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After years of allegations of indiscipline of athletes during national and international sports events, the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has formed a two-member disciplinary committee on Thursday to monitor such allegations and to take appropriate measures against the perpetrators. The BOA nominated its vice president, also president of Bangladesh Cycling Federation, Mizanur Rahman Manu as the chairman and its executive committee member and general secretary of Bangladesh Athletics Federation, Ibrahim Chengis, as the member secretary of the committee. The committee will prepare a list of cases of indiscipline from the recent past from 24 sports federations and will recommend their findings to the executive committee. It was learnt that based on the findings of the committee, the BOA will hand out punishments to players and officials found guilty of gross indiscipline. “The disciplinary committee will look into all the allegations in recent times, both in international and national meets,” Manu told reporters yesterday. “Actually the BOA formed the committee to make sure that no such indiscipline occurs in future.” The formation of the committee comes hot on the heels of incidents during the Incheon Asian Games in October this year, where a karate player named Shamim Osman escaped from the...

Johnson makes it 2-0

Johnson makes it 2-0

Mitchell Johnson inspired Australia to a four-wicket win over India to...

Maruf to stand in Busan friendly?

Despite serving a six-month suspension of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club coach Maruful Haque may guide his side...

Steyn blows WI away

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indian batting to send the tourists crashing to a humiliating defeat...

World's oldest player extends

World's oldest player extends

Former Japan international Kazuyoshi Miura agreed to extend his contract for another season at Yokohama FC, with his new deal taking the striker beyond his 48th birthday. Already acknowledged as the oldest active professional player, Miura this week signed a new contract having already made four appearances for his club this season.       -...

Shakib seeks NOC for Big Bash

Shakib Al Hasan is likely flying to Australia in the first week of January to play in the Twenty20 Big Bash League. The all-rounder visited Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) headquarters in Mirpur yesterday to have a discussion regarding his no objection certificate (NOC), but was not ready to disclose his chosen team's name to the media. Shakib previously played in the league for Adelaide Strikers, however according to sources, he may play for Melbourne Renegades this season, but the Bangladesh all-rounder...

Rajin century guides Partex

A century from veteran top-order batsman Rajin Saleh led Partex Sporting Club to an 88-run win over Old DOHS SC at Fatullah in the Relegation League of the Dhaka Premier League yesterday. Rajin shared a 132-run stand with opener Jony Talukder for the second wicket and helped his side post 269. Rajin remained unbeaten on 107. He hit ten fours and two sixes in his 128-ball knock. Talukder provided ample support with a 109-ball 93. In reply, Old DOHS slumped to...

Non-veg diet angers India

Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes's death, India team's relations with Cricket Australia are turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu. Apparently they have been unhappy with the food provided to the visitors ever since they landed here. The team was very unhappy about the food provided at Glenelg Oval for the two practice matches and the...

NSC to start stadium renovation

The National Sports Council is finally set to start renovation work of the Bangabandhu National Stadium and the Sylhet District Stadium, which will jointly host the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament, from January 16 to 27. Engineers of the NSC will inspect the Sylhet venue today, which requires repair work on floodlights, VIP stands, security gates and press facilities, informed NSC secretary Shibnath Roy. While most of the renovation work will be in the Sylhet venue, the floodlights at BNS...

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Morgan to captain

Eoin Morgan has replaced the out-of-form Alastair Cook as England's World Cup captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday. Cook has scored just one fifty in his last 22 one-day innings for England and has paid the price for failing to stop the rot during his country's recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka. Morgan will lead the side for the tri-series in Australia after Christmas and then the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in...

Barclays English Premier League

City storm Palace

City storm Palace

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move level with Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Radamel Falco earned Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. City were missing Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic due to injury, but they secured an eighth consecutive win in all competitions thanks to David...

Indian Super League

Kolkata crowned champions

In a stunning finish to the Indian Super League (ISL), Atletico de Kolkata scored the only goal in the final against Kerala Blasters FC deep into stoppage time to become the first ever champions of the tournament. Mohammed Rafique's headed goal from a corner kick in the fourth minute of added time sealed the historical win for the Kolkatans.   The Kolkata outfit struggled to get into the game and started second best as it was the southern side which...

Bundes Liga

Bayern leave it late

Bayern Munich claimed two Bundesliga records on Friday as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored in their 2-1 comeback win at Mainz which left them 14 points clear. Pep Guardiola's Bayern have conceded only four goals so far this season to break their own joint record of seven from the 2012/2013 season which had matched Stuttgart's previous best mark from the 2003/04 season. With 14 wins from 17 matches and three draws, Bayern have taken 45 from a possible 51 points...

