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'Excited to be back in national colours'

'Excited to be back in national colours'

The arrival of Shakib Al Hasan brought some excitement to the last day of the two-day players' transfer for the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.  The news spread quickly that the ace all-rounder was heading for the country's premier venue after the uncertainty regarding his transfer process was solved by the ruling of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon, which allowed Shakib to choose his team as a...

U-23s aim at series sweep

U-23s aim at series sweep

Fresh from a single-goal win over the Nepal U-23 team, Bangladesh...

Tigers eye Tests

The Tigers' limited-overs campaign ended with the one-off T20 International called off due to incessant rain after 17 minutes of play...

Sachin backs ISL

Sachin backs ISL

Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday threw his weight behind the...

Sharapova, Wawrinka battle thru' to 3rd Rd

French Open champion Maria Sharapova and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka survived some shaky moments Wednesday to book their third-round berths at the US Open. Sharapova, who lifted her fifth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year, fought back from a set down in a gritty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over 95th-ranked Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. Sharapova and Wawrinka were the day's headliners as two-time defending women's champion Serena Williams and the top men Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray...

Zimbabwe A itinerary announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) released the itinerary of the Zimbabwe A team's tour of Bangladesh yesterday. The second string Zimbabwean side will arrive in Dhaka on September 10 and fly for Cox's Bazar the very next day where they will play the first four-dayer against their Bangladesh counterparts at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium from September 14. The second four-day match is slated for September 21-24 at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium, where the two teams will also play three...

Gamage given women's cricket reins

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed former Sri Lanka paceman Janak Champika Gamage as the national women's team's head coach. The 50-year-old Gamage, who represented Sri Lanka in four ODIs, arrived in Dhaka yesterday to start his tenure after BCB gave him a one-year term. Gamage is a familiar face in Bangladesh cricket as he played with distinction in Dhaka Premier League for Wari, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Kalabagan between 1987 and 2000. In 2006 he returned to Bangladesh and...

4 share lead

Four players shared the lead in the 40th National B Chess Championship at the close of the fourth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday. They are IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed, FM Debaraj Chatterjee and FM Mehdi Hasan Parag, who have now maximum four points from as many games. Five players -- FM Aminul Islam, Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, Saiful Islam Chowdhury, Delwar Hossain and Mohammad Sagar -- were jointly in second position with 3.5 points...

Walton boxing underway

Walton 13th National Men's Intermediate and the First Junior Women's Boxing Championships got underway yesterday at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium with some 116 boxers fighting it out for 11 gold medals. The Men's Intermediate featured 86 boxers, who will fight in six different categories -- 46kg, 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg and 69kg -- while the junior women's section comprised five categories: 36kg, 40kg, 50kg and 55 kg. On the opening day, all preliminary rounds were held after deputy sports minister...

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RONALDO Europe's best

RONALDO Europe's best

Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA's Best Player in Europe on Thursday. Ronaldo scored 17 goals in all as Real won the title for the 10th time. The Portuguese was presented with the award in Monte...

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool draw Real

Liverpool draw Real

Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday. But the most mouth-watering draw saw 2013 champions Bayern Munich paired with Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E. It is the...

Barclays English Premier League

Arsenal through, Napoli crash out

Arsenal through, Napoli crash out

A goal by Chilean star Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal scrape into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday as they beat a plucky Turkish outfit Besiktas 1-0 in their play-off second leg clash for a 1-0 aggregate victory. Arsene Wenger's side managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men -- like the...

Eto'o calls time on Cameroon

Cameroon's four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o confirmed on Wednesday that he was calling time on his international career just days after he was stripped of the captaincy of the national side. "I inform you that I am ending my international career... Thank you to all Africa, and to all my fans for your unconditional support," the 33-year-old forward announced on his Twitter account. Eto'o, who had not been named in Cameroon's 25-man squad for the qualifiers for the...

Alonso set to join Bayern

German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid, they said on Thursday. The 32-year-old midfielder, who on Wednesday announced his retirement from international soccer after winning one World Cup and two European championships with Spain, is considered as a replacement for the injured Javi Martinez. He can help orchestrate Bayern's game from his deep-lying position while also providing leadership with holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara both...

