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25 booters called for camp

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday announced a 25-member preliminary under-23 squad for September's Asian Games with the inclusion of five senior players -- Mamunul Islam, Zahid Hasan Emily, Atiqur Rahman Meshu, Mithun Chowdhury and Denmark-based Jamal Bhuiyan. Young defender Tutul Hossain Badsha, who warmed the bench for Abahani throughout this season, is the surprise inclusion apart from relegated Uttar Baridhara goalkeeper Osman Gani and Mohammedan's promising winger Yousuf Sifat.  Veteran winger Zahid Hossain is a notable exclusion from the squad, probably owing to his 'questionable performance' during the SAFF Championship last year. The residential camp for the selected players will start from August 3 at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BSKP) under the guidance of Dutch coaches Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster, who are expected to arrive on August 1, after their imposed vacation in Netherlands. The 25-member squad will be trimmed to 18-memebr final squad before they leave for on September 12. Out of the 25 selected players, 15 were in the national squad which played a FIFA friendly match against India early this year. Though De Kruif and Rene have hardly watched the players' performance in the domestic competitions, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem informed that...

Cook's bat does the talking

Cook's bat does the talking

England captain Alastair Cook was in sight of ending his barren...

'Marshall' Masud no more

'Marshall' Masud no more

He was nicknamed 'black and bold' by his teammates for he...

Academy to open with U-13 camp

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is seemingly desperate to launch its football academy in Sylhet within a short period of time,...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Colombo Test nicely poised

Colombo Test nicely poised

Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday. Sangakkara (72) hit his tenth 50-plus score of the year and Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 63 as the hosts declared their second innings on...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Shirin 45th, Mezbah 63rd

Bangladesh's fastest sprinter Mezbah Ahmed finished in 63rd among 76 contestants in the 100m sprint of the 20th Commonwealth Games at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. Mezbah, a former BKSP student who became the fastest man of the country last year by finishing his race in 10.75 second (hand timing), took 11.13 seconds to finish his heat yesterday. The fastest qualifier was Adam Gemili of England (10.15 sec) while the sixteenth and last qualifier was Adam Harris...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Fined on debut!

Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was Sunday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on Day Three of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. The 21-year-old player was found guilty of conduct that is either "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute", the International Cricket Council said in a news release. "Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe... without the need...

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Published Date: July 28, 2014
Shelley's marathon shock

Shelley's marathon shock

Australia's Michael Shelley stunned the favourites from east Africa to win the men's marathon gold at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, but Flomena Daniel spearheaded a Kenyan one-two in the women's race. Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around...

Bundes Liga

Published Date: July 28, 2014
'Bayern will never sack Guardiola'

Bayern Munich will never push out their coach Pep Guardiola, club chief executive Karl-Heinze Rummenigge said in an interview published Sunday. Rummenigge shrugged off suggestions that Germany's most successful side could struggle this season after their top players come back from their gruelling but triumphant World Cup campaign. There would be no fallout for Guardiola, he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "Bayern will never sack Pep Guardiola. I can put that in writing today," said Rummenigge. "Pep Guardiola. He will be our...

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Published Date: July 28, 2014
Carlo expects Di Maria by next week

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Angel Di Maria to begin pre-season training on August 5 and has no information about the Argentina winger leaving for Paris St Germain. "There is nothing new in the market," Ancelotti said when asked about reports Di Maria was set to join the Ligue 1 side for a fee of around 70 million euros ($94 million). "Di Maria finished the World Cup and he is resting," added the Italian. "He will return on Aug....

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Too white, too male

"Overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly white" Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said of his own organisation's Council on Saturday, saying the governing body must change. In a pre-recorded video message to the Football Supporters Federation, former BBC director general Dyke, who took over from David Bernstein at the FA a year ago, said the governing body was in danger of becoming "irrelevant". "If you look at who's supporting, who's playing, football and then you look at the FA Council - it doesn't...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
MS cautioned over Jimmy-Ravi row

The International Cricket Council on Sunday accused India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of "undermining" its disciplinary process by condemning a fine handed against teammate Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni said Saturday that Jadeja had been the target of "hurtful" treatment when he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for misconduct in an incident with England bowler James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham on July 10. England captain Alastair Cook, not long after India brought ICC charges against Anderson,...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Arsenal sign Ospina

Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who had a fine World Cup to help his country reach the quarter-finals for the first time, is joining Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Sunday. The 25-year-old, who has 49 caps, is moving from French Ligue 1 club Nice, for whom he made 189 league appearances during his six years in France. "David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Wilshere regrets

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed regret after pictures of him smoking during a holiday in Las Vegas appeared in the British media. "The smoking? Of course I regret it," Wilshere was quoted as saying by the Sunday editions of several British newspapers. Wilshere was photographed smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub last year and vowed it would never happen again. The recent images showed him smoking amongst friends in a Las Vegas swimming pool.

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Hungarian GP Ricciardo's

Australian Daniel Ricciardo charged to a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix victory on Sunday, his second Formula One win for Red Bull, as a drenched track caused chaos among world championship leaders. Ricciardo, 25, held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to take first place in a race which saw several high-speed crashes after a heavy downpour just before the start changed the course of the race. Britain's former world champion Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane and span on the first...