Crisis over: Blatter

Sepp Blatter declared FIFA's crisis to be over on Friday and said he would not abandon soccer's governing body. "We have been in a crisis (but) with the decision of the executive committee today, the crisis has stopped," the 78-year-old Swiss told reporters. "If there are problems inside FIFA as we have faced, then it's not the moment for the president, the man at the helm of FIFA, to say he will abandon his work." "Every day, hundreds and thousands of football...

Lega Calcio

Hernanes set to return

Brazilian midfielder Hernanes could return for Inter Milan when Roberto Mancini's side host high-flying Lazio on Sunday looking to continue their pursuit of a third place finish in Italy's Serie A. Inter claimed their first win under Mancini since the coach's return to the club in a 2-0 win at Chievo last week. Although Inter are 19 points behind leaders and champions Juventus, who beat Cagliari 3-1 Thursday in a fixture brought forward due to Italian Super Cup commitments in Qatar,...

AAB's new committee

A new executive committee of the Alumni Association of BKSP (AAB) has been formed, with former hockey player Nurur Rahman Durbar made president and former footballer Rafiqul Islam Sidddiqui the general secretary. Former national cricket team captain Naimur Rahman has been named as chief advisor while national hockey coach Mamunur Rashid, former fielding coach of national cricket team Mohammad Salahuddin, Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan were the other advisors to the new committee, which will...

Hart signs new deal

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart signed a new contract on Friday which will keep him with the Premier League champions until 2019. City manager Manuel Pellegrini had revealed earlier this month that talks with Hart were approaching a successful conclusion and the England international has now been rewarded with an improved deal. The 27-year-old has reestablished himself as City's number one over the past year after being dropped by Pellegrini for a short spell following a series of errors in the...

LFP

Suarez opens account

Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal and Lionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona moved to within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 thrashing of Cordoba in their final game of the year on Saturday. The hosts got off to a flying start as Pedro Rodriguez, once again deputising for Neymar, opened the scoring with a smart finish from Ivan Rakitic's wonderful through ball inside two minutes. Barca then struggled to build on their lead for the...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Tk 28 crore for int'l events

The finance ministry is expected to allocate Tk 28 crore for different sporting disciplines and events this fiscal year.  According to a government official the fund will help athletes take part in international contests and will also help the federations and the Bangladesh Olympic Association to host events. National Sports Council (NSC) secretary Shibnath Roy stated that the NSC had submitted a budget of approximately TK 48.5 crore, of which TK 28 crore is expected to be allocated by the...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Smith ton gives Aussie the edge

Smith ton gives Aussie the edge

India were fighting back after Australia gained a 97-run innings lead on the back of another century from new skipper Steve Smith in the second Gabba Test on Friday. The tourists had cut the deficit back to 26 runs by the close on the third day at 71 for one with Shikhar Dhawan on 26 and Cheteshwar Pujara not out at 15. The day belonged to the Australians, trailing by 187 runs at the start but piling on 258 runs for the last four wickets with Smith leading the way. Smith posted his second ton of the series and Johnson a swashbuckling 88 off 93 balls to give Australia the edge to...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Goading Johnson backfires

India paid a big price for goading Mitchell Johnson with the incensed paceman turning around the second Gabba Test with an explosive batting cameo. The tourists lit the fuse with their sledging of Johnson and bowling short to him and two hours later were left lamenting a smoking knock from the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Johnson came into bat with Australia shaky at 247 for six and still trailing India by 161 runs with four wickets left. He took to the...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Kruif may return for Gold Cup

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is thinking of bringing back Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif for a short stint with the national team ahead of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International football tournament, which is scheduled to take place from January 16 to 27 in Dhaka and Sylhet. Kruif and assistant coach Rene Koster's contracts were terminated by the game's governing body in October this year due to a 'lack of sincerity'.  The duo denied taking charge of the national football...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Proteas take charge

Proteas take charge

Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday. Philander took four for 29 as the West Indies were bowled out for 201 and forced to follow on, 351 runs behind South Africa's first innings...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Kiwis clinch ODI series

Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor hit half-centuries while paceman Matt Henry recorded career best bowling figures as New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Williamson's 97 and Taylor's 88 were the cornerstone of New Zealand's 275-4 before Henry's 5-30 helped dismiss Pakistan for 207 in 43.3 overs for a 3-2 series win at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Henry took the first three of the four wickets as Pakistan were struggling...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Mohidur's ban augmented

The suspension of Wari Club's joint secretary Mohidur Rahman Miraz has been extended to the confederation level by the chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disciplinary committee yesterday. The AFC disciplinary committee imposed the extension in accordance with sanctions issued by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Professional Football League Committee. Mohidur was suspended on August 25 from taking part in any kind of football-related activites in Bangladesh for one year due to his involvement in match-fixing during the Bangladesh Championship...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Banned for nothing!

