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MSC overcome Muktis

MSC overcome Muktis

Independence Cup champions Mohammedan SC kept their momentum in the league as they notched up a 1-0 win against Muktijoddha Sangsad in their first match of the second leg of Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. A ten-minute strike from Zahid Hasan Emily helped the Black and Whites leapfrog to third position from fifth with 17 points from 10 outings, seven behind leaders Sheikh Jamal DC and two behind second-placed Abahani. Muktijoddha...

'Dead wickets won't help'

Former national pacer Mohammad Sharif, despite leading Dhaka to their fifth National Cricket League title, was not exactly brimming with enthusiasm...

Title already Dhaka's

Dhaka lifted their fifth National Cricket League title yesterday, even before their seventh-round game against Khulna at Cox's Bazar came to...

Maruf laments 'shock' axing

Successful coach Maruful Haque yesterday expressed his shock over his untimely sacking from the coach's job of Sheikh Russel KC, six...

Indian Premier League

It's Maxwell again

Lightning has struck twice. After they had made mockery of a 200-plus chase in their first match, Kings XI captain George Bailey said this was not going to happen every day, and that his bowlers needed to turn up. The bowlers failed to turn up again, but Glenn Maxwell and David Miller made light work of another massive chase. And this time it was against Rajasthan Royals, who posted 191-5 and still ended up a loser. Maxwell started the chase...

Wawrinka masters Monaco

Wawrinka masters Monaco

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final on Sunday. The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federer's level dropped suddenly late in the second...

Cleared pair frustrated

Distressed players Mosharraf Hossain and Mahbubul Alam publicly expressed their concern at not being able to participate in BCB organised tournaments, despite being cleared of all the 'corruption charges' by a BCB Tribunal last month. Speaking at a press conference yesterday arranged by the Dhaka Gladiators, Mosharraf said that they had attached a copy of the short verdict of the trial and sent it to the BCB president, but received no reply. "I fail to understand why we can't participate in...

Barclays English Premier League

A 'Sterling' step towards the title

A 'Sterling' step towards the title

Liverpool moved closer to a first league title since 1990 with a 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday that sent them five points clear in the Premier League.Quick-fire early goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put the visitors in control at Carrow Road, before Gary Hooper replied for fourth-bottom Norwich in...

Barclays English Premier League

Man City still in it to win it

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City can take the Premier League title race down to the wire because Liverpool and Chelsea will drop more points before the end of the season. City are title outsiders after a 3-2 defeat at leaders Liverpool and then a 2-2 draw with Sunderland in midweek left them six points off top spot. That gap will become nine points if Liverpool win at Norwich on Sunday. But Pellegrini, whose team host West Bromwich Albion in a must-win fixture...

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Cavani brace wins cup

Cavani brace wins cup

Paris Saint-Germain won France's League Cup on Saturday, beating Lyon 2-1 in the final at the Stade de France to secure the first leg of a likely domestic double. Edinson Cavani was the match-winner for Laurent Blanc's side, scoring a first-half brace, one of which came from the penalty spot, and while Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back in the second half, PSG proved just too strong for a Lyon side who had beaten them in Ligue 1 just six days earlier. It is the second trophy won by the club from the French capital since their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 and subsequent transformation into one of the...

Formula 1

Hamilton's hattrick comes one lap early

The Chinese Grand Prix came to an unexpectedly abrupt end on Sunday when an official waved the chequered flag one lap too early. The race should have ended after 56 laps but Lewis Hamilton saw the chequered flag waved at the end of the 55th lap. Hamilton's dominance of the 2014 Formula One season continued when he won it, his first hattrick of victories following his triumphs in Malaysia and Bahrain. It was his third victory out of four this season and...

Jose thanks Mike Dean

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated referee Mike Dean and the official's boss Mike Riley after a contentious penalty for Sunderland put a huge dent in the London club's Premier League title hopes on Saturday. Mourinho refused to answer questions after his long unbeaten home league run was ended in a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom side Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea boss choosing instead to make four points in his post-match news conference. "I'm so sorry about it, but...

Djukanovic vows to bring something new

Djukanovic vows to bring something new

Sheikh Russel KC's newly-appointed Montenegrin coach Dragan Djukanovic has vowed to take the club to the second round of the AFC President's Cup even though he believes it will be big challenge. “It is a big challenge to play with two foreign players in the AFC President's Cup whereas we play with four foreign players in the league matches. But I think we can do it as two teams from the group will advance to the second round,” said Djukanovic, prior to his second day's training at the BUET ground yesterday. The 45-year old coach, who has 11 years of coaching experience in Serbia and Montenegro and won Montenegro Cup twice...

Wilshere may make it

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed confidence that injured midfielder Jack Wilshere will recover in time to make a positive impact for England at the World Cup in Brazil. "I spoke to Roy Hodgson and I told him that Wilshere will be available for England," Wenger told several British Sunday newspapers. Wilshere has been out of action since sustaining a hairline fracture of the foot during England's 1-0 win over Denmark in a friendly at Wembley on March 5. Arsenal hope that...

Zia draws, Eva wins

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman drew against Chinese GM Yang Wen in the third round of the Asian Continental Chess Championships in Sharjah, UAE on Saturday. The draw meant Zia has 2.5 points from three games and shares the second position along with other three other players. In the women's section WFM Nazrana Khan Eva beat WGM Assaubayeva Bibissara of Kazakistan to earn a single point from three games.

Siddikur ends at 57th

Siddikur Rahman finished the Maybank Malaysian Open in joint 57th position after aggregating three-over-par (291) over four rounds. The 29-year-old golfer, who started the fourth round day at 65th position, carded five birdies and four bogeys at the Kula Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Sunday for a one-under-par last round. The poor performance had a bearing on Siddikur's Order of Merit standing as he slipped from third to seventh position. The title was won by England's former world number one...

R'ganj beat Agrani Bank

Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society defeated Agrani Bank Sporting Club by 1 -0 goal in the day's only match of the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday. Mohammad Didarul scored the all-important goal for Rahmatganj in the 30th minute.