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Djokovic masters Raonic to reach Australian Open semis

Djokovic masters Raonic to reach Australian Open semis

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic blasted Canada's Milos Raonic in straight sets to make his fifth Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday. The top seed was in brilliant form in dishing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 hammering of the world number eight in two hours and will face defending champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in Sunday's final. Swiss fourth seed Wawrinka upset Djokovic in last year's quarter-finals on the way to winning the Australian Open for his first major title. This year Djokovic looks the player to...

Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open

Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open

A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova...

Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to...

Ivanovic sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final

Ivanovic sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Who you want to bat against?

Who you want to bat against?

The Tigers began their down under journey yesterday and enjoyed their first day of training, which was an eventful one. The batsmen practised in simulated match scenarios at the Allan Border Field; a small cricket ground in Brisbane. The simulation technology offers batsmen the luxury of choosing animation or video of a certain bowler...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Clarke, CA at odds!

Clarke, CA at odds!

Australia's attempt to win next month's World Cup and, potentially, the forthcoming Ashes in England, appears to be being threatened by a bitter, behind-the-scenes fallout between Michael Clarke and Cricket Australia. Clarke, the national team's captain, is facing a race to recover from a torn hamstring in time for Australia's second game of the...

Narine pulls out of World Cup

Narine pulls out of World Cup

If the dropping of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard followed by the one-sided ODI series defeat in South Africa were not enough, West Indies' worries ahead of World Cup 2015 have intensified with their premier spinner Sunil Narine deciding to pull out of the squad on Tuesday. Mystery spinner Narine decided to give...

Tigers' Venues Down Under

Tigers' Venues Down Under

We don't quite know how the venue selections are made but the Black Caps are meeting all of their opponents at a home ground. Meeting Bangladesh on March 13 in a home ground is not any different, either. In this case it is Hamilton's Seddon Park. New Zealand have lost to Bangladesh in...

Tragic

In another tragic incident on the field, 18-year-old Zeeshan Mohammed died after being struck on the chest by a cricket ball. Doctors at the Orangi Town general hospital said that Mohammed died from a heart seizure after he was struck by the cricket ball during a club match in Orangi town on Sunday. "He was brought to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival," doctor Samad at the hospital said. "We have been told he was hit on the chest by...

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Watto in doubt for tri-series final

All-rounder Shane Watson said Tuesday he was unsure if he would be fit for Australia's one-day international final against England or India but has no intention of missing the upcoming World Cup.

Walton 16th National Cricket League, 2015

Dhaka drown Barisal

Dhaka drown Barisal

The stark contrast in the first round of the National Cricket League continued on the third day as centuries poured in from one end while wickets fell at the other. Barisal was on the wrong end of this spectrum, which resulted in a heavy innings and 413-run defeat against Dhaka at the Sher-e-Bangla...

Smith sweeps most Border medals

Steve Smith on Tuesday capped a remarkable season by sweeping the main awards at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony, including Australian player of the year. The prolific batsman, who was promoted to national captain in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, also took out the one-day and Test player awards. He was a runaway winner for the Allan Border Medal -- judged on performances in Tests and one-dayers throughout the season -- by polling 243 votes, ahead of David...

Flabber-ghosted

Flabber-ghosted

A Pakistani cricketer on tour in New Zealand was hit for six when he saw what he believed was a ghost haunting him in his hotel room, the team manager said Tuesday. Haris Sohail was convinced a "supernatural" presence was haunting him when he awoke Saturday night to find his bed moving, team...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Sylhet tickets all sold out

Sylhet tickets all sold out

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Tuesday disclosed that tickets for the Sylhet-leg of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup football tournament have been sold out. The six-nation invitational tournament kicks off in Sylhet tomorrow, with hosts Bangladesh taking on the Malaysian Olympic team. According to the organisers, a total of approximately 70,000 tickets were allocated for four...

Europe wants 2022 revote

A report by the Council of Europe, adopted on Tuesday, has called on FIFA to revote on the "radically flawed" decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Damaging revelations concerning the bidding process mean that "FIFA cannot evade the obligation to hold a new vote," according to the draft resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). British Labour Party Member of Parliament Michael Connarty, who prepared the draft resolution, slammed a "farce" and "a clear...

Berdych finally fells Nadal

Berdych finally fells Nadal

For eight of the nine years they have shared a tennis court, Tomas Berdych has stepped up to the mark against Rafael Nadal knowing, in all probability, the merciless, magnificent Spaniard was about to be tear him to pieces. When the draw for the 2015 Australian Open dictated that they would meet again at...

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015

Aussies brace for Korea final

Australia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure as they downed United Arab Emirates 2-0 to set up an Asian Cup final against unbeaten South Korea on Tuesday. Quickfire goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first 15 minutes proved enough to put the 2011 runners-up in the frame for their first Asian title. The Emirates' star playmaker Omar Abdulrahman asked constant questions of the Socceroos at Newcastle's Hunter Stadium, but the visitors were unable...

PSG's Januzaj bid rejected

Manchester United have rejected an approach for Adnan Januzaj from Paris Saint-Germain, according to the teenager's agent. The French champions tried to buy the Belgian winger in last summer's transfer window and have contacted United again about taking the player, his representative Dirk de Vriese claimed.  “Yes, PSG have shown themselves to be interested this winter,” the agent told the French website Foot Mercato. “They directly contacted Manchester United for information.” Despite being heralded by David Moyes, the former United manager, as...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Composed Murray ends Kyrgios run to reach Australian Open semis

Composed Murray ends Kyrgios run to reach Australian Open semis

Andy Murray's used his greater experience to master exciting Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios and reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday, with the Scot content with where his game is at. The British sixth seed, a three-time runner-up, downed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in 2hr 5min and will face seventh seed...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Sharapova sets up Russian semi at Australian Open

Sharapova sets up Russian semi at Australian Open

The experienced Maria Sharapova slapped down young pretender Eugenie Bouchard Tuesday, dominating the ambitious Canadian to set up an all-Russian Australian Open semi-final with dark horse Ekaterina Makarova. The world number two, who could claim the top ranking from arch-rival Serena Williams if she wins the title, showed her intent by breaking the seventh...

