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'I can take my country forward'

'I can take my country forward'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 'keeping faith' in the player and giving him a chance to lead the Tigers for the second time in his career. The 'Narail-Express', who was named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series yesterday, was first assigned the responsibility in 2009 when he took over from Mohammad Ashraful. The period however, was short-lived as he got injured in the first Test. Mashrafe returned to the helm 12 months later when Bangladesh toured England. An injury in October...

Captaincy divided

Pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series, set to take place in October-November, following...

Tigers take on Kuwait today

Bangladesh's campaign of retaining cricket's gold medal in the Asian Games begins today as the Tigers take on Kuwait in the...

BD A draw level

BD A draw level

Bangladesh A bounced back to level the series as they won...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Oman defeat ends disastrous campaign

Bangladesh hockey team finished eighth among ten teams in the 17th Asian Games after suffering a 2-3 defeat against Oman in the place-deciding match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon yesterday. The fourth defeat in five matches left Bangladesh in the same position they had attained in the previous edition even though the team management, especially the coach, had set their sights on either the fifth or sixth position before the games began. Since their 0-8 defeat against Japan in...

DPL starts on Nov 2

The country's lone 50 overs domestic cricket competition, the Dhaka Premier League, is set to be delayed by three more weeks as the Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to send a team to Kolkata to take part in the Eden Gardens' 150 year celebrations. The Dhaka Premier League is now expected to begin on November 2. The competition, which was originally scheduled to begin on October 10, has already been facing delays due to a three-day match that national coach Chandika...

Nadir's case is an error!

Bangladesh Cricket Board has admitted that allowing banned umpire Nadir Shah to officiate in a First Division match was an 'error' on its part. Shah was banned for 10 years in March 2013 after he was found guilty of agreeing to doctor decisions in exchange of money in a sting operation conducted by India TV. However, he was allowed to stand as umpire in a First Division match between Indira Road Krira Chakra and BKSP on Saturday. The member-secretary of the...

Narine action reported too

Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspected bowling action following his side's 36-run win over Dolphins in the Champions League Twenty20 Group A match on Monday evening in Hyderabad. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and specifically relates to Narine's quicker ball. Under CLT20 guidelines, Narine may request for an official assessment from the BCCI's suspect bowling action committee. Narine has been placed...

Waqar unhappy about chucking crackdown

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities' crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners. In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez's confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal to a chucking ban. Ajmal, the world's...

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Nadal back in style

Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the 5.4 million dollars China Open. The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second. Nadal joins top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round. The Serb defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-1 in just 63 minutes.

UEFA Champions League

Atletico face Juve test

Atletico face Juve test

Last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid host Serie A leaders Juventus in a high octane Group A battle in the Spanish capital while Arsenal need a win at home to Galatasaray to kickstart their season. ATLETICO MADRID V JUVENTUS The match of the round sees the Italian Champions Juventus visit the Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid. Last season's runners-up Atletico suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by Olympiakos in their opening match, and since losing striker Diego Costa to Chelsea have been heavily reliant on set pieces for goals. "A set piece can change a game, and we have plenty of players who can bury the ball" says Atletico's top scorer Brazilian centre-back...

Lega Calcio

Di Natale on the double

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale scored a double in a 4-2 win for Udinese over 10-man Parma that moved the northerners up to a surprise third place in Italy's Serie A on Monday. Elsewhere, Serbian international striker Filip Djordjevic netted a fine hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Palermo that allowed previously lifeless Lazio to momentarily forget their early season blues. Juventus and Roma, both in Champions League action against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively this week, have set the...

Barclays English Premier League

Magpies' woes deepen

Stoke City added to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's woes with a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on Monday that left the Magpies still searching for their first Premier League victory of the season. Defeat meant the north-east side had taken just three points out of a possible 18 from six matches, with only newly-promoted Burnley keeping them off the bottom of the table courtesy of having scored fewer goals. Both Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, among the crowd at Stoke's...

Santos joins Pires at FC Goa

Former Brazil left back Andre Santos has signed a deal to take part in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) alongside ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires at FC Goa. Santos, 31, who had spells with Fenerbahce in Turkey as well as Arsenal and Brazilian clubs Corinthians, Gremio and Flamengo, is the latest high-profile name to sign up for the eight-team league that begins in a fortnight and runs for 10 weeks. Santos, who had a difficult two-year spell in England at Arsenal...

