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A face-saving win

A face-saving win

After two massive defeats against Japan and Malaysia, Bangladesh hockey team got their first win of the Asian Games yesterday when they eked out a 2-1 win over Singapore in their Pool A encounter at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon yesterday. Pushkor Khisha Mimo and Khorshedur Rahman struck one goal apiece in the...

Baki breaks hearts too

Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki failed to carry his Commonwealth Games form into the Asian Games as the silver medalist of the...

Salma exudes confidence

Five days into the 17th Asian Games and none of Bangladesh's athletes have managed to inscribe their names in the medals...

Bindra bids shooting bye

Bindra bids shooting bye

India's lone individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra ended his career...

BD A gain upper hand

Pacer Shahadat Hossain along with young leg spinner Jubair Hossain Likhon put Bangladesh A on top against their Zimbabwean counterparts on the second day of the second and final four-day match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. Shahadat initiated the damage by taking the wickets of Tino Mawoyo and Regis Chakabva, while another pacer, Kamrul Islam, dismissed Vusimuzi Sibanda .18-year old Likhon then took three more wickets as the visitors finished the day at 91 for 6, in reply to...

Cook stays ODI captain

Alastair Cook is set to be confirmed as England's prospective World Cup captain when the selectors announce their squad to travel first to Sri Lanka for seven one-day internationals. That tour, in November and December, will be England's last before they set foot in Australia to begin their 2015 World Cup preparations in earnest. Unusually in anticipation of a squad announcement, the name which has been the subject of most conjecture is the captain's. Cook spent almost the entire home summer under...

Maruf's ban reduced

The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday reduced the suspension of celebrated coach Maruful Haque from one year to six months and waivered the monetary fine of Tk 30,000 in response to an appeal he lodged on September 11. The decision was taken at a meeting of the appeal committee headed by Abdul Muyid Chowdhury. The former Sheikh Russel coach was handed the suspension and monetary fine on August 23 for demanding the resignation of the entire professional league committee for allegedly...

Afridi, Akmal penalised for poor fitness

Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman and Raza Hasan are the four big names among the Pakistan players found to be below their optimum level of fitness by the Pakistan Cricket Board. They will each have 25 per cent of their monthly retainer docked for four months, starting with August's fee. At the end of the four-month period, they can have their fitness reassessed. The PCB had attached greater importance to fitness in its new contracts handed out to the...

Media Cup underway

It was a starry start for The Daily Star in the Kool-BSJA Media Cup six-a-side football tournament that began at the BFF artificial turf field in Motijheel yesterday. They recorded a 'facile' 1-0 win over Dainik Sangram with Abul Kalam Azad, a star cricketer and table tennis player, scoring the all important goal. In the day's other matches, reigning champions RTV defeated New Age 2-0, Channel 24 were 2-0 winners over Dainik Bortoman, Dhaka Tribune routed Dainik Naya Diganta 4-0 and...

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Fifty-fifty chance for Atapattu

Marvan Atapattu is still in line to become Sri Lanka's head coach, as the search for the job moved to its final stages, amid controversy. The coach-selection committee selected Atapattu as one of its two final candidates, but the meeting that arrived at those decisions was not attended by chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, who had resigned from his position in the committee late on Tuesday morning. The board has not named the other remaining candidate, but the coach-selection committee will...

AFC President's Cup

Russel need a win today

Russel need a win today

Sheikh Russel KC take on favourites Rimyongsu Club of North Korea in the final match of Group B in AFC president's Cup today, knowing that only an outright win will take them to the Friday's final. That match will begin at Bangladesh time 1:30pm at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. Both teams are on...

Barclays English Premier League

'Balotelli a good guy'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Monday that controversial striker Mario Balotelli had caused him no problems during his time at Anfield. The Reds signed the Italy forward from AC Milan last month and the former Manchester City player, whose first spell in England was marked by a bizarre series of off-field incidents, scored his first goal for his new club in last week's 2-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets. Then on Sunday, not for the first time in his career, Balotelli...

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'Lamps could get Chelsea send-off'

Frank Lampard's loan spell at Manchester City could come to an end with a game at his former club Chelsea on January 31, City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Tuesday. Lampard scored a late equaliser for City in their 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. It was his first appearance against Chelsea since he ended his 13-year association with the club in June. The 36-year-old former England midfielder is due to link up with parent...

Barclays English Premier League

Death by Lampard

A 24-year-old Chelsea fan died of a heart attack after watching former club legend Frank Lampard score an equaliser for Manchester City against his team at the weekend. Fahad Musana was reportedly watching the match in a video hall in Uganda, and collapsed when Lampard scored late to make it 1-1 in the crucial Premier League clash. His friends rushed him to hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Musana was a professional footballer himself for Simba FC in the Ugandan...