Rooney takes over from Gerrard

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will take over from Steven Gerrard as England captain, manager Roy Hodgson announced during a press conference at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. The 28-year-old forward has won 95 caps since making his debut against Australia in February 2003, scoring 40 goals, and was also named captain of United two weeks ago. He succeeds Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, who stepped down after England's group-phase exit at the World Cup, and will begin his tenure as permanent captain in...

Platini won't challenge Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini announced Thursday that he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the leadership of football's world body in an election next year. Platini told reporters he would concentrate on a new term in charge of Europe's governing body, leaving the path open for Blatter, 78, to win a fifth four-year term in charge of FIFA. Platini, who has called on Blatter to stand down next year and for change at the top of world football, said he told...

Tottenham sign Fazio

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Argentina defender Federico Fazio from Europa League champions Sevilla on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. "I'm really happy to be here at this club, this great club with very good players," the two-cap Argentina international told Tottenham's official Twitter account. "I come to Tottenham because I think it's a very good team, a very good club, very good fans. I know Spurs is a historic club in this country and league. This...

Giroud out for four months

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken tibia, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday. The France international was thought to have damaged his ankle after scoring a late equaliser in Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, but Wenger revealed that he had in fact broken his leg. "Giroud had surgery today for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Shakib return has CCDM stumped

Shakib return has CCDM stumped

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to lift Shakib Al Hasan's suspension from September 15 onwards has caused some hassles at the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metroploitan (CCDM), the organising committee of the Dhaka Premier League. The left-hander, whose six-month suspension was reduced to two months and eight days on Tuesday, will now be...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Pocket dynamo calls time

Pocket dynamo calls time

Whenever one takes a trip down memory lane to Bangladesh's two greatest one-day triumphs -- against Australia in Cardiff in 2005 and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean -- the now banned Mohammad Ashraful's name comes first, but not far behind is the diminutive figure of Aftab Ahmed. The...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Keeping feet on the ground

Despite a 1-0 win against Nepal U-23 side on Tuesday, the Bangladesh U-23 national team were keeping feet firmly on the ground and were focusing on the second and final international friendly which will be held at the Sylhet District Stadium on Friday. On their return to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) from after the match on Tuesday night, head coach Lodewijk de Kruif, captain Mamunul Islam, centre-back Atiqur Rahman Meshu and right-back Rayhan Hasan made brief speeches where...

US Open

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Teen power rules as Roger, Serena cruise

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the US Open on Wednesday, going down 6-3, 6-4 to China's Peng Shuai in the second round. Radwanska, the champion in Montreal in the run-up to the tournament, had also lost to the Chinese player at the same stage in New York in 2010. Her defeat continued her miserable record at the US Open where she has never got beyond the fourth round. Peng, the world number 39 who made the fourth round...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Raina ton sets up massive win

Suresh Raina's dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India's crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat by England in the preceding Test series. Raina's innings was the cornerstone of India's imposing 304 for six after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss. England, chasing a rain-adjusted 295...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
BFF seeks Japan's help

The Japan government wants to help the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) under the 'Sports for Tomorrow' programme, designed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. During a bilateral summit in May, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had held a meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who wished to extend his help Bangladesh's football development by providing training for national football coaches.     In this regard, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan's Senior Vice Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, held a meeting with state...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
AB masterclass topples 300 plus

AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday. The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe. It eclipsed the 187 put on...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Benaud from the bedroom?

Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on Test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. The 83-year-old former Australia captain has been absent from the commentary box since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee last October.

