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Bangladesh fold for 70, whimper to series defeat

Bangladesh fold for 70, whimper to series defeat

If Bangladesh's narrow loss in the first ODI kept fans at home awake till the early hours, then their spineless surrender in the second of three ODI against West Indies at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada last night must have infuriated them and left them fuming till dawn, even though the match...

Pakistan look to bounce back

Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead...

Kvitova in New Haven semis

Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semifinals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1...

Tender dreams need nurturing

Tender dreams need nurturing

Despite having failed to impress in trials with Uttar Baridhara Club...

BCCI planning Kohli's marriage?

Excuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn't enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling. BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon. Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as...

Taijul leaves for WI

22-year-old slow left-arm bowler Taijul Islam left for the West Indies last night. Taijul is expected to be a part of Bangladesh's T20I squad in the Caribbean. This is the spinner's first international tour as a member of the national side. Three other players -- Shuvagata Hom, Shafiul Islam and Robiul Islam -- will also join the Bangladesh camp in the West Indies as members of the Test squad. Taijul is being sent early for the T20I which will take...

MSC serve show-cause to 3 booters

Mohammedan SC has served show-cause notice to three of its players for joining Sheikh Russel KC's preparation camp without taking any consent from the club. Striker Zahid Hasan Emily, winger Zahid Hossain and goalkeeper Mamun Khan are the three players who have been asked why the club would not punish them for join Sheikh Russel illegally as the season is not over yet. Following the notice, the trio refrained from training yesterday, having already trained in the first two days....

Phelps back on golden path

Australia's Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships Friday as Michael Phelps claimed his first international gold medal since coming out of retirement. McEvoy swam the race of his life to hit the wall in the third-best time this year of 47.82 seconds ahead of US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (48.30) and dual world champion James Magnussen (48.36). Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, led to the turn before finishing fourth in 48.51sec,...

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3-way dogged fight

3-way dogged fight

While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to knock Real and...

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MU aim to rebound

Manchester United will go in search of their first Premier League win under manager Louis van Gaal when they travel to Sunderland on Sunday. If there was any doubt about the scale of the task facing the Dutchman, it was demonstrated by last weekend's 2-1 opening day defeat at home to Swansea. Sunderland, who started the season with a 2-2 draw at West Brom, will fancy their chances at the Stadium of Light despite the fact United signed Argentina World Cup...

Bundesliga kicks off

Last season's runners-up Dortmund have a tough first game against Bayer Leverkusen who will be buoyed by their midweek 3-2 win at Copenhagen for the Champions League qualifying round first leg. They have winger Marco Reus back from an injury that saw him miss the World Cup as well as central defender Neven Subotic, who missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament tear. But coach Juergen Klopp will miss injured Marcel Schmelzer, Oliver Kirch and midfielder Ilkay Guendogan, still...

Neymar suffers ankle sprain

Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he had suffered a mild sprain, Barcelona reported as they prepared to face Elche at home on Sunday. "His return to training will depend on the development of the injury," the club said in...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 22, 2014
All not bleak after Grenada heartbreak

Those who sat bleary-eyed in front of their television sets till the early hours of Thursday were rewarded with heartbreak as once again victory eluded the Tigers even though they were very close to breaking the jinx of a winless 2014. It is only natural that fans will despair over a defeat seemingly snatched from the jaws of victory, especially as there have been many such reversals so far this year. But unlike those occasions, the Tigers should not be castigated...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Spin or pace?

Will Bangladesh go with a three-man pace attack or add another spinner to the playing 11? That is the pertinent question ahead of the second of three ODIs against West Indies, starting at 7pm Bangladesh Standard Time at the National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada. Many felt the absence of a specialist slow bowler when Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin staged a rescue act to give the hosts a three-wicket victory in the first game at the same venue. Leaving...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Proteas sweep series clean

Proteas sweep series clean

Opener Quinton de Kock smashed 84 as a weakened South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets to complete a whitewash in their three-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday. After putting their hosts in to bat, South Africa skittled Zimbabwe for 165 inside 40 overs before chasing down their target...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Booters against familiar foes

Bangladesh face a familiar challenge in the 17th Asian Games football competition after they were drawn in Group B along with SAFF Champions Afghanistan yesterday. In the four-team group Uzbekistan and Hong Kong are the other two opponents against whom the Bangladesh U-23 team will meet in the second successive Asian Games after the last edition in China in 2010. Bangladesh's first game will be against Hong Kong, who won the last meeting 4-1, on September 15. Their next game is...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Kabaddi has little hopes

