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Test caravan moves to Khulna

Test caravan moves to Khulna

Hosts Bangladesh reached Khulna last night along with the visiting Zimbabwe side, to play the second of their three-match Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on November 3. The Tigers are leading the series 1-0, courtesy of a three-wicket win at Mirpur. The home team will hope to secure the series in...

PM okays 490 mini-stadia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured the youth and sports ministry that funds would be allocated for the construction of mini-stadiums in...

Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit...

BCB XI keep final hopes alive

BCB XI kept their hopes of reaching the final of the Acharya Memorial Trophy alive after a 74-run victory against Bengal...

Deal with Hummel in the works

Hummel International, a Denmark-based sportswear manufacturer, has recently shown interest in sponsoring the kits for the Bangladesh National Football League, following the national U-23 team's performance in last month's Asian Games in Korea. It is the first time that an international sports gear manufacturer has approached the Bangaldesh Football Federation to sponsor kits for the national team, which currently has no clothing sponsor as their 3-year deal with mobile operator Grameenphone expired in late-2012. “Though they have approached with the view...

B'desh-China friendlies in doubt?

Deputy minister for youth and sports Arif Khan Joy has instructed the authority concerned to reconsider allotment of funds for four friendly football matches between Bangladesh and China at youth level in an effort to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bangladesh-China diplomatic relationship. The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has estimated a budget of Tk one crore for four friendly matches -- two in China and two in Bangladesh -- after the youth and sports ministry had proposed the BFF...

Benaud set to be back in the box

Richie Benaud is set to make his broadcasting return a year after a serious car crash. The 84-year-old former Australia captain, revered throughout cricket and one of the sport's best-loved commentators, sustained shoulder and chest injuries when he lost control of his vehicle in October last year. He is now set for a tentative comeback on Australian network Channel Nine, with the possibility of further appearances during a busy 2015 schedule.

NSC demands its dues from BCB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been asked by the National Sports Council (NSC) to pay its dues, but neither party could confirm the amount. “We issued a letter to the BCB in August asking them to pay all their dues. We are supposed to receive fifteen percent royalty of the gate money and ten percent of sponsorship deals, but since 1999 the NSC didn't receive any royalties from BCB. I am not sure about the amount, but BCB informed...

Sachin, Steve honoured

Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap on Wednesday when the Indian batting legend was inducted as one of the latest honourees in the Bradman Foundation. At a gala dinner held at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground, former Australian captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar. Tendulkar's appearance at the annual Bradman Foundation dinner is fitting as the late Aussie great once famously said that the Indian's technique reminded him of...

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Madrid coaches in port city

Madrid coaches in port city

Aiming to support healthy growth of children through sports, a three-day Kids Football Clinic kicked off in the port city's MA Aziz Stadium yesterday, under supervision of the world famous coaches of Real Madrid Foundation. As part of their corporate social responsibility, YKK Holding Asia and YKK Bangladesh have jointly organised the clinic, where...

Newcastle KO Man City

Newcastle United visited fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday that dumped the holders out of the League Cup. Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put Alan Pardew's side ahead in the sixth minute and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a superb solo goal 14 minutes from time to send Newcastle into the quarter-finals. Champions City, who saw midfielder David Silva forced off by injury, have now gone three games without victory in all...

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Genoa stun Juventus

Genoa stun Juventus

An injury-time goal from Genoa midfielder Luca Antonini handed Juventus their first defeat of the season Wednesday when a 2-0 win for Roma allowed the title challengers to pull level at the top of Italy's Serie A. Udinese's 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina allowed AC Milan, held 1-1 at Cagliari, to move three places up...

Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Bayern Munich's France winger Franck Ribery has accepted Hamburg's apology after one of their fans hit him in the face with a scarf during the Bavarians' German Cup win. Ribery scored for title-holders Bayern in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Hamburg in the second round of the German Cup. But Ribery was insulted in added time...

Indian Super League

Kerala blast static Pune

Kerala Blasters came back from being a goal down to FC Pune City to register a 2-1 victory at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune in the seventh match of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday evening. David Trezeguet had put his side ahead midway into the first half but the equalizer came before the break through CS Sabeeth. Penn Orji made an instant impact on the proceedings by scoring the winner after coming on as a substitute. Out went...

Real cruise

An understrength Real Madrid began their defence of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 4-1 win over third-tier UD Cornella in the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday. With World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo among a host of star names given the night off, it was centre-back Raphael Varane who produced the finishing touch in the first half as his bullet header put the visitors in front after just 10 minutes. Cornella, from the outskirts of...

