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Good Japanese lesson

Good Japanese lesson

The gulf of difference between Japan's football and that of Bangladesh's was starkly exposed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as the national team of Bangladesh went 0-3 down against the U-21 side of that country in a Category 2 FIFA Friendly. The young brigade of the second-ranked Asian side, being groomed for the...

'We failed to mark third attacker'

Despite keeping the Japan U-21 side at bay till the 60th minute on the face of an onslaught of attacks, the...

Kalabagan safe for now

Abdur Razzak spun Kalabagan Krira Chakra to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against winless Old DOHS in the fog-curtailed Dhaka Premier Relegation...

Negre lays foundation of blue turf

International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre laid the foundation stone of the first ever blue synthetic turf at the Maulana...

Hashim hits double tons

Hashim hits double tons

South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 as South Africa piled up 552...

Smith strikes a balance

Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain led an Australian fight-back on Day Two of the second Test on Thursday. Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week's Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock. His intuitive stroke-making was again a delight and he danced down the wicket to club spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes over long-on in...

Mangongo sacked

Stephen Mangongo has been fired as Zimbabwe's coach just eight weeks before the World Cup. Mangongo's dismissal comes after the team lost all eight fixtures on their recent Bangladesh tour, which included three Tests and five ODIs. No replacement has been announced but Zimbabwe Cricket will hold interviews next week and unveil a new coach after Christmas. Mangongo, who had been in the position for five months, will be redeployed to work with the national Under-19 side because the administration...

Waqar wants a win

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels a win in the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday will give his team a boost for next year's World Cup. New Zealand levelled the five-match series 2-2 with a narrow seven-run win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, setting up an intriguing finale to the tour after the preceding three-match Test and two-Twenty20 series were shared 1-1. Waqar said the series would give Pakistan an idea on where they stand...

ECB wants WC finals at Lord's

Lord's should host the 2019 World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recommended to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday. Lord's, which staged the World Cup final in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999, has also been put forward to host the women's World Cup final in 2017. The ECB also suggested to the ICC that the opening game of the 2019 tournament should be staged at The Oval, London with the semifinals to take place at Old...

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Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January's mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said. Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title. "I'm disappointed I have to withdraw from the Hopman Cup as I was looking forward to returning to Perth to play with Alize," said the world number 12. "But a persisting injury to my arm...

Reus fined for driving offence

German international Marco Reus has been slapped with a record EUR540000 ($665,000) fine for driving without a licence, the daily Bild reported Thursday. "Today I know it: I was much too naive in this situation, it was a stupidity I have learned from," said the 25-year-old. "I've learned my lesson it will never happen again." According to Bild, the fine is a record in Germany for such an offence. The Borussia Dortmund player who is currently out with a right ankle injury was...

Germany at the zenith

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a slump in form since their rampant campaign in Brazil. The top three remain unchanged since September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. Up-and-coming Belgium are fourth ahead of their northern Neighbours the Netherlands while the humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil round off the year in a respectable sixth. Euro 2016 hosts France are seventh as Didier Deschamps' solid...

Serena, Novak top ITF awards

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the fourth time that Djokovic has taken the top award after he won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour finals and finished the year ranked number one in the world by the ATP. The 27-year-old Serb is one of only four men to be named ITF World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras...

Spurs, Liverpool thru'

Spurs, Liverpool thru'

Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the League Cup semifinals with a 4-0 rout of Premier League rivals Newcastle United on Wednesday and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth. Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado were on target for Spurs against Newcastle who conceded four times...

Bundess Liga

Dortmund stay put

Dortmund stay put

Ailing German giants Borussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga's relegation places after a battling 2-2 draw with second-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday. The draw leaves defending champions Bayern Munich 11 points clear at the top of the table. Dortmund twice let the lead slip, a piece of sloppy defending five minutes from time ultimately costing...

San Lorenzo scrape past Auckland

San Lorenzo scrape past Auckland

South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semifinal on Wednesday. Auckland's unlikely dream of facing European champions Real Madrid in Saturday's final in Marrakech ended when substitute Mauro Matos fired San Lorenzo's...