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Bolt's Indian innings

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first trip to India next week to play cricket against India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, organisers said on Tuesday. The cricket face-off -- titled 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends' -- is being organised by sportswear giants Puma and will take place at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on September 2. The format and details of the game have not been revealed. "Puma brings Usain Bolt down for a one-of-a-kind cricket...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Panyangara 'expelled'

Seamer Tinashe Panyangara has been removed from the Zimbabwe squad for the remainder of the triangular series for sharing an intimidating video of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson with his teammates. A Zimbabwe Cricket media release confirmed on Wednesday that Panyangara had been "expelled" from the Zimbabwe camp because of "indiscipline", but gave no further details. "The 28-year-old Panyangara has also been fined one match fee for his behaviour that the national team disciplinary committee found to be disruptive in the...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
MU humiliated by MK Dons

MU humiliated by MK Dons

Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and substitute Benik Afobe scored two goals apiece as United's defensive frailties were...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
'Di Maria is world class'

Manchester United announced on Tuesday that they have signed Argentina winger Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British-record transfer fee of £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros). The 26-year-old's move, on a five-year contract, shatters the previous British-record fee of £50 million paid by Chelsea to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011. "Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel di Maria has completed his transfer for a British-record fee of £59.7 million. Angel joins...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Alonso calls time on Spain

Alonso calls time on Spain

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. "I want to announce that my time with the Spanish national team has come to an end," he said in a statement. "The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Angel didn't ask to leave

Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) move to Manchester United. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had repeatedly stated over the past week that Di Maria had demanded an exit from the Spanish capital. The 26-year-old denied those suggestions, but did hint that the reason behind his departure had been the club's failure to give him an improved contract after his man-of-the-match...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Eto'o thanks Mourinho

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o said on Wednesday that there was no bad blood between him and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after completing his move to Everton. The 33-year-old scored 12 goals for Chelsea last season, but his relationship with Mourinho came under scrutiny after the Portuguese was caught on camera apparently casting doubt on Eto'o's age. At the time, Eto'o reacted by branding Mourinho a "fool", but after signing for Everton on a two-year contract, he said that he was happy...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Barca sign Douglas

La Liga giants Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira from Sau Paulo for an initial fee of four million euros ($5.2 million, £3.2 million), the club confirmed on Wednesday. The 24-year-old will sign a five-year deal and is expected to compete with compatriot Dani Alves for a place in the first team. The deal could rise to 5.5 million euros subject to the number of appearances he makes for the Catalans. "FC Barcelona and Sao Paulo FC...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Spurs snap up Dawson

Hull City announced on Tuesday that they have signed English centre-back Michael Dawson from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. Dawson, 30, has signed a three-year contract at the KC Stadium, having decided to end a nine-year association with Tottenham that saw him appointed club captain in 2012. "I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it," Dawson said on Tottenham's official Twitter feed. "I would like to say thank you to everyone...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Odds on van Gaal leaving slashed

British bookmakers reacted to Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup by slashing the odds on manager Louis van Gaal leaving the club. William Hill, who had been offering 66-1 against the Dutchman becoming the next Premier League manager to go, cut those odds to 12-1 on Wednesday. Corals, meanwhile, are offering 6-1 against him leaving by the end of his first season in England after United lost for the second time in three matches...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Donovan set for farewell

US all-time scoring leader Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the United States national team in an October 10 friendly against Ecuador, USA Soccer announced Tuesday. Donovan, a controversial absentee from US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster for the World Cup two months ago in Brazil, has a record 57 goals for the American squad. The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker announced August 7 that he would retire at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. His US...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Shakib to be back from Sept 15

Shakib to be back from Sept 15

Barely two-and-a-half months after slapping a six-month suspension on Shakib Al Hasan on disciplinary grounds, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) significantly reduced the left-hander's punishment. In a board meeting at Mirpur yesterday, it was decided that Shakib will be available for selection from September 15 onwards. However, the BCB's decision to not provide the...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Booters go 1-0 up

Booters go 1-0 up

Sohel Rana's 60th-minute strike gave the Bangladesh U-23 national team a 1-0 win in the first of the two-match SS Steel International Friendly Series against the visiting Nepal U-23 national team at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday. That one goal gave Bangladesh their first win at the international level since March 2013, when...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
A feel-good win