Indonesian teams disqualified

Indonesian clubs PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang are disqualified from the country's first division play-offs for scoring five own goals. Sleman won the game 3-2, but a committee decided both sides attempted to lose in order to avoid a semifinal match with Borneo FC, a club rumoured to be backed by a local mafia. The game was scoreless until the 86th minute before Sleman scored two own goals in quick succession, Semarang then score three own goals and lost the tie....

Berdych thru', Wawrinka out

Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Thursday. Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces. Chasing an 11th ATP title, and third of...

Di Maria locked out for Gaga

Manchester United's £60million signing Angel di Maria turned up at Afflecks Palace in the city centre with wife Jorgelina to spruce up his wardrobe but the doors were shut after bosses closed early so 28-year-old Lady Gaga could shop in private without being mobbed by fans. The Bad Romance singer – real name Stefani Germanotta – was escorted by minders on an £8,000 binge buying up jewellery, crystals and vintage outfits including a black lace dress.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Spinners can take Tigers to 'next level'

Spinners can take Tigers to 'next level'

Bangladesh's assistant and spin-bowling coach Ruwan Kalpage expects spinners Taijul Islam and Jubair Hossain to take the Tigers to the 'next level'. The Sri Lankan also compared the spinners to slow-left armer Rangana Herath and believes that the youngsters can play a similar role for the Tigers in the coming years. “Taijul bowled a...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Bipasha's life beyond Rupganj

Bipasha's life beyond Rupganj

Having kept offers from Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) aside, Bipasha Mali is looking to impress in her maiden call-up to the senior national team in next month's 3rd SAFF Women's Championship which be held in Islamabad, Pakistan. The class VIII student of Rupganj High School in Narail has already impressed all during the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers earlier this month. Donning the coveted number 10 jersey, striker scored two goals and made four assists out of the nine Bangladesh goals in four matches. Her performance earned her a maiden call-up to the senior national team. Bipasha's rise as a footballer has not happened overnight. The daughter of...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Tamim hurt

Bangladesh's team management received a minor jolt when opener Tamim Iqbal hurt his right hand during the team's fielding sessions at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur yesterday afternoon. The good news was that the player had not undergone a fracture. He has been asked to rest for 48 hours. While the danger does not seem serious, Tamim will have to prove his fitness levels to the team management before the second Test in Khulna gets underway on November 3. In...

King's Cup in Bhutan

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Jamal, Abahani in separate groups

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal DC and runners-up Abahani have been drawn in separate but strong groups in the King's Cup, which will be held in Bhutan from November 15 to December 2. Sheikh Jamal DC have been placed in group A along with Indian giants Mohun Bagan FC, Thailand's Division 1 League side Nakhon Ratchansima Mazda FC and Bhutanese side Druk United FC. Abahani have been pitted in group B alongside Thailand's Premier League club Osotspa FC, India's...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Wawrinka in last 16

World number four Stan Wawrinka snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday as he qualified for the last 16 of the Paris Masters with a 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) victory over Dominic Thiem. The Swiss 29-year-old came through a tight match in 1hr 36min against the Austrian, to book a meeting with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. Earlier on the third day of the penultimate tournament of the season, Canada's Milos Raonic kept alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP World...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Women's v'ball from tomorrow

Inter-District Women's Volleyball Championship gets underway tomorrow at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium with 14 districts taking part in the meet. The participating teams, divided into four groups, will be playing round-robin league matches and top teams from each group will advance to the semifinals. The final will take place on November 6. Sponsors Popular Life Insurance Company will provide all expenditure for the championship, which has an estimated budget of Tk 6.6 lakh, informed Bangladesh Volleyball Federation general secretary Ashikur Rahman...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Remembering 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Remembering 'Rumble in the Jungle'

Today marks the 40th anniversary of 'The Rumble in the Jungle' in 1974 in Zaire, Muhammad Ali's biggest fight after coming back from a 3-year ban for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam war. Ali was stripped of his title and boxing license, but he regained the latter in 1970. He was still...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Draw will suffice Pakistan

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq will seek consistency while his counterpart Australia's Michael Clarke will look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. Pakistan humiliated Australia by a big 221-run margin in the first Test in Dubai and now seek their first series win over Australia for 20 years. Misbahul Haq, however, was concerned with the lack of consistency of his team, regarded as the most unpredictable in the world. "The complaint people have with us is that...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Karim dazzles for Baridhara

