• Saturday, August 02, 2014

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Scotland mine more gold

Scotland mine more gold

Host nation Scotland's gold medal tally hit double figures on Friday as sprint legend Usain Bolt and British teenage diving star Tom Daley prepared to make their eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games entrances. Scotland claimed their 11th title in Glasgow courtesy of their lawn bowls men's fours and gymnast Daniel Purvis in the men's parallel bars. In the pool, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears beat Australia's Grant Nel and Matthew Mitcham in the men's synchronised 3m springboard for...

BD start Chess Olympiad today

The Bangladesh national chess teams today start their 41st Chess Olympiad 2014 mission which got underway in Tromso, Norway yesterday.  The...

BPL appeals hearing on August 6

A preliminary hearing for the appeals made by former national captain Mohammad Ashraful and the three other parties, against the decisions...

Gavaskar slams 'zero resistance'

India's massive 266-run Test defeat to England drew widespread condemnation on Friday with former captain Sunil Gavaskar accusing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's...

Anderson, Jadeja cleared of misconduct by ICC

James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja have been found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their alleged altercation at Trent Bridge by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis at the hearing in Southampton on Friday. After a day of hearing evidence and submissions from both sides it was said the verdict could take up to 48 hours to be delivered but in the end commissioner Lewis, who had joined via Skype from Australia, needed a matter of minutes to...

Dutch coaches to meet Salahuddin

Dutch coaches of the Bangladesh national football team -- Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster -- are expected to meet the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin at the BFF president's residence today, after arriving in the early morning for talks over their unpaid wages. De Kruif is believed to be owed six months of wages while Koster is also reportedly owed a similar length of unpaid wages. The inability to clear the wages and lack of work opportunity...

Venus ousts Victoria

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford. The 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) triumph kept Williams on course for a possible semi-final showdown with her sister Serena, the world number one and top seed who will take on Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals on Friday. "Williams-Williams tomorrow, hopefully," Venus told the crowd at the campus of Stanford University, where she came out on...

Ali's 'Fight of the Century' gloves fetch $400,000

The gloves that boxing great Muhammad Ali wore in his legendary 1971 fight against Joe Frazier in what became known as the Fight of the Century sold at auction on Thursday for almost 400,000 dollars. An anonymous bidder bought the gloves for 388,375 dollars at the auction run by Texas-based Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Heritage previously auctioned a set of gloves Ali wore to claim his first World Championship in 1964 for 836,500 dollars. The...

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Atletico unveil Griezmann

Atletico unveil Griezmann

France international Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he hopes to learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans. Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Atletico...

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Messi, Blatter expected

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and FIFA president Sepp Blatter are among leading figures in world soccer expected to attend the wake of former Argentine FA president Julio Grondona on Thursday. Grondona, who was also world governing body FIFA's senior vice-president, died on Tuesday of heart failure aged 82 after 35 years at the helm of Argentine football which he ran in the style of "The Godfather" as his critics liked to call him. Former national team coaches, club directors and political...

Villa's new quest

For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy. Villa, Spain's all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015. "Being in New York City, being there in the beginning as a founding member, being the first guy, those...

Guus won't tinker with team

Guus won't tinker with team

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink said he will make no drastic changes to the team after their third-place finish at the World Cup, lauding the work of Louis van Gaal and suggesting he would be no slavish follower of the traditional Dutch style of play. "Dutch football has been given a boost and we...

Pizarro lifts Bayern

Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 on Thursday in a friendly match at Red Bull arena to launch the Bundesliga champions' US tour. Pep Guardiola's men controlled the majority of possession and took the lead in the 10th minute when Pizarro slotted home Franck Ribery's corner. Pizarro nearly had two more goals in the first half, with Carlos Fierro getting Chivas' best chance to equalize in the 81st minute, only for Bayern goalkeeper Tom...

Mellberg hangs up his boots

Former Sweden defender Olof Mellberg announced his retirement on Thursday in a statement via his final club FC Copenhagen. The well-travelled 36-year-old represented AIK Stockholm, Aston Villa, Racing Santander, Juventus, Olympiakos Piraeus and Villarreal before joining Copenhagen a year ago, helping them secure second place in Denmark's Superliga last season. "FC Copenhagen and Olof Mellberg have agreed to end their co-operation, with the Swedish stopper leaving FCK with immediate effect," the club said in a statement. "Mellberg came to the city's team...

De Vrij joins Lazio

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has left Feyenoord for Lazio, the Italian Serie A club announced on Thursday. "I am happy to be at this club, all the more so as Lazio had been following me for a long time. They wanted me before the World Cup and it is the best choice for me," said de Vrij at a press conference. The 22-year-old, who starred in the Netherlands' run to finish third at the World Cup, arrived in the Italian...

'Drogba still has killer instinct'

Veteran striker Didier Drogba will still strike fear into defenders when he begins his second spell at Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. "The killer instinct is still there," Mourinho, in an interview with Sky Sports, said of the 36-year-old Ivorian who signed a 12-month contract last month after spells in China and at Turkish club Galatasaray since leaving Stamford Bridge following the Champion League final victory in 2012. Drogba will give Mourinho a tried and tested formula in attack,...