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Time to go for the kill

Time to go for the kill

The phrase 'kill or be killed' is an appropriate expression to describe Bangladesh's last series of the year, which begins today at Mirpur with the first Test against Zimbabwe. But it's not because the upcoming series -- a battle at the bottom of the Test ranking table -- is an event that the rest...

'Still not feeling any difference'

'Still not feeling any difference'

Mushfiqur Rahim may have spoken to the media after a month...

Dav surprise

Dav surprise

Former Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore surprised the Tigers when he...

Pakistan in command

Pakistan's spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred...

Nadal out of Paris Masters

French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the next week's ATP Paris Masters citing personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said Friday. The Spanish world number three is already guaranteed a place in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next month. The Paris tournament, often beset by withdrawals due to its position in the calendar at the end of the season, has also seen US Open champion Marin Cilic pull out with an arm injury and No.13...

Women's camp trimmed to 20

Bangladesh women team's Japanese coach Norio Tsukitate yesterday announced a 20-member squad for the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship with the inclusion of six players who participated in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at home. The U-16 players are defenders Masura Parvin and Khadija Akhter, midfielders Krishna Rani Sarker and Mishrat Jahan and striking pair Bipasha Mali and Lipi Akhter. Sanjida Akhter was also named in the senior squad but the girl from Mymensingh, who drew attention with her four goals in...

Pepsi Media Cup

Channel 24, Jamuna TV reach final

Channel 24 and Jamuna Television moved into the final of the Pepsi-DRU Media Cup cricket tournament beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. In the six-a-side competition, Channel 24 (78/2) defeated Alokito Bangladesh (66/2) by 12 runs before Jamuna TV (80/3) beat Ittefaq (70/3) by 10 runs in the second match. The final will be held on Monday.

Unfulfillment in Jessore

A raucous home support, a wealth of experience, a rich vein of form and a record-breaking early strike -- all those positives failed to lift Bangladesh as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a young and spirited Sri Lanka in the first of a two-match SS Steel International FIFA Friendly Series at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. Jessore was all geared up to witness a win for the hosts in the first international match to be held...

Wasteful Emily breaks record

Wasteful Emily breaks record

Veteran striker Zahid Hassan Emily became the highest scorer for Bangladesh when he scored his 17th international goal with a header against Sri Lanka at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. It should have been a moment of celebration for the 28-year-old striker, yet he was disappointed as the hosts were held to a...

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Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Lionel Messi can become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga this weekend when Barcelona travel to face Real Madrid. The Argentine is just one goal behind Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record of scoring 251 goals for Athletic Bilbao. Messi already knows the feeling of breaking a significant record at the Bernabeu. On his last visit...

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Messi eyes record in El Clasico

Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million euros) move from Liverpool after receiving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. The Uruguayan's temperament will be tested...

Clasico in Numbers

1The number of 'Clasico' victories Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has presided over in three meetings since taking over from Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season, a 2-1 win in April's King's Cup final. 18 The number of cards the most booked player, former Real and Spain defender Fernando Hierro, collected in official 'Clasicos' (17 yellow and one red). Real's current centre back Sergio Ramos has 14 yellow cards and two red. 21 The number of goals scored by...

Indian Super League

North East stun Mumbai

North East United FC produced a sound performance on both sides of the pitch as they downed ten men Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goals from Kondwani Mtonga and Felipe de Castro in the second half helped them to win three crucial points away from home as Pavel Cmovs was given his marching orders after picking his second booking in the 75th minute. Having enjoyed...

Zico alleges Pires assault

Organisers of India's Super League football tournament were on Friday investigating claims that former French international Robert Pires was punched on the face by a rival coach during a half-time scuffle. The incident reportedly took place during the break in Thursday night's match in Goa between Pires' FC Goa and Atletico Kolkata. An ISL official said both sides had informed organisers of what took place. Brazilian great Zico, who coaches FC Goa, said after the match that Pires mentioned he was...