No room for Tevez

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was called up Monday by new coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again. Messi, 27, returns for the Albiceleste after a groin injury saw him miss out on his former Barcelona coach Martino's debut in a 4-2 friendly win against world champions Germany. Tevez was absent from the 19-man squad named Monday despite earlier press reports that he was set to return after three years in...

Valencia up to second

Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month's 5-1 Euro 2016 qualification victory against Macedonia, fired Valencia ahead in the seventh minute at Getafe's Coliseum stadium in the Madrid suburbs. Midfielder Andre Gomes made it 2-0 in the 20th minute. Striker Rodrigo had an eventful second half...

Tajik booter fails drug test

A Tajikistan footballer has become the first drug failure at the Asian Games and will be kicked out of the event, a source told AFP Tuesday. The player was not identified but details were due to be announced later. "It's a confirmed case," the source said. Tajikistan's men's team are to play Iraq in the football second round on Thursday after two wins and a loss in qualifying Group C. The Asian Games has previously been hit by doping cases, notably in...

Portugal appoint Santos

Fernando Santos was on Tuesday named as the new coach of Portugal, succeeding Portuguese compatriot Paulo Bento. Santos, who will be 60 next month, is a former coach of Greece, whom he took to the quarterfinals of the 2012 European Championship and the round of 16 in the World Cup in Brazil. Santos quit Greece after the World Cup, his post taken up by Claudio Ranieri. His final game in charge was tinged with sadness as he was sent from the touchline...

FIFA plans concussion breaks

World football's governing body FIFA on Tuesday announced plans to allow referees to halt matches for three minutes so that players suspected of sustaining a concussion can be assessed. The issue of concussion in football has made recent headlines following high-profile cases at the World Cup in Brazil, notably an incident that involved Germany's Christoph Kramer during the final. After discussion with team doctors and confederations, FIFA's medical committee is to submit a proposal to the body's executive committee in order...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 23, 2014
'We should have won'

'We should have won'

Syrian referee Hasoud Tufayelieh's long whistle at the end of 90 minutes at the Hwaseong Main Stadium brought most of the Bangladesh players down on the greenish pitch. Along with the match, the shrill sound brought an end to their dream playing the round of 16 in the Asian Games for the first...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Shattered dreams

Bangladesh's dream of qualifying for the second round of the Asian Games were shattered as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Hong Kong in their last group match at the Hwaseong Stadium in Incheon yesterday. The charges of Lodewijk de Kruif dominated proceedings from the beginning with crisp passing and ball control against a higher-ranked Hong Kong, who were happy to sit back and hit on the counter as they needed just a draw to advance into the knockout stage....

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 23, 2014
China shoots to world record after drama

China shoots to world record after drama

China's women set a world record in the Asian Games' 10m air rifle team event Monday after one of their shooters was disqualified but then reinstated following a heated appeal. Yi Siling, Wu Liuxi and Zhang Binbin combined to score 1,253.8 points -- just 0.1 points ahead of the previous mark of 1,253.7, also...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Highest game 'hardest test'

South African cricket legend Makhaya Ntini learned to play barefoot before being talent spotted and handed a pair of boots, and he knows about bowling on a bumpy pitch. Now he says he faces his "hardest test:" playing the world's highest game of cricket near the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet). Once a herder in a rural area of the Eastern Cape, Ntini was the first black African to represent South Africa at cricket, making...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Nafees hits 50 on rain-hit day

Former national opener Shahriar Nafees scored a half-century on the first day of the second four-day match between Zimbabwe A and Bangladesh A at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah yesterday. The continuous rainfall throughout the day meant that meant that only 21.2 overs of play was possible on day one. After being put into bat, the hosts finished on 88 for no loss. Nafees scored nine boundaries in his 58 while Sadman Islam scored 18 runs off...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Media Cup football starts today

The Kool-BSJA Media Cup Six-a-Side Football Tournament, organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA), will begin today at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel. Twenty-five teams from print and electronic media, split into eight groups, will take part on league basis matches. Later, the eight group champions will play in the quarterfinals. Former captain of national team Aminul Haque and head of the marketing of the meet's sponsor Square Group Malik Mohammad Sayed were present at the day's ceremonial draw and...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Ratna leads shooting debacle

The seven-month long intensive training for the Bangladesh shooters under a South Korean coach has seemingly yielded no rewards as the female shooters produced frustrating performance in the 10m Air Rifle event of the Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range yesterday. Though not pronounced, there was some hope centring the top female shooter of Bangladesh, Sharmin Akter Ratna, due to her success in the South Asian Games and Commonwealth Shooting Championship and especially after she made it to...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Bindra quitting pro career today

