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Tigers leave St Kitts happy

The Tigers left St Kitts yesterday taking with them renewed confidence in batting ahead of their two-match Test series starting in St. Vincent. The three-day practice match ended in a predictable draw after Bangladesh scored 148 for four in their second innings.  It was refreshing for the management of the visiting side as openers Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman both got some runs before retiring on 43 and 46 respectively. Anamul Haque was given the opportunity to bat in the middle order in the second innings as the team is reportedly considering him for either the number five or six position in the Test series. Unfortunately the right-hander only managed to score 15 runs. The Bangladesh bowling attack made no lasting impression in the practice match but Mushfiqur Rahim's main concern would have to be whether his top order can hit form in the first Test, starting from September 5 at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown. Bangladesh is desperately looking for some solace in international cricket after their dismal run so far this year and a further slide in the Test series after a 3-0 loss in the ODI series will only deepen the crisis. The top order collapsed in...

Records galore in the pool

Records galore in the pool

Mohammad Ariful Islam, Marium Khatun and Do Thui Pru Marma continued...

India outplay England

India's Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth one-day international in...

Clock ticks quicker for Mominul?

Clock ticks quicker for Mominul?

Meet Mominul Haque. A diminutive batsman with a gigantic Test average...

US Open

Andy, Stan reach qtrs

Former champion Andy Murray defeated France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open. The eighth-seeded Scot booked a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, the man he beat in the 2012 final at Flushing Meadows for his first Grand Slam title. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka powered into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 victory over Tommy Robredo. The third-seeded Swiss fired 18 aces, saving two set points in the...

Shakib's rice challenge

Shakib's rice challenge

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday took part in the 'Rice Bucket Challenge', a Bangladeshi version of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' that went viral on social media. It involves dumping ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and encourage donations to research. The concept  entails individuals to...

US Open

Victoria thru', Eugenie falls

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka reached the US Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Serb qualifier, Aleksandra Krunic. The 16th seed, the runner-up to Serena Williams in the last two years, will play Russia's Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the semifinals. Krunic, the world ranked 145, had knocked out Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and was bidding to become the first qualifier in 33 years to reach the quarterfinals. Canadian poster girl...

First Test 'centurion' no more

First Test 'centurion' no more

The world's oldest Test cricketer Norman Gordon, who was the last survivor of the timeless Test, passed away in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the age of 103, local media reported. The South African fast bowler, who was the first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years, played in the timeless Test in Durban in...

First Junior Golf tees off

1st Bangladesh Junior Open Golf Competition teed off at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka yesterday with 93 golfers, including seven female golfers, from 12 gold clubs taking part in the competition, said a press release from the Bangladesh Golf Federation yesterday. Syed Shahed Reza, the secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association, inaugurated the event as the chief guest of the opening ceremony. The event will conclude tomorrow and a prize distribution ceremony will be held after the conclusion of...

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You're 'Playing It My Way' on Nov 6

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography, Playing It My Way, will be released in the UK on November 6. Tendulkar retired in November 2013, bringing an end to a 24-year international career during which he became the highest run-scorer and century-maker in Tests and ODIs. "I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that's the way I have always played the game," Tendulkar said. "It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not...

'It's a dream come true'

'It's a dream come true'

Manchester United's deadline-day loan signing, Radamel Falcao, has offered to play as a center back for his new club despite being one of the most prolific strikers in the game. With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie already in the squad, the signing of the Colombian international came as a surprise...

English clubs dwarf rivals in Europe

English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues. A study by football finance expert Deloitte showed gross spending in England's top league was up more than 30 percent on the previous record of 630 million pounds (now $1.04 billion) set in 2013. Spanish clubs were the second-highest spenders of the so-called ''big five'' divisions in Europe, with an outlay...

Bolt would have played cricket!

Bolt would have played cricket!

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead. Bolt, the world's fastest man, could have followed in the footsteps of Jamaican speedsters Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, who struck fear into the hearts of...

Diego steals the show

Diego steals the show

Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine -- soccer great Diego Maradona -- attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organisers of a charity match...

Aussies in final

An eye-catching all-round performance by Mitchell Marsh carried Australia to a 62-run victory over South Africa on Tuesday to secure their place in the triangular series final. Marsh struck a brutal 86 not out from 51 balls to boost the Australian total to 282 for seven, and then took two key wickets as South Africa were bowled out for 220 in 44 overs. Faf du Plessis' brilliant 126 went in vain as none of his team-mates crossed 25, with Mitchell Johnson,...