Scholastica basketball held

The Scholastica Interschool Basketball Tournament drew to close with Sunbeams and SFX Greenherald winning the girls' and boys' titles respectively on last Saturday. In the girls' final, Sunbeams defeated Scholastica, while in the boys' section, it was Scholastica again who were on the receiving end in a neck and neck game. Eleven English medium schools of the city, namely Scholastica, Aga Khan, SFX Greenherald, Sunnydale, Sunbeams, Play Pen, South Breeze, Bangladesh International Tutorial, DPS STS, Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Women progress, men don't

Women progress, men don't

Bangladesh women's kabaddi team all but confirmed their semifinal berth in the 17th Asian Games with an emphatic 30-18 win over hosts South Korea at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon yesterday. But the men's team disappointed once again as they were eliminated from the group stage for the second successive time after...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Rain helps minnows

Rain helps minnows

Bad weather helped cricket minnows at the Asian Games on Monday as South Korea won a rain-curtailed match to enter the knock-out rounds and Kuwait progressed on a coin-toss. The Koreans, taking part in their first big cricket competition, used their baseball-honed skills to outgun China by six runs in a game reduced to...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
The rockstar of kabaddi

The rockstar of kabaddi

Despite being the national sport of India and Bangladesh, the physical contact sport of kabaddi has traditionally garnered little attention from mainstream media in the subcontinent. But that seems to be changing now, thanks to introduction of the franchise-based Indian Pro Kabaddi League this year. The money-spinning tournament, where business tycoons and Bollywood stars invested millions of rupees, was widely televised and attracted following from all across the sub-continent and beyond. It also made celebrities out of kabaddi players, who were hitherto relatively unknown beyond their arena. One such star, and perhaps the biggest one, is the India captain Rakesh Kumar, who was recruited by the Patna Pirates at a...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Split-captaincy decision today?

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is most likely to make a decision on split-captaincy in today's board meeting at its headquarters in Mirpur. "I think Mushfiqur [Rahim] should give up captaincy in at least one format. Almost everyone believes that he should quit in one format," said BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon while talking to reporters yesterday. The meeting has been convened mainly to discuss the Tigers' dismal performance on their Caribbean tour where Mushfiqur's men played so poorly that they suffered...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Ganguly wants a team from Bangladesh

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Eden Gardens next month, former India national captain Sourav Ganguly has invited the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send a team to participate in a tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal. And in a bid to send a strong team to the competition -- set to be held next month -- the BCB however may postpone the start of the domestic 50-over competition, the Dhaka Premier League. "Sourav Ganguly gave us a letter and...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Abahani playing catch-up

Four-time professional league champions Abahani are looking to build a young side ahead of the new season. The champions of the first three editions of the Bangladesh League, last won a league title in 2011 and have failed to win any title ever since. They finished second in the league last season, but a massive 12-point behind champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel KC, the champions of the previous two editions, have already assembled strong squads...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
2nd one-day game today

Hosts Bangladesh A will look to square the series against their Zimbabwean counterparts at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium today in the second of the three-match one-day series. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva's maiden List A century led the visitors to a 17-run win over Bangladesh A on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts won the four-day series 2-0. The team management has decided to make two changes to the squad that will be taking the...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Zia maintains sole lead

GM Ziaur Rahman maintained his sole lead with 8 points after ninth round of the Berger Paints National A Chess, which is being held at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association. Zia got the better of Masum Hossain after 31 moves in the ninth round match yesterday. GM Enamul Hossain was in second position with 7.5 points after beating CM Mahtabuddin while defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib was in third position with 7 points as he beat FM...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 30, 2014
City aim to rebound

City aim to rebound

Manchester City will look to bounce back from an opening defeat at Bayern Munich when they host Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea go to Lisbon. CSKA MOSCOW V BAYERN MUNICH Bayern beat CSKA home and away in the group stage of last season's Champions League and the Russian champions'...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 30, 2014
'I deserved to be sent-off'

Wayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight. Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday. "I knew at the time that I misjudged it," 28-year-old Rooney said Sunday. "It is a...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Who will overtake Raul first?

