerous off-field issues involving alcohol and has not played for the Black Caps since February, when he went on a late-night drinking session in Auckland before the start of a Test series against India. His chances of representing New Zealand at the World Cup looked bleak...

Proteas looking for momentum

South Africa hope a win against Australia in a Twenty20 series getting under way this week will set them on the path for a successful summer, coach Russell Domingo said Friday. The Proteas are in Australia for three T20 matches before a five-match one-day series in mid-November ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March. Domingo said the Proteas were determined to create a winning habit early on tour. "It's all about momentum," Domingo told reporters. "If...

Murray qualifies for World Tour Finals

Andy Murray guaranteed his place at the World Tour Finals on Thursday while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed neck and neck in their battle for world number one at the Paris Masters. Djokovic overcame Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final match of the day with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) victory to become the eighth quarterfinalist. The world number one now faces Murray in a repeat of their 2012 US Open final when the Scot won his first Grand Slam title. Murray,...

Rana raring for action

National hockey team's midfielder Kamruzzaman Rana is all set to return to action this month through the National Hockey League for Bangladesh Navy following the withdrawal of his domestic and international suspension. Rana, along with Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, Imran Hasan Pintoo and Zahid Hossain, was handed punishment of various terms by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) for alleged 'under-performance and breach of discipline' during the 2013 Asia Cup. The two-year domestic suspension on Rana was lifted on October 27, just...

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Barca aim to rebound

Barca aim to rebound

Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The Catalans' defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu was their first in the league since coach Luis Enrique left Celta in May...

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United scent City blood

Scarred by a run of three games without victory, misfiring Premier League champions Manchester City will attempt to reassert their authority when they host derby rivals Manchester United this weekend. Having blown a two-goal lead to draw at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, City fell six points behind league leaders Chelsea after losing at West Ham United and were then knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United. Wednesday's 2-0 loss at home to Newcastle came despite City manager...

Bundes Liga

'Bayern not out to weaken Dortmund'

On the eve of their Bundesliga showdown, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted his club are not trying to weaken rivals Borussia Dortmund by attempting to sign Marco Reus. Bayern host Dortmund at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday with Borussia having finished second to the Bavarians for the last two seasons. But Dortmund currently lag 14 points behind leaders Bayern and are 15th in the table after four consecutive defeats -- one of the worst starts to a league season...

Gerrard may leave L'pool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he is prepared to ply his trade elsewhere if he is not offered a new contract. Gerrard's current deal expires at the end of the season and the midfielder says talks over a new deal are yet to take place. The 34-year-old has previously hinted he would be open to the idea of playing abroad following Frank Lampard's move to MLS expansion franchise New York City. And a departure from his boyhood club - where he...

FIFA sorry for Crimea blunder

FIFA has apologised for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia. The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday. The strategic peninsula of Crimea, long home to Russian military bases, was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, sparking the worst crisis between Russia and the West...

Ref says no pay, no play

The Greek Cup qualifier between Super League club Niki Volos and second division Zakynthos was cancelled Thursday after the home team could not raise enough money to pay the referees. Referee Michalis Voskakis waited 30 minutes from the start of the match for Niki officials to provide the 3,600 euros to pay the four match officials but when they failed to do so, they called off the game. Football federation regulations call for the match to be awarded 3-0 to Zakynthos...

Corinthians till I die

Fans of Brazilian giants Corinthians will be able to show their allegiance for eternity after the club confirmed plans to open a dedicated cemetery for their supporters. Up to 70,000 plots will be available for fans in the "Corinthians Forever" graveyard due to open in 2015, the club announced. The vast complex will also be the final resting place of legendary figures from the club's history. Plots will cost between 4,500 and 7,800 reais (between $1,870 and $3,240) depending on the area...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Test caravan moves to Khulna

