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Booters' Uzbek mission

Booters' Uzbek mission

Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif is likely to field a five-man defence against Group B favourites Uzbekistan when the two sides meet in their second match of the Asian Games group stages at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Incheon, South Korea at 5:00pm Bangladesh time today. Sitting top of the group with three points...

Everyone knows what the answers will be

Everyone knows what the answers will be

Bangladesh finished their Caribbean trip with a 296-run defeat on the...

Sk Russel leave for Colombo today

A 19-member Sheikh Russel KC squad will leave here for Colombo this morning to play in the final round of AFC...

Win didn't come easy

Hosts Bangladesh A beat their Zimbabwean counterparts by six wickets in the first four-day encounter at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket...

Crowe's cancer comes back

Former New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe revealed Wednesday his cancer has returned, 15 months after announcing it was under control. "After a brilliant year of self discovery and recovery I have more work to do," he tweeted. "My friend & tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back to teach me." The 51-year-old was first diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, but after months of chemotherapy he said doctors had told him the cancer had shrunk to safe levels, although there was always the possibility...

Made only in Korea

Lee Yookyoo had no idea about the game of cricket before being appointed as the chief of the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, the first purpose-built cricket ground on South Korean soil. The venue in Incheon will be used during the cricket competition of the 17th Asian Games. Like Lee, the game is also an unknown quantity for many Koreans. But in a country where football and baseball are two major sports, the chief promoter of cricket in South Korea, Lee Hwayeen,...

Nafees takes Liton's place

Former national opener Shahriar Nafees has been included in the side for Bangladesh A's second four-day encounter against Zimbabwe A, set to start at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium at Fatullah from September 21. Nafees replaces Liton Kumar on the squad as per the selectors' rotation policy that was named for the first four-day match. The inclusion of Dewan Sabbir in place of Sabbir Rahman is the other change in the side. Once the national vice-captain, Nafees has been struggling to...

Adithiya, Shuchona in final

Top seed Adithiya Karunaratne of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's Fabiha Lamisa Shuchona moved into the final of the Bengal Group Asian U-14 Tennis Series. Adithiya blanked Popy Akter of Bangladesh 6-0, 6-0 while Shuchona defeated Iti Akter 6-2, 6-1 in the two semifinals at the National tennis Complex in Ramna at the National tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. In the boys' singles, top seed Ali Dewani of Bahrain, Mohammad Ishtiak of Bangladesh Swadhin Hossain of Bangladesh and Michael Francis Ila of...

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool leave it late

Liverpool leave it late

The evening's big winners were the reigning champions Real Madrid, who crushed Swiss title-holders Basel 5-1 in Group B, while last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid suffered a 3-2 defeat against Olympiakos in Greece in Group A. Liverpool were making their first appearance in the Champions League since 2009 and were widely expected to...

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UEFA Champions League

Reaction pleases Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the reaction of his side to their disappointing start in La Liga as they thrashed Basel 5-1 in the opening game of their Champions League defence on Tuesday. A 2-1 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid at the weekend on the back of a 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad had led to Los Blancos being booed by their own supporters less than four months after lifting the European Cup for a record 10th time. However, their...

UEFA Champions League

Allegri demands composure

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said the Italian champions will need more composure in the Champions League if they are to qualify from Group A following a 2-0 win over Malmo on Tuesday. Carlos Tevez ended his five-year goal drought in the competition with a second-half brace to give Juve a precious 2-0 win over the Swedish champions in Turin on Tuesday. But despite praising the Argentinian striker, Allegri admitted his frustration with Juve's failure to convert a string of chances. The 47-year-old...

Tevez back in frame for Argentina

Recently-appointed Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said Wednesday he is set to hand Juventus striker Carlos Tevez an international lifeline after the former Manchester United and City star was left out of their World Cup squad. Martino said the 30-year-old, who began his career with Boca Juniors and then Corinthians before a one-season spell with West Ham, will be in competition for the number nine shirt with Napoli's Higuain and Manchester City marksman Sergio Aguero. "If I have to say where I...

