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Mashrafe seeks teamwork

Mashrafe seeks teamwork

Following Bangladesh's 3-0 win in the Test series the sentiment among Bangladesh's cricket fans seemed to have changed a lot. The social media and the evening addas have been dominated by how the Tigers should romp to a 5-0 win in the ODI series as well. While Bangladesh's newly-appointed captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza appreciates...

World Cup in focus

World Cup in focus

As the clock ticks down to the World Cup in Australia...

'Morale is good'

For Zimbabwe, the tour seems to be getting worse as the days pass by. In addition to the 3-0 Test whitewash,...

Navy reap rewards

The Bangladesh Navy Chess Team emerged champions in the Premier Division Chess League in only their second appearance, as they handed...

Siddikur off to shaky start

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman got off to a moderate start in the Resorts World Manila Masters after finishing one-under-par in the first round at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club yesterday. Siddikur had played four birdies and three bogeys to finish 36th among 132 golfers, while Mardan Mamat of Singapore and Daisuke Kataoka of Japan shared the lead having played seven-under-par 65's in the US one-million dollar tournament. Siddikur, who withdrew from the Chiangmai Golf Classic as a precaution...

Shafiul taken in ODI squad

Following Shafiul Islam's positive performances in the third Test and the practice match against the Zimbabweans, selectors have decided to add him to the Bangladesh squad for the first two ODIs of the five-match series. With the inclusion of Shafiul, the squad now has four pacers. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain are the other quick bowlers. He picked up four wickets in the third Test of the series and bowled well in the practice match to finish with...

Kabaddi team saves face

Bangladesh Games' fastest man Mezbah Ahmed and fastest woman Shirin Akter yesterday put up dismal performances in 60m sprints of the 4th Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket, Thailand. Mezbah finished fifth out of eight participants while Shirin finished bottom among six sprinters. However, Bangladesh Beach Kabaddi team won 54-33 against hosts Thailand but the women suffered a 29-55 defeat to the hosts. The Beach Handball team suffered a 29-20 defeat to Hong Kong.

Hope we can win the toss

"There's so much dew that sets in here during the evening that after a fielding session you really don't need to go back to the hotel and take a bath! Hopefully we can win the toss. Again I am not too lucky with tosses either. I lost my last  three coin-tosses." Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh's ODI side

'Messi move not on the agenda'

'Messi move not on the agenda'

Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-time World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona. Lionel Messi said in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday if it was up to him he would stay at the club he joined...

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Taylor goes to NZ's rescue

Ross Taylor hit a return-to-form half-century to help New Zealand recover after Sarfraz Ahmed hit a fighting hundred for Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Thursday. Taylor was 77 not out for his 23rd fifty to help his team recover from a shaky 79-4 to close the fourth day on 167-6, having an overall lead of 177 with four wickets intact. Mark Craig (nought) was in Taylor's company as New Zealand will seek a series-levelling win in the three-Test...

Bayern clear debt 16 years early

Bayern Munich will be able to boost their star-studded squad in future after paying off the 346 million euros (US$433.245m) cost of their Allianz Arena -- 16 years ahead of schedule. "It's completely paid off," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wrote in the match magazine before Saturday's Bundesliga clash at home to Hoffenheim. "We have financed our stadium completely by private means. "In the year 2005, we borrowed exactly 346 million euros in a 25-year plan, which was to last until 2030. "Now we...

Schumacher in bad shape

Michael Schumacher is paralysed and has memory and speech problems from the brain injuries he sustained in a skiing accident, according to Philippe Streiff, a friend and ex-Formula One driver who was himself left in a wheelchair by a crash. Schumacher, 45, suffered head injuries in the December 2013 fall and was placed in an induced coma by doctors. He was moved to his home in September but Streiff told French radio that the seven-time world champion's condition remained grave. Streiff, who...

Sturridge suffers new injury blow

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may not return until the new year after it was announced Wednesday that the England forward had suffered a fresh thigh injury. The 24-year-old has not played for the Merseyside club since August 31 after sustaining an initial thigh strain while on England duty. That was followed by a calf problem he picked up while undergoing his first training session back at Liverpool. He returned, again, to training last week, saying it had been "class". But a brief statement...

Ribery not worried by Reus's likely arrival

Bayern Munich veteran Franck Ribery says he is not concerned about the possible arrival of Germany winger Marco Reus at the Bavarian giants for next season. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge last month drew attention to the release clause, worth 25 million euros, in Reus's Borussia Dortmund contract, which means the 25-year-old could join the Bavarian giants at the end of the season. But France winger Ribery says he would have no problem battling the Germany star for a place on Bayern's...