India's lone individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra plans to leave full-time shooting after competing in his favourite 10m air rifle event in the Asian Games on Tuesday. "Tomorrow will mark the end of my professional shooting life!" Bindra, 31, tweeted on Monday, adding "I will however still shoot, compete as a hobby shooter training twice a week." Bindra earned the honour of being "one in a billion" when he won the 10m air rifle title at the Beijing Games in...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Abahani, Brothers held

Abahani and Brothers Union dropped points after drawing their respective matches of the Airtel Under-18 Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Brothers Union were held to a 1-1 draw by Uttar Baridhara. After a barren first half, Dipta scored for Brothers Union in the 66th minute while Harun restored parity in the 76th minute. In the second match, Abahani played out a goalless draw against Feni Soccer Club.

LFP

Published Date: September 23, 2014
5-star Barca

5-star Barca

Barcelona overcame a missed penalty from Lionel Messi to return to the top of La Liga with a 5-0 win away to 10-man Levante on Sunday. Neymar opened the scoring with a simple finish from Messi's through ball before the Argentine star missed from the spot for the 12th time in his career after...

LFP

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Ancelotti stays cautious

Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their early-season stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 5-1 win against FC Basel in the Champions League last week and an 8-2 rout of Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Ancelotti, who is attempting to integrate new signings Toni Kroos and James...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Pellegrini blasts Chelsea

Manuel Pellegrini blasted Chelsea as a "small" team and predicted more to come from Frank Lampard who scored against his former club in a tense 1-1 Premier League draw. Lampard, 36, has joined City on loan from MLS side New York City until the new year after ending his 13-year stay at Chelsea in pre-season. The midfielder, who called time on his England career last month, was a substitute at half-time as he made his debut in the 2-2 draw at...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Cloud over 2022 WC in Qatar

Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA. "I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," Zwanziger said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus. The former head of the German football federation (DFB) cited high summer temperatures as the reason Qatar would lose the right to host football's global showpiece. "As Mr...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Police probe racist tweets to Balotelli

Police are investigating potentially racist tweets towards Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after the Italian used the social media site to poke fun at Manchester United following their 5-3 loss at Leicester City on Sunday. The often outspoken Balotelli, long the subject of racist abuse in Italy, wrote "Man Utd LOL" (laughing out loud) - prompting a deluge of negative replies with some Twitter users using the term "monkey". The posts later disappeared. "We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Ronaldinho on target for Queretaro

Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho scored his first goal for new club Queretaro when he converted a penalty early in the game to set them on their way to a 4-1 win at ten man Guadalajara in the Mexican Apertura championship. Queretaro were awarded the penalty in the fourth minute after former Mexico and PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido blocked Camilo Sanvezzo's goalbound shot on the line and was sent off. Despite missing a penalty on his debut for...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Looking for a miracle

Looking for a miracle

Bangladesh will be looking forward to creating a small piece of history when they face Hong Kong in their last Group B match of the Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex in Incheon today. The match will start at 2pm Bangladesh time. Having never qualified for the second round in the Asian Games,...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Caesar's redemption

Caesar's redemption

Gymnast Quazi Syque Caesar has put years of frustrating performances behind him as he reached the final round of two events in the Incheon Asian Games yesterday. The USA-based gymnast, who failed miserably in the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, put up a scintillating show at the Namdong Gymnasium yesterday to reach the eight-man finals of parallel bars and nine-man finals of horizontal bar, which will be held on October 24 and 25 respectively. Caesar said he could sense that something good was going to happen when he landed perfectly on the floor from the parallel bars. “I felt really good when I landed perfectly. I could only...

17th Asian Games

Published Date: September 22, 2014
A late stumble

A late goal-rush saw Bangladesh hockey team stumble to yet another big defeat in the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium yesterday. This time it was Malaysia, who pumped in four goals in the last quarter of their Pool A encounter to inflict a 5-1 defeat on Bangladesh, who had earlier lost their opening game against Japan 8-0. However, Bangladesh showed signs of recovery after a horrendous start as they held Malaysia 1-1 until the game had entered the...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
'For your country it has to come from within'

'For your country it has to come from within'

Bangladesh's debacle in the West Indies can be attributed to a number of reasons. The lack of longer version games, dead wickets in the first-class circuit and the low morale created due to the series of defeats this year are just a few. However, according to Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak, it's the lack of 'physical preparation' that tends to hurt players the most. While a poor first-class system does contribute to that aspect, the former Zimbabwe all-rounder reckons that it also comes down to individual training.   “It all comes down to being a real professional. Your training; your diet; your rehab; improving your physical conditions when you're off cricket; the...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Watson to miss Pakistan Tests