Hitzfeld fears implosion at Bayern

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday. "Each player currently accepts spending some time on the bench," said Hitzfeld, who led the club to Champions League glory over Valencia in 2001 at the San Siro. "But it could get more dangerous later in the season when some of the returning players are not injured and might start complaining...

Real first to score 1000 goals

Real Madrid have become the first side to score 1,000 European goals, reaching the landmark during Tuesday's 5-1 thrashing of Basel. Madrid were in complete command by half-time, establishing a 4-1 lead thanks to an own goal from Marek Suchy and efforts from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. Derlis Gonzalez's goal was of little consolation to the Swiss. The game drifted in the second half but Madrid's night was capped by a fifth goal -- the club's 1,000th in...

Robben sets his sights on final

Arjen Robben has stressed that a team of Bayern Munich's stature should always be aiming to win the Champions League. The Bavarians were eliminated in the semifinals in 2013-14 after winning European club football's elite competition the year before and Robben is desperate to bring back the trophy to Munich once more this term. "Bayern Munich should be aiming for the Champions League final again," Robben told Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

FA chief backs video replays

Video replays to help football referees in key decision-making moments such as awarding penalties received the backing of England's Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Wednesday. Dyke told Sky Sports News: "I for instance would allow a referee to go straight to the cameras (replay) for a penalty but you can't do that for every decision or the match would never finish. "In 10 years' time I think we will look back and think 'wasn't it quaint we didn't use technology...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Tigers battle for survival

Tigers battle for survival

Having been set an improbable target of 489 runs yesterday, survival will be the key for Bangladesh's batsman for the rest of the second Test at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. In their bid to achieve their target the Tigers reached a 114 for 2 at tea on day 4 yesterday. After the...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Booters eyeing 2nd round

Booters eyeing 2nd round

After Bangladesh's brilliant victory against Afghanistan in the group opener followed by the draw between favourites Uzbekistan and Hong Kong, the players are dreaming of making it to the 16-team second round of the Asian Games for the first time. With the initial target of beating Afghanistan achieved, the players are resolute about qualifying...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 17, 2014
'Incheon wickets to suit BD spinners'

Bangladesh's hopes of winning gold medals in the Asian Games centres mostly around cricket and the last edition's gold medallists are expected to get familiar pitches in Incheon. The seven newly-laid pitches at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, which are only six months old, tend to offer low but even bounce and turn for the spinners, according to Badiul Alam Khokon, the former curator of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium who is now in charge of preparing the pitches here. "The pitches at Yeonhui...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Wickets fall en masse

A topsy-turvy Day 3 at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium -- which witnessed 18 wickets fall -- saw both Bangladesh A and their Zimbabwe counterparts get bundled out yesterday. The hosts, who finished the day on 43 for 1, now need to score 61 more runs in their second innings on the final day to win the first of two four-day encounters.   With an overnight score of 162 for 3, the hosts were expected to amble past Zimbabwe A's...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
BCB Vps elected

Bangladesh Cricket Board directors Mahbubul Anam and AJM Nasiruddin were elected as vice-presidents of the executive committee yesterday following a board meeting at the BCB headquarters at Mirpur yesterday. There were three contestants who participated in the elections. Anam received 21 votes, Nasiruddin received 17 votes while Sheikh Jamal director Najeeb Ahmed won eight votes. Each of the 26 members of the executive committee were eligible to vote. President Nazmul Hassan Papon and two other directors did not vote. "It's a great...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
U-14 tennis

Three Bangladeshi players -- Lamisa Fabiha Suchona, Popy Akhter and Ety Akhter -- reached the girls' singles semifinals of the Bengal Group Asian U-14 Series Tennis tournament defeating their compatriots at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. In the quarterfinals, Suchona beat Srabonti Dev 6-0, 6-1; Popy beat Sanjida Sohana 6-0, 6-1 while Ety beat Raisa Haider (BAN) 7-6, 6-0. In the boys singles' matches, top seed Ali Dewani of Bahrain beat Navraj Brar of India 6-0, 6-0; Naimul Islam...

