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Looking for a miracle

Looking for a miracle

Bangladesh will be looking forward to creating a small piece of history when they face Hong Kong in their last Group B match of the Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex in Incheon today. The match will start at 2pm Bangladesh time. Having never qualified for the second round in the Asian Games, the Bangladesh U-23 team may enter uncharted territory provided that they beat Hong Kong. It may be a small matter of a win...

Caesar's redemption

Caesar's redemption

Gymnast Quazi Syque Caesar has put years of frustrating performances behind...

A late stumble

A late goal-rush saw Bangladesh hockey team stumble to yet another big defeat in the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak...

'For your country it has to come from within'

'For your country it has to come from within'

Bangladesh's debacle in the West Indies can be attributed to a...

Watson to miss Pakistan Tests

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was Sunday ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury. The injury-prone Watson was recovering from an ankle he sprained in training which forced him out of last month's tri one-day series in Zimbabwe when he suffered complications. "While Shane has made steady progress with his rehabilitation he has suffered a setback, experiencing some right calf soreness," national team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "As Shane has previously had...

Adithiya champion

Top seed Adithya Karunaratne of Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh's Fabiha Lamisa Suchona in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) to clinch the girls' singles title of the Bengal Group Asian Under-14 tennis Series which concluded at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. The match, rescheduled from Saturday due to inclement weather, lasted little as the top seed cruised to victory without dropping a single game. Bangladesh Tennis Federation's general secretary Abdur Rahman distributed prizes among the participants after the end of the...

National chess

Four players shared joint lead with two points after the second round of the Berger Paints National Chess championship yesterday. The leaders are: GM Enamul Hossain, IM Minhazuddin, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed and Uten. Defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib drew against GM Niaz Murshed in the second round at the Bangladesh Olympic Association after 18 moves while GM Ziaur Rahman beat CM Sohel Chowdhury after 28th move. In the other matches, Enamul Hossain beat FM Aminul Islam; Minhazuddin beat CM...

Ivanovic wins Pan Pacific title

Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Sunday. The 26-year-old Serb needed 99 minutes to win the battle of the former world number ones, stretching her head-to-head tally of wins over the second-seeded Dane to five-two. "It was so hard physically. We had a lot of long rallies but to win the title is amazing," said the third-seeded Ivanovic, who had...

S'pore GP goes to Hamilton

British driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to take the lead in the Formula One drivers championship from his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who failed to finish with electrical failure. Rosberg turned up for the Marina Bay street circuit night race 22 points clear of pole setter Hamilton. But the German endured a wretched time, his car failing to set off for the warm-up lap from second on the grid. He eventually started from the pitlane, but retired...

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Barclays English Premier League

No end to United's misery

No end to United's misery

Louis van Gaal's difficult start to his time as Manchester United manager continued as Leicester City sensationally came back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League encounter on Sunday. The visitors were on course to give the Dutchman his first away victory and second league win as United manager following...

Lega Calcio

Roma go top

Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi hit one apiece for Roma in a 2-0 win over Cagliari that sent the Giallorossi to the top of Serie A thanks to superior goals difference on Sunday. Champions Juventus had gone clear of the pack thanks to a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Saturday when Carlos Tevez's 71st minute strike made the difference between the sides at a packed San Siro. However Roma, 5-1 winners over CSKA Moscow in midweek, continued their fine start...

Tevez sinks Milan

Tevez sinks Milan

Carlos Tevez scored his fourth goal in a week to hand champions Juventus a precious 1-0 win over Milan at a packed San Siro on Saturday. Milan had taken full points from their opening two matches under new coach Filippo Inzaghi following two horrendous campaigns under Allegri and Clarence Seedorf. But after a promising first...

FA Chairman 'gifted' six watches

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he has received six watches since taking over the role in July 2013. Dyke, 67, made the revelation after the controversy of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) giving away £16,000 watches at the 2014 World Cup. "I've been given about six watches since I took over at the FA and I don't use any of them. I don't like the culture of present giving in football," Dyke said. CBF's sponsors gave the watches to 32 association...

Atletico held again

It was another frustrating night in the capital for Atletico as they were held for the second time in four games this season. The hosts were shocked 19 minutes in when Pablo Hernandez produced a moment of genius to backheel Carles Planas's cross past Miguel Angel Moya. Diego Simeone's men had to rely on their efficiency from set-pieces to dig themselves out of trouble as Miranda prodded home Koke's free-kick before Diego Godin powered home a header from Gabi's corner to...

Bernabau naming rights for sale

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted on Sunday that the club are in negotiations with 10 companies for the naming rights of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The European champions are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of a planned 400 million euros  redevelopment of the stadium. "We are looking for a sponsor," Perez said as Real's accounts for last season were approved by the club's members. "At the moment we are negotiating with 10 companies to see if one is...

