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Shakib-like confidence

Shakib-like confidence

"On paper Bangladesh is a better team than visiting Zimbabwe," was the encouraging statement made by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday, ahead of the start of the first Test tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. He said that the team is only thinking about victory in the series, which is very important for the Tigers as win has been elusive in 2014. The Tigers are under huge pressure following their continual defeats this year, so...

Zim up to the challenge

Zim up to the challenge

It's no secret that the Tigers have pinned their hopes on...

Sagor's eight in 8

The RMM Group 27th National Swimming Championships ended with two more national records on the concluding day at the newly-built Swimming...

Jessore's taste of int'l football

Bangladesh take on a young and unknown Sri Lanka side in the first of the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series...

Biggest occasion since 1973

Jessore is all geared up to host its first-ever international football match today. The historic Shamsul Huda Stadium, which is said to have once hosted Dynamo Moscow against a Bangladesh team way back in 1973, is set to grab the headlines again as it stages the first of a two-match FIFA International Series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The 12,000-capacity stadium, which looks nondescript even by a district standard, was taking last-minute paintbrushes last evening to make it look attractive....

AFC U-16 Womens Championship

Girls sign off with heads held high

Bangladesh girls might not have signed off from the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers with a victory -- losing their last game against Iran 1-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday -- but the unheralded Bangladeshi girls, with little exposure and with very limited facilities, have won the hearts and minds of the nation with entertaining displays of football that not only surprised their opponents but also their fans. Two wins and two defeats, that too by the slightest of...

BPL Fixing

Case against ICC & BCB

Dhaka Gladiators Chairman Salim Chowdhury on Thursday filed a case against six people, including one Bangladesh Cricket Board and four International Cricket Council (ICC) high ups with a Chittagong court, accusing them of failing to a prevent a fixed match. The six high profile people sued are – ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson, ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chairman Sir Ronald Flanagan, its officials Joginder Singh, Dharambir Singh Yadav, Dhaka Gladiators coach Ian Pont and BCB Chief...

UCBL to sell Zim series tickets

The tickets of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series will be available at the different branches of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) from Saturday. The minimum price for a day's ticket has been fixed at Tk 20 for the Tests and the most expensive tickets will cost Tk 1,000. For the ODIs, the prices will range between Tk 100 and 300. The tickets will be available at the bank's Dhanmondi, Bashundhara, Bijoy Nagar, Uttara and Mirpur branches in Dhaka; Muradpur, Dampara, Andorkilla and...

Action Remodelling

Shohag to go to Malaysia

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will travel to Malaysia to remodel his bowling action under the supervision of Mohammad Salahuddin, the former Bangladesh fielding coach who is now a coach at a Malaysian university. "We have decided to send him to Malaysia for several reasons. We thought it would be better for him to work under Salahuddin who had successfully monitored Abdur Razzak during his suspension. Our other coaches are busy with the upcoming series, and another reason is that he will...

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UEFA Champions League

Real lesson for L'pool

Real lesson for L'pool

Real Madrid handed Liverpool a 3-0 Champions League reality check Wednesday as Arsenal struck twice at the death in a 2-1 win at Anderlecht to mark manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday in style. At Anfield, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 70th Champions League goal -- one short of the all-time record 71 held by Raul...

UEFA Championship

Rodgers rages after Balotelli shirt swap

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield. Rodgers already planned to haul off Balotelli during the interval after growing frustrated with the latest in a growing list of lacklustre displays from the eccentric Italy striker since his August move from AC Milan. The former Manchester City star, who was replaced by Adam Lallana, hardly improved...

Indian Super League

Kolkata turn it around

Atletico de Kolkata managed to comeback from being a goal down to win the tie 2-1 against FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Thursday evening. Andre Santos had put the home side ahead in the first half before Cavin Lobo struck twice in the second session to ensure that the Kolkata side remain unbeaten in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goa have now lost both their home games this season as they lie...

Season's First El Clasico Build-up

Suarez's baptism of fire

After 122 days Luis Suarez will be free to take part in a competitive match again and not just any game, but the biggest one in world football when Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Much has changed since Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. He was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators the world over, handed a four-month ban from by FIFA...