Action Test

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Shohag goes to Cardiff tonight

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will leave here for Cardiff tonight at 9:30 pm to undergo a bowling test that will reveal if the bowler's action is illegal. Gazi's action was reported after the second ODI against the West Indies. Speaking to The Daily Star, the off-spinner said that he was confident of passing the test. "I have not tried to do anything different. I just continued with my normal practice routine. My action was analysed by [National Game Development Manager] Nazmul Abedin...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
English face German challenge

English face German challenge

English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint German star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to his old club Ajax and Spanish giants Barcelona also in action.   BAYERN MUNICH v MAN CITY Five-time winners Bayern, who made a...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Four facts

UEFA CASH SCORE UP -- UEFA estimates that it will make gross commercial revenue of EUR1.34 billion ($1.73 billion) from the 2014-15 Champions League and the European Super Cup. Up to EUR530 million from commercial and media contracts will go to competing clubs. The winner of the final in Berlin next May will get EUR37.4 million on top of their market pool share. BAD NEWS FOR REAL MADRID -- In the Champions League era, no team has won the title two years...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Jose hails Cesc

Jose Mourinho has hailed Cesc Fabregas has the driving force behind Chelsea striker Diego Costa's blistering start to the season. Costa has adapted seamlessly to life in the Premier League following his £32 million ($53.1 million) move from Atletico Madrid in the close-season and the Spain international took his goal tally to seven from just four matches with a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea on Saturday. Blues boss Mourinho is delighted with Costa's predatory finishing and combative style, but...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Div I T20 cricket

Rubel Hawladar hit 72 as Bangladesh Boys posted a 30-run victory over Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the First Division T20 tournament at the Fatullah Outer Stadium yesterday. The opener smashed ten fours and one six during his 53-ball knock as Bangladesh Boys scored 174 for seven in 20 overs. Eskaton struggled to cope and were bundled out for 144 runs. Young Pegasus (112-5) beat Dhaka Wanderers Club (111-8) by five wickets at BKSP, Agrani Bank (120-6) defeated Cricket Coaching (63-5) by...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Afridi remade T20 captain

Pakistan on Tuesday re-appointed Shahid Afridi as their Twenty20 captain until 2016, three years after he was removed following a fall out with coach Waqar Younis and the cricket board. The 34-year-old all-rounder led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in 2010 and then to the same stage of the World Cup (50 overs) a year later. But after the tour of the West Indies in May 2011 where Pakistan won the one-day series 3-2, he developed differences with...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
MSC win, Abahani held

Mohammedan SC got their first victory under their belt in the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament while Abahani shared points against Brothers Union in the two matches to take place yesterday. Mohammedan, who were held to a goalless draw by Brothers Union in their opening match, beat Feni Soccer Club by 2-1 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Nizam gave Mohammedan a 22nd-minute lead, which was doubled by Sadek in the 70th minute. Jafor reduced the arrears for Feni in...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Zidane eyes France role

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane, currently coach of the Real Madrid reserve side, admitted Tuesday he would consider a coaching job with his native France. The former World Player of the Year worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant as Real won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season and is following in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola by beginning his career in management in the Spanish third tier. "I'm ambitious. Now I'm a coach I say to myself 'why not...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Pique backs attackers

Pique backs attackers

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Lionel Messi and Neymar have been in superb form in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign and is delighted to be playing in the same team as both attackers. The Brazil international netted two goals in his side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, with Messi providing the assist for both strikes, and Pique has hailed the duo's displays so far this term. "Messi and Neymar are as good as ever. They both have a lot of quality and when they connect it's amazing. They are two of the best in the world and they play together," the Spain defender said at a...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Booters stun Afghanistan

