• Friday, April 25, 2014


Easy sailing for Muktis

Easy sailing for Muktis

A last-gasp strike from hitman Wahed Ahmed helped Mohammedan SC overcome Uttar Baridhara Club with a 1-0 win in their Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The fifth win in 11 matches mean Mohammedan remain glued on the third position with 22 points, just two ahead of fourth-place Muktijoddha Sangsad, who easily sailed over Team BJMC with a 4-2 win in the day's first match. Sheikh Jamal DC and Abahani...

Victim of govt apathy

After prolonged dispute, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) finally opened the Dhanmondi-8 playground to the general public yesterday in line with...

Players excited, BCB lukewarm

Players excited, BCB lukewarm

With the scorching heat kept at bay by the closed windows...

Farbrace named asstt Eng coach

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment...

Kfc Women's Nat'l Football

First round from Apr 30

The KFC National Women's Football Championship will start on April 30 with the participation of a record 43 teams. The participating district women's teams, split into six zones, will play the first round on knockout basis. Later, six zone champions will join the host district and holders Bangladesh Ansar in the eight-team final round. The knockout phase will be held in Rajshahi, Laxmipur, Kushtia, Rangpur, Bagerhat and Dhaka. The matches of Rajshahi and Laxmipur will start from April 30, Kushtia and...

BCB floats TV rights tender till 2020

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has floated a tender for worldwide media rights for six years until 2020; potentially a major source of income for the country's richest sports body. The board was yet to disclose the detailed schedule of home matches during the six-year period but the parties will get the list when they buy tenders from April 27 till May 8. BCB however invited the tenders under the projections of 25-30 Tests, 40-45 ODIs and 10-15 T20 Internationals and...

Narail champs in inter-dist volleyball

Narail emerged champions in the Walton Inter-District Volleyball Championship with a 3-1 win over Pabna in the final at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday. Narail went ahead after winning the first two games 25-18 and 25-23 before Pabna came back to win the third 25-15. But Narail ensured the championship winning the last game 25-15. Khulna became third beating Satkhira 3-2. Harjit of Pabna was adjudged the best attacker, Al Amin of Satkhira was named the best setter while Sohel of the champions...

Zia loses again

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman suffered his second successive defeat in the open section of the Asian Continental Chess Championships when he lost to Kazakh GM Jumabayev Rinat in the 7th round in Sharjah on Wednesday. Zia played with white pieces used London Colle systems and was checkmated after 64 moves. He now has four points from seven matches. In the women's section, WFM Nazrana Khan Eva drew with Palestinian Faqeeh Aseel to earn 2.5 points from seven matches.

UEFA Champions League

Benzema fires Real

Benzema fires Real

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao's cross on 19 minutes and Madrid's advantage could have been...



UEFA Champions League

Madrid have 'athletes'

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola said his side had struggled to contain Real Madrid's pace on the counter-attack as Los Blancos secured a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game on 19 minutes from one of a series of Madrid counter-attacks in the first-half that caught the European champions wanting at the back. "Madrid have athletes. They are footballers, but they are real athletes," said the...

Barclays English Premier League

Chelsea trio charged

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged over their behaviour during their side's loss to Sunderland last weekend, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Mourinho mocked match referee Mike Dean after the game, which Sunderland won 2-1 through an 82nd-minute Fabio Borini penalty to condemn the Portuguese to his first ever home league defeat as Chelsea manager. Faria was sent to the stands for angrily confronting the match officials, while Ramires appeared to strike Sunderland...

FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014

Messi needs good ambience: Sabella

Messi needs good ambience: Sabella

Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world's best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday. Sabella also said Argentina's status among the favourites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles. Messi has had a troubled few months and been the butt of criticism for Barcelona's drop in form, including their Champions League quarterfinal elimination and slipping four points off the pace in La Liga. "Messi is fine but we must try to be the best...

Januzaj opts for Belgium

Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level, national coach Marc Wilmots revealed on Wednesday. The 19-year-old -- who has been at United since he was 16 and has made several eye-catching performances this season -- could have played for Albania, Turkey, Kosovo, Serbia or even England. However, his decision means he is available for selection for Belgium for this year's World Cup finals. "I have received the official confirmation that...

World Table Tennis

BD paddlers leave today

An eight-member Bangladesh table tennis team is scheduled to leave here today for Japan to take part in the World Table Tennis Championship, which will be held in Tokyo from April 28 to May 5. However, the formation of the men's and women's teams raised few questions following the exclusion of Mahbub Billa, who has been one of the top three performers, and national champion Moumita Alam Rumi. General secretary of the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation Jobera Rahman Linu told reporters...

Languishing Siddikur

Bangladesh's top golfer Siddikur Rahman endured a horrid start to the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters with a round of four-over-par 76 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club yesterday. The poor round, which saw Siddikur trade six bogeys for two birdies, had him languishing in joint-109th position. Meanwhile, Malaysia's Nicholas Fung had a dazzling round of five-under-par 67 and shared the first-round lead with Korean-American Antony Kang. A host of golfers -- Chapchai Nirat and Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, Cameron Smith and...

No clubs facing expulsion

No clubs can expect to be expelled from European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more than they generate, comes into effect next season with a maximum penalty of exclusion from the Champions League.

Anfield revamp plans revealed

Premier League leaders Liverpool on Wednesday published plans for the redevelopment of their Anfield home that would raise the stadium's capacity from 45,276 to around 54,000. Liverpool have also presented separate "outline proposals" to expand the Anfield Road stand.