Aussies begin reply solidly

Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday. Opener David Warner smashed a quickfire 75 and Chris Rogers was on 31 to take Australia to 113 without loss at close of play on the second day, trailing by 341 runs with all ten wickets standing. Warner hit seven fours and a six in his eighth Test half-century, his...

Costa in hospital

The mystery over Diego Costa's condition has deepened after it emerged that the Chelsea striker was forced to spend time in hospital after returning from international duty with Spain. Costa is struggling with a groin injury, but has also been battling an illness that forced him to go to hospital. Chelsea have not specified the illness and whether Costa is fully over it, but it is understood that the 26-year-old had symptoms similar to a severe stomach bug. That he...

Germany top of the pile

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a recent 2-0 loss to Poland and 1-1 draw with Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Spain's domination of several years however is most certainly on the wane as the reigning European champions drop to tenth The top three remain unchanged from September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. The 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil are sixth and Uruguay...

ICC may suspend Windies

The ICC board will meet on November 10 with the implications of West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India certain to dominate discussions. While the ICC has released a statement expressing a hope "the matter will be resolved amicably", it appears that the potential consequences for the WICB could be catastrophic if the ICC's rules are applied to the letter. The worst case scenario is not only that WICB could see its participation fees for the 2015 World Cup reallocated...

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Bangladesh’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim today said he would continue his effort to perform best at all levels of cricket despite losing the ODI captaincy.  “If our team is successful in the ODI matches, even though I am not captain, I will be the first one to be happy,” he told reporters in a...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 23, 2014
A choice by default

A choice by default

When selectors picked Shahadat Hossain for Bangladesh's first Test against Zimbabwe last week, analysts, journalists and even a number of cricket enthusiasts seemed to have had a brain freeze momentarily. Why would Bangladesh's selectors recall a bowler whom the think-tank had written off 19 months ago after a dreadful series against Sri Lanka? Is it his current domestic record? Not quite. Shahadat has played a total of ten first-class matches since he was dropped from the national squad in March last year.  He scalped eleven wickets in the Bangladesh Cricket League which finished earlier this year. While in the National Cricket League he picked 16 in five matches. His statistics are ordinary...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
'My heart is crying'

Bangladesh national team's departing coach Lodewijk de Kruif left here for the Netherlands yesterday morning with 'a broken heart' and with a hope of coming back to Bangladesh in future. “I'm very sad about it (departing), my heart is crying because I want to continue.  That is the feeling I have with my boys and my staff but in the middle of the process, we came to a point where we thought it was best to separate for this moment,”...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe Cricket

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Zim's practice ends in draw

The bowling attack which Zimbabwe faced in the drawn three-day practice match at Fatullah was not challenging enough for their batsmen to prepare for the three-match Test series against the home team. Bangladesh are expected to rely heavily on their slow bowlers to maximise the home advantage from the pitch in the upcoming series. Nevertheless, match practice always helps a team to accustom with the conditions and in this drawn contest, which is their opening and also the lone game...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Two records on Day 3

National records continued to tumble in the MM Group 27th National Swimming Championships as three new records were set on the third day of the four-day meet at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. The two records took the number of total records set over the three days, on hand timing, to 13 out of a total of 28 events settled. Mahfuza Khatun Shila and Nazma Khatun of Bangladesh Navy produced one record each while Navy's women's team...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Serena left red-faced

Serena left red-faced

Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world No. 1 Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one -- embarrassment. One of the game's all-time greats, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success. But on Singapore's purple indoor hard court on Wednesday, Simona Halep took her back 16 years to a time when, as a teenager, she was trying to make a name for herself. Halep's 6-0, 6-2 success in their Red Group clash at the WTA Finals was the worst defeat Williams had experienced since she was crushed...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Djokovic becomes a father

Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child - a boy named Stefan. ''Stefan, our baby angel was born!'' Djokovic posted on Twitter early Wednesday. ''I'm so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!'' On his website, Djokovic said the ''birth passed in the best way, and the baby and the mother...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Younis equals with Inzy

Younis equals with Inzy

Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch. At close, skipper Misbahul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine. Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan's record for most hundreds held...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
ICC to discuss Ind-WI crisis