'Once in a lifetime goal'

Paderborn midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp scored a "once in a lifetime" 80-metre goal on Saturday which helped his team stay top in Germany. Stoppelkamp scored his extraordinary long-range special in the third minute of injury time against Hanover with a shot from just outside his own box. "I didn't know that I could even shoot that far," said the 27-year-old who found the net after Hanover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler had been up in the Paderborn area hoping to score a stoppage-time equaliser. "The...

Barclays English Premier League

Lampard stuns Chelsea

Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday. Lampard, who scored 211 goals for Chelsea and is on loan at City from MLS side New York City, scored in the 85th minute after only six minutes on the pitch. Andre Schuerrle had put league leaders Chelsea ahead...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
'Hard to quit when team is down'

'Hard to quit when team is down'

A similar scenario was in store for those who were waiting for the national cricket team at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday morning. For the umpteenth time this year, captain Mushfiqur Rahim took the helm at the press conference; replying to each and every question with caution and patience -- gambits that he...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Siddikur set for lengthy lay-off

Siddikur set for lengthy lay-off

Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman is set to miss a number of upcoming Asian Tour events due to persistent lower back pain which has previously kept him out of action for the past two and a half weeks. The 29-year-old golfer is currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment at a Dhaka clinic due to pain in the lumbar vertebrae (L 4- L5) after the pain forced him to withdraw from the Omega European Masters in Zurich in the first week of September.  “I'll be out of action for at least another one and a half months which means I will be missing quite a few events due to the persistent back pain....

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Shohag confident of clean chit

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has said that he is confident of earning a good result from the bio mechanical test at the Cardiff University in Wales. The player, who was reported with a suspect bowling action during the second one-day international against the West Indies, had been tested on Friday. The results of the test—which is expected to be revealed in 14 to 20 days—will determine whether Shohag's action is legal. After being called for his action, the off-spinner had to...

AFC President's Cup

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Russel off the mark

Russel off the mark

A 65th minute header from Nigerian striker Nkwocha Kingsley Chigozie gave Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra a 1-0 win against FC Erichim of Mongolia in their opening fixture of the AFC President's Cup at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday. Although pegged for much of the first half in the Group B opener, Chigozie's goal...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Malinga may undergo surgery

Lasith Malinga could be out of action until at least the end of the year if he goes through with surgery on a problematic left ankle, which he is currently receiving consultation on, in Australia. Malinga left for Melbourne on Saturday morning, after having experienced a significant increase in pain in his ankle while bowling. He will see his orthopaedic on Sunday, after which a final decision on whether surgery is his best course of action will be taken. If...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
4-day match shifted

The second four-day match against between Bangladesh A and Zimbabwe A which was originally scheduled to begin today at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS), Fatullah, has been shifted by a day and will now start on Monday, 22 September. A press release from the BCB stated that the change to the schedule was made due to 'unavoidable circumstances'.  The dates for the first two one day matches have also been rescheduled. Accordingly, the first one dayer will now be...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Bell will miss county final

Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell has been ruled out of Saturday's county One-Day Cup final against Durham at Lord's, the Midlands side announced Friday. Warwickshire native Bell, 32, who has spent his entire career with the Birmingham-based club, suffered a broken toe during net practice while on England duty earlier this month. Dougie Brown, Warwickshire director of cricket, told the club's website on Friday: "Ian has been receiving intense treatment on his broken toe for several days, in hope that...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Hockey humiliation

The Bangladesh hockey team endured a terrible start to their Asian Games campaign when they suffered a 0-8 defeat to Japan in the Pool A opener at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, Korea yesterday. It was Bangladesh's second biggest defeat, after last year's 0-9 defeat against South Korea in the Asia Cup, since Pakistani coach Naveed Alam took charge 13 months ago.  Prior to the match, Naveed had promised that Bangladesh would perform admirably against Japan, who are 17 places...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Ana-Caroline finale

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets Saturday to reach the final of the 1-million-dollar Pan Pacific Open against US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. Third seed Ivanovic charged back from 3-5 down in the first set to beat the 26-year-old German favourite 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals. Denmark's Wozniacki, seeded second and looking to get over her loss to world number one Serena Williams in the US Open two weeks ago, outplayed Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4,...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 21, 2014
From England with love

The inclusion of England-born shooter Quaysoor Miah in the Asian Games contingent has garnered attention about trap shooting among Bangladeshis. Quaysoor failed to impress, finishing second from bottom with two rounds remaining. Nevertheless he drew interest due to his rather peculiar backstory. While most of the participants have been practicing for years, Quaysoor's interest in shooting only began last year, at the age of 35. A structural engineer, working as a highway manager in United Kingdom, Quaysoor found himself with a...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
'RVP, Falcao can coexist'

Louis van Gaal insists that Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie can play together at Manchester United. Falcao joined the club in a deadline-day season-long loan deal, leading to speculation that Van Persie could be usurped by the Colombia international at Old Trafford. However, Van Gaal believes the pair can complement each other, and foresees no problems with the potential partnership. "I don't think that Falcao interferes with Van Persie or that he interferes with Falcao," he told reporters. "Falcao is a...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Hammer blow for L'pool

Hammer blow for L'pool

Liverpool suffered a surprise 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday as fresh questions were raised about whether they have the defence required to win the Premier League title. Brendan Rodgers's side were 2-0 down inside seven minutes at Upton Park. Poor defending by Liverpool -- who've now lost three of their five league...