Arsenal sign Welbeck

Arsenal confirmed they had signed England forward Danny Welbeck to a long-term deal from Premier League rivals Manchester United as the transfer window closed on Monday. The 23-year-old Welbeck, who can play as a centre forward or winger, scored 20 goals in 90 appearances for United and has won 26 caps for England since making his debut in 2011. "Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season," the team...

Spain lose Iniesta

Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta will miss Thursday's friendly against France in Paris and their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia in Valencia four days later due to a knee injury. Iniesta, sidelined for Barcelona's 1-0 La Liga win at Villarreal on Sunday, was included in coach Vicente del Bosque's 23-man squad for the two games. However, problems with his left knee mean he will not be joining up with his team mates in Madrid on Tuesday, Spain said on their official...

Valencia seal Negredo deal

Valencia have completed the signing of Spanish international Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City. The La Liga club will then be obliged to complete the signing on a permanent basis next summer. "Valencia football club have reached a agreement with Manchester City for the loan, with obligatory option to buy, of the Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo," said a statement on Valencia's website. Negredo joined City from Sevilla last year for a reported fee of £16 million ($27.3 million, 20.3 million...

McGrath to train India's pacers

Australian great Glenn McGrath said on Tuesday he had signed up to guide India's current and future fast bowlers for the next five years, giving a boost to the country's young talent. McGrath will train the likes of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron alongside promising youngsters at the MRF Pace Foundation in the southern city of Chennai, which he has headed since 2012 after replacing countryman Dennis Lillee.

Bastian named Germany captain

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was on Tuesday named the new captain of world champions Germany by manager Joachim Loew. Loew turned to the 30-year-old to succeed Philipp Lahm, who stepped down from international duty after skippering Germany to the World Cup title in July. "Bastian will be a great and dignified captain of our national team," Loew told a press conference in Dusseldorf.

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Centuries from Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and opener Shane Jeffers made Bangladesh's bowlers toil hard in the three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis at St Nevis yesterday. In reply to Bangladesh's 377, the hosts were bowled out for 399 on the final day yesterday. While Jeffers was more aggressive -- he hammered 22 boundaries...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Atletico closing in on Mamunul?

Atletico closing in on Mamunul?

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam may become the first Bangladeshi footballer to have a stint with Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League (ISL), a franchise-based football league, scheduled to be held from October to December this year in India.   Mamunul yesterday informed the media of his registration with the Kolkata-based franchise, one of eight franchises in the inaugural edition of the league, co-owned by former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and Spanish Primera Liga champions Atletico Madrid. However, no official confirmation has been made by the franchise.   Mamunul, also the skipper of Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, informed media yesterday that his name has been registered on...

US Open

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Maria out, Serena thru

Maria out, Serena thru

Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of the year at the US Open on Monday, setting up a clash with Flavia Pennetta in a duel between the two oldest women left in the draw. World number one Williams, eased past world number 50 Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3, for a fourth win over the Estonian. "It's my first quarter-final of the year at the majors -- at last I did it," said the 32-year-old American, who had fallen in the fourth round in Australia, the third round at Wimbledon and suffered a second round French Open exit. "It was a tough match today. I wanted to stay relaxed and...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
No thoughts on captaincy yet

A split-captaincy is still an idea that needs time to be embraced. However Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had to encounter this idea upon his return from the West Indies after playing in the recently concluded ODI series. The injury-prone pacer did not outright oppose the idea of having separate captains for limited-overs and Test teams, but he was not ready contemplating the issue yet, especially when the team was gearing up for a two-match Test series against the West Indies. “I...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Zimbabwe expose Aussie weakness

Australia's shock one-day international defeat to minnows Zimbabwe has raised alarm bells five months before the country co-hosts the World Cup while exposing the team's continued struggles to master spin bowling. Coming off a long break following Test series wins against England and South Africa, Australia arrived in Harare for the triangular one-day tournament with South Africa refreshed and optimistic, but the three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe will have done little for the team's confidence after defeat to the Proteas and...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
India can wrap it up today

An unassailable lead in their pocket, India would look to clinch the one-day series against England by putting up another dominating display when the two sides square off in the fourth one-day international here on Tuesday. The visitors have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after 133-run (D/L) and six-wicket wins in Cardiff and Nottingham in the second and third ODIs respectively. This was after the first ODI at Bristol was abandoned due to incessant rain. At Edgbaston then,...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Nat'l Summer Athletics from Sept 7

The 12th National Summer Athletics Championship will get underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on September 7. Approximately 700 athletes from 64 district teams, seven divisional teams, various universities, physical colleges, services teams, Bangladesh Railway, Bangladesh Postal Service and educational boards will compete in 36 disciplines in the two-day meet, said officials of Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF) at a press conference at the BNS conference room yesterday. Athletes who set new national records will be rewarded with gifts...