The International Cricket Council said on Wednesday it was concerned at the stand-off between the Indian and West Indies boards, but would not intervene unless asked by the two parties. In a statement on its website, the world governing body said it was "closely monitoring the developments" which would be discussed at the ICC's Executive Board meeting in Dubai on November 10. The ICC, the statement said, is "concerned with the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
4th Sunnydale Games begin today

The 4th Sunnydale Games, introduced in 2011, will begin today at the Mohammadpur Physical College ground, with 36 English medium schools participating. Students will compete in six events -- cricket, football, basketball, handball, volleyball and table tennis. Apart from cricket and football, all events will feature both boys and girls' teams. Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Reverend Father RW Timm, CSC, will inaugurate the six-day sports carnival as the chief guest.

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history. A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
BHF to purchase school hockey gears

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation will hold next year's School Hockey Championship on a bigger scale covering all 64 districts. To make it a success, the game's governing body will purchase 1500 hockey sticks, 1200 balls, 320 shin-guards and 40 sets of goalkeeping gear,through an open tender and after the completion of the process, all of the gear will be distributed among the participating teams, said a BHF statement yesterday.

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Munich can still improve: Arjen

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League's group stages. The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday's romp at Rome's Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe -- matched only by their 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United in 2007. With the return leg in Munich in a fortnight's time, Bayern are now...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Sunderland players offer fans refund

Sunderland's embarrassed players have offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the long journey to the south coast only to see their side thrashed 8-0 by Southampton in the Premier League. More than 2,500 Sunderland fans travelled from the north-east to St Mary's for Saturday's match. But they will now be able to claim back the £24 ($39, 30 euros) they paid for their tickets or have that sum donated to the Grace House children's hospice in...

LFP

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Win more important than record: Messi

Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time La Liga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set the Brazilian up for the first goal against Ajax before striking the other in the 3-1 win to give him 69 Champions League goals, two short of Raul's...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Boxer Kos referee

Croatian Vido Loncar has been banned for life by his national federation after assaulting a referee following a bout at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb. The 18-year-old home fighter was stopped by Polish referee Mageja Dziurgota in his light-heavyweight clash with Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis on Monday, and initially returned calmly to his corner. But after the fight verdict was confirmed Loncar launched a vicious attack on Dziurgota, flooring him with one punch to the head before raining in a...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano netted the third quickest hattrick in Champions League history to help his side into a record 6-0 half-time lead away to BATE Borisov in Group H on Tuesday. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a penalty at the Borisov Arena and required just 12...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Champions League In Numbers

40: The second highest number of goals scored in a single matchday. The highest 44 goals were scored in a matchday in 1997. 7-0: Shakhtar beat BATE 7-0 to equal the biggest away win by Olympique Marseille against MSK Zilina in 2010. 5: Adriano equals Messi's record for most goals in a game.   17: Minutes taken by Luiz Adriano to score four goals setting a new record for the fastest 4 goal haul.

Published Date: October 22, 2014
BCB XI take lead

BCB XI take lead

Half-centuries from Shamsur Rahman and Shuvagata Hom, both of whom have been included in the squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe, helped BCB XI take the lead at the end of the second day of the three-day practice match against Zimbabwe in Fatullah yesterday. The local side finished the day on 252 for...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
'Scoring runs is my duty'

'Scoring runs is my duty'

Despite being Bangladesh's most consistent Test batsman over the past two years, Mominul Haque reckons that there is no extra burden on him to perform well against Zimbabwe. The word 'pressure' in fact does not seem to be in his dictionary. "I think pressure is such a thing that if you think about it...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
'Don't mess with a tiger in its den'

Despite a poor run this year, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo knows how dangerous the Tigers can be in their own den. The visiting team's coach was talking with reporters at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday and said it is always hard to beat the Tigers on their home turf. Mangongo also responded humorously when asked why one should not mess with the Tigers in their own territory. "Giving a prediction is very tough as Bangladesh is a very difficult team to...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
'Home advantage key against SL'

