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'We should have won'

'We should have won'

Syrian referee Hasoud Tufayelieh's long whistle at the end of 90 minutes at the Hwaseong Main Stadium brought most of the Bangladesh players down on the greenish pitch. Along with the match, the shrill sound brought an end to their dream playing the round of 16 in the Asian Games for the first...

Shattered dreams

Bangladesh's dream of qualifying for the second round of the Asian Games were shattered as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against...

China shoots to world record after drama

China shoots to world record after drama

China's women set a world record in the Asian Games' 10m...

Highest game 'hardest test'

South African cricket legend Makhaya Ntini learned to play barefoot before being talent spotted and handed a pair of boots, and...

Nafees hits 50 on rain-hit day

Former national opener Shahriar Nafees scored a half-century on the first day of the second four-day match between Zimbabwe A and Bangladesh A at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah yesterday. The continuous rainfall throughout the day meant that meant that only 21.2 overs of play was possible on day one. After being put into bat, the hosts finished on 88 for no loss. Nafees scored nine boundaries in his 58 while Sadman Islam scored 18 runs off...

Media Cup football starts today

The Kool-BSJA Media Cup Six-a-Side Football Tournament, organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA), will begin today at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel. Twenty-five teams from print and electronic media, split into eight groups, will take part on league basis matches. Later, the eight group champions will play in the quarterfinals. Former captain of national team Aminul Haque and head of the marketing of the meet's sponsor Square Group Malik Mohammad Sayed were present at the day's ceremonial draw and...

Ratna leads shooting debacle

The seven-month long intensive training for the Bangladesh shooters under a South Korean coach has seemingly yielded no rewards as the female shooters produced frustrating performance in the 10m Air Rifle event of the Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range yesterday. Though not pronounced, there was some hope centring the top female shooter of Bangladesh, Sharmin Akter Ratna, due to her success in the South Asian Games and Commonwealth Shooting Championship and especially after she made it to...

Bindra quitting pro career today

India's lone individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra plans to leave full-time shooting after competing in his favourite 10m air rifle event in the Asian Games on Tuesday. "Tomorrow will mark the end of my professional shooting life!" Bindra, 31, tweeted on Monday, adding "I will however still shoot, compete as a hobby shooter training twice a week." Bindra earned the honour of being "one in a billion" when he won the 10m air rifle title at the Beijing Games in...

Abahani, Brothers held

Abahani and Brothers Union dropped points after drawing their respective matches of the Airtel Under-18 Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Brothers Union were held to a 1-1 draw by Uttar Baridhara. After a barren first half, Dipta scored for Brothers Union in the 66th minute while Harun restored parity in the 76th minute. In the second match, Abahani played out a goalless draw against Feni Soccer Club.

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5-star Barca

5-star Barca

Barcelona overcame a missed penalty from Lionel Messi to return to the top of La Liga with a 5-0 win away to 10-man Levante on Sunday. Neymar opened the scoring with a simple finish from Messi's through ball before the Argentine star missed from the spot for the 12th time in his career after...

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Ancelotti stays cautious

Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their early-season stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 5-1 win against FC Basel in the Champions League last week and an 8-2 rout of Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Ancelotti, who is attempting to integrate new signings Toni Kroos and James...

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Pellegrini blasts Chelsea

Manuel Pellegrini blasted Chelsea as a "small" team and predicted more to come from Frank Lampard who scored against his former club in a tense 1-1 Premier League draw. Lampard, 36, has joined City on loan from MLS side New York City until the new year after ending his 13-year stay at Chelsea in pre-season. The midfielder, who called time on his England career last month, was a substitute at half-time as he made his debut in the 2-2 draw at...

Cloud over 2022 WC in Qatar

Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA. "I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," Zwanziger said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus. The former head of the German football federation (DFB) cited high summer temperatures as the reason Qatar would lose the right to host football's global showpiece. "As Mr...

Police probe racist tweets to Balotelli

Police are investigating potentially racist tweets towards Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after the Italian used the social media site to poke fun at Manchester United following their 5-3 loss at Leicester City on Sunday. The often outspoken Balotelli, long the subject of racist abuse in Italy, wrote "Man Utd LOL" (laughing out loud) - prompting a deluge of negative replies with some Twitter users using the term "monkey". The posts later disappeared. "We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments...

Ronaldinho on target for Queretaro

Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho scored his first goal for new club Queretaro when he converted a penalty early in the game to set them on their way to a 4-1 win at ten man Guadalajara in the Mexican Apertura championship. Queretaro were awarded the penalty in the fourth minute after former Mexico and PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido blocked Camilo Sanvezzo's goalbound shot on the line and was sent off. Despite missing a penalty on his debut for...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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,...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Caesar's redemption

Caesar's redemption

Gymnast Quazi Syque Caesar has put years of frustrating performances behind him as he reached the final round of two events in the Incheon Asian Games yesterday. The USA-based gymnast, who failed miserably in the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, put up a scintillating show at the Namdong Gymnasium yesterday to reach the eight-man finals of parallel bars and nine-man finals of horizontal bar, which will be held on October 24 and 25 respectively. Caesar said he could sense that something good was going to happen when he landed perfectly on the floor from the parallel bars. “I felt really good when I landed perfectly. I could only...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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 Hockey Stadium yesterday. This time it was Malaysia, who pumped in four goals in the last quarter of their Pool A encounter to inflict a 5-1 defeat on Bangladesh, who had earlier lost their opening game against Japan 8-0. However, Bangladesh showed signs of recovery after a horrendous start as they held Malaysia 1-1 until the game had entered the...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
'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 number of reasons. The lack of longer version games, dead wickets in the first-class circuit and the low morale created due to the series of defeats this year are just a few. However, according to Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak, it's the lack of 'physical preparation' that tends to hurt players the most. While a poor first-class system does contribute to that aspect, the former Zimbabwe all-rounder reckons that it also comes down to individual training.   “It all comes down to being a real professional. Your training; your diet; your rehab; improving your physical conditions when you're off cricket; the...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
'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...

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Published Date: September 22, 2014
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...

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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...

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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...