LFP

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Incredible Real

Incredible Real

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Portugal captain Ronaldo, the current World Player of the Year, put Real ahead with a 29th-minute header at the...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Messi not in charge

Lionel Messi and Barcelona do not decide when the forward is available to play for his country, according to Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Luis Segura. The 27-year-old was left out of Gerardo Martino's first squad as Albiceleste coach for the international break in early September, with rumours circulating in Argentine media that Messi had lost interest in the national team after they finished as runners up in World Cup 2014. However, AFA chief Luis Segura has insisted that the absence...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Conte wants workhorses

Antonio Conte has warned Mario Balotelli and other Italy players that he only wants workhorses, not "grass grazers", in his team. Balotelli was surprisingly left out of Conte's first squad as Azzurri coach, prompting some to ponder whether the striker would need to improve his attitude to return to the national team. Conte has now given weight to this theory but insisted that absentees from his last squad - including Liverpool's Balotelli and Atletico Madrid attacker Alessio Cerci - have hope...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: September 21, 2014
'Strip titles for FFP breach'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes clubs found guilty of breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules should be deducted points and have titles stripped rather than face fines. Premier League champions Manchester City, who face Chelsea in a heavyweight clash between the two title favourites on Sunday, were fined 60 million euros ($83.3 million) in May for breaking the rules, but the Portuguese believes stricter sanctions should be imposed. "Are the fines fair? I don't think so. What is fair is...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
‘Suarez already a good signing'

‘Suarez already a good signing'

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes Luis Suarez has already proved his worth despite not having even played a competitive game since his £75 million move from Liverpool. The Uruguayan will still be unavailable for over a month after receiving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in June. Suarez could make his debut in Enrique's first El Clasico in charge of Barca away to Real Madrid on October 25. And Enrique believes the 27-year-old's attitude in training has already made him an important signing for the club. "He is adapting and waiting for his opportunity. He is training as if he could play tomorrow and that was...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Donbass Arena hit by shelling

Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena has been hit by shelling despite a ceasefire agreed between Ukraine government forces and Russian-backed separatists, the club said on Friday. "On September 19 two explosions sounded off in immediate proximity to Donbass Arena. The North-Eastern side of the facade was damaged as a result of it. Donbass Arena personnel were evacuated into a safe place. No one was hurt," Shakhtar said in a statement on their website. Last month the club said its training pitch had...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Paderborn flying high

Promoted Paderborn were flying high Saturday as they led the Bundesliga with another victory while Bayern Munich slumped to a goalless draw at Hamburg. Elias Kachunga scored in the 71st minute and Moritz Stoppelkamp added another after 93 minutes to beat Hanover 96 2-0 to improve to eight points. Munich were unable to get the better of a Hamburg team under new coach Joe Zinnbauer playing out a 0-0 draw in Hamburg. The reigning champions also have eight points from four games...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Games kick off in style

Games kick off in style

South Korean pop stars and performers enthralled the crowd at Incheon's 61,000-seat stadium as the 17th Asian Games got off to a glittering start last night. Spectators and athletes joined in pop star Psy's signature horse-riding dance as he belted out an electrifying rendition of his popular number 'Gangnam Style'. Wearing a glittering black...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Hockey campaign starts today

Hockey campaign starts today

The Bangladesh national hockey team start their Asian Games campaign in Incheon today when they take on 13th ranked Japan in the opening match of Pool A at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium at 10:00am Bangladesh time. Bangladesh have prepared for the last three months for the seventh edition of the Asian Games under Pakistani...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
'Upset with myself'

'Upset with myself'

From picking up a five-wicket haul in his debut ODI against India to being dropped twice in the ODI series in the West Indies, in a short span of three months 19-year-old Taskin Ahmed has tasted both glory and disappointment in international cricket. The first ODI in the West Indies saw Taskin bowl the fastest delivery of the match—145.6 km/hr. He however, gave away 46 runs in seven overs—a crime considering that Bangladesh had only 217 runs to defend. Slow-left armer Abdur Razzak replaced him in the next two ODIs. Getting dropped after all the hype he generated following the India series in June was a move that immensely saddened the...

