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Booters lose, face uphill battle

Booters lose, face uphill battle

After their creditable lone goal victory against Afghanistan, Bangladesh went into their second group B game of the 17th Asian Games in the football discipline against a vastly superior Uzbekistan side with an ambition to enforce a draw at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Incheon yesterday. But the U-23 booters suffered the same fate...

Focus shifts on Asian Games

The Tigers will return home tomorrow morning after their dismal performance in the month-long tour of the West Indies. Mushfiqur Rahim...

Li Na retiring?

Li Na retiring?

China's two-time Grand Slam-winner Li Na is poised to retire, state...

Asian Games officially kick off today

The 17th Asian Games formally kick off today as the opening ceremony of the second biggest multi-sports competition after the Olympics...

17th Asian Games
Incheon 2014

'Give us 5-10 yrs to reach there'

Coach Lodewijk de Kruif thinks Bangladesh may need five to 10 years to reach the level of football that was on display by Uzbekistan against his side in the Asian Games at the Ansan Wa Stadium here yesterday. De Kruif also praised Uzbekistan for the way they played against his charges and said that he would be happy if he was the coach of the Uzbekistan team. "The Uzbek team is a very good team and they are very organised. I...

McCullum to testify against Cairns

Brendon McCullum's lawyer says the New Zealand cricket captain is determined to give evidence about alleged match-fixing approaches from a former teammate, believed to be Chris Cairns. McCullum is currently caught in a legal battle, with a High Court injunction put out to stop a newspaper in New Zealand from publishing confidential information involving him and Kerry Schwalger, a mental skills coach, according to The New Zealand Herald. McCullum has been interviewed by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit...

Bravo fined for abusing Tigers

Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman, has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for verbally offending the opposition batsmen during the fourth and final day's play in the second Test against Bangladesh in St Lucia. Bravo was found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which relates to "…Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either :...

UEFA Champions League

Germans draw first blood

Germans draw first blood

Jerome Boateng's late goal and a second-half equaliser from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on Wednesday completed a good week for German clubs against their counterparts from England in the opening round of Champions League group games. Boateng's first ever goal in the competition was a memorable one as it sealed a 1-0 win for Bayern Munich...

UEFA Champions League

'Costa not fully fit'

Striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals for Chelsea in his first four Premier League games, cannot play more than once a week because of a hamstring problem, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said. Mourinho, looking down in the dumps after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday, started with returning veteran striker Didier Drogba in attack with Costa on the bench against the Germans. The Brazil-born Spain...

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UEFA Champions League

Xavi happy with role

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez insisted he hasn't been frustrated by his lack of opportunities under new boss Luis Enrique after starting for the first time this season in a much-changed side in a 1-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday. Gerard Pique's first-half header was enough to hand the Catalans an unconvincing winning start to their Champions League campaign against the Cypriot champions. Xavi started alongside youngsters Sergi Samper and Sergi Roberto in midfield as Enrique made nine changes in all...

Dunga picks youngsters

Brazil coach Dunga named fresh defensive blood Wednesday in the shape of CSKA Moscow defender Mario Fernandes and Inter Milan defender Dodo in naming his squad for an Asian tour comprising games against Argentina and Japan in Beijing and Singapore. The October 11 encounter with Argentina is the latest in the South American neighbours' Superclassico of the Americas series, while the friendly with Japan three days later in Singapore will enable Dunga to work on solidifying the foundations of the...

Ronaldinho's terrible debut

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho had a nightmarish debut with his new Mexican club Queretaro on Wednesday, missing a penalty in a 1-0 home loss to Tigres. Fans packed the stadium for the game in central Mexico less than two weeks after the 34-year-old former world player of the year signed with the White Roosters. But the Tigres, based in northern Nuevo Leon state, spoiled the party in the ninth minute, courtesy of a goal by US forward Herculez Gomez. At the 61st minute,...

CSKA fans hospitalised

At least two Russian CSKA Moscow fans were rushed to hospital, one with suspected stab wounds, on Wednesday following clashes between supporters of the Russian club and fans of Serie A side AS Roma, according to reports. Roma won the game 5-1 to top Group E of the Champions League, but the celebrations -- on what was the club's return to the competition after a three-year absence -- were marred by ugly scenes of violence before and during the match. According...

Colombia move into third

World Cup winners Germany and beaten finalists Argentina were joined at the top of the FIFA rankings published Thursday by Colombia. The South Americans leapfrog the Netherlands into third place thanks to the Dutch defeat by the Czech Republic in their Euro 2016 qualifier. Brazil move up to sixth behind Belgium, ahead of Uruguay, Spain, France and Switzerland in the top 10. Top 10 FIFA standings on September 18: 1. Germany, 2. Argentina, 3. Colombia (+1), 4. Netherlands (-1), 5. Belgium, 6. Brazil (+1), 7. Uruguay...