The Champions League returns Tuesday and Wednesday with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi competing for yet another prize as the rival stars take aim at the tournament's all-time scoring record. Ronaldo and Messi are neck-and-neck in a race to become the Champions League's all-time leading scorer by breaking the record held by Raul Gonzalez. Ronaldo has 68 goals in Europe's top club competition, one more than Messi. Raul scored 71. Ronaldo may have a better chance of getting there first as Real...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
PSG lose Zlatan

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. "The different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona," said a statement released by PSG. Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, had already missed his club's last two games in Ligue 1. Without...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Mohammedan in final

Mohammedan Sporting Club booked a berth in the final of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament after overcoming Team BJMC by 2-1 goals in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The champions of the inaugural edition in 2013, which was held between the U-16 teams of the Bangladesh Premier League, will take on Brothers Union in the final which will be held at 5:00pm on Thursday at the same venue. The Black and Whites, who emerged champions of Group...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Hart set to return

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will return for Manchester City in their Champions League tie at home to Roma on Tuesday after being replaced by Willy Caballero at the weekend. Hart sat on the bench for City's 4-2 win at Hull City in the Premier League and Argentine Caballero, signed from Malaga in the summer, produced a solid display. However, Hart remains manager Manuel Pellegrini's first choice. Asked whether Hart would play in a match City cannot afford to lose, Pellegrini said: "Yes,...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
'A chance to learn'

'A chance to learn'

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes that the Asian Games will be a good opportunity for his players to observe the daily routine of 'world-class' athletes and learn from them. Following a three-hour practice session yesterday, Hathurusingha said, "Staying in the Village and surrounded by so many athletes will certainly help them learn how to...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
BD A lose opener by 17

Zimbabwe A won their first match of the tour yesterday when they beat hosts Bangladesh A by 17 runs at Fatullah in the first of three one-dayers. A century from Regis Chakabva helped the visitors finish on 253 for 6. In reply, the hosts were bowled out for 236 runs in 49.3 overs. In a match which saw Abul Hasan's return to competitive cricket turn sour -- he suffered from a muscle strain in his back and was taken off the...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Femi grabs100m gold with Asian record

Femi grabs100m gold with Asian record

Qatar's Femi Ogunode won the Asian Games men's 100m Sunday in a continental record 9.93 seconds to make a triumphant return following his doping ban. The Nigerian-born sprinter declared he is aiming for gold at the 2016 Olympics, despite training without a coach for the last four months, and said only wet conditions in...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Bad day for kabaddi, golf

Bangladesh's Asian Games kabaddi campaign got off on the wrong foot as both the men and women's teams lost to holders India at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium here yesterday. While the women's team, who won bronze medal in the previous edition in China in 2010, suffered an 18-29 defeat including "two lona" after trailing the first half 5-22, the men's team followed the footsteps of women and were humiliated 15-30 by India who came into the game after taking...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Nadal back to business

Rafael Nadal makes his long-awaited return to action at the China Open this week, where he will be seeking to challenge world number one Novak Djokovic's 100 per cent record in Beijing. Nadal, who has not competed since Wimbledon after picking up a right wrist injury, makes his comeback at a tournament he has happy memories of from last year, when he reclaimed the top spot after a previous injury layoff. The Spaniard returned to number one after dominating 2013's hardcourt...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Cricket ball troubles Tigers

Bangladesh cricketers were visibly irked with the type of cricket ball put into use for the Asian Games Twenty20 cricket event during their training session at the Songdo LNG Baseball Ground yesterday in Incheon. In line with the recommendation of the Asian Cricket Council Pakistani-made 'Aj' balls will be used in the matches. However, Bangladesh's players are used to playing with Australian- manufactured Kookabura balls, which is also used worldwide for international matches.   Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was visibly annoyed...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Nadir back in local cricket

Umpire Nadir Shah officiated in his first competitive match on Saturday ever since he was slapped with a 10-year suspension by the Bangladesh Cricket Board in March 2013. Shah was accused of agreeing to doctor decisions in exchange of money in a sting operation conducted by India TV and was found guilty by the BCB. However, a year after the sentence was announced Shah lodged a mercy plea and the executive committee of the board decided to allow Nadir to...

Kool-BSJA Media Cup

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Tribune, MyTV joint champs

Dhaka Tribune and MyTV were declared joint winners at the KOOL-BSJA Media Cup football tournament. The final was played at the BFF artificial turf at Motijheel yesterday morning. At fulltime the teams were tied at 1-1. However, instead of going to the penalties the teams were declared joint winners due to an unfortunate scuffle that began soon after fulltime. Dhaka Tribune's Reazur Rahman Rohan was declared player of the tournament.    