Nat'l Age Level Swimming

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Five records on opening day

Five new national records were set on the opening day of the Cotton Group 30th National Age Level Swimming and Diving Competition at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday, with Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) ruling the roost in terms of medals. BKSP grabbed 26 gold, five silver and five bronze medals out of the 36 events that took place on the opening day. Bangladesh Ansar were in second position with five gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Nat'l B chess

Four players shared the lead with six points each after the end of the seventh round of the 40th National B Chess Championship, which is being held at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room. The leaders are: IM Minhazuddin Ahmed, FM Nasir Ahmed, FM Debaraj Chaterjee and Delwar Hossain. Seven players shared second position with 5.5 points each.

LFP

Published Date: September 2, 2014
'Horrible Real'

Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday. Real were missing injured top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for their second La Liga outing of the campaign but quickly went 2-0 ahead at the Anoeta in San Sebastian before losing control of the match and crashing to a 4-2 reverse. "The team was negative in everything, horrible, we did not play...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Chelsea seal Remy deal

France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million ($17.4 million, 13.3 million euros) release clause in the 27-year-old's contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR's squad to face Sunderland. "I feel very happy and very proud," said Remy, who was pictured on the Chelsea website posing with a club shirt. "When I heard Chelsea...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: September 2, 2014
MU snap up Falcao

MU snap up Falcao

Manchester United have agreed a sensational deal to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to widespread British media reports on Monday. The prolific 28-year-old forward, who missed the World Cup with a serious knee injury, has also been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal. But several media...

LFP

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Sociedad stun Madrid

Sociedad stun Madrid

Real Sociedad produced a stunning fightback from 2-0 down to beat European champions Real Madrid 4-2 on Sunday. Madrid were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and departed Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, but still looked on course for a comfortable evening when they flew into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Kagawa returns to Dortmund

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund after completing a move from Manchester United on Sunday. Dortmund are thought to have paid around 8 million euros ($10.5m, £6.3m) to re-sign Kagawa, who had a hugely successful first spell at the German club between 2010 and 2012. After scoring six goals in 38 Premier League games for United, the 25-year-old has now returned to Dortmund on a contract that runs until June 2018. "I already said in an interview on the...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Wenger defends Sanogo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Yaya Sanogo's struggles in front of goal are becoming an increasing problem, but refused to offer any guarantees he will delve into the transfer market for a new striker. Sanogo, yet to score in any of his 17 competitive outings since his arrival from Auxerre last year following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Leicester, provided little evidence to suggest he is a ready-made replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud. "When you are 21 and play up front...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: September 2, 2014
'Reds back at their best'

Brendan Rodgers warned Liverpool's title rivals that his team are back in the groove after they marked Mario Balotelli's debut with a scintillating 3-0 win at Tottenham. Balotelli was supposed to steal the spotlight on his return to the Premier League, but the flamboyant Italy striker had to play second fiddle to new team-mates Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson on Sunday. Sterling scored Liverpool's opening goal early in the first half and delivered a sparkling display at the top...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Pirlo still available for Italy

Andrea Pirlo may yet don an Italy shirt again despite suggesting after the World Cup he would move aside for younger talent, new national team boss Antonio Conte said Sunday. "I wanted to be sure that he still had the same old fire," Conte said on Italian television. "He's a warrior. He told me he was available and that's good enough for me." Pirlo is currently sidelined until October with a hip injury, which means he will miss Italy's friendly with...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Cerci joins Atletico

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Torino for the signing of Italian international Alessio Cerci, the Spanish club announced on Sunday. The 27-year-old becomes Atletico's 10th signing of the summer as they look to bolster their squad following the departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea. "The agreement reached with Torino for the transfer of Cerci is great news for everyone," Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero told the club's website. "He was...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Real sign Hernandez

European champions Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United on Monday. "Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for this season" the Spanish club said in a statement. "Real Madrid reserves the option to buy the player." Hernandez becomes Real's fourth signing of the transfer window after the arrivals of World Cup stars James Rodriguez, Toni...