Hungary sack Pinter

Hungary have sacked coach Attila Pinter after eight months and only one competitive match in charge, the Hungarian Football Association (HFA) announced on Thursday. The 48-year-old was appointed last December and since then Hungary lost two and won only one out of five matches and started their Euro 2016 qualification campaign on a sour note following a 2-1 defeat by Northern Ireland last week. HFA president Sandor Csanyi named former Hertha Berlin midfielder Pal Dardai as the interim coach until the...

2016 CL final at San Siro

Milan will host the 2016 Champions League final, European football's governing body UEFA decided Thursday at a meeting of its executive committee in Nyon, Switzerland. The final of the Europa League next season will be held in the Swiss city of Basel and that of the Super Cup in Trondheim in Norway. This will be the fourth time the San Siro host the Champions League final after 1965, 1970 and 2001. The game is scheduled for May 28, 2016. Milan will...

17th Asian Games
Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Booters' Uzbek mission

Booters' Uzbek mission

Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif is likely to field a five-man defence against Group B favourites Uzbekistan when the two sides meet in their second match of the Asian Games group stages at the Ansan Wa Stadium in Incheon, South Korea at 5:00pm Bangladesh time today. Sitting top of the group with three points...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
Bangladesh vs West Indies

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Everyone knows what the answers will be

Everyone knows what the answers will be

Bangladesh finished their Caribbean trip with a 296-run defeat on the fourth day of the second and final Test at St. Lucia on Tuesday. But unlike the first two full series, the Tigers are returning home empty handed. It can be debated whether the performance of the Tigers in the series declined or remained...

AFC President's Cup

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Sk Russel leave for Colombo today

A 19-member Sheikh Russel KC squad will leave here for Colombo this morning to play in the final round of AFC President's Cup, which begins on September 20. The treble-winners of 2012-13 season, who qualified for the final round of Asia's third-tier club competition as the first team from Bangladesh are targeting a final berth, according to team officials and captain during a press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation house yesterday.   “I believe if the players can follow the...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Win didn't come easy

Hosts Bangladesh A beat their Zimbabwean counterparts by six wickets in the first four-day encounter at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar yesterday. The hosts, chasing a target of 104, finished the game before lunch on the final day of the match. On an overnight score of 43 for 1, the second-stringed Bangladesh side required another 61 runs on the final day. As easy as their task may have been the hosts suffered a jolt early on when...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Crowe's cancer comes back

Former New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe revealed Wednesday his cancer has returned, 15 months after announcing it was under control. "After a brilliant year of self discovery and recovery I have more work to do," he tweeted. "My friend & tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back to teach me." The 51-year-old was first diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, but after months of chemotherapy he said doctors had told him the cancer had shrunk to safe levels, although there was always the possibility...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Made only in Korea

Lee Yookyoo had no idea about the game of cricket before being appointed as the chief of the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, the first purpose-built cricket ground on South Korean soil. The venue in Incheon will be used during the cricket competition of the 17th Asian Games. Like Lee, the game is also an unknown quantity for many Koreans. But in a country where football and baseball are two major sports, the chief promoter of cricket in South Korea, Lee Hwayeen,...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Nafees takes Liton's place

Former national opener Shahriar Nafees has been included in the side for Bangladesh A's second four-day encounter against Zimbabwe A, set to start at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium at Fatullah from September 21. Nafees replaces Liton Kumar on the squad as per the selectors' rotation policy that was named for the first four-day match. The inclusion of Dewan Sabbir in place of Sabbir Rahman is the other change in the side. Once the national vice-captain, Nafees has been struggling to...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Adithiya, Shuchona in final

Top seed Adithiya Karunaratne of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's Fabiha Lamisa Shuchona moved into the final of the Bengal Group Asian U-14 Tennis Series. Adithiya blanked Popy Akter of Bangladesh 6-0, 6-0 while Shuchona defeated Iti Akter 6-2, 6-1 in the two semifinals at the National tennis Complex in Ramna at the National tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. In the boys' singles, top seed Ali Dewani of Bahrain, Mohammad Ishtiak of Bangladesh Swadhin Hossain of Bangladesh and Michael Francis Ila of...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Liverpool leave it late

Liverpool leave it late

The evening's big winners were the reigning champions Real Madrid, who crushed Swiss title-holders Basel 5-1 in Group B, while last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid suffered a 3-2 defeat against Olympiakos in Greece in Group A. Liverpool were making their first appearance in the Champions League since 2009 and were widely expected to...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Reaction pleases Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the reaction of his side to their disappointing start in La Liga as they thrashed Basel 5-1 in the opening game of their Champions League defence on Tuesday. A 2-1 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid at the weekend on the back of a 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad had led to Los Blancos being booed by their own supporters less than four months after lifting the European Cup for a record 10th time. However, their...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Allegri demands composure

