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TIGERS moving towards clean sweep

TIGERS moving towards clean sweep

  Anamul Haque might be ruing his missed century but captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza should be the happiest man after the way the Tigers secured the series against Zimbabwe with two matches in hand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night in front of a near-capacity crowd. The home side were near-perfect in all three departments on their way to a massive 124-run victory in the third ODI, barring the individual milestone from someone at...

Anamul paves his way

Anamul paves his way

Anamul Haque is not necessarily the greatest of players to watch....

Dav's Dissection

Dav's Dissection

I can understand Zimbabwe making changes for the 3rd ODI --...

Sk Jamal up against Sony

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal DC will look to ensure their semifinal berth in the King's Cup by getting the...

Hughes still critical

Hughes still critical

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes remained in a critical condition Wednesday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, as players rallied around the bowler who inflicted the damage. The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground...

Abul, Taijul in for 4th ODI

The selectors made two changes to the team for the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam replaced Arafat Sunny, who took ten wickets in the first three matches, while pacer Abul Hasan replaced the injured Shafiul Islam, who left the field during the second innings of the third match with a thigh injury. These changes are believed to have been made to...

UEFA Champions League

Messi sets goal-record

Messi sets goal-record

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hattrick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put his side...

UEFA Champions League

Aguero the saviour

Manchester City kept their qualification hopes alive as Sergio Aguero completed a hattrick in stoppage time to give the English champions a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich. City were five minutes from defeat against a side that had outplayed them throughout the game, whether playing with 10 or 11 players. Aguero gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot after centre-back Mehdi Benatia had been dismissed for bringing him down in the box as the last man. But Bayern still...

Hafeez lifts Pakistan

Opener Mohammad Hafeez struck a dominating century to lift Pakistan to 281-3 in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday. The 34-year-old anchored Pakistan's innings with an unbeaten 178 -- his seventh Test hundred and second in the series -- as Pakistan dominated the day after winning a crucial toss and deciding to bat on a flat, grass-less Sharjah stadium pitch. Hafeez added an invaluable 121 for the fourth wicket with skipper Misbahul Haq who was...

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Real Madrid sans the Cross

On 12th September, Florentino Pérez announced a three-year partnership agreement with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, a bank in the United Arab Emirates. To show that Real are committed, they have removed the 'Cross' from above their logo. One of the flagship items announced at the event was a brand-new National Bank of Abu Dhabi credit card that doubles as a Real Madrid membership card. Images of this new product have now surfaced, revealing that it features an edited version of...

SL go 1-0 up

Sri Lanka rode on three fifties to fashion a 25-run win over England in the first of the seven-match ODI series in Colombo yesterday. Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 88, Mahela Jayawardene hit 55 and Kusal Perera made 59 as the hosts posted 317 for six in 50 overs. Six bowlers chipped in with a wicket or more as the hosts successfully defended the total, bundling England out for 292, despite a 119-run knock from Moeen Ali and a battling 65 from...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Tigers have to go for the kill

Tigers have to go for the kill

Today is the chance for the Tigers to take a 3-0 lead and confirm the series with two matches remaining when they take on Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Mirpur. The momentum is with them, yet some fine tuning may still be needed, but everything is in favour of the hosts. On the...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Hunt for the pace attack

Hunt for the pace attack

The exclusion of pacer Al-Amin Hossain from the third ODI against Zimbabwe did not create much of a stir in the cricketing fraternity. Maybe it was because of the way he has bowled in the series so far. He gave away 65 runs in 10 overs and picked a wicket in the two...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Razzak, Hom day's stars

Kalabagan Krira Chakra captain Abdur Razzak took four wickets and led his side to their second win in the Dhaka Premier League at the BKSP yesterday as they thumped Old DOHS by 90 runs. In the day's other games, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting by four wickets, courtesy of a fine all-round performance from Shuvagata Hom at Fatullah, while a half-century from Liton Kumar led Abahani to a six-wicket win over Partex Sporting Club at the BKSP. A cautious...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Vettori back for Kiwis

Vettori back for Kiwis

Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori's comeback and who wins the toss will be the joint focus in the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday. New Zealand have included Vettori in the eleven in their bids to level the series which they trail 1-0 after losing the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai. The 35-year-old Vettori, who has 360 wickets, played the last of his 112 Tests (one Test for ICC World XI and the rest for New Zealand) in July 2012 and has since been sidelined due to a back injury. Skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed Vettori will...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Abahani's humble exit