AFC President's Cup

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Sk Russel take on Erchim FC

Sheikh Russel KC begin their AFC President's Cup mission today when they take on Mongolian league champions Erchim FC at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. The match will start at 1:30pm Bangladesh time. The treble winners of 2012-2013 season, who emerged champions in the qualifying leg in May this year at the same venue in Sri Lanka, are eyeing a final berth from Group A, which also includes North Korean outfit Rimyonsu Club. Sheikh Russel's veteran striker Zahid Hossain Emily, who switched...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
First Div Twenty20 cricket

Swapan Kumar Dey's 65-ball 82 led the Dhaka Wonderers Club to a 38-run win over Orient Sporting Club at Fatullah yesterday in the First Division T20 tournament. Batting first, Dey hit 11 boundaries to help his side post 168. In reply, Orient were restricted to 130 for 8. At BKSP-3 a 50-ball 67 from Jubayer Rahman helped the Magnum Cricketers ease past Dhanmondi Progoti Sangho's first innings total of a 110. Magnum Cricketers reached the target with four wickets...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Tigers arrive today

The Bangladesh national cricket team will return home following their tour of the West Indies at 8:30am today. The result of the recently concluded tour has been the worst series for the Tigers in the Caribbean islands. Bangladesh lost the ODI series 3-0, while they suffered big defeats in both the Tests. Back in 2009, the Tigers whitewashed a depleted West Indian outfit in both the ODI and the Test series. In 2004, a Habibul Bashar-led Bangladesh managed to draw one...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Li Na retires at 32

Li Na retires at 32

China's Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persistent knee injuries on Friday, prompting a wave of adulation for Asia's greatest and most influential tennis player. Li, the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam singles title, said "my body is begging me to stop the pounding" as she...

Asian U-14 Tennis

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Ila wins double crown

Michael Francis Ila of Philippines claimed double crown in the Bengal Group Asian U-14 Tennis Series by winning both the boys' singles and doubles trophies yesterday. Ila, the second seed beat top seed Ali Dawani of Bahrain in 6-3, 6-1 sets to win the singles title before pairinng up with Dawani to beat Bangladeshi pair Hridoy Hasan and Shoikot Shahriar in 6-1, 6-4 sets to claim the doubles title. The girls' singles final between Adithiya Karunaratne of Sri Lanka and Fabiha...

UEFA Europa League

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Everton return in style

Everton return in style

Everton marked their first appearance in Europe since the 2009/2010 season with a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday while Celtic and Tottenham were held to draws in tricky away assignments. The Merseysiders were ahead after just 15 minutes at Goodison Park when Ricardo Rodriguez put through his own goal after deflecting...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 20, 2014
City in Chelsea's way

Stung by a last-minute defeat in the Champions League, Manchester City will attempt to make up ground in the Premier League title race when they host leaders Chelsea on Sunday. A 90th-minute strike by former player Jerome Boateng condemned City to a 1-0 loss at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and left Manuel Pellegrini's side without a victory in three matches. Chelsea can open up an eight-point lead over the champions if they pull off a repeat of their 1-0 win at...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Milan gear up for Juve

AC Milan host Juventus in a top-of-the-table clash Saturday that could add impetus to their bid to erase two nightmare seasons -- if the Rossoneri can plug the holes at the back. Under new coach Filippo Inzaghi, Milan have enjoyed a flying start to the season following two horrendous campaigns under Massimiliano Allegri and, latterly, Clarence Seedorf. An opening day win over Lazio (3-1) was followed by a 5-4 win at Parma last weekend. Although the latter victory put Milan's attacking talents...

LFP

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Real have little room for error

Two consecutive defeats have left European champions Real Madrid with a mountain to climb just three games into the La Liga season if they are to catch leaders Barcelona. Real are six points adrift of the Catalans, who have made a 100 percent start under new boss Luis Enrique, after a 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad was followed by a 2-1 reverse at home to Atletico Madrid last weekend. Carlo Ancelotti's men did at least manage to get back to winning...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Celebration goes wrong

Coritiba forward Joel Tagueu's goal celebration went spectacularly wrong when he jumped over an advertising hoarding and disappeared into a hole during a Brazilian championship match. The Cameroon player got carried away after he ran from the halfway line and rounded the goalkeeper to score his second goal of the game, and Coritiba's third, in a 3-1 win over Sao Paulo on Wednesday night. He continued running and leapt over the hoarding, unaware that there was a hole behind it containing...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Brandao gets 6-month ban

Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao was banned for six months by the French football league's disciplinary commission on Thursday for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta, his club announced. Brandao had already been suspended on August 21, five days after he clashed with Motta in the corridors of the Parc des Princes following the two clubs' Ligue 1 match. He will only be able to return to action on February 21 next year.