Federer fit for Davis Cup final

Roger Federer will play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup final against France in Lille on Friday. There had been concerns in the Swiss camp that he would be unable to compete after injuring his back playing in London last weekend. But the draw announced Thursday afternoon sees him go up against Gael Monfils in the second of the opening two singles rubbers. French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Stan Wawrinka in the opening match. The doubles on Saturday opposes Julien Benneteau and...

Juve veterans extend deal

Juventus veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini extended their respective contracts with the club on Thursday, the Serie A giants announced. With 14 seasons at Juventus already under his belt club captain and goalkeeper Buffon has extended his contract until 2017, while central defender Chiellini has signed to play on until 2018. "This is a very special day for the club," Juventus president Andrea Agnelli told media. "Our captain and vice-captain have announced their contract renewals. "The first (Buffon) is in his 14th...

Lahm has successful ankle op

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm had successful surgery on a broken ankle and will remain in hospital for a few more days, the German champions said on Thursday. Lahm, who will be out for about three months, sustained the injury on Tuesday in training. "His ankle was fixed with a plate and a screw and he will remain in hospital for some days," Bayern said in a statement. "He will then need to protect the leg for several weeks before starting his...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 20, 2014
A series of experiments

A series of experiments

It's never the best of signs when a team goes into an ODI series, prior to the World Cup, without a number of its regular players. Circumstances in Bangladesh's cricket this year has been as such that the management have been compelled to replace some of their experienced players with younger ones, who...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Busy 2015 for Tigers

Busy 2015 for Tigers

The cricket operations committee of BCB was not in favour of sending the national team to Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series prior to the World Cup; instead they wanted to play a series of one-dayers in Dubai in January next year. International Cricket Council's High Performance Unit invited Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to play...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Pacers were fantastic: Streak

In essence it may seem as though Heath Streak hasn't had a lot to do in the series so far. After all, there isn't much that a pace-bowling coach can do when his quick bowlers get to bowl single-spell overs on tracks tailored for turners.  However, behind the scenes, Streak has been steadily working on forming the right pace-bowling combination for the Tigers in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year, where teams with good pacers are...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
'We can win by a big margin'

'We can win by a big margin'

Zimbabwe's poor run in Bangladesh continued as they slumped to a thumping 88-run defeat against a BCB XI in the lone practice match prior to the five-match ODI series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. Batting first on a track that seemed to have assisted the pacers, the hosts posted 282, courtesy of...

SAFF Women's C'ship

Published Date: November 20, 2014
BD bow out from semis

Bangladesh were eliminated from the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship after suffering a 0-1 defeat against Nepal in the second semifinal at the Jinnah Football Stadium in Islamabad yesterday. A 56th minute spot-kick, by Sanjana Rana decided the outcome in favour of the Himalayans, who had previously beaten Bangladesh 3-0 in the semifinal of the first edition in 2010. Bangladesh coach Norio Tsukitate said his side were unlucky no to score a goal, according to information provided from the Bangladesh Football Federation. Meanwhile,...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Bansal given one week's time

Indian coach AK Bansal has been given one week's time by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) to get his necessary permission from Indian sports authority to coach the Bangladesh national team ahead of January's World Hockey League (Round-2).   Bansal, who is involved with a government sports institution in Patiala, is yet to acquire a no-objection certificate from the Indian sports ministry three weeks after BHF decided to appoint him as the head coach. “I talked to Bansal yesterday (Tuesday) and requested...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Navy edge closer

Bangladesh Navy edged closer to the title of the Walton Premier Division Chess League as they maintained their solo lead at the close of the eighth round yesterday. Navy defeated Sultana Kamal Smriti Pathagar by straight 4-0 points at the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday to raise their tally to 14. Navy will be facing Bangladesh Navy Junior team in the final round today. Holders Mohammedan, meanwhile, have 12 points after they beat Pritam-Prism Chess Club by 4-0 points yesterday. Mohammedan will...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
NSC moves to solve DFA issues

In an effort to make District Football Associations (DFA) functional and reduce differences between the DFAs and District Sports Associations (DSA), a 12-member committee of the National Sports Council (NSC) sat for a meeting yesterday where they discussed about DFAs problems and solution to those. Since their formation in 64 districts in line with FIFA recommendation in 2008, the DFAs, which are non-affiliated bodies of the NSC, have been struggling to get grounds from DSAs and to get government funds...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Who Are Pistorius's Fellows?

Who Are Pistorius's Fellows?

Oscar Pistorius is in the same prison as an apartheid death squad leader and has shared birthday cake with a Czech prisoner, according to reports. Oscar is 3 weeks into his 5-year sentence after being convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors announced on Tuesday that the appeal against Pistorius's conviction and sentence would be heard on December 9.