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said the Italian champions will need more composure in the Champions League if they are to qualify from Group A following a 2-0 win over Malmo on Tuesday. Carlos Tevez ended his five-year goal drought in the competition with a second-half brace to give Juve a precious 2-0 win over the Swedish champions in Turin on Tuesday. But despite praising the Argentinian striker, Allegri admitted his frustration with Juve's failure to convert a string of chances. The 47-year-old...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Tevez back in frame for Argentina

Recently-appointed Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said Wednesday he is set to hand Juventus striker Carlos Tevez an international lifeline after the former Manchester United and City star was left out of their World Cup squad. Martino said the 30-year-old, who began his career with Boca Juniors and then Corinthians before a one-season spell with West Ham, will be in competition for the number nine shirt with Napoli's Higuain and Manchester City marksman Sergio Aguero. "If I have to say where I...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Hitzfeld fears implosion at Bayern

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday. "Each player currently accepts spending some time on the bench," said Hitzfeld, who led the club to Champions League glory over Valencia in 2001 at the San Siro. "But it could get more dangerous later in the season when some of the returning players are not injured and might start complaining...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Real first to score 1000 goals

Real Madrid have become the first side to score 1,000 European goals, reaching the landmark during Tuesday's 5-1 thrashing of Basel. Madrid were in complete command by half-time, establishing a 4-1 lead thanks to an own goal from Marek Suchy and efforts from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. Derlis Gonzalez's goal was of little consolation to the Swiss. The game drifted in the second half but Madrid's night was capped by a fifth goal -- the club's 1,000th in...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Robben sets his sights on final

Arjen Robben has stressed that a team of Bayern Munich's stature should always be aiming to win the Champions League. The Bavarians were eliminated in the semifinals in 2013-14 after winning European club football's elite competition the year before and Robben is desperate to bring back the trophy to Munich once more this term. "Bayern Munich should be aiming for the Champions League final again," Robben told Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

Published Date: September 18, 2014
FA chief backs video replays

Video replays to help football referees in key decision-making moments such as awarding penalties received the backing of England's Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Wednesday. Dyke told Sky Sports News: "I for instance would allow a referee to go straight to the cameras (replay) for a penalty but you can't do that for every decision or the match would never finish. "In 10 years' time I think we will look back and think 'wasn't it quaint we didn't use technology...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Tigers battle for survival

Tigers battle for survival

Having been set an improbable target of 489 runs yesterday, survival will be the key for Bangladesh's batsman for the rest of the second Test at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. In their bid to achieve their target the Tigers reached a 114 for 2 at tea on day 4 yesterday. After the...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Booters eyeing 2nd round

Booters eyeing 2nd round

After Bangladesh's brilliant victory against Afghanistan in the group opener followed by the draw between favourites Uzbekistan and Hong Kong, the players are dreaming of making it to the 16-team second round of the Asian Games for the first time. With the initial target of beating Afghanistan achieved, the players are resolute about qualifying...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 17, 2014
'Incheon wickets to suit BD spinners'

Bangladesh's hopes of winning gold medals in the Asian Games centres mostly around cricket and the last edition's gold medallists are expected to get familiar pitches in Incheon. The seven newly-laid pitches at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, which are only six months old, tend to offer low but even bounce and turn for the spinners, according to Badiul Alam Khokon, the former curator of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium who is now in charge of preparing the pitches here. "The pitches at Yeonhui...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Wickets fall en masse

A topsy-turvy Day 3 at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium -- which witnessed 18 wickets fall -- saw both Bangladesh A and their Zimbabwe counterparts get bundled out yesterday. The hosts, who finished the day on 43 for 1, now need to score 61 more runs in their second innings on the final day to win the first of two four-day encounters.   With an overnight score of 162 for 3, the hosts were expected to amble past Zimbabwe A's...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
BCB Vps elected

Bangladesh Cricket Board directors Mahbubul Anam and AJM Nasiruddin were elected as vice-presidents of the executive committee yesterday following a board meeting at the BCB headquarters at Mirpur yesterday. There were three contestants who participated in the elections. Anam received 21 votes, Nasiruddin received 17 votes while Sheikh Jamal director Najeeb Ahmed won eight votes. Each of the 26 members of the executive committee were eligible to vote. President Nazmul Hassan Papon and two other directors did not vote. "It's a great...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
U-14 tennis

Three Bangladeshi players -- Lamisa Fabiha Suchona, Popy Akhter and Ety Akhter -- reached the girls' singles semifinals of the Bengal Group Asian U-14 Series Tennis tournament defeating their compatriots at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. In the quarterfinals, Suchona beat Srabonti Dev 6-0, 6-1; Popy beat Sanjida Sohana 6-0, 6-1 while Ety beat Raisa Haider (BAN) 7-6, 6-0. In the boys singles' matches, top seed Ali Dewani of Bahrain beat Navraj Brar of India 6-0, 6-0; Naimul Islam...