Four-time professional league champions Abahani were eliminated from the King's Cup after suffering a 0-2 defeat against I-League side Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, yesterday. The second defeat in four matches for meant Abahani finished the tournament with four points, three behind Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal who qualified as runners-up from the group alongside group champions Pune FC, who have won all four of their matches. Abahani's exit leaves Sheikh...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
CA to probe Clarke selection row

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland will grill Michael Clarke and national team selectors after a bizarre breakdown in communication over the injured captain's availability for the first Test against India next week. Selectors on Monday named the injured skipper in a 12-man squad for the Brisbane Test with the proviso that he play a two-day tour match against the tourists starting on Friday to prove his fitness. Hours later, Clarke, battling to recover from a hamstring injury, said he had already...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
'We'll have to put in everything'

Zimbabwe batsman Vusi Sibanda has said that the visitors will 'put in everything' to prevent Bangladesh from bagging the 5-match series in Mirpur today. Having suffered heavy defeats in the first two ODIs in Chittagong, Sibanda hoped for a much better performance from his team. "It is pretty much a do-or-die match. It is a one-off game in which we will have to put in everything. The guys are still feeling positive," said Sibanda in Mirpur yesterday. Like in every series,...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Bans lifted

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has officially lifted domestic and international suspensions on three more players -- forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain – during an executive committee meeting yesterday. The decision comes in the wake of lifting of the suspension on midfielder Kamruzzaman Rana last month. “The suspension of the three players has been lifted with immediate effect. However, Pintoo will have to pay Tk 25,000, instead of original fine of Tk one lakh,...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Robiul out for 6 wks

A shoulder injury has put Robiul Islam's stint in the Dhaka Premier League in jeopardy after the pacer dislocated his shoulder in a league game against Legends of Rupganj on November 17. The bowler is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks. During the game, which took place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Robiul was fielding at short mid-off and injured himself when he dived to stop the ball. He was immediately taken to hospital...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Liverpool, Arsenal aim to rebound

Liverpool's Champions League campaign is on the line as they travel to Ludogorets on Wednesday where victory is crucial for both teams. In London, Arsenal can also shake off their domestic troubles and guarantee their place in the knock-out phase when they take on already-qualified Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.   ATLETICO MADRID V OLYMPIAKOS Last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid can return to the knock-out phase with victory over Greek champions Olympiakos in the Spanish capital. Olympiakos, whose best result in the competition...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Clyne rescues Saints

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne capped a memorable fortnight with the late equaliser that rescued a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday. Clyne won his first two England caps against Slovenia and Scotland during the recent international break and the right-back was the man of the moment for Southampton as well thanks to his crucial 81st minute strike at Villa Park. Ronald Koeman's second placed side looked set for only their third defeat in the Premier League this season after Gabriel...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Wanyama's house burgled

Burglars broke into Southampton star Victor Wanyama's house in England Monday night and stole property worth millions of shillings including his Range Rover SUV and three television sets amongst other electronics. He also lost about 30 pairs of shoes and designer clothes, amongst other household goods. Wanyama was featuring for his club Southampton FC in the 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa at Villa Park in an English Premier League match on Monday evening.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Pele back in hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele was back in hospital Monday in Sao Paulo, days after he underwent surgery for kidney stones. "Patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) has been admitted for evaluation and remains in stable condition," said a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital. Local media reported that Pele was being treated for a urinary infection. Pele, 74, underwent surgery November 13 for kidney stones.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Rafa to open his academy in 2016

Rafael Nadal will open a tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca in 2016. The 14-time Grand Slam winner has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the academy in his home town of Manacor. Nadal says "this is a special day for me, this project that we have been working on for many years is finally a reality." He says the plan is to "begin with a summer camp in 2016." The academy will include a school where promising tennis talents can...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Scholastica cricket held

Scholastica Red team won the title of Scholastica interschool boys' cricket tournament beating the same school's Blue team in the final at the Armed Police Battalion field in Uttara on Friday. National cricketer Shahriar Nafees inaugurated the three-day competition as chief guest in a colourful ceremony which was chaired by Scholastica Senior Section's principal brig gen (retd) Kaiser Ahmed. Sunbeams, Sunnydale and Milestone were the other schools who participated in the meet.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Australian batsman Phil Hughes was fighting for his life following emergency surgery Tuesday after he was knocked out by a bouncer in a freak incident which shocked cricket. The 25-year-old, who is pressing for a Test recall, crashed to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head and was rushed to...