Test caravan moves to Khulna

Hosts Bangladesh reached Khulna last night along with the visiting Zimbabwe side, to play the second of their three-match Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on November 3. The Tigers are leading the series 1-0, courtesy of a three-wicket win at Mirpur. The home team will hope to secure the series in...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
PM okays 490 mini-stadia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured the youth and sports ministry that funds would be allocated for the construction of mini-stadiums in 490 upazillas in a bid to increase the infrastructure and facilities available, said deputy sports minister Arif Khan Joy. The Prime Minister visited the youth and sports ministry yesterday as part of her regular visit to Bangladesh Secretariat. She spent three hours there to exchange views with state minister Biren Sikder, deputy minister Joy and senior officials of the...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took early advantage of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The 36-year-old, who smashed twin hundreds in the first Test, notched 111 not out for his 27th century to help Pakistan close the opening day on a solid footing of 304-2 after they won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. In the last over before stumps Azhar Ali also completed his sixth Test hundred and was unbeaten on 101 on a day Australia used as many as eight bowlers and unusual fielding placings but...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
BCB XI keep final hopes alive

BCB XI kept their hopes of reaching the final of the Acharya Memorial Trophy alive after a 74-run victory against Bengal at Jadavpur University's 2nd Campus Ground, Salt Lake yesterday. Their fate will now be decided by the outcome of today's last league match between Mumbai and Karnataka. Mumbai have already confirmed their final berth and if they beat Karnataka today, then BCB XI will be their opponents in the Final on November 2nd, at the same venue. Bangladesh lost their...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Deal with Hummel in the works

Hummel International, a Denmark-based sportswear manufacturer, has recently shown interest in sponsoring the kits for the Bangladesh National Football League, following the national U-23 team's performance in last month's Asian Games in Korea. It is the first time that an international sports gear manufacturer has approached the Bangaldesh Football Federation to sponsor kits for the national team, which currently has no clothing sponsor as their 3-year deal with mobile operator Grameenphone expired in late-2012. “Though they have approached with the view...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
B'desh-China friendlies in doubt?

Deputy minister for youth and sports Arif Khan Joy has instructed the authority concerned to reconsider allotment of funds for four friendly football matches between Bangladesh and China at youth level in an effort to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bangladesh-China diplomatic relationship. The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has estimated a budget of Tk one crore for four friendly matches -- two in China and two in Bangladesh -- after the youth and sports ministry had proposed the BFF...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Benaud set to be back in the box

Richie Benaud is set to make his broadcasting return a year after a serious car crash. The 84-year-old former Australia captain, revered throughout cricket and one of the sport's best-loved commentators, sustained shoulder and chest injuries when he lost control of his vehicle in October last year. He is now set for a tentative comeback on Australian network Channel Nine, with the possibility of further appearances during a busy 2015 schedule.

Published Date: October 31, 2014
NSC demands its dues from BCB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been asked by the National Sports Council (NSC) to pay its dues, but neither party could confirm the amount. “We issued a letter to the BCB in August asking them to pay all their dues. We are supposed to receive fifteen percent royalty of the gate money and ten percent of sponsorship deals, but since 1999 the NSC didn't receive any royalties from BCB. I am not sure about the amount, but BCB informed...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Sachin, Steve honoured

Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap on Wednesday when the Indian batting legend was inducted as one of the latest honourees in the Bradman Foundation. At a gala dinner held at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground, former Australian captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar. Tendulkar's appearance at the annual Bradman Foundation dinner is fitting as the late Aussie great once famously said that the Indian's technique reminded him of...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Madrid coaches in port city

Madrid coaches in port city

Aiming to support healthy growth of children through sports, a three-day Kids Football Clinic kicked off in the port city's MA Aziz Stadium yesterday, under supervision of the world famous coaches of Real Madrid Foundation. As part of their corporate social responsibility, YKK Holding Asia and YKK Bangladesh have jointly organised the clinic, where...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Newcastle KO Man City

Newcastle United visited fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday that dumped the holders out of the League Cup. Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put Alan Pardew's side ahead in the sixth minute and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a superb solo goal 14 minutes from time to send Newcastle into the quarter-finals. Champions City, who saw midfielder David Silva forced off by injury, have now gone three games without victory in all...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Genoa stun Juventus

Genoa stun Juventus

An injury-time goal from Genoa midfielder Luca Antonini handed Juventus their first defeat of the season Wednesday when a 2-0 win for Roma allowed the title challengers to pull level at the top of Italy's Serie A. Udinese's 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina allowed AC Milan, held 1-1 at Cagliari, to move three places up...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Bayern Munich's France winger Franck Ribery has accepted Hamburg's apology after one of their fans hit him in the face with a scarf during the Bavarians' German Cup win. Ribery scored for title-holders Bayern in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Hamburg in the second round of the German Cup. But Ribery was insulted in added time...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Kerala blast static Pune