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Selecao extend winning streak

Selecao extend winning streak

Brazil chalked up their sixth straight win, all in friendlies, since the World Cup when they beat Austria 2-1 on Tuesday in a joyless performance marred by tactical fouls and a negative approach. A stunning late strike by Roberto Firmino, his first for his country, won the match for Brazil, although Austria were the...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
C'Ron v Messi a sideshow as Argentina lose

'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement factor provided by the game's two biggest players who did not reappear after halftime. With Messi and Ronaldo on the field, Argentina showed what coach Gerardo Martino is looking for...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Kroos sinks Spain

Kroos sinks Spain

England notched up a 3-1 victory over old foes Scotland on Tuesday while world champions Germany and Portugal sealed last-gasp 1-0 wins over Spain and Argentina respectively in friendlies on Tuesday. Wayne Rooney became England's third-highest goal-scorer outright as Roy Hodgson's side defeated the Scots to record a sixth successive victory. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put England ahead at Celtic Park and Rooney scored either side of a late Andy Robertson strike to chalk up his 45th and 46th international goals on his 101st appearance. It took the Manchester United striker clear of Jimmy Greaves, with whom he had previously shared third place, and left him three goals shy of Bobby Charlton's all-time record...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
England line up friendlies

England will play high-profile friendly internationals against world champions Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. France will play at Wembley on November 17 next year, while Germany will be the opponents in March 2016. Negotiations are also underway concerning potential friendlies with the Netherlands and Spain before the European championships, the FA added. England had already confirmed fixtures against Italy for March next year and a fixture against the Republic of Ireland in...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Pakistan go slow

New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan's half-centuries, looked set for a lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee's penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand's first innings total of 403. Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Pele's son sentenced

The son of the Brazilian football legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in jail for laundering money raised from drug trafficking. Edinho is a retired footballer who played goalkeeper for Pele's old club, Santos, in the 1990s. He was first arrested in 2005 and has served a sentence for drug trafficking offences and links with a notorious drug dealer in the city of Santos. He admits he had a drug problem but denies the trafficking charges. The ruling was issued by...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Oz take 2-1 lead

Australia cruised to a 73-run victory over South Africa in their third one-day international on Wednesday on the back of big-hitting innings by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. Opener Finch cracked 109 off 127 balls and Smith hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 73 off 55 balls as Australia amassed a formidable 329 for five off their 50 overs in Canberra. The Proteas were always up against it and were dismissed for 256 in the 45th over, with last man Imran Tahir unable...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
James's auction a success

Former England goalkeeper David James's football memorabilia has been auctioned off after the star went bankrupt. James, 44, was declared bankrupt in May despite earning around £20m throughout his career. An England shirt the player wore in the Three Lions' 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina in 2002 fetched £672. A Liverpool FC goalkeeper's jersey worn during the Reds' 1995/96 season sold for more than £160 while a Portsmouth No 1 top James wore in 2008 went for £480.

Bashundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

By the time Chandika Hathurusingha took over as head coach in May this year, Bangladesh had lost seven T20Is, as many ODIs and two Tests in 2014. Those included unexpected defeats against Afghanistan and Hong Kong in major competitions at home. Apart from those losses against non-full member nations, the Tigers failed to go...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Will the sun shine for long?

The skies were grey for the Tigers for most of this year. But with the advent of the winter and the arrival of Zimbabwe on these delta shores, a whiff of pleasant air replaced the gloom in the form of a sweet 3-0 Test series sweep for the Tigers. You may call it a mission accomplished, a historic success or a much-needed boost for the Tigers ahead of next year's World Cup. Some may even term this success as another...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Mintu bhai no more

Mintu bhai no more

Manzur Hasan Mintu was a true renaissance man. A brilliant student and an efficient public servant, he earned fame both as a multitalented sportsman and a sports commentator. The otherwise introvert bespectacled gentleman lived a life larger than canvas and whichever he did, he excelled. A national sports awardee for his contributions in football...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Navy stun MSC

Bangladesh Navy defeated holders Mohammedan to take solo lead at the end of seventh round of the Walton Premier Division Chess League at the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday. Bangladesh Navy recorded a hard-fought 2.5-1.5 point win over three-time defending champions Mohammedan as GM Enamul Hossain beat GM Ziaur Rahman, IM Minhazuddin Ahmed beat GM Niaz Murshed, GM Abdullah Al Rakib drew against Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili while FM Taibur Rahman lost against Georgian GM Mikheil Mchedishvili. Bangladesh Navy have 12 points,...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Hoping for a new chapter

There isn't much that a coach can do to motivate his players when his side is whitewashed by their closest competitors in international cricket, but Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo believes that his players can put in a much better effort in the five-match ODI series. "It's a new chapter going into the one-day series [beginning on Friday]. I think it will be a close-fought competition. Most of the one-day games are always bitter and tough between these two nations and...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
BCB XI, Zim play today

A BCB XI, led by Anamul Haque, will play the visiting Zimbabweans in a one-day practice match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here today. This will be the only practice game for Zimbabwe following which the five-match ODI series will begin on November 21. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has prepared a strong team, which includes the likes of Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and all-rounder Muktar Ali, for the match. Apart from Sabbir and Anamul, who are...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Dilshan lifts Prime Bank

Dilshan lifts Prime Bank

Dilshan Munaweera's all-round performance guided Prime Bank, as they outclassed Kalabagan Cricket Academy by 113 runs in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The Sri Lankan hammered 72 runs as a one down batsman and shared a 123-run second wicket stand with opener Shadman Islam (53) as...