'Starc's body language soft, not himself'

Shane Warne was in damage control Thursday after Australia coach Darren Lehmann threatened to confront him after the spin great blasted fast bowler Mitchell Starc as "soft". During a commentary stint during the second Test in Brisbane on Wednesday, Warne demanded more aggression from an Australian team wilting in blistering heat during the second Test against India, singling out Starc. "He has to change his body language, it needs to be stronger -- he looks a bit soft," Warne said on...

Bundess Liga

Mainz plot Bayern upset

Mainz plot Bayern upset

Mainz 05 are hoping to find runaway leaders Bayern Munich distracted by the winter break on Friday with Pep Guardiola's side hunting more Bundesliga records in their final match of 2014. "An hour after the game, they'll be on holiday," joked Mainz manager Christian Heidel, "so maybe they'll be in the appropriate mood." Not if...

Vote For Diver-of-the-year

Vote For Diver-of-the-year

The shortlist for the Fallon d'Floor -- a parody of the Ballon d'Or that rewards the best dive of the year -- has been revealed at www.fallondfloor.com.          The website features movie-styled posters of the culprits and gives fans all the voting power to select the best dive.

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Booters brace for Japanese challenge

Booters brace for Japanese challenge

Presuming that Bangladesh would play with a five-man backline, the Japan U-21 team trained at the match venue yesterday evening by building up the game from the two flanks, indicating that they are keen on playing aggressive football as they take on Bangladesh national team in today's international friendly at the Bangabandhu National...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
SUPER SIXES The ultimate stage

The first phase of the Dhaka Premier League came to end this week, and in terms of the points table, witnessed quite an exciting finish. While the top two teams, Abahani and Prime Bank Cricket Club had confirmed their presence in the Super Six round long before the eleventh round, the four other sides finished on 14 points each and had to wait till the last round to confirm their berths. Nevertheless, the real battle begins now. The Super Sixes,...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Vijay makes it India's day

Vijay makes it India's day

Murali Vijay made Australia's bowlers toil in the brutal Brisbane heat with a defiant century as India frolicked in the second Test at the Gabba on Wednesday. Vijay profited from two dropped catches by Shaun Marsh to score his fourth Test century against Australia and his first in this country, putting the tourists in...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Negre promises high-profile foreign coach

Negre promises high-profile foreign coach

Leandro Negre, president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), yesterday promised to help Bangladesh appoint a high-profile foreign coach for the national team. The FIH president made the promise after meeting with Syed Shahed Reza, the secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association, at the BOA Bhaban yesterday. “I will extend full support to Bangladesh. I...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Hashim, AB put SA on top

Captain Hashim Amla and his senior lieutenant AB de Villiers both hit centuries as South Africa took command after early setbacks on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies here on Wednesday. South Africa were 340 for three at the close. Amla, captaining South Africa for the first time in a home Test, made 133 not out, while De Villiers hit an unbeaten 141. They added 283 for the fourth wicket, a South African record...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Cook won't walk away

Alastair Cook said he had no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The left-handed opening batsman struggled for runs again, making just 32 as his team were beaten by 87 runs to slip to a 5-2 defeat in the series. "I haven't played as well as I'd like on this tour," said Cook at the presentation ceremony. "I'm working hard on my...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Women's v'ball team off to Nepal

A 17-member Bangladesh team left for Nepal yesterday to participate in the First South Asian Women's Volleyball Championship to be held from December 19 to 23 in Kathmandu. Six countries -- India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives and hosts Nepal -- will compete in the regional Volleyball meet, initially on league basis. Later, two top teams will play in the final. Bangladesh team trained for about five weeks at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi as part of preparation...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Josh's debut makes dad's pals richer!

Australian cricketer Josh Hazlewood's Test debut Wednesday is set to bring joy to a group of punters who placed a 500-1 bet on him playing such a game when he was still a teenager, reports said. Friends of Hazlewood's dad Trevor reportedly placed a 100 Australian dollar wager with British bookmakers almost nine years ago that Josh would become a Test player. They now look set to win 50,000 dollars each after he took the field for his maiden Test against...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Kane guides Kiwis

Skipper Kane Williamson hit a century to help steer New Zealand to 299-5 in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The 24-year-old right-hander scored 123 off 105 balls while opener Martin Guptill made 58 after New Zealand won the toss and batted on a conducive batting strip at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Williamson added 44 for the second wicket with Guptill and another 63 for the third with Ross Taylor, who made 26 to raise hopes of...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
'Pak players shattered'

Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Younis Khan feels playing the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday would be very difficult as the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar had left the players shattered. "When the Australian batsman, Phil Hughes died recently it touched us all and one day's play in a Test match against New Zealand was postponed as a mark of respect. You can imagine what this terrorist attack must have done to us today,"...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Clarke surgery better than expected

Michael Clarke's hamstring surgery had "the best result" possible, former cricketing great Shane Warne said Wednesday, raising hopes the Australian skipper will make the upcoming World Cup. Clarke badly tore his right hamstring on Saturday during the first Test against India in Adelaide, a match he went into under an injury cloud given his long history of back complaints. The 33-year-old said after the match that he was unlikely to play any further part in the four-match Test series against India...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Cookies fail to energise

Cookies fail to energise

Chester's Gareth Roberts enjoys a packet of biscuits during his side's FA Cup second round replay against Barnsley on Tuesday. But the energy boost failed to work -- Barnsley comfortably won the game 3-0 to book their place in Round Three.         Internet

Bundes Liga

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Robben's landmark

Robben's landmark

Arjen Robben grabbed his 100th goal for the club as undefeated Bayern Munich outclassed Freiburg 2-0 on Tuesday to extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points and create a Bundesliga defensive record. Despite losing Xabi Alonso, Mehdi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski to injury during the match, Bayern claimed an...

Club World Cup

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Real sail into final

European champions Real Madrid crushed Cruz Azul 4-0 to cruise into the Club World Cup final on Tuesday, totally outclassing their Mexican rivals. Goals from Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Garreth Bale and Isco saw Madrid record a 21st consecutive win in this semifinal at a packed and noisy Grand Stade de Marrakech, scene of last year's final where Bayern Munich beat Raja Casablanca 2-0. "This team deserves to win the world title," said Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti after the...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Chelsea in League Cup semifinal

Premier League leaders Chelsea beat second-tier Derby County 3-1 to reach the League Cup semifinals on Tuesday, but at the cost of injuries to Kurt Zouma and Didier Drogba. Eden Hazard and Filipe Luis, with his first goal for the club, put Chelsea in control on a rain-soaked night at the iPro Stadium, before Craig Bryson replied for Derby in the 71st minute. But the hosts' hopes of a comeback were extinguished when centre-back Jake Buxton was sent off for impeding...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Johnson out for a month

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will be out for around a month with a groin injury, British media reported on Wednesday. The 30-year-old tore his groin during the first half of Liverpool's 3-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and according to the Liverpool Echo, the England defender will be missing for at least a month. Johnson, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will undergo a scan to confirm the full extent of the...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
'Ronaldo will score in final'

Carlo Ancelotti says that Cristiano Ronaldo is "saving a goal" for the Club World Cup final after he failed to score in Real Madrid's 4-0 hammering of Cruz Azul on Tuesday. The Portuguese forward was excellent in the semi-final clash but Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco were the four players who instead adorned the scoresheet. Most memorably, Ronaldo tested the Mexican opposition goalkeeper with an audacious, half-volleyed rabona, and Ancelotti was full of praise for his Ballon d'Or...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Dream tie for Yeovil

Third-division Yeovil Town earned a dream FA Cup third-round tie at home to giants Manchester United after beating fourth-tier Accrington Stanley 2-0 in a second-round replay on Tuesday. The game at Yeovil's Huish Park ground, played in front of 6,373 fans, looked to be heading to extra time until Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore scored twice in the final six minutes. Yeovil were relegated from the second-tier Championship last season and currently sit in the League One relegation zone, 62 places...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
2015 Gold Cup seeds revealed

Holders the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico were installed Tuesday as the top seeded teams for the three first-round groups of the 2015 Gold Cup. CONCACAF, football's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, announced the seeds for the region's marquee tournament along with the 13 North American cities that will host games. The schedule will include an historic double-header in Canada, at the Toronto stadium that will also be utilized for the 2015 Pan American Games. Other...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Barca enjoy Copa stroll

Pedro gave Barcelona coach Luis Enrique a reminder of his talents on Tuesday with a hat-trick in the Spanish giant's 8-1 second leg thrashing of third tier Huesca to secure a 12-1 aggregate win in their last 32 Copa del Rey tie. Pedro, who has largely been relegated to the bench for Liga and Champions League games since Uruguayan Luis Suarez' long suspension ended, scored with a header, despite being off balance, a neat left-footed shot and then a bullet...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Kiwis draw level

Skipper Kane Williamson hit a sublime century and veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori scalped three important wickets as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 7 runs in the fourth one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The result means the two teams go into Friday's fifth ODI tied at 2-2. Williamson hit 123 to help steer New Zealand to a challenging total of 299-5. The 24-year-old right-hander scored 123 off 105 balls while opener Martin Guptill made 58 after...