2015 Copa America

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Argentina, Uruguay in same group

Argentina, Uruguay in same group

World Cup runners-up Argentina face holders Uruguay, who knocked them out of their home tournament four years ago, and Brazil will meet Colombia in a World Cup rematch in the group phase at the 2015 Copa America. Hosts Chile, looking to win the world's oldest active international tournament for the first time, were handed...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
SL-Eng 1st ODI today

England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge for the Test and one-day defeats at home. Cook's status as captain came under heavy pressure after the 1-0 Test defeat, and tempers frayed in the ODIs when off-spinner Sachithra...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
President's Cup tennis underway

Dhaka Club President's Cup National tennis Tournament got underway at the Dhaka Club tennis court and the adjacent National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. A total of 186 tennis players from 25 districts and six tennis clubs are taking part in the five-day tournament. The champion team will receive a prize money of Tk 40,000 while the runners-up team will get Tk 30,000 as prize money, said a press release from the club yesterday.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Series first, then testing

Series first, then testing

The selectors on Sunday night announced a team only for the third ODI against Zimbabwe which will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow as they are planning to go for some experimentation in the last two games. And the testing will go on only if the Tigers confirm the...

Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2014-15

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Jahurul lifts Legends

Out-of-favour Jahurul Islam missed a century for only five runs but his effort helped Legends of Rupganj to continue their all-win record in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) with a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Victoria at BKSP yesterday. The right-hander struck nine boundaries during his 127-ball 95 as defending champions Legends of Rupganj reached the target of 192 for three wickets in 46.1 overs to secure their fifth win in as many matches. Meanwhile, former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud continued playing...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Anxious time for Clarke

Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Monday he will miss a vital lead-up game, raising fresh doubts about his chances of playing in next month's first Test against India. Clarke, who was named in a 12-man squad Monday subject to a fitness test on his left hamstring, was selected to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday. Clarke later confirmed that he will not be playing in that match, placing his position in the Test...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mathews to lead SL

England will face many familiar opponents at the start of their one-day international series against Sri Lanka, after a 15-man squad was announced on Monday for the first three of seven matches. Angelo Mathews will lead a lineup including the veteran batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, as the pair embark on their final winter of ODI cricket culminating in the World Cup. Sangakkara appears set to keep wicket, after Dinesh Chandimal, who deputised in the final two matches against India,...

King's Cul

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Abahani's mountain to climb

A demoralised Abahani will face an uphill task to qualify for the semifinals of the King's Cup when they take on already-qualified Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thumphu, today. The four-time professional league champions are in third position with four points from three matches, three behind defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal, who handed a 5-1 defeat to Ugyen Academy yesterday, and five points adrift of Pune FC, who have...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mohammedan appoint Joshi

Former national winger Kazi Jasimuddin Ahmed Joshi has been appointed as the head coach of Mohammedan SC while Abdul Kaiyum Sentu has been made his assistant for the upcoming football season, which is scheduled to get underway with the Federation Cup from December 19. Joshi successfully guided the Mohammedan junior teams (U-16 and U-18) to two consecutive titles in the youth championship in the last two years. The former Mohammedan winger also worked with the senior team in the 2005...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Burglary at BOA

Tk 7.95 lakh and 1100 US dollars have been stolen from the vault of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) during the public holiday last weekend, confirmed BOA treasurer Kazi Rajibuddin Ahmed Chapal yesterday. Chapal informed that employees of the BOA, on Sunday morning, found the vault open, grills of the window broken and valuable documents scattered all over the place. The BOA has filed a burglary case with the Paltan police station without naming anyone and police are investigating the matter,...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
BHF decision on banned players, coach today

Suspended forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain are set to get their suspensions lifted when the executive committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) sits for a meeting today. Jimmy, Pintoo and Zahid have already served one year of their two-year domestic and three-year international suspensions handed last year due to disciplinary reasons as well as deliberate under-performance in the Asia Cup in 2013. The BHF working committee has already recommended lifting of the ban...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Senanayake undergoes retesting

Banned off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake underwent an official retest of his action in Chennai on Sunday, with the results expected within the next two weeks, Sri Lanka Cricket has said. The retest is the culmination of months of remedial work, which Senanayake has carried out under the supervision of both human movement specialist Daryl Foster as well as with local coaches. Senanayake had been reported during Sri Lanka's ODI series in England in June, then banned in July, following an official biomechanical...