Kerala Blasters came back from being a goal down to FC Pune City to register a 2-1 victory at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune in the seventh match of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday evening. David Trezeguet had put his side ahead midway into the first half but the equalizer came before the break through CS Sabeeth. Penn Orji made an instant impact on the proceedings by scoring the winner after coming on as a substitute. Out went...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Real cruise

An understrength Real Madrid began their defence of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 4-1 win over third-tier UD Cornella in the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday. With World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo among a host of star names given the night off, it was centre-back Raphael Varane who produced the finishing touch in the first half as his bullet header put the visitors in front after just 10 minutes. Cornella, from the outskirts of...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Indonesian teams disqualified

Indonesian clubs PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang are disqualified from the country's first division play-offs for scoring five own goals. Sleman won the game 3-2, but a committee decided both sides attempted to lose in order to avoid a semifinal match with Borneo FC, a club rumoured to be backed by a local mafia. The game was scoreless until the 86th minute before Sleman scored two own goals in quick succession, Semarang then score three own goals and lost the tie....

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Berdych thru', Wawrinka out

Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Thursday. Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces. Chasing an 11th ATP title, and third of...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Di Maria locked out for Gaga

Manchester United's £60million signing Angel di Maria turned up at Afflecks Palace in the city centre with wife Jorgelina to spruce up his wardrobe but the doors were shut after bosses closed early so 28-year-old Lady Gaga could shop in private without being mobbed by fans. The Bad Romance singer – real name Stefani Germanotta – was escorted by minders on an £8,000 binge buying up jewellery, crystals and vintage outfits including a black lace dress.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Spinners can take Tigers to 'next level'

Spinners can take Tigers to 'next level'

Bangladesh's assistant and spin-bowling coach Ruwan Kalpage expects spinners Taijul Islam and Jubair Hossain to take the Tigers to the 'next level'. The Sri Lankan also compared the spinners to slow-left armer Rangana Herath and believes that the youngsters can play a similar role for the Tigers in the coming years. “Taijul bowled a...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Bipasha's life beyond Rupganj

Bipasha's life beyond Rupganj

Having kept offers from Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) aside, Bipasha Mali is looking to impress in her maiden call-up to the senior national team in next month's 3rd SAFF Women's Championship which be held in Islamabad, Pakistan. The class VIII student of Rupganj High School in Narail has already impressed all during the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers earlier this month. Donning the coveted number 10 jersey, striker scored two goals and made four assists out of the nine Bangladesh goals in four matches. Her performance earned her a maiden call-up to the senior national team. Bipasha's rise as a footballer has not happened overnight. The daughter of...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Tamim hurt

Bangladesh's team management received a minor jolt when opener Tamim Iqbal hurt his right hand during the team's fielding sessions at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur yesterday afternoon. The good news was that the player had not undergone a fracture. He has been asked to rest for 48 hours. While the danger does not seem serious, Tamim will have to prove his fitness levels to the team management before the second Test in Khulna gets underway on November 3. In...

King's Cup in Bhutan

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Jamal, Abahani in separate groups

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal DC and runners-up Abahani have been drawn in separate but strong groups in the King's Cup, which will be held in Bhutan from November 15 to December 2. Sheikh Jamal DC have been placed in group A along with Indian giants Mohun Bagan FC, Thailand's Division 1 League side Nakhon Ratchansima Mazda FC and Bhutanese side Druk United FC. Abahani have been pitted in group B alongside Thailand's Premier League club Osotspa FC, India's...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Wawrinka in last 16

World number four Stan Wawrinka snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as he qualified for the last 16 of the Paris Masters with a 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) victory over Dominic Thiem. The Swiss 29-year-old came through a tight match in 1hr 36min against the Austrian, to book a meeting with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. Earlier on the third day of the penultimate tournament of the season, Canada's Milos Raonic kept alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP World...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Women's v'ball from tomorrow