Bangladesh's hopes of winning medals in kabaddi event in the upcoming 17th Asian Games have been put on a rough road as both men's and women's teams have been placed in strong groups in the draw ceremony held in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Bangladesh men's team were pitted in Group A along with India, Pakistan and Thailand while the women's team were also placed in Group A along with India and hosts South Korea. Before winning gold and silver medals in...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Wozniacki falls from New Haven

Camila Giorgi sprang an upset to defeat four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the WTA Connecticut Open, a final warm-up for the US Open. The Italian saw off the former world number one in 78 minutes to book a last-eight date with Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who eliminated Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in another second-round match. The unseeded Giorgi also ousted Wozniacki in last year's US Open, but lost their only other...

Asiad Hockey

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Bangladesh in Pool A

Bangladesh have been placed in Pool A along with hosts South Korea, last edition's runners-up Malaysia, Japan and Singapore in the 17th Asian Games hockey competition in the 10-team draw ceremony on Wednesday. The Pool B consists of holders Pakistan, India, China, Oman and Sri Lanka. Last time Bangladesh finished eighth ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong after losing to Oman 5-6 in the place-deciding match. However, this time Bangladesh are aiming to improve their position. "Our target is to do better...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Aamer Blind Love's hero

Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer is set to make his big-screen debut, he told AFP Thursday, as he struggles to make ends meet while serving a ban for spot-fixing. Left-arm quick Aamer was rated one of the best young talents in world cricket until his fall from grace in the notorious Lord's Test against England in 2010. Aamer, then 19, was hit with a five-year ban from cricket after he was caught in a tabloid newspaper sting along with captain Salman...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Broad's knee op Sept 4

England pace bowler Stuart Broad will undergo knee surgery on September 4 as he targets full fitness in time for the 2015 World Cup. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had already confirmed that the 28-year-old needed to go under the knife to cure a long-standing tendonitis problem. "The ECB medical team confirmed that England pace bowler Stuart Broad is to have surgery on his right knee on Thursday 4 September," said an ECB statement. "A rehabilitation and recovery programme will...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Mario on brink of joining L'pool

Mario on brink of joining L'pool

Mario Balotelli is on the brink of a shock move to Liverpool, media in England and Italy reported Thursday, two weeks after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a bid for the controversial striker. According to sports channel Sky Italia, AC Milan have agreed to let the 24-year-old move to Anfield and a transfer...

Indian Super League Set To Kick Off

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Mendy, Chopra star picks

Mendy, Chopra star picks

Former French defender Bernard Mendy emerged the top attraction at Thursday's draft for the troubled new franchised-based Indian Super League set to kick off in October. The ex-Paris Saint-Germain star will be paid $80,000 per season to play for last-minute entrants Team Chennai following the draft held in financial hub Mumbai. Mendy's fee was the...

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Published Date: August 22, 2014
Masche backs Messi

Javier Mascherano has backed his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season. Messi was named the best player at the World Cup after Argentina lost the final to Germany, a decision that was widely questioned after the forward's often lacklustre displays. The former world player of the year returned early to Barcelona to concentrate on pre-season training before the La Liga kick-off this weekend when Barcelona, who failed...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Man Utd seal Rojo deal

Manchester United completed the 20 million euro signing of Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal hailing the 24-year-old as a "gifted" player. Rojo signed a five-year contract after impressing during the World Cup where he helped Argentina to reach the final. Winger Nani has gone in the other direction, rejoining Sporting on a season-long loan, seven years after he left the Portuguese club. "It is such an honour to say...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Di Maria wants out

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that midfielder Angel di Maria has asked to leave the European champions before the end of the transfer window. The 26-year-old Argentine -- who missed the World Cup final defeat by Germany because of injury -- was a star performer as Real claimed their 10th European crown last season, but has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu due to the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. Premier League giants Manchester United...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Dzeko signs new deal

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Wednesday signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at the Premier League champions until at least 2018. The Bosnian international's current deal had only 10 months to run and manager Manuel Pellegrini's determination to keep the striker was fully justified by his performance as City beat Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday. "I'm really happy here at City -- it's a second home to me so it was an easy decision to stay for the...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Benaglio quits int'l football

Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, three weeks short of his 31st birthday and with 61 caps to his name. Although not considered old in goalkeeping terms, Benaglio said he was "not the youngest" and wanted to concentrate on his career with VfL Wolfsburg. Benaglio impressed at the World Cup, helping Switzerland to the round of 16 where they lost in heart-breaking style to Argentina who scored their only goal deep into injury-time. He appeared well...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Tigers lose despite Anamul ton

Tigers lose despite Anamul ton

If the Tigers were worried about their ODI record this year before yesterday's game then their level of anxiety would have doubled after the match. This is the second time this year that Bangladesh have lost after having come so close to victory. After 15 overs of the second innings, with the hosts...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 21, 2014
No slow left-armer after a decade

There's no doubt that slow left-arm bowling is Bangladesh's forte. Right from the days of Enamul Haque and Mohammad Rafique to that of Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan, slow left-armers have always dominated Bangladesh's bowling attack. However, the exclusion of Abdur Razzak in Bangladesh's playing eleven against the West Indies in Grenada yesterday has broken a long tradition for the Tigers in international cricket. With Razzak excluded and ace-all rounder Shakib Al Hasan not touring, Bangladesh's bowling attack did not...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
No option other than MS!

Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his Test captaincy role -- if he has the desire to continue -- due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour. India's propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive Tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia. If fans in the world's second-most populous nation, where cricket is treated like a religion,...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Abul set for return

After a gap of nearly a year and a half from international cricket, pacer Abul Hasan has returned to the fray. His inclusion in Bangladesh A's preliminary squad for the series against Zimbabawe A in September -- announced yesterday by the BCB -- reflects the bowler's grit and determination. The bowler, who last played competitive cricket in March 2013, underwent two risky surgeries on his back and went through a long rehabilitation process before eventually beginning to bowl in the...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Sk Russel start camp

Sheikh Russel KC began their preparation camp for the AFC President's Cup at the BUET ground yesterday, but the start was not a very pleasant one for interim coach Jakaria Babu as only eight players turned up for training, out of which two refrained from training due to sickness and injury. The coach worked with former Mohammedan goalkeeper Mamun Khan, winger Zahid Hossain and Sheikh Russel's old guns Shakil Ahmed, Rezaul Karim, Jewel Rana and Fazle Rabbi while Mithun Chowdhury,...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
'Zim tour serious'

Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action. A 14-man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a two-week series that also involves South Africa -- Australia's first international commitment since the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh more than four months ago. "I think it will be a tough series. It's not a token tour, it's about winning," said...

Youth Olympic Games

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Hockey team's campaign ends in misery

Bangladesh five-a-side hockey team finished their 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games campaign with fourth consecutive defeat as they went down 3-4 defeat to South Africa in their last pool match at Nanjing YOG Sports Park Hockey Field in China yesterday. Bangladesh, who had lost 1-9against Spain, 2-5  against Australia and 1-4 against Canada, produced a were tied at 3-3 at one stage against South Africa before conceding the decisive goal in the last moment of the third and final quarter. Naimuddin,...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
WI, Gibson part ways

The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach. No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012. However, West Indies are currently eighth...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Pakistan stun archrivals India

Pakistan pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over India Wednesday, with a late goal from Saddam Hussain ensuring them a share of the spoils in the first football series between the arch rivals for almost a decade. Pakistan's captain Kaleemullah put his side ahead in the 38th minute and a scrambled shot by Hussain in the 89th minute silenced the 5,000 Indian spectators at the Bangalore Football Stadium. The home fans had been hoping for more of the same after India...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Atletico deny Real

Atletico deny Real

A Raul Garcia equaliser two minutes from time denied James Rodriguez a dream home debut for Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday. Rodriguez had surprisingly started on the bench, but replaced Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time when the World Player of...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
UEFA starts probe against Tavecchio

European football's governing body UEFA has opened an investigation into a comment made by new Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio that has been widely condemned as racist. At a public meeting last month, Tavecchio, 71, said: "Here we get 'Opti Poba' who previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first-team player at Lazio." The comments, which appeared to be aimed at France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, sparked controversy in Italy with many commentators condemning what they saw...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Arsenal, Napoli held