US Open

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Djokovic storms into last eight

Novak Djokovic didn't let Philipp Kohlschreiber stand in the way of another Grand Slam quarter-final berth on Monday, reaching the US Open last eight with a straight-sets win over the German. Serbia's world number one defeated Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on another muggy day at Flushing Meadows, reaching the last eight at the US Open for the eighth straight year. Meanwhile, second-seeded Federer on Sunday, came back from a set down to defeat Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 by racing away...

LFP

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Ronaldo unimpressed with Madrid signings

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wouldn't have sanctioned the sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso if he was in charge of Real Madrid. The European champions sorely missed both departed midfielders and the injured Ronaldo as they succumbed to a shock 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday. "If I was in charge, I would not do it like this, but everyone has their opinion and is free to say what they think," Ronaldo...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Mushfiqur, Nasir tons power Bangladeshis

Mushfiqur, Nasir tons power Bangladeshis

Centuries from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain helped Bangladeshis put up a strong first innings score of 377 for 7 in the three-day practice match against against St Kitts and Nevis at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday. In reply, St Kitts and Nevis were 144-2 in 37 overs with Jeffers hitting an...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Zimbabwe end 31-year wait

Zimbabwe end 31-year wait

Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a fluent half-century as Zimbabwe secured a famous three-wicket win over Australia, only their second ever victory over the four-times world champions, in the triangular series on Sunday. After electing to bat, Australia were restricted to 209 for nine in their 50 overs, a target Zimbabwe reached with two overs...

US Open

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Novak, Andy could collide

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stayed on course for a mouth-watering US Open quarter-final showdown Saturday as five-time women's champion Serena Williams stood alone as America's last singles title hope. But as the heavyweights of the sport eased into the fourth round, the women's draw was blown open again when Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit in the first week. Kvitova's misery was shared by American tennis after John Isner and Sam Querrey were both...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Defeat sparks Pak World Cup worry

Former cricket greats said Sunday they fear Pakistan's one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday after being bowled for a mere 102, losing the three-match series 2-1. They also lost the preceding two-match Test series 2-0. Rameez Raja, who took the catch that won Pakistan the 1992 World Cup, criticised preparations for next...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Ansar sweep boxing titles

Bangladesh Ansar emerged champions in both the men's and women's category of the Walton Refrigerator 13th Intermediate Men's and 1st Junior Women's Boxing Championship which concluded at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium in Paltan yesterday. In the men's group, Ansar won four gold and one silver medal to emerge champions while BKSP won two gold and one silver medal to finish as runners-up. In the women's group, Ansar became champions by winning four gold and one bronze medal while Golabaria Jubo Sangsad...

INDIA T20I

Published Date: September 1, 2014
England call up Roy

Uncapped South African-born batsman Jason Roy was included in the 14-man England squad announced Sunday for next weekend's one-off Twenty20 International against India at Edgbaston. The 24-year-old rising star was selected after topping the run-charts in this season's domestic T20 competition with 677 runs at an average of 48.35 and a strike rate of nearly 160. The Surrey batsman was joined in the squad for next Sunday's match at Edgbaston by three other players not yet involved in the ongoing one-day...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Rajasthan & BCCI at loggerheads

The stand-off between the Indian cricket board and the Rajasthan Cricket Association has left players from the state unsure about their future. When publishing their domestic programme, the board had omitted Rajasthan from Ranji Trophy, women's tournaments and all age categories. Robin Bist, the 26-year-old who was top-scorer for Rajasthan last season, had been contemplating a promotion to the national squad and was surprised with the developments. "Losing a year means a loss of five years," Bist told Mumbai Mirror. "I...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
'Stand up & deliver'

England captain Alastair Cook called on his batsmen to raise their game after a heavy defeat by India left them looking at another one-day series loss ahead of next year's World Cup. India beat England by six wickets at Trent Bridge on Saturday to go 2-0 up in a five-match series with two to play. It was the reigning world champions' second crushing win of the week after a 133-run success in Cardiff on Wednesday followed Monday's washout in Bristol. England yet...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Reds batter Spurs

Reds batter Spurs

Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City. Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers victory in his 100th game as...