Kavazovic irked

Sri Lanka coach Nikola Kavazovic knew that his side would be playing in front of a large and partisan crowd in Jessore. He had said it would be 'a learning experience' for his players during the pre-match press conference. But the Serbian was surely not prepared for what he saw, and neither was he amused. Among the 25,000-plus people inside the Shamsul Huda Stadium, there were a few thousand watching the match just from behind the bamboo fencing inside the...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Shakib-like confidence

Shakib-like confidence

"On paper Bangladesh is a better team than visiting Zimbabwe," was the encouraging statement made by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday, ahead of the start of the first Test tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. He said that the team is only thinking about victory in the series, which is very important...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Zim up to the challenge

Zim up to the challenge

It's no secret that the Tigers have pinned their hopes on their slow bowlers to deliver the wickets against Zimbabwe. One can label the match as a battle between Bangladesh's spin and Zimbabwe's batting. But Stephen Mangongo, the Zimbabwe coach, was not ready to accept the single-minded thought and referred to the flipside...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Sagor's eight in 8

The RMM Group 27th National Swimming Championships ended with two more national records on the concluding day at the newly-built Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj yesterday. Nayma Akter and the women's team of Bangladesh Navy set new marks in the 100m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay respectively, taking the overall records set to 15 out of 38 events settled in the four-day meet. Nayma of Bangladesh Navy erased Sonia Akter's record of 1:17.44 with a time of 1:17.32...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Jessore's taste of int'l football

Bangladesh take on a young and unknown Sri Lanka side in the first of the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series here today. The first international match to be held in this district town has created a lot of buzz among the football lovers here and a sell-out crowd is expected at the 12,000-capacity Shamsul Huda Stadium. The match will kick off at 3:15 pm and will be telecast live on BTV. There should also be a festive atmosphere inside the...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Biggest occasion since 1973

Jessore is all geared up to host its first-ever international football match today. The historic Shamsul Huda Stadium, which is said to have once hosted Dynamo Moscow against a Bangladesh team way back in 1973, is set to grab the headlines again as it stages the first of a two-match FIFA International Series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The 12,000-capacity stadium, which looks nondescript even by a district standard, was taking last-minute paintbrushes last evening to make it look attractive....

AFC U-16 Womens Championship

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Girls sign off with heads held high

Bangladesh girls might not have signed off from the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers with a victory -- losing their last game against Iran 1-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday -- but the unheralded Bangladeshi girls, with little exposure and with very limited facilities, have won the hearts and minds of the nation with entertaining displays of football that not only surprised their opponents but also their fans. Two wins and two defeats, that too by the slightest of...

BPL Fixing

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Case against ICC & BCB

Dhaka Gladiators Chairman Salim Chowdhury on Thursday filed a case against six people, including one Bangladesh Cricket Board and four International Cricket Council (ICC) high ups with a Chittagong court, accusing them of failing to a prevent a fixed match. The six high profile people sued are – ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson, ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chairman Sir Ronald Flanagan, its officials Joginder Singh, Dharambir Singh Yadav, Dhaka Gladiators coach Ian Pont and BCB Chief...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
UCBL to sell Zim series tickets

The tickets of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series will be available at the different branches of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) from Saturday. The minimum price for a day's ticket has been fixed at Tk 20 for the Tests and the most expensive tickets will cost Tk 1,000. For the ODIs, the prices will range between Tk 100 and 300. The tickets will be available at the bank's Dhanmondi, Bashundhara, Bijoy Nagar, Uttara and Mirpur branches in Dhaka; Muradpur, Dampara, Andorkilla and...

Action Remodelling

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Shohag to go to Malaysia

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will travel to Malaysia to remodel his bowling action under the supervision of Mohammad Salahuddin, the former Bangladesh fielding coach who is now a coach at a Malaysian university. "We have decided to send him to Malaysia for several reasons. We thought it would be better for him to work under Salahuddin who had successfully monitored Abdur Razzak during his suspension. Our other coaches are busy with the upcoming series, and another reason is that he will...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Real lesson for L'pool

Real lesson for L'pool

Real Madrid handed Liverpool a 3-0 Champions League reality check Wednesday as Arsenal struck twice at the death in a 2-1 win at Anderlecht to mark manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday in style. At Anfield, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 70th Champions League goal -- one short of the all-time record 71 held by Raul...