Waliul Karim hit an unbeaten hundred as Baridhara Dazzlers cruised to a comfortable seven wickets victory against Talent Hunt in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday. Dazzlers posted 202-3 in reply to Talent Hunt's 201-8. In the day's other matches, Azad Sporting Club (133-4) defeated Orient Sporting Club (129-10) by six wickets at BKSP, Bangladesh Boys (147-4) beat Dhaka Wanderers (143-10) at BKSP, City Club (171-8) beat BKSP (134-10) by 37 runs at the Fatullah Outer...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Balotelli inspires Liverpool

Balotelli inspires Liverpool

Mario Balotelli scored just his second goal for Liverpool in 12 appearances as they came from behind to beat Premier League rivals Swansea 2-1 and advance into the last eight of the League Cup at Anfield on Tuesday. Balotelli has struggled since his £16 million ($26 million, 20 million euros) pre-season move from AC...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Kalle wants April WC in 2022

Leading European clubs want FIFA to hold the Qatar World Cup in April 2022, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a British newspaper interview published on Wednesday. A task force set up by world governing body FIFA will meet in Zurich next week to investigate the feasibility of moving the tournament from its traditional mid-year slot, amid fears about soaring summer temperatures in Qatar. FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA want the tournament to be staged during the Northern...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Maradona withdraws theft complaint

Maradona withdraws theft complaint

Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona on Tuesday withdrew a theft complaint against his ex-girlfriend, after a video surfaced that allegedly showed him hitting her, news reports said. "I spoke to Diego and he withdrew the complaint," the former girlfriend, Rocio Oliva, told Argentine television. Maradona in March had accused Oliva in Dubai of stealing...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Delhi, NE share spoils

Delhi Dynamos and North East United shared the spoils in an entertaining draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). The game certainly had its top moments as North East had a couple of appeals for penalties turned down while Mads Junker saw his effort crash off the post. The home side made just one change with Adil Khan coming into the starting lineup in place of Naoba Singh. On the other...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Teams play to lose

The events surrounding PSS Sleman's 3-2 win over PSIS Semarang in an Indonesia league match on Sunday were extremely strange, with the teams scoring 5 own goals amongst themselves, in an attempt to lose the match. The nature of the game can also be seen from some fan footage. Both teams were they were passing the ball around in their own half, taking breaks to score own goals. Both teams were trying to avoid playing an encounter against Pusamania Borneo FC...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Ancellotti blasts Blatter

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has launched a stinging attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter as he backed Cristiano Ronaldo's case to win a second consecutive Ballon d'Or in January. Ronaldo headed a 23-man list for the award announced on Tuesday including four-time winner Lionel Messi and six German World Cup winners. Blatter said earlier this week that German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer should have been crowned as the best player of the World Cup rather than Argentine Messi -- something Ancelotti...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Clattenburg suspended

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been temporarily sidelined for breaking protocol in order to attend an Ed Sheeran pop concert, according to a British newspaper report on Wednesday. The Sun claimed that Clattenburg contravened regulations by driving home alone after refereeing West Bromwich Albion's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday so he could watch British singer Sheeran perform in Newcastle. The rules of the Premier League's refereeing body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), state that officials must travel...

Bashundhara Cement Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'A deadly combination'

'A deadly combination'

Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo has described Bangladesh's three-man spin attack as a 'deadly combination' against which the visitors need to adapt quickly. “It's a deadly combination. It can get wickets against any team in the world. It used to be just Shakib [Al Hasan], but now those two other guys, they are serious operators....

Bashundhara Cement Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'Win brings forgotten feeling back'

'Win brings forgotten feeling back'

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed reckons that Bangladesh's win on Monday would help players recapture their 'winning mentality'. He also hinted that opener Anamul Haque, who replaced Al-Amin Hossain the squad for the second Test, might bat at number seven if selected to play in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna next month. Shuvagata Hom batted at seven in the last Test but failed to impress.   “We felt that our skipper Mushfiqur [Rahim] is our best batsman and is running out of partners. So we are thinking of getting him stronger support at seven or eight,” said Faruque yesterday. “We included him as a middle order batsman rather than as an...