Action Test

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Shohag goes to Cardiff tonight

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will leave here for Cardiff tonight at 9:30 pm to undergo a bowling test that will reveal if the bowler's action is illegal. Gazi's action was reported after the second ODI against the West Indies. Speaking to The Daily Star, the off-spinner said that he was confident of passing the test. "I have not tried to do anything different. I just continued with my normal practice routine. My action was analysed by [National Game Development Manager] Nazmul Abedin...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
English face German challenge

English face German challenge

English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint German star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to his old club Ajax and Spanish giants Barcelona also in action.   BAYERN MUNICH v MAN CITY Five-time winners Bayern, who made a...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Four facts

UEFA CASH SCORE UP -- UEFA estimates that it will make gross commercial revenue of EUR1.34 billion ($1.73 billion) from the 2014-15 Champions League and the European Super Cup. Up to EUR530 million from commercial and media contracts will go to competing clubs. The winner of the final in Berlin next May will get EUR37.4 million on top of their market pool share. BAD NEWS FOR REAL MADRID -- In the Champions League era, no team has won the title two years...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Jose hails Cesc

Jose Mourinho has hailed Cesc Fabregas has the driving force behind Chelsea striker Diego Costa's blistering start to the season. Costa has adapted seamlessly to life in the Premier League following his £32 million ($53.1 million) move from Atletico Madrid in the close-season and the Spain international took his goal tally to seven from just four matches with a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea on Saturday. Blues boss Mourinho is delighted with Costa's predatory finishing and combative style, but...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Div I T20 cricket

Rubel Hawladar hit 72 as Bangladesh Boys posted a 30-run victory over Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the First Division T20 tournament at the Fatullah Outer Stadium yesterday. The opener smashed ten fours and one six during his 53-ball knock as Bangladesh Boys scored 174 for seven in 20 overs. Eskaton struggled to cope and were bundled out for 144 runs. Young Pegasus (112-5) beat Dhaka Wanderers Club (111-8) by five wickets at BKSP, Agrani Bank (120-6) defeated Cricket Coaching (63-5) by...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Afridi remade T20 captain

Pakistan on Tuesday re-appointed Shahid Afridi as their Twenty20 captain until 2016, three years after he was removed following a fall out with coach Waqar Younis and the cricket board. The 34-year-old all-rounder led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in 2010 and then to the same stage of the World Cup (50 overs) a year later. But after the tour of the West Indies in May 2011 where Pakistan won the one-day series 3-2, he developed differences with...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
MSC win, Abahani held

Mohammedan SC got their first victory under their belt in the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament while Abahani shared points against Brothers Union in the two matches to take place yesterday. Mohammedan, who were held to a goalless draw by Brothers Union in their opening match, beat Feni Soccer Club by 2-1 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Nizam gave Mohammedan a 22nd-minute lead, which was doubled by Sadek in the 70th minute. Jafor reduced the arrears for Feni in...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Zidane eyes France role

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane, currently coach of the Real Madrid reserve side, admitted Tuesday he would consider a coaching job with his native France. The former World Player of the Year worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant as Real won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season and is following in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola by beginning his career in management in the Spanish third tier. "I'm ambitious. Now I'm a coach I say to myself 'why not...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Pique backs attackers

Pique backs attackers

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Lionel Messi and Neymar have been in superb form in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign and is delighted to be playing in the same team as both attackers. The Brazil international netted two goals in his side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, with Messi providing the assist for both strikes, and Pique has hailed the duo's displays so far this term. "Messi and Neymar are as good as ever. They both have a lot of quality and when they connect it's amazing. They are two of the best in the world and they play together," the Spain defender said at a...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Booters stun Afghanistan

Booters stun Afghanistan

Bangladesh got off to a brilliant start in the Asian Games as they stunned South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan 1-0 in their Group B opener at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Captain Mamunul Islam struck the decisive goal in the 83rd minute of the match to give Bangladesh their first win in...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
'Best goal of my life'

'Best goal of my life'

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam termed yesterday's goal against South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan as the best goal of his career and the most significant moment of his football life. The 28-year-old midfielder ran straight to the Bangladesh dug out and celebrated with coach Lodewijk de Kruif and the rest of his teammates after driving a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box to beat Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar in the 83rd minute of the match, “This is the best goal of my career and probably the most significant moment of my life,” said the skilful midfielder who was soaked with emotions as he led his teammates into the dressing room at the...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Windies take lead past 300

Windies take lead past 300

Hosts West Indies took a firm grip of the second Test on day three yesterday as they bowled Bangladesh for a below-par 161—219 runs short of West Indies's first innings score-- at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia yesterday.  West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin decided against enforcing the follow-on and by Tea the hosts...