As soon as referee Jalal Uddin blew the final whistle, hundreds of schoolboys, allowed free entry to the Army Stadium, ran onto the pitch and hailed the victorious Bangladesh U-23 national team for their 1-0 win over their Nepalese counterparts. Head coach Lodewijk de Kruif and his deputy Rene Koster raised their hands and acknowledged the applause and cheer like rock stars acknowledging fans' adoration.   A win against Nepal may not be big news for sports enthusiasts in general,...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Ramdin & Bravo outclass Tigers

Ramdin & Bravo outclass Tigers

Tuesday morning was no different than any other morning of the year for Bangladesh fans as West Indies completed a 3-0 whitewash by convincingly beating Bangladesh by 91 runs in the third and final ODI at the Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday. Darren Bravo (124) and Denesh Ramdin (169), riding on early reprieves, heightened the visitors' agony on way to tearing up the record book during their 258-run third-wicket stand that gave the hosts their highest total of 338 for seven against Bangladesh, beating the 314 for six in Dhaka in October 1999. It was a daunting chase for a team that has lost its reputation as a competitive...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Lone T20I tomorrow

With the lone T20I against West Indies due to take place on Thursday morning at 6:00 am BST, the Tigers may take some comfort in the knowledge that their T20I run this year has been slightly better than their abysmal ODI record this year. Of the nine T20Is played, the Tigers have won two as opposed to a winless ODI record. Considering that one of their T20I defeats came against Hong Kong, the comfort seems short-lived. On the surface a...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Lankans level 1-1

Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Sri Lanka recovered from 194-6 to post a commanding 310-9 in their 50 overs after electing to bat, before dismissing Pakistan for 233 in 43.5 overs in the day-night match in Hambantota. Pakistan had won the first match at the same venue by four wickets last week. The decider...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Jovetic sinks Liverpool

Jovetic sinks Liverpool

Stevan Jovetic scored twice as champions Manchester City beat last season's runners-up Liverpool 3-1 on Monday in the first major showdown of the new Premier League campaign. Mario Balotelli was in the stands to watch new employers Liverpool take on former club City after completing his £16 million ($26.5 million, 20.1 million euros) move...

LFP

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Real cruise, Atletico held

Real cruise, Atletico held

Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start as they beat newly promoted Cordoba 2-0 at home, but champions Atletico Madrid were held 0-0 away to Rayo Vallecano on Monday. Without the Manchester United bound Angel di Maria, Real were also far from convincing at the Bernabeu but got the...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: August 27, 2014
MU break bank for Di Maria

MU break bank for Di Maria

Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) to sign Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid according to British media reports on Monday. Several media outlets, including the BBC, reported that United have finally sealed a deal for Di Maria after several days...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Mario glad to be back

Mario glad to be back

Mario Balotelli said he was glad to be back in the Premier League after the controversial Italy striker completed his £16 million ($26.5 million, 20.1 million euros) move to Liverpool on Monday. Balotelli left England in January 2013 when Manchester City sold him to AC Milan, but the 24-year-old endured a difficult time in...

US Open

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Ivanovic, Stosur advance

Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, the eighth seed, eased past Alison Riske of the United States, 6-3, 6-0 in a tie to reach the second round of the US Open on Tuesday. Australia's Samantha Stosur, the 2011 champion, went through with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lauren Davies of the United States. China's Zhang Shuai can only dream of the success achieved by the likes of Williams, Ivanovic and Stosur. The 32nd seed lost 6-1, 6-2 to Germany's Mona Barthel leaving...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Lampard ends England career

England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from international football after a career spanning 15 years on Tuesday. The 36-year-old's 106th and final cap for his country came on June 23 when he captained England in their final World Cup game against Costa Rica. Lampard said in a statement released by his management company: "I have taken the decision to retire from international football. "It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Everton eye Eto'o deal

Everton are moving closer to signing Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o before the end of the current transfer window, several British media organisations, including the BBC, reported Tuesday. The 33-year-old forward became a free agent at the end of last season following his release by Chelsea. Everton were reported to have held talks with the former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward last week. It was thought those discussions had broken down but the Liverpool Echo newspaper said discussions had re-started, with the Merseyside...