World CHESS Championship

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Carlsen beats Anand again

Carlsen beats Anand again

Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen retained his title as world chess champion on Sunday, defeating rival Viswanathan Anand for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old world number one beat India's Anand, title-holder of the championship from 2007 to 2013 when he was dethroned by Carlsen, in two of 11 games of the competition,...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Do or die for Man City

Do or die for Man City

Manchester City are teetering on the brink of a third Champions League group-phase elimination in four seasons ahead of Bayern Munich's visit to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. City's dismal 2-1 loss at home to CSKA Moscow in their previous outing left them bottom of Group E with only two points and they will...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Messi eyes more history

Fresh from becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga, Lionel Messi will have his sights on more history as he looks to repeat that feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday. Messi's double in the Catalans' 2-0 win at Ajax three weeks ago took him level with Real Madrid legend Raul's record tally of 71 goals in the competition and ensured Barca's progress to the last 16 for an 11th consecutive season. However, Luis Enrique's...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Milan derby ends all square

Milan derby ends all square

Inter midfielder Joel Obi struck a second-half equaliser in a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to AC Milan to save Roberto Mancini's blushes on the Italian's return to Serie A after a six-year absence on Sunday. Mancini, who led the Serie A giants to seven trophies including three consecutive league titles from 2004 to 2008,...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Di Natale hits magic mark

Di Natale hits magic mark

Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale expressed his delight after scoring his 200th Serie A goal on what was his 400th league appearance Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Chievo. "I'm delighted with the record. I want to thank my teammates, my family and my parents who are no longer here," Di Natale told Sky...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mourinho up against Di Matteo

Jose Mourinho comes up against the only coach to have steered Chelsea to the Champions League title when the Blues travel to Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke 04 on Tuesday. Victory will confirm Chelsea's place in the Champions League's knock-out phase, but the focus will be on Mourinho's opposite number on the Schalke bench. Chelsea coach Mourinho, the self-styled 'Special One', won the Champions League title as Inter Milan coach in 2010 and Porto boss in 2004, but the European crown has...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Real to play Down Under

European champions Real Madrid will headline a pre-season international tournament at Australia's 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground next year, organisers said on Monday. The glamorous Spanish outfit, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez among others, will play in the International Champions Cup along with an English Premier League team and Italian Serie A side. Organisers said the other teams, reported to be Manchester City and Inter Milan, would be revealed in the next few weeks. The tournament will take place...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Pressure rises on Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers admits he must restore Liverpool's shattered morale quickly after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace raised questions about his job security. Rodgers' team hit a new low in an already troubled campaign at rain-lashed Selhurst Park on Sunday as they crashed to a third successive loss in the Premier League. With Liverpool's season teetering on the brink of a full-blown crisis, Reds manager Rodgers acknowledged he will start to hear more criticism and calls for his sacking unless...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Falcao back in training

Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is back in training after overcoming a niggling calf problem, the 28-year-old confirmed on Twitter on Sunday. Falcao has not featured since a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Oct. 20. On Thursday, manager Louis van Gaal announced Falcao could be out for a further two weeks after suffering a "new injury" but the forward could now feature in next weekend's game against Hull City.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Tamim, Anamul & then Mash

Tamim, Anamul & then Mash

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza must be a happy man. Prior to the second ODI he asked for a team effort and that's exactly what he got in Bangladesh's 68-run win over Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday. And it was Mashrafe himself who led from the front. It looked like a...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 24, 2014
'I'm still not at my best'

'I'm still not at my best'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's crucial opening spell, which saw him take three wickets, pegged back Zimbabwe early in their innings. The captain however was repentant that he failed to give his best in yesterday's match. "It's good that I got the wickets, but honestly speaking, I feel that only 80 per cent of my deliveries...