UEFA Championship

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Rodgers rages after Balotelli shirt swap

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield. Rodgers already planned to haul off Balotelli during the interval after growing frustrated with the latest in a growing list of lacklustre displays from the eccentric Italy striker since his August move from AC Milan. The former Manchester City star, who was replaced by Adam Lallana, hardly improved...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Kolkata turn it around

Atletico de Kolkata managed to comeback from being a goal down to win the tie 2-1 against FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Thursday evening. Andre Santos had put the home side ahead in the first half before Cavin Lobo struck twice in the second session to ensure that the Kolkata side remain unbeaten in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goa have now lost both their home games this season as they lie...

Season's First El Clasico Build-up

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Suarez's baptism of fire

After 122 days Luis Suarez will be free to take part in a competitive match again and not just any game, but the biggest one in world football when Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Much has changed since Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. He was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators the world over, handed a four-month ban from by FIFA...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Aussies begin reply solidly

Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday. Opener David Warner smashed a quickfire 75 and Chris Rogers was on 31 to take Australia to 113 without loss at close of play on the second day, trailing by 341 runs with all ten wickets standing. Warner hit seven fours and a six in his eighth Test half-century, his...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Costa in hospital

The mystery over Diego Costa's condition has deepened after it emerged that the Chelsea striker was forced to spend time in hospital after returning from international duty with Spain. Costa is struggling with a groin injury, but has also been battling an illness that forced him to go to hospital. Chelsea have not specified the illness and whether Costa is fully over it, but it is understood that the 26-year-old had symptoms similar to a severe stomach bug. That he...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Germany top of the pile

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a recent 2-0 loss to Poland and 1-1 draw with Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Spain's domination of several years however is most certainly on the wane as the reigning European champions drop to tenth The top three remain unchanged from September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. The 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil are sixth and Uruguay...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
ICC may suspend Windies

The ICC board will meet on November 10 with the implications of West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India certain to dominate discussions. While the ICC has released a statement expressing a hope "the matter will be resolved amicably", it appears that the potential consequences for the WICB could be catastrophic if the ICC's rules are applied to the letter. The worst case scenario is not only that WICB could see its participation fees for the 2015 World Cup reallocated...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Bangladesh’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim today said he would continue his effort to perform best at all levels of cricket despite losing the ODI captaincy.  “If our team is successful in the ODI matches, even though I am not captain, I will be the first one to be happy,” he told reporters in a...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe

Published Date: October 23, 2014
A choice by default

A choice by default

When selectors picked Shahadat Hossain for Bangladesh's first Test against Zimbabwe last week, analysts, journalists and even a number of cricket enthusiasts seemed to have had a brain freeze momentarily. Why would Bangladesh's selectors recall a bowler whom the think-tank had written off 19 months ago after a dreadful series against Sri Lanka? Is it his current domestic record? Not quite. Shahadat has played a total of ten first-class matches since he was dropped from the national squad in March last year.  He scalped eleven wickets in the Bangladesh Cricket League which finished earlier this year. While in the National Cricket League he picked 16 in five matches. His statistics are ordinary...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
'My heart is crying'

Bangladesh national team's departing coach Lodewijk de Kruif left here for the Netherlands yesterday morning with 'a broken heart' and with a hope of coming back to Bangladesh in future. “I'm very sad about it (departing), my heart is crying because I want to continue.  That is the feeling I have with my boys and my staff but in the middle of the process, we came to a point where we thought it was best to separate for this moment,”...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe Cricket

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Zim's practice ends in draw

The bowling attack which Zimbabwe faced in the drawn three-day practice match at Fatullah was not challenging enough for their batsmen to prepare for the three-match Test series against the home team. Bangladesh are expected to rely heavily on their slow bowlers to maximise the home advantage from the pitch in the upcoming series. Nevertheless, match practice always helps a team to accustom with the conditions and in this drawn contest, which is their opening and also the lone game...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Two records on Day 3