Indian Super League

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Kerala to face Kolkata in final

Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday. Atletico de Kolkata will lock horns with Kerala Blasters FC in the summit showdown in Mumbai on Saturday. The second leg semifinal between the two fierce rivals went into extra time after they were locked goal-less in the regulation time. With both teams failing to break...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
BCB's match of showing respect

Habibul Bashar 'pulled' himself to a half-century; Naimur Rahman's juicy turners saw the off-spinner scalp three crucial wickets; and Akram Khan got stumped while attempting to smack Naimur out of the park. No, this is not one of those write-ups where we bring you the 'blasts from the past'; neither have we gone for a swirl into the '90s. These instances in fact took place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday morning. Cricket fans got an opportunity to witness...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Japan U-21s here for experience

Japan U-21s here for experience

After their arrival from Thailand yesterday afternoon, the Japan U-21 national football team wasted little time as they rushed to the Rajarbagh Police Lines ground for having their first session ahead of Thursday's friendly match against the Bangladesh national team. The young Japanese booters, who came here on the back of a 2-0 win...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Hockey icons roll back the years

Hockey icons roll back the years

A host of stars from yesteryears took up their hockey sticks for an exibition match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday, organised to celebrate the Victory Day of Bangladesh. Hockey icons including Abdus Sadek, Bashir Ahmed, Jummon Lusai, Jamil Parvez Lulu, Ehsan Nammi, Mahbub Harun, Anvir Adil Khan, Mamunur Rashid and Rafiqul Islam...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Captains in spotlight

Captains in spotlight

Australia's willingness to confront a brave new world without captain Michael Clarke will see Steven Smith debut as skipper in the second Test in Brisbane from Wednesday, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's recall to lead India has fanned fears of a return to the past. Dhoni takes back the reins from Virat Kohli after recovering...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Dilshan lifts Lankans

Dilshan lifts Lankans

Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a century and grabbed three wickets in his 300th one-day international as Sri Lanka whipped England by 87 runs in the seventh and final match in Colombo on Tuesday. Dilshan passed the 9,000-run mark in one-day cricket on his way to a stroke-filled 101 to lead the hosts to a commanding...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Amla to make home debut

Hashim Amla will be seeking a winning start when he captains South Africa for the first time in a home Test match when a three-match series against the West Indies starts at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla leapfrogged one-day international captain AB de Villiers to be given the Test captaincy following the retirement of long-serving Graeme Smith last season. Under Amla's leadership, South Africa gained away wins against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe earlier this year and his team will be strong...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
'Won't support Rubel if guilty'

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon has said that the board 'will not support' Rubel Hossain if the pacer is found guilty. The bowler, who is fighting a rape case filed against him under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, is in Bangladesh's 30-member World Cup preliminary squad. Whether he will be considered for the final squad however, will depend on the result of the case. "If he has done something wrong he will be punished. The BCB...

Sydney Siege

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Security up at Brisbane

Security has been beefed up with more police drafted in for this week's second Australia-India Test in Brisbane after a lone gunman laid siege to a Sydney cafe, officials said Tuesday. Queensland State Premier Campbell Newman said while there was no specific threat, his government wanted to reassure fans and make them feel safe. "We are concerned about these sorts of actions occurring as we have [been] for many months," Newman told reporters. "We will have all available officers out there at...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Pakistan can win series today

Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi is hoping Pakistan can maintain their winning momentum and seal the series against New Zealand in the fourth one-day match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-1 after winning the first match in Dubai and the third in Sharjah. New Zealand won the second game, also played in Sharjah. Afridi, leading the side in the absence of Misbahul Haq who injured his hamstring and was ruled out of the last three games, said he...

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