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are looking forward to winning the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series to be held in Jessore and Rajshahi later this month. Bangladesh's interim coach Saiful Bari Titu said his job would be to continue progressing in international football and taking de Kruif's philosophy, instilled over the last one-and-a-half years by the departing coach, forward. Both teams went to Jessore yesterday, where the first match will be held on October 24, after they attended a press...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
7 records on Day 2

Sonia Akter Tumpa stole the show on the second day of the MM Group National Swimming Championships after setting three national records while Mahfizur Rahman Sagor is on course to win eight gold medals at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj. Tumpa of Bangladesh Navy, who produced a new record on the first day in 200m butterfly, rewrote her records in 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and snatched a record from Bangladesh Ansar in the 4X100 freestyle...

BPL Match-Fixing

Published Date: October 22, 2014
ICC against reduction of Ash's ban

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland against the verdict of the chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's disciplinary committee. Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid last month reduced Mohammad Ashraful and five other cricketers and officials' punishment served by an anti-corruption tribunal, set up by the BCB, for their part in the Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing. This appeal would be the last phase with regards to this case. The verdict reduced...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Iran look likeliest to qualify

Iran took a giant step towards qualifying for the final round of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship after thrashing Jordan 6-1 in their third match of the qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The Western Asian side lead Group B with nine points from three matches and will only need a draw in their last match against Bangladesh on Thursday to move forward. India moved into second with six points from three matches, after mauling hapless United Arab Emirates 12-0...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
BCCI suspends future tours to Windies

India's cricket chiefs on Tuesday suspended future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision last week to abandon their visit to India. "All bilateral tours between BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] and the WICB [West Indies Cricket Board] stand suspended," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement. India were scheduled to tour the Caribbean in February-March 2016 to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International.

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Al-Amin positive

Pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain exuded confidence upon his return here yesterday with regards to his bowling action test that he had given in an ICC accredited centre in Chennai on Monday. "I thought the test went well. They took the measurements of my arm and then asked me to bowl five overs. They seemed happy and I also think I did well, but at the end of the day everything depends on what their machine tells them. Insha'Allah nothing will...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
'Djokovic the greatest Serbian ever'

Sri Lanka national football team's head coach Nikola Kavazovic is a proud man. He is proud of his Serbian identity, he is proud of his countrymen and he is proud, especially, of the world's number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic. The 39-year-old Serbian took time off from his footballing thoughts to speak of his admiration for Djokovic during his team's official press conference at the BFF House yesterday. “I am a proud Serbian and I am proud to be from the...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Pistorius jailed for 5 years

Pistorius jailed for 5 years

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius's September 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. An armoured police vehicle took him from the court building. Masipa --...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Blind saves blushes

Daley Blind rescued spluttering Manchester United with a dramatic late equaliser in Monday's 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Albion had twice led through Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino, but United avoided an embarrassing defeat as substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised with his first United goal before Blind scored the second leveller in the 87th minute to ensure Louis van Gaal's side stretched their unbeaten run to three matches. United's erratic display was another reminder to van Gaal that...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Reds face Real challenge

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Liverpool players to rise to the occasion when they face holders Real Madrid in a crucial Champions League showdown at Anfield on Wednesday. Rodgers' side can't afford to lose any more ground in the race to qualify for the knockout stages after a shock loss against Basel in their previous Group B match. The Reds have been well below their best of much of the season and there were more worrying signs for Rodgers on Sunday...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Bale, Ramos miss trip to Liverpool

European champions Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos for their Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday as both were left out of Carlo Ancelotti's squad due to injury. Bale is also a major doubt for Saturday's first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona due to an abdominal muscle injury. Ramos has missed the last three games for club and country due to a calf problem, but his absence is more precautionary with an eye to...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Mendy clinches south-Indian derby

Bernard Mendy's wonder goal was the decider between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters as the home side made it two wins out of as many matches in the Indian Super League (ISL). Elano Blumer put the Chennaiyin FC ahead as he converted his spot-kick however, the visitors equalized through Iain Hume. Bernard Mendy's bicycle kick found the back of the net and eventually fetched three points for Marco Materazzi yet again. The 'South-Indian Derby' rang in changes in both line-ups. For...