Inter-District Women's Volleyball Championship gets underway tomorrow at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium with 14 districts taking part in the meet. The participating teams, divided into four groups, will be playing round-robin league matches and top teams from each group will advance to the semifinals. The final will take place on November 6. Sponsors Popular Life Insurance Company will provide all expenditure for the championship, which has an estimated budget of Tk 6.6 lakh, informed Bangladesh Volleyball Federation general secretary Ashikur Rahman...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Remembering 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Remembering 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Today marks the 40th anniversary of 'The Rumble in the Jungle' in 1974 in Zaire, Muhammad Ali's biggest fight after coming back from a 3-year ban for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam war. Ali was stripped of his title and boxing license, but he regained the latter in 1970. He was still...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Draw will suffice Pakistan

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq will seek consistency while his counterpart Australia's Michael Clarke will look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. Pakistan humiliated Australia by a big 221-run margin in the first Test in Dubai and now seek their first series win over Australia for 20 years. Misbahul Haq, however, was concerned with the lack of consistency of his team, regarded as the most unpredictable in the world. "The complaint people have with us is that...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Karim dazzles for Baridhara

Waliul Karim hit an unbeaten hundred as Baridhara Dazzlers cruised to a comfortable seven wickets victory against Talent Hunt in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday. Dazzlers posted 202-3 in reply to Talent Hunt's 201-8. In the day's other matches, Azad Sporting Club (133-4) defeated Orient Sporting Club (129-10) by six wickets at BKSP, Bangladesh Boys (147-4) beat Dhaka Wanderers (143-10) at BKSP, City Club (171-8) beat BKSP (134-10) by 37 runs at the Fatullah Outer...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Balotelli inspires Liverpool

Balotelli inspires Liverpool

Mario Balotelli scored just his second goal for Liverpool in 12 appearances as they came from behind to beat Premier League rivals Swansea 2-1 and advance into the last eight of the League Cup at Anfield on Tuesday. Balotelli has struggled since his £16 million ($26 million, 20 million euros) pre-season move from AC...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Kalle wants April WC in 2022

Leading European clubs want FIFA to hold the Qatar World Cup in April 2022, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a British newspaper interview published on Wednesday. A task force set up by world governing body FIFA will meet in Zurich next week to investigate the feasibility of moving the tournament from its traditional mid-year slot, amid fears about soaring summer temperatures in Qatar. FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA want the tournament to be staged during the Northern...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Maradona withdraws theft complaint

Maradona withdraws theft complaint

Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona on Tuesday withdrew a theft complaint against his ex-girlfriend, after a video surfaced that allegedly showed him hitting her, news reports said. "I spoke to Diego and he withdrew the complaint," the former girlfriend, Rocio Oliva, told Argentine television. Maradona in March had accused Oliva in Dubai of stealing...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Delhi, NE share spoils

Delhi Dynamos and North East United shared the spoils in an entertaining draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). The game certainly had its top moments as North East had a couple of appeals for penalties turned down while Mads Junker saw his effort crash off the post. The home side made just one change with Adil Khan coming into the starting lineup in place of Naoba Singh. On the other...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Teams play to lose

The events surrounding PSS Sleman's 3-2 win over PSIS Semarang in an Indonesia league match on Sunday were extremely strange, with the teams scoring 5 own goals amongst themselves, in an attempt to lose the match. The nature of the game can also be seen from some fan footage. Both teams were they were passing the ball around in their own half, taking breaks to score own goals. Both teams were trying to avoid playing an encounter against Pusamania Borneo FC...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Ancellotti blasts Blatter

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has launched a stinging attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter as he backed Cristiano Ronaldo's case to win a second consecutive Ballon d'Or in January. Ronaldo headed a 23-man list for the award announced on Tuesday including four-time winner Lionel Messi and six German World Cup winners. Blatter said earlier this week that German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer should have been crowned as the best player of the World Cup rather than Argentine Messi -- something Ancelotti...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Clattenburg suspended

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been temporarily sidelined for breaking protocol in order to attend an Ed Sheeran pop concert, according to a British newspaper report on Wednesday. The Sun claimed that Clattenburg contravened regulations by driving home alone after refereeing West Bromwich Albion's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday so he could watch British singer Sheeran perform in Newcastle. The rules of the Premier League's refereeing body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), state that officials must travel...