Banned for nothing!

Dundee United's Paul Paton was banned for two matches for spitting at Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes, though both players denied wrongdoing. The allegations began flying after the final whistle when footage circulated online. Hayes then confirmed Paton had not spat at him through a tweet, but the ban was upheld anyway.    - INTERNET

Lega Calcio

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Juventus back to winning ways

Juventus back to winning ways

Reigning champions Juventus are certain to top Serie A at Christmas after a 3-1 win at Cagliari on Thursday in their final league game of 2014. Early strikes by Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal and a Fernando Llorente counter in the second half put Juve out of sight before Luca Rossettini got a goal...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Balotelli punished

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined £25,000 ($39,176) and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments. Balotelli had already accepted a charge of an aggravated breach of Football Association rule E3, relating to references of ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality or religion or belief, after his posting of an image of computer game character Super Mario on Instagram which included the words "jumps like a black man and grabs...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Reds seek Arsenal spark

Reds seek Arsenal spark

Liverpool will hope to draw inspiration from memories of last season's thrilling 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the teams resume hostilities in the Premier League at Anfield this weekend. Arsene Wenger's side were routed on their last trip to Liverpool's famous stadium in February, when a devastating four-goal salvo inside the first 20 minutes left the north London club reeling. It was the start of an 11-game winning run that took Liverpool to within sight of the title. Their subsequent collapse has been followed by a wretched start to the current campaign, with last weekend's chastening 3-0 defeat at Manchester United leaving them 18 points behind leaders Chelsea in 11th place. But having...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Atletico set up Real clash

Atletico Madrid will face holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup after a double from Mario Mandzukic sealed a 5-2 aggregate victory over lower league Hospitalet on Thursday. Ruben Alcaraz got both goals for Hospitalet who drew 2-2 at the Calderon against an Atletico side with most of their regular players rested following a 3-0 first leg victory. Mandzukic, who is suspended for the trip to Athletic Bilbao this weekend, pounced midway through the first half but...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Player replaces stolen gifts

Michael Wright (a season-ticket holder at Hearts) and his family awoke to find that the games and toys he and his partner had bought their five-year-old son for Christmas had been pilfered overnight by a thief. However, just as the family were beginning to despair about having their Christmas ruined, Wright was contacted completely out of the blue by a good samaritan who, in Michael's own words, “didn't know him from Adam.” The Samaritan in question was Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Neymar fit and ready

Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury and is available for Saturday's visit by Cordoba, Barcelona announced on Friday. The 22-year-old Brazilian striker had to sit out last weekend's trip to Getafe, and his presence was missed as Barca were held to a goalless draw. Neymar, who has scored 11 league goals this season and three in the Champions League, "trained normally" on Friday, the club announced. Success against strugglers Cordoba would lift Barca to within a point of leaders Real Madrid,...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Breno to join Sao Paulo

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno arrived in his native Brazil on Thursday and is set to return to his first club Sao Paulo after serving more than two years in prison for arson. The 25-year-old Brazilian was sentenced to three years, nine months in prison in July 2012 after being convicted of starting the fire which gutted his luxury Munich home in September 2011, but he was granted parole last week.

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Herath to miss first Test

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's first Test against New Zealand by the hamstring tear he suffered last week, team manager Michael de Zoysa has confirmed. Herath had damaged his upper, inner left thigh while training ahead of the fifth ODI against England, and though team management had initially been hopeful for a quick recovery, he will now likely be out for at least three weeks. "I think Rangana's struggling to make the second Test...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Cook set for sack?

Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England's one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener's miserable run of form, according to reports on Friday. Cook has scored just one fifty in his last 22 one-day innings for England and he has paid the price for failing to stop the rot during his country's recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka. England's selectors are reported to have decided to axe Cook as skipper at a meeting...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Good Japanese lesson

Good Japanese lesson

The gulf of difference between Japan's football and that of Bangladesh's was starkly exposed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as the national team of Bangladesh went 0-3 down against the U-21 side of that country in a Category 2 FIFA Friendly. The young brigade of the second-ranked Asian side, being groomed for the...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
'We failed to mark third attacker'

Despite keeping the Japan U-21 side at bay till the 60th minute on the face of an onslaught of attacks, the Bangladesh national team suffered a 0-3 defeat, thanks to three goals in the space of 15 minutes. The Bangladesh defenders thwarted numerous attacks in the first half, defending deep and resolutely, but as the game wore on, they struggled to contain the three-pronged attack of the Japanese youngsters. The Bangladesh defenders were especially guilty of failing to mark the...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Kalabagan safe for now

Abdur Razzak spun Kalabagan Krira Chakra to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against winless Old DOHS in the fog-curtailed Dhaka Premier Relegation League match at BKSP yesterday. The delayed start reduced the match to a 30-over per-side affair and veteran left-arm spinner Razzak claimed five wickets while pacer Shahadat Hossain took three wickets to dismiss DOHS for 115 runs. Kalabagan rode on Nasiruddin Faruque's unbeaten 46 to reach the target with eight wickets in hand. Kalabagan improved their tally to six points and...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Negre lays foundation of blue turf

International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre laid the foundation stone of the first ever blue synthetic turf at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. The Spaniard, who wrapped up his four-day visit to Bangladesh late last night, hoped the new blue turf would herald a new chapter in Bangladesh hockey. This is the third synthetic turf at the premier hockey venue of the country. The first one at this venue was installed in 1996 and the second one was...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Hashim hits double tons

Hashim hits double tons

South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 as South Africa piled up 552...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Smith strikes a balance

Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain led an Australian fight-back on Day Two of the second Test on Thursday. Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week's Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock. His intuitive stroke-making was again a delight and he danced down the wicket to club spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes over long-on in...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Mangongo sacked

Stephen Mangongo has been fired as Zimbabwe's coach just eight weeks before the World Cup. Mangongo's dismissal comes after the team lost all eight fixtures on their recent Bangladesh tour, which included three Tests and five ODIs. No replacement has been announced but Zimbabwe Cricket will hold interviews next week and unveil a new coach after Christmas. Mangongo, who had been in the position for five months, will be redeployed to work with the national Under-19 side because the administration...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Waqar wants a win

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels a win in the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday will give his team a boost for next year's World Cup. New Zealand levelled the five-match series 2-2 with a narrow seven-run win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, setting up an intriguing finale to the tour after the preceding three-match Test and two-Twenty20 series were shared 1-1. Waqar said the series would give Pakistan an idea on where they stand...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
ECB wants WC finals at Lord's

Lord's should host the 2019 World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recommended to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday. Lord's, which staged the World Cup final in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999, has also been put forward to host the women's World Cup final in 2017. The ECB also suggested to the ICC that the opening game of the 2019 tournament should be staged at The Oval, London with the semifinals to take place at Old...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January's mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said. Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title. "I'm disappointed I have to withdraw from the Hopman Cup as I was looking forward to returning to Perth to play with Alize," said the world number 12. "But a persisting injury to my arm...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Reus fined for driving offence

German international Marco Reus has been slapped with a record EUR540000 ($665,000) fine for driving without a licence, the daily Bild reported Thursday. "Today I know it: I was much too naive in this situation, it was a stupidity I have learned from," said the 25-year-old. "I've learned my lesson it will never happen again." According to Bild, the fine is a record in Germany for such an offence. The Borussia Dortmund player who is currently out with a right ankle injury was...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Germany at the zenith

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a slump in form since their rampant campaign in Brazil. The top three remain unchanged since September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. Up-and-coming Belgium are fourth ahead of their northern Neighbours the Netherlands while the humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil round off the year in a respectable sixth. Euro 2016 hosts France are seventh as Didier Deschamps' solid...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Serena, Novak top ITF awards

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the fourth time that Djokovic has taken the top award after he won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour finals and finished the year ranked number one in the world by the ATP. The 27-year-old Serb is one of only four men to be named ITF World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Spurs, Liverpool thru'

Spurs, Liverpool thru'

Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the League Cup semifinals with a 4-0 rout of Premier League rivals Newcastle United on Wednesday and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth. Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado were on target for Spurs against Newcastle who conceded four times...

Bundess Liga

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Dortmund stay put

Dortmund stay put

Ailing German giants Borussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga's relegation places after a battling 2-2 draw with second-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday. The draw leaves defending champions Bayern Munich 11 points clear at the top of the table. Dortmund twice let the lead slip, a piece of sloppy defending five minutes from time ultimately costing...

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