Bashundhara Cement Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Losers also happy

Bangladesh's thrilling three-wicket win in the first Test against Zimbabwe gave many a reason to smile. The victory also came as a relief for the Bangladesh Cricket Board because it added a few ranking points. Some however described this victory, Bangladesh's first this year, against a Test side, a mediocre performance from a mediocre team. A lot were emotionally drained after watching a horror show especially when Bangladesh made heavy weather of the simplest of chases. But it did not cost...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Oz promise to fight back

After failing another Asian spin test, Australia will strive to bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi today. The world number two team were all at sea against an inexperienced but effective Pakistan spin attack and suffered a crushing 221-run defeat in the first Test in Dubai. It was their fifth consecutive flop against spinners in Asia after being routed 4-0 in India last year. Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, playing only his third Test, finished...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Good news for banned players

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday said it is likely to allow banned players to feature in domestic matches a few months before their punishment expires. The provision in the players' code of conduct will come up for approval in next month's board meeting in Dubai and may specifically benefit Pakistan's pace-man Mohammad Aamer whose five year ban expires in August next year. ICC chief executive David Richardson confirmed that rules on banned players are likely to be relaxed. "The revised code...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Published Date: October 29, 2014
BFF set for 6cr sponsorship deal

The long-awaited Bangabandhu Gold Cup international football tournament is finally taking shape as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is all but set to sign a sponsorship deal with a private channel in the coming days. “Channel 9 will be the prime sponsor of the international tournament and they will also possess the TV rights to the tournament in return of Tk 6 crore per tournament. We are going to sign a five-year deal with them by Saturday,” said Murshedy. If the...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'WI will be at World Cup'

Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden said Tuesday he was confident the West Indies would play in next year's tournament, despite their shock withdrawal from a tour of India. The West Indies cut short their India tour this month over an internal pay dispute, despite a fifth and final one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to be played. The situation has raised doubts as to whether the Caribbean side will be able to fulfil its upcoming international...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Karnataka beat BCB XI

Imrul Kayes's century went in vain as BCB XI went down to Karnataka XI by five wickets in the Acharya Memorial Challenger Trophy played at the Jadavpur University's campus yesterday. Kayes' 104-ball 100 witnessed nine fours and three sixes. BCB XI, after being put into bat, finished on 260 for 9. In reply, Karnataka XI rode on Shishir Bhavane's 112 to overcome the target in 46.3 overs. This was BCB XI's second defeat in the tournament following the loss to Mumbai...

ODI Rankings

Published Date: October 29, 2014
SA on top

SA on top

South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand. The last time they headed the ODI rankings was in Sept 2009 but they slipped down the standings after...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'Rome was not built in a day'

'Rome was not built in a day'

This was Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo's response to the media when asked if his batsmen would be able to improve their approach against spin bowling before the next Test, which begins in Khulna on November 3. “They [Bangladesh] have a deadly spin combination. We are still learning and we will get better,” he added.

LFP

Published Date: October 29, 2014
C'Ron best in Spain

C'Ron best in Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo took the top gong at the LFP awards as La Liga's standout performers from the 2013-14 campaign were revealed on Monday night. The Real Madrid star was named the best player from last season in Spain's top flight after scoring 31 goals in just 30 league games for the European champions. The Ballon...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
German-heavy Ballon d'Or list

Six members of the Germany squad that won the World Cup were included among the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award Tuesday, joining Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar on the 23-man short list. Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal against Argentina in the World Cup final, was selected along with Germany teammates Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Uruguay forward Luis Suarez was left out following his biting ban. Suarez was the top scorer...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Real to fight Zidane ban

Real to fight Zidane ban

Former France playing legend Zinedine Zidane and his club European champions Real Madrid were embroiled in an embarrassing dispute on Monday with the Spanish Football Federation who according to influential Madrid-based sports paper Marca handed him a three month coaching ban. The 42-year-old -- who inspired France to the 1998 World Cup trophy and...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Costa needs surgery

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will eventually need surgery on his hamstring. That would keep him out of action for approximately six weeks. But he doesn't need to have it now. At this moment, Chelsea are nursing Costa's cranky hamstring through the season, leaving his status for each upcoming match in question and making things completely uncertain as the season goes on. Because of this, he was unavailable for the Blues' match at Old Trafford as Chelsea only netted once in a...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Chennaiyin thrash Mumbai

John Mendoza and Elano were in the mood as they starred for Chennaiyin FC in their 5-0 victory over Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai on Tuesday evening. Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi decided it was time to introduce himself instead of Dhanachandra Singh after the 4-1 Delhi drubbing as he made five changes all over the park. For Mumbai City, the big news was Nicolas Anelka and Syed Rahim Nabi starting in place of Nadong Bhutia and...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Argentina recall Tevez

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was on Monday called up by Argentina after a three year international hiatus. The 30-year-old was named in manager Gerardo Martino's squad for upcoming friendlies against Croatia and Portugal after being frozen out during Alejandro Sabella's time as coach between 2011 and 2014. The last time Tevez played for his country was in the 2011 Copa America quarterfinal when Argentina were knocked out after Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera stopped Tevez's spot-kick. Tevez has started the new Serie A...