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was Sunday ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury. The injury-prone Watson was recovering from an ankle he sprained in training which forced him out of last month's tri one-day series in Zimbabwe when he suffered complications. "While Shane has made steady progress with his rehabilitation he has suffered a setback, experiencing some right calf soreness," national team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "As Shane has previously had...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Adithiya champion

Top seed Adithya Karunaratne of Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh's Fabiha Lamisa Suchona in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) to clinch the girls' singles title of the Bengal Group Asian Under-14 tennis Series which concluded at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. The match, rescheduled from Saturday due to inclement weather, lasted little as the top seed cruised to victory without dropping a single game. Bangladesh Tennis Federation's general secretary Abdur Rahman distributed prizes among the participants after the end of the...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
National chess

Four players shared joint lead with two points after the second round of the Berger Paints National Chess championship yesterday. The leaders are: GM Enamul Hossain, IM Minhazuddin, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed and Uten. Defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib drew against GM Niaz Murshed in the second round at the Bangladesh Olympic Association after 18 moves while GM Ziaur Rahman beat CM Sohel Chowdhury after 28th move. In the other matches, Enamul Hossain beat FM Aminul Islam; Minhazuddin beat CM...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Ivanovic wins Pan Pacific title

Ana Ivanovic charged the net repeatedly to overcome US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Sunday. The 26-year-old Serb needed 99 minutes to win the battle of the former world number ones, stretching her head-to-head tally of wins over the second-seeded Dane to five-two. "It was so hard physically. We had a lot of long rallies but to win the title is amazing," said the third-seeded Ivanovic, who had...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
S'pore GP goes to Hamilton

British driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to take the lead in the Formula One drivers championship from his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who failed to finish with electrical failure. Rosberg turned up for the Marina Bay street circuit night race 22 points clear of pole setter Hamilton. But the German endured a wretched time, his car failing to set off for the warm-up lap from second on the grid. He eventually started from the pitlane, but retired...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 22, 2014
No end to United's misery

No end to United's misery

Louis van Gaal's difficult start to his time as Manchester United manager continued as Leicester City sensationally came back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League encounter on Sunday. The visitors were on course to give the Dutchman his first away victory and second league win as United manager following...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Roma go top

Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi hit one apiece for Roma in a 2-0 win over Cagliari that sent the Giallorossi to the top of Serie A thanks to superior goals difference on Sunday. Champions Juventus had gone clear of the pack thanks to a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Saturday when Carlos Tevez's 71st minute strike made the difference between the sides at a packed San Siro. However Roma, 5-1 winners over CSKA Moscow in midweek, continued their fine start...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Tevez sinks Milan

Tevez sinks Milan

Carlos Tevez scored his fourth goal in a week to hand champions Juventus a precious 1-0 win over Milan at a packed San Siro on Saturday. Milan had taken full points from their opening two matches under new coach Filippo Inzaghi following two horrendous campaigns under Allegri and Clarence Seedorf. But after a promising first...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
FA Chairman 'gifted' six watches

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he has received six watches since taking over the role in July 2013. Dyke, 67, made the revelation after the controversy of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) giving away £16,000 watches at the 2014 World Cup. "I've been given about six watches since I took over at the FA and I don't use any of them. I don't like the culture of present giving in football," Dyke said. CBF's sponsors gave the watches to 32 association...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Atletico held again

It was another frustrating night in the capital for Atletico as they were held for the second time in four games this season. The hosts were shocked 19 minutes in when Pablo Hernandez produced a moment of genius to backheel Carles Planas's cross past Miguel Angel Moya. Diego Simeone's men had to rely on their efficiency from set-pieces to dig themselves out of trouble as Miranda prodded home Koke's free-kick before Diego Godin powered home a header from Gabi's corner to...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Bernabau naming rights for sale

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted on Sunday that the club are in negotiations with 10 companies for the naming rights of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The European champions are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of a planned 400 million euros  redevelopment of the stadium. "We are looking for a sponsor," Perez said as Real's accounts for last season were approved by the club's members. "At the moment we are negotiating with 10 companies to see if one is...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
'Once in a lifetime goal'

Paderborn midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp scored a "once in a lifetime" 80-metre goal on Saturday which helped his team stay top in Germany. Stoppelkamp scored his extraordinary long-range special in the third minute of injury time against Hanover with a shot from just outside his own box. "I didn't know that I could even shoot that far," said the 27-year-old who found the net after Hanover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler had been up in the Paderborn area hoping to score a stoppage-time equaliser. "The...