Booters stun Afghanistan

Bangladesh got off to a brilliant start in the Asian Games as they stunned South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan 1-0 in their Group B opener at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Captain Mamunul Islam struck the decisive goal in the 83rd minute of the match to give Bangladesh their first win in...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
'Best goal of my life'

'Best goal of my life'

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam termed yesterday's goal against South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan as the best goal of his career and the most significant moment of his football life. The 28-year-old midfielder ran straight to the Bangladesh dug out and celebrated with coach Lodewijk de Kruif and the rest of his teammates after driving a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box to beat Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar in the 83rd minute of the match, “This is the best goal of my career and probably the most significant moment of my life,” said the skilful midfielder who was soaked with emotions as he led his teammates into the dressing room at the...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Windies take lead past 300

Windies take lead past 300

Hosts West Indies took a firm grip of the second Test on day three yesterday as they bowled Bangladesh for a below-par 161—219 runs short of West Indies's first innings score-- at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia yesterday.  West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin decided against enforcing the follow-on and by Tea the hosts...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Saqlain stands by doosra

Retired spin king Saqlain Mushtaq on Monday defended the controversial "doosra" delivery he invented, which has come under renewed scrutiny since fellow Pakistani Saaed Ajmal's chucking ban last week. The doosra, which means "the second one" in Urdu, turns from legside to offside -- the opposite direction to orthodox off breaks. It is bowled from the back of the hand with a lot of top-spin, though the bowler's wrist still moves in a clockwise direction, making it difficult for a batsman...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Slow going by A team

A half-century from Bangladesh A opener Liton Kumar was the only highlight on the rain-interrupted second day of their four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar yesterday. Liton scored 54 as the home side finished the day on 162 for 3. The visitors bowled well on a slow wicket which compelled the batsmen to follow a cautious approach and as a result the hosts strolled along a run-rate of just 1.76. To...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
All square in youth football

Both matches of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament ended in draws at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. In the day's first match, Team BJMC were held to a 0-0 draw by Chittagong Abahani club. The second match of the day saw Sheikh Russel KC share the spoils of a 1-1 draw against Muktijoddha Sangsad KC. Tajbir gave Muktijoddha the lead in the sixth minute of the match, which was cancelled out by Masud's strike in the 30th minute. Both sides were reduced...

Asiad Cricket

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Women's team leaves tonight

Bangladesh women's cricket team leaves here tonight for South Korea with a dream of winning the gold medal in the Asian Games to be held in Incheon from September 19 to October 4. Captain Salma Khatun expressed optimism over her side's chances to bring glory as she believed that the team tuned up well for the event. "We are looking forward to playing good cricket and our main target is to win the gold. We may face Sri Lanka in the...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Contador's third

Alberto Contador won his third Vuelta a Espana as Italian Adriano Malori took victory on the final stage 9.7km timetrial in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday. Spaniard Contador finished 1min 40sec down on Malori on the rain-affected course as he took no chances. But although he lost 27sec to Chris Froome, he did enough to add to his 2008 and 2012 Vuelta victories, taking his Grand Tour successes to six. New Zealander Jesse Sergent and Australia's Rohan Dennis were second and third...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Bencic upsets Kuznetsova

Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Monday, maintaining recent impressive form. The wildcard broke the Russian veteran's serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to win the match at Ariake Tennis Park in only 68 minutes. The 17-year-old is on the back of a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York.