Ten-man Arsenal were left frustrated after a 0-0 stalemate at Besiktas in Tuesday's Champions League play-off round first leg while Athletic Bilbao earned the upper hand in their tie with Napoli following a 1-1 draw in Italy. Demba Ba nearly handed Besiktas a dream start in Istanbul when his audacious effort straight from kick-off came back off the crossbar after almost catching out Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Ba again tested Szczesny with a firmly-struck volley while Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Martino names first squad

New Argentinian national coach Gerardo Martino kept faith on Tuesday with the players who got Argentina to their first World Cup final since 1990 and lost 1-0 to Germany when he named his first squad for a friendly with the same opponents in Duesseldorf on September 3. Martino, who stood down from the Barcelona job at the end of last season after they finished trophyless, was named as the new coach only last week and replaced Alejandro Sabella, who declined...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
FIFA upholds Barca ban

Barcelona will not be able to sign any new players until January 2016 after world football's governing body FIFA rejected an appeal over a transfer ban imposed for breaching rules on underage players. The Catalan giants will be banned from the national and international market for two consecutive transfer windows, starting in January 2015, FIFA said. Barcelona immediately announced they would appeal to sports' highest court, describing the decision as an "affront" to its youth training academy. "FC Barcelona announces that it...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Tigers' WI mission starts today

Zero wins in 10 games. That is what Bangladesh's win-loss ratio in ODIs look like in 2014; the worst of the lot. In fact Afghanistan, Scotland, Kenya, Netherlands and even the UAE have fared better. It is with this nightmare of a statistic that the Tigers will take on a full-strength West Indies side, unlike their last tour in 2009, at the National Cricket Stadium in St George's, Grenada today. Seems like a task too hard? Considering the fact that...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Mominul and the extra pacer

As Bangladesh take on the West Indies in the first ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada today, there will be two issues that the team management will be looking to settle. The first will be Shakib Al Hasan's replacement at the top order and the composition of the bowling attack. While Imrul Kayes's recent form has almost confirmed him a spot in the precarious number three position, number four will be a three-way battle between Shamsur Rahman, Mominul...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
A central problem

After the national U-23 team's 3-1 win over Bangladesh Army in recent a practice match, head coach Lodewijk de Kruif expressed his concern over the backline, which looked ill at ease and leaked an embarrassing goal in the second half. The defence, especially the centre-back position, which used to be the strength of Bangladesh national team for a long time since independence, started to look vulnerable in the early 2000s. Rajani Kanta Barman and Mohammad Sujan were probably the two...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
SA take series

SA take series

Quinton de Kock tied a one-day international record as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The 21-year-old wicketkeeper-opening batsman made 38 to equal the mark of England's Jonathan Trott in reaching the landmark of 1,000 runs in only 21 one-day games. Faf du...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
India send SOS to Ravi

India's cricket chiefs on Tuesday effectively sidelined head coach Duncan Fletcher for the one-day series against England following their 3-1 defeat in the Tests, placing former all-rounder Ravi Shastri in charge. Shastri, in England as a TV commentator, has been asked to "oversee" the squad for the five-match series as part of a shake-up in which the bowling and fielding coaches have also been ordered to stand aside. "The BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] has decided to avail...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Phelps making int'l return

Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps will swim his first international meet since coming out of retirement at this week's Pan Pacific Championships as he seeks a return to winning ways. Phelps, 29, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist, will take his quest for form to Australia's Gold Coast after he ended this month's US Championships with a couple of near-misses but no wins. Despite this, Phelps made the powerful 60-strong American team for the Gold Coast meet, just four months after ending a...

Youth Olympic Games

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Bangladesh's dismal show continues

Bangladesh five-a-side hockey team continued their dismal show in the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games as they suffered a 1-4 goal defeat against Canada in their third match in Nanjing, China yesterday. Bangladesh conceded four goals before pulling back one back through Naimuddin. Bangladesh, who have lost all three matches, will play against South Africa today. In other disciplines, shooter Sharmin Akter became 19th among 20 participants in the 10m Air Rifle event after scoring 397 out of 436 points while...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Nepal name friendly squad

All Nepal Football Federation (ANFA) yesterday announced a 20-member squad for the two friedlies against Bangladesh U-23 team, with the inclusion of seven booters who were in the national side during last year's SAFF Championship. However, two key strikers --Bimal Gharti Magar and Bharat Khawas have been kept out of the squad even though they have been included in the squad for the Asian Games. Bimal is currently playing in Belgium while Bharat is nursing an injury. The two matches will...