King's Cup

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Abahani suffer 'shock' defeat

Four-time professional league champions Abahani suffered a shock 0-1 defeat at the hands of Bhutanese national league runners-up Ugyen Academy in their second match of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu yesterday. The Sky Blues wasted a host of scoring opportunities in the first half and paid for those mistakes when Tshering Wangdi scored the winning goal in the 86th minute profiting from a blunder in the Abahani defence. This is perhaps the first time that a Bangladeshi...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Japan edge Australia

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored with a swashbuckling backheel as the Asian champions beat fierce rivals Australia 2-1 in a friendly on Tuesday. Okazaki's right-foot flick in the 68th minute made it 2-0 to the home side in Osaka, and was a goal which Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would have been proud of. It also gave Japan breathing room -- and they needed it, as Tim Cahill popped up to score with a trademark header in extra time which would...

Saff Women's C'ship

Published Date: November 19, 2014
BD up against Nepal today

BD up against Nepal today

Bangladesh will be hoping to achieve their target of reaching the final of the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship as they take on favourites Nepal in today's semifinal. The match, to be held at the Jinnah Football Stadium in Islamabad, will start at 2:30pm Bangladesh time. Prior to their departure for Islamabad, Bangladesh team's Japanese...

LFP

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Ligue 1 engulfed in controversy

Caen and Nimes could be expelled from Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 respectively should match-fixing allegations be proven, the French League (LFP) president said on Tuesday. "If corruption, match fixing were to be proven, the League would impose the necessary sanctions with the greatest severity and I remind you that it could go as far as the exclusion from the league," Frederic Thiriez told a news conference on Tuesday. Caen chairman Jean-Francois Fortin was among nine people arrested on Tuesday morning...

Asian Beach Games

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Basketball team finish fourth

Bangladesh beach basketball team finished fourth in the 4th Asian Beach Games as they suffered a 15-17 point defeat against hosts Thailand in the third-place deciding match in Phuket yesterday. Bangladesh had earlier defeated China by 20-19 points in the quarterfinal and lost their semifinal against India by 21-06 points. In volleyball, Bangladesh beat Tajikistan in 2-0 sets while Bangladesh suffered 0-2 sets defeat to Bahrain in handball, said a Bangladesh Olympic Association press release yesterday.

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Silva, Neymar make peace

Ex-Brazil captain Thiago Silva revealed he has made peace with current skipper Neymar, a day after expressing his dismay at being stripped of the armband. Paris Saint-German defender Silva had reportedly said that he had been "upset" to lose the captain's armband to Neymar without any explanation. However, Silva insisted that he has since made peace with Neymar. "I consider Neymar like a brother and that's not going to change because of an armband," Silva told reporters. Neymar had expressed his "surprise...

National Badminton

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Elina's double

Elina Sultana and Ayan Ibne Zaman clinched the titles in women's and men's singles of the Rupali Bank 33rd National Badminton Championship which concluded in Sylhet yesterday. Elina beat holder Shapla Khatun in 3-2 sets in women's singles final while Ayman beat Enamul in 3-2 sets in men's singles final. It was double delight for Elina, who pairing up with Shapla of Narayanganj, won the women's doubles title after handing the pair of Bangladesh Army a 3-1 sets defeat. Elina, also...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Eriksson takes over Shanghai

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was unveiled by cash-rich Shanghai East Asia as their new coach Tuesday, on a contract that reportedly puts him among the top earners in football management. The Swede was presented by officials at the Chinese Super League (CSL) club after intense speculation following his exit from fellow top-flight outfit Guangzhou R&F last week. The well-travelled coach was reported to have been paid up to $3 million at Guangzhou, and Chinese media said his new bosses were...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Kiwis in the lead

Pakistan were under pressure after losing both their openers for 34 in reply to New Zealand's big total of 403 in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday. Azhar Ali (four) and Younis Khan (one) were unbeaten at close on the second day after Shan Masood (13) and Taufeeq Umar (16) departed early to give New Zealand an edge for the first time in the series. Pakistan still need 170 runs more to avoid the follow-on with eight wickets intact. Pakistan's new...