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Supersonic Costa

Supersonic Costa

Whenever a foreign player moves to the Premier League, there's always talk of how they will need time to get acclimated to the unmatched power and speed of it. Well, Diego Costa responds to this notion with a defiantly uncaring shrug. Since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, he has scored seven goals in his first four Premier League matches — including a hattrick in Saturday's 4-2 win against Swansea. Of course, scoring goals for Chelsea hasn't been easy for every pricy striker of the Roman Abramovich era. Andriy Shevchenko and the recently shipped out Fernando Torres are the two examples that immediately come to mind. Seven goals in just four matches puts...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 16, 2014
5-time champs L'pool back

Arsenal will be looking to win in Dortmund for the second season running, while the opening night of the Champions League group stage also sees Liverpool's return and last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid in action. JUVENTUS V MALMO Under previous coach Antonio Conte, Juventus failed to reproduce their dominant domestic form in Europe so Massimiliano Allegri will know the importance of beginning with a win against Malmo in Turin. The Italian champions, who will be without injured midfielder Arturo Vidal, are...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Milan seize top spot

Milan moved back to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday after a thrilling 5-4 win at Parma where both sides finished with 10 men. Champions Juventus and Roma, both of whom have also won their opening two games, sit second and third respectively with Inter in fourth, two points off the pace. Milan are looking to launch a revival under new coach Filippo Inzaghi following two mediocre seasons, and have impressed so far. "Almost every time we took a...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Ronaldinho called an ape

Ronaldinho's new Mexican club called Sunday for a local politician to be punished after he posted a racist slur against the Brazilian football legend on social media. Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, a member of the conservative National Action Party, wrote a diatribe on Facebook after the player's presentation by Queretaro football club caused traffic jams in the central Mexican city on Friday. "I hate it even more because people obstruct and flood the avenues, and it took me two hours to...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Valencia, Sevilla hot on the heels

Valencia and Sevilla continued their unbeaten starts to the Spanish season to move within two points of leaders Barcelona thanks to victories over Espanyol and Getafe respectively on Sunday. Despite missing their reported 28 million-euro ($36 million, £22.3 million) deadline day capture from Manchester City, Alvaro Negredo, due to a foot injury, Valencia were still too good for the Catalans as Pablo Piatti fired them into a seventh-minute lead. Dani Parejo then doubled the hosts' advantage just after the hour mark...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
'Bayern don't miss Kroos'

Toni Kroos' summer transfer to Real Madrid has done no harm to German giants Bayern Munich, club captain Philipp Lahm claimed in Monday's edition of soccer magazine Kicker. "Bayern Munich have so much quality and strength in depth they are difficult to weaken," said Lahm, as Bayern prepare to host Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. "We don't miss Toni, that's football, players come and go. I've been in the game too long to miss anyone, even if Toni...

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Anelka signs for Mumbai

Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka has sought to relaunch his career by signing on Monday to play for Mumbai City in the nascent Indian Super League. The 35-year-old much-travelled player has been without a club since he was fired by West Bromwich Albion in March for "gross misconduct" after the quenelle row when he made an alleged anti-semitic gesture after scoring a goal. "I'm pleased to join Mumbai City FC & very exciting in joining Indian Super League," Anelka said on...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Pace trio curbs WI to 380

Pace trio curbs WI to 380

An improved display from Bangladesh's pacers helped restrict the West Indies to 380 on the second day of the second Test at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia yesterday. Bangladesh, who started batting an hour before Tea lost Shamsur Rahman, who got himself caught behind to a delivery down the leg-side. At Tea Bangladesh...

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Saqlain's record bowling

Saqlain's record bowling

Bangladesh's bowlers may be struggling on the Caribbean islands, but back at home their spinners continue to dominate. Saqlain Sajib, one of the many slow left-arm spinners who have been waiting along the corridors of a national call up for a while, notched up the best bowling figures for a Bangladeshi in first-class...

Published Date: September 15, 2014
Banned no more

Banned no more

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be eligible to play domestic and international cricket from today as his disciplinary suspension has come to an end. Shakib's suspension was reduced to two months and seven days from six months in August after the left-hander publicly apologised for his disciplinary issues and asked the BCB to reconsider its decision. The player however, will not be able to take part in foreign leagues as the ban on providing him with no-objection certificates till December 31, 2015 remains. While the left-hander thanked the board for reducing his sentencing, he however, declined to make any comment yesterday. Ever since the player was suspended on July 7, the...