National records continued to tumble in the MM Group 27th National Swimming Championships as three new records were set on the third day of the four-day meet at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. The two records took the number of total records set over the three days, on hand timing, to 13 out of a total of 28 events settled. Mahfuza Khatun Shila and Nazma Khatun of Bangladesh Navy produced one record each while Navy's women's team...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Serena left red-faced

Serena left red-faced

Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world No. 1 Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one -- embarrassment. One of the game's all-time greats, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success. But on Singapore's purple indoor hard court on Wednesday, Simona Halep took her back 16 years to a time when, as a teenager, she was trying to make a name for herself. Halep's 6-0, 6-2 success in their Red Group clash at the WTA Finals was the worst defeat Williams had experienced since she was crushed...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Djokovic becomes a father

Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child - a boy named Stefan. ''Stefan, our baby angel was born!'' Djokovic posted on Twitter early Wednesday. ''I'm so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!'' On his website, Djokovic said the ''birth passed in the best way, and the baby and the mother...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Younis equals with Inzy

Younis equals with Inzy

Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch. At close, skipper Misbahul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine. Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan's record for most hundreds held...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
ICC to discuss Ind-WI crisis

The International Cricket Council said on Wednesday it was concerned at the stand-off between the Indian and West Indies boards, but would not intervene unless asked by the two parties. In a statement on its website, the world governing body said it was "closely monitoring the developments" which would be discussed at the ICC's Executive Board meeting in Dubai on November 10. The ICC, the statement said, is "concerned with the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
4th Sunnydale Games begin today

The 4th Sunnydale Games, introduced in 2011, will begin today at the Mohammadpur Physical College ground, with 36 English medium schools participating. Students will compete in six events -- cricket, football, basketball, handball, volleyball and table tennis. Apart from cricket and football, all events will feature both boys and girls' teams. Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Reverend Father RW Timm, CSC, will inaugurate the six-day sports carnival as the chief guest.

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history. A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
BHF to purchase school hockey gears

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation will hold next year's School Hockey Championship on a bigger scale covering all 64 districts. To make it a success, the game's governing body will purchase 1500 hockey sticks, 1200 balls, 320 shin-guards and 40 sets of goalkeeping gear,through an open tender and after the completion of the process, all of the gear will be distributed among the participating teams, said a BHF statement yesterday.

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Munich can still improve: Arjen

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League's group stages. The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday's romp at Rome's Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe -- matched only by their 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United in 2007. With the return leg in Munich in a fortnight's time, Bayern are now...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Sunderland players offer fans refund

Sunderland's embarrassed players have offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the long journey to the south coast only to see their side thrashed 8-0 by Southampton in the Premier League. More than 2,500 Sunderland fans travelled from the north-east to St Mary's for Saturday's match. But they will now be able to claim back the £24 ($39, 30 euros) they paid for their tickets or have that sum donated to the Grace House children's hospice in...

LFP

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Win more important than record: Messi

Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time La Liga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set the Brazilian up for the first goal against Ajax before striking the other in the 3-1 win to give him 69 Champions League goals, two short of Raul's...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Boxer Kos referee

Croatian Vido Loncar has been banned for life by his national federation after assaulting a referee following a bout at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb. The 18-year-old home fighter was stopped by Polish referee Mageja Dziurgota in his light-heavyweight clash with Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis on Monday, and initially returned calmly to his corner. But after the fight verdict was confirmed Loncar launched a vicious attack on Dziurgota, flooring him with one punch to the head before raining in a...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano netted the third quickest hattrick in Champions League history to help his side into a record 6-0 half-time lead away to BATE Borisov in Group H on Tuesday. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a penalty at the Borisov Arena and required just 12...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Champions League In Numbers

40: The second highest number of goals scored in a single matchday. The highest 44 goals were scored in a matchday in 1997. 7-0: Shakhtar beat BATE 7-0 to equal the biggest away win by Olympique Marseille against MSK Zilina in 2010. 5: Adriano equals Messi's record for most goals in a game.   17: Minutes taken by Luiz Adriano to score four goals setting a new record for the fastest 4 goal haul.