• Thursday, October 23, 2014

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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 when compared to the likes of other pacers such as...

'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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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UEFA Champions League

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Zim fold for 241

Zim fold for 241

Despite having lost a wicket towards the end of the first day of the three-day practice match at Fatullah yesterday, the day belonged to the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as they managed to bundle the Zimbabweans out for 241 runs in 76.2 overs. In reply the hosts lost the wicket of Shadman Islam...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Jubair exudes confidence

Jubair exudes confidence

A sudden rise and even a quicker fall of Bangladeshi cricketers have been quite a common phenomenon. At the same time there have been players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim who held their positions for a long time now. The newest star to appear on the horizon is Jubair Hossain and only...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
'BFF working on amicable parting'

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is moving towards ending the contract with national team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif through an amicable solution, informed a high-official of the federation yesterday. “Both the parties, BFF and de Kruif are preparing documents so that we can mutually end the contract through an amicable solution,” said Tabith M Awal, vice-president and member of National Team's Committee of BFF after emerging from a meeting between de Kruif and the federation president Kazi Salahuddin at the...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Sagar starts gold spree

Mahfizur Rahman Sagar's bid to winning eight gold medals in the 27th National Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start as the promising swimmer of Bangladesh Navy produced a national record and grabbed two gold medals on the opening day at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. Sagar, who had set four national records in the 2013 Bangladesh Games in 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and is the current holder of seven national records, rewrote his...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
WI looking for a way out

Battle lines are being drawn in West Indies cricket between the players and administrators following the team's shock withdrawal from the tour of India. In the wake of the unprecedented decision to abandon the campaign at the end of the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are due to meet in emergency session on Tuesday to consider the ramifications of their squad's failure to fulfil a contractual obligation with the most powerful and...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
DRS on for Zim series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally decided to introduce Decision Review System (DRS) in the coming three-match Test series against Zimbabwe as a 'test case'. According to the BCB, reason behind the decision was to make sure that they took all the advantages in a series, which is very vital for the home team as they are looking forward to gaining the much-needed ranking points to avoid staying at the bottom. "We are introducing the DRS for the first time in...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Title sponsors announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday declared Bashundhara Cement as the title sponsor of the Test and ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.  Hosts Bangladesh in the 45-day-long bilateral series will play three Tests and five ODIs against the visitors. A logo unveiling ceremony was held on this regard at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where senior dignitaries of both the BCB and Bashundhara Group were present.  The first time the conglomerate came up to support cricket was during Bangladesh's home series against...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Mamunul returns for nat'l duty

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam returned from Kolkata yesterday to join the national camp ahead of Bangladesh's two international friendlies against Sri Lanka this month. The 26-year-old midfielder is hopeful that Bangladesh would win both the matches. “We want to win both the matches and we don't want a repeat of the performance against Nepal where we won one and lost the other,” said Mamunul, who will return to Kolkata on October 28. Sri Lanka are scheduled to arrive in the capital...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Target ending drought

Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan's neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won. That includes 24...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller expects Tuesday's Champions League clash at AS Roma to be a tight affair as Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich travel to face his former club. "It won't be decided quickly, but will be the sort of game which hangs in the balance," said the Bayern star after training in Munich on...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
City searching first win

Manchester City continue their search for a first Champions League win this season when they face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, while Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are among the sides in action elsewhere. CSKA MOSCOW V MAN CITY After taking just one point from their opening two matches, Premier League champions City go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win. Manuel Pellegrini's men are fresh from a 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend...

Lega calcio

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Hernanes rescues Inter

Hernanes rescues Inter

Brazilian Hernanes levelled with a bullet header in injury-time to secure a share of the points for Inter Milan in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Napoli that could help decide the fate of Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri. Following two consecutive heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1) and Fiorentina (3-0), Mazzarri was under pressure from club...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Stoke rally to beat Swansea

Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as they climbed to 10th in the English Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes's men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee Michael Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Jose furious with Spain

Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor. Mourinho confirmed Costa - who also missed the 2-1 weekend victory at Crystal Palace - aggravated an existing hamstring problem during the last international break with Spain when he faced Slovakia and Luxembourg in the space of four days. The Chelsea manager insists he had no contact with Spain coach Vicente del...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Neymar relishing firepower

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Neymar and Messi have already combined for 17 goals in 10 games so far this season and the Brazilian is...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Fatal goal celebration

A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday. Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said. As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

  Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain has been included in the 14-member team for the first Test against Zimbabwe which begins in Mirpur on October 25. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the team yesterday evening. The 19-year-old bowler has played just two first-class matches and is going to be Bangladesh's first specialist leg-spinner to make a Test squad. As other changes to the side that played in West Indies, pacer Shahadat Hossain has returned to the Test fold after 19 months. Top-order batsman Marshall Ayub has also returned to the team. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned from his disciplinary suspension. Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Robiul Islam, Shohag Gazi, Nasir Hossain and Imrul Kayes,...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Nasir's challenge

Nasir's challenge

“Let's distribute some sweets. I have made it to the team (BCB XI) for the tour of India,” was what Nasir Hossain said on Saturday immediately after he came to know that he was chosen in a second-stringed national side to play an invitational tournament in India, instead of playing the Test series against Zimbabwe. On any other day Nasir's statement would have depicted his typical, care-free attitude; a characteristic which has perhaps helped bail Bangladesh out of a number of precarious positions. Be it his defiant 44 against New Zealand which helped Bangladesh overcome 307 at Fatullah or his pressure-free 54 which knocked India out of the Asia Cup in...