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Dist Football League from October

The District Football Leagues, to be known as Sheikh Kamal Nitol-Tata District Football League, will be held from October to December in 64 districts across the country. The District Football League Committee chairman Manjur Kader gave the dateline during an exchange of views with the presidents of 64 District Football Associations (DFAs) and seven Divisional Football Associations at the Uttara Club yesterday. The BFF handed over a cheque of Tk 1,00,000 along with 10 footballs to each of the DFAs. Director...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Brothers in final

Brothers Union moved into the final of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament beating Sheikh Russel KC 4-3 in tiebreakers in the first semi-final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The match went into tie-breakers as neither side could score in regulation time or extra time. In the tie-breakers, the All Oranges prevailed scoring four while Sheikh Russel players missed two of their spot kicks. Brothers Union will play the final on Wednesday against winners of the second semi-final between Mohammedan SC...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Juve in pole position

Juve in pole position

Defending champions Juventus maintained their narrow advantage over Roma at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win at Atalanta on Saturday evening. Argentine striker Carlos Tevez was the inspiration for Massimiliano Allegri's men as he struck either side of half-time to move top of the scoring charts in Italy with his third...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Costa's hamstring woes continue

Diego Costa is barely training despite leading the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, according to his Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Costa's eighth goal of the season set up Saturday's 3-0 win over Aston Villa, but hamstring problems are said to have limited his involvement in training. "He cannot be on top of his game," said the Portuguese boss. "He's doing almost nothing in training. He's just resting and recovering from the tight muscle he has." Mourinho added: "I don't care about...

LFP

Published Date: September 29, 2014
If Ronaldo is Jordan then Messi is Chamberlain

Luis Enrique has likened Barcelona star Lionel Messi to NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain after Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was recently compared to basketball icon Michael Jordan by Elche coach Fran Escriba. Luis Enrique claimed that if Ronaldo is Michael Jordan, then Messi is Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain was one of the most athletically gifted players of his generation and the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game. The Barcelona coach was over the moon with...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
More Kramer antics revealed

More Kramer antics revealed

Kramer was so concussed during the 2014 World Cup final that he completely forgot the first half, while the Borussia Monchengladb ach midfielder asked the match official: “Referee, is this the World Cup final?” Now further details of Kramer's concussion have been revealed by Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm on TV. ”He was fine...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Chelsea may shift to Twickenham

Chelsea are exploring the possibility of moving to Twickenham, home of English rugby, while their Stamford Bridge stadium is being redeveloped, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) revealed on Sunday. Chelsea announced plans to expand their stadium in June and although no dates for any work have been set out, the RFU says it has been contacted by the London club over the temporary use of Twickenham, which seats 82,000 people. "We are regularly contacted by a variety of organisations, within and...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Hafeez too reported

Lahore Lions off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action by the umpires, following the team's Champions League T20 match against Dolphins in Bangalore on Saturday evening. Dolphins off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen was also reported. Under CLT20 guidelines, both players could request for an official assessment from the BCCI's suspect bowling action committee. For now, while they can continue to play for their teams without assessment, they have been placed on the tournament's 'warning list' as per its...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Rooney deseved red, says van Gaal

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney deserved the sending-off that jeopardised his side's nervy 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United on Saturday, his manager Louis van Gaal said. The Dutchman stopped short of condemning the England captain for an inexplicably rash challenge, though, hailing his players' attitude to secure a "very important" victory at Old Trafford. "It was a break-out of a set-play of ours and he makes a professional foul, I think," Van Gaal said at a news conference. "I...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Dennis sets new world record

Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto set a new world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, with an unofficial time of 2hr 02min 57sec. He became the first man to run under 2hr 03min and his time was well inside the previous record of 2:03:23, set over the same course last year by his compatriot Wilson Kipsang.

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Kimetto smashes marathon record

Kimetto smashes marathon record

Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto comfortably beat the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds after setting a blistering pace from the start to shave 26 seconds off the previous best. The 30-year-old pre-race favourite broke away in a seven-man group,...

LFP

Published Date: September 28, 2014
Barca run riot

Barca run riot

Neymar scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi got his 400th career goal as Barcelona stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday. Real Madrid remained just four points adrift of the leaders as Cristiano Ronaldo's hot scoring streak continued in a 2-0 win at Villarreal. Barca stretched their run of consecutive clean sheets to seven games, but rediscovered their scoring touch after being held to a 0-0 draw at Malaga in midweek as Messi and Neymar shone. The Brazilian opened the scoring with a deflected effort before Messi provided the second with an inch-perfect cross for Ivan Rakitic to head home. Neymar made it three...

Published Date: September 28, 2014
Busy times ahead for booters

Encouraged by the inspiring performance of the national U-23 team in the Asian Games and the two friendly matches against Nepal U-23 earlier in September, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is lining up a string of international friendly matches at home for the national team. The latest round is likely to include two matches in December against a Japan national side  Having already confirmed fixtures of matches against Sri Lanka in October, the BFF president Kazi Salahuddin yesterday revealed that...