Walton 16th National Cricket League 2015

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Two Dhakas on top

Two Dhakas on top

Rony Talukdar's run-fest continued as the Dhaka right-hander hit his maiden double century to slander Barisal at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Resuming the day on 103, the promising 24-year-old batsman ended with 227 runs, while out-of-favour Rokibul Hasan scored 145 as Dhaka declared their first innings at 591 for four with...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Shakib haircut an instant hit

Shakib haircut an instant hit

Close to two hundred thousand facebook users by yesterday evening 'liked' Shakib Al Hasan's post where he sported his new haircut. The left-hander's Mohawk almost instantly created quite a stir on his official facebook page. While a majority of his followers appreciated the new look, a few others preferred his older hairstyle. "If we can copy Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi's hairstyles, why can't we copy his? He is our local icon after all," wrote Mahmud Hasan, a comment that received close to a hundred likes. Some fans even posted pictures of themselves with Mohawks on the comments section and proclaimed their support for the world's number one all-rounder. "I already have a Mohawk...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: January 27, 2015
'Chokers' will come out as 'history-makers'

'Chokers' will come out as 'history-makers'

In a column written on the International Cricket Council's Media Zone, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith believed the current South Africa squad would have a new tag of 'the history-makers' associated with them. The word 'choke' is a term that has various connotations and also found significance within the sporting world. The history...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Low-key opening, colourful closing

Thursday's opening ceremony of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup international football tournament in Sylhet will be a low-key affair as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is keeping the main attractions for the closing ceremony in Dhaka on February 8. The opening ceremony, which will be staged an hour prior to the kick-off between Bangladesh and Malaysia at the Sylhet District Stadium, will be officially inaugurated by the finance minister and the chairman of the tournament organising committee Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.  The...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Tigers in Brisbane

Tigers in Brisbane

The Bangladesh national cricket team began their World Cup journey as they reached Brisbane yesterday morning. They will have a 14-day camp in the Australian city and play two practice matches. Those matches are scheduled to take place against domestic teams. Apart from these matches they are also scheduled to face Pakistan and Ireland...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Rain keeps India alive

India got from the game the two points they needed to keep their chances of making the final alive on Monday after persistent rain ensured only 16 overs were bowled. Looking at the overcast skies and the tackiness underfoot, Australia's returning captain George Bailey put India in, and saw India struggle to 69 for 2 in 16 overs. Shikhar Dhawan clocked another failure, scoring 8 before gloving Mitchell Starc to first slip while trying to open the face of the...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Baki 7th

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abdullah Hel Baki finished seventh among eight finalists in the 10m Air Rifle event of the Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait City yesterday. Baki scored 99.7 points in the final after having qualified in fifth position for with an aggregate score of 622 points. The other Bangladeshi participant, Shovon Chowdhury, failed to qualify for the final round finishing 13th in the qualification round.

Australian Open

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Sisters, Novak in qtrs

Sisters, Novak in qtrs

Dominant Novak Djokovic swept into the Australian Open last eight Monday as the Williams sisters displayed fighting qualities to stay alive, but the tournament ended for two-time champion Victoria Azarenka. The Serbian top seed was always in charge against unseeded Gilles Muller from Luxembourg, dictating terms in a testing 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 work-out to...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Riquelme hangs up his boots

Riquelme hangs up his boots

Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36 after a 18-year-long career. "It's a very important day for me because I have decided to no longer play football," he said in an interview with ESPN television. "After realising all my dreams with Argentinos (Juniors) and with Boca...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Korea surge past Iraq

South Korea stormed into the Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq on Monday, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago. Goals from Lee Jeong-Hyeop and Kim Young-Gwon did the job for the Koreans, who dominated a wet semifinal in Sydney to move a step closer to ending a title drought dating all the way back to 1960. They face hosts Australia or the United Arab Emirates this weekend in their first final appearance...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
PCB, players in pay dispute

Pakistan cricket authorities and players on Monday said they were working at resolving a potentially destabilising contract row a month away from the World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier this month announced it would extend existing annual contracts for another three months, apparently wanting to give the next set of long-term contracts on the basis of performances during cricket's premier tournament, which is this year hosted by Australia and New Zealand. But the players, including skipper Misbahul Haq, have...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Edimar plays for Ronaldo

Cordoba defender Edimar has called on the Spanish football association (LFP) not to hand Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo any further sanctions following  his red card. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner was dismissed with eight minutes remaining of Saturday's clash in Andalusia after aiming a kick at Edimar. The referee's report did not describe the incident as “violent conduct”, meaning Ronaldo will likely receive just a one-game ban, and Edimar has urged the authorities not to dish out any further punishment. "I forgive...

Walton 16th National Cricket League, 2015

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Rony, Sharif power Dhaka

Rony, Sharif power Dhaka

There appears to be no end to Rony Talukdar's run-spree at the moment. After catapulting himself to the top of the run-scorers' list in the Dhaka Premier League, where he hammered 714 runs, he began his journey in the National Cricket League with an unbeaten century at Mirpur yesterday. The four-day domestic competition which...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 26, 2015
De Kruif factor 'sparks' booters

Lodewijk de Kruif's arrival has seemingly sparked the Bangladesh national team as they notched up a morale-boosting 3-1 win against Sheikh Jamal DC in their second practice match in BKSP yesterday. Having gone down 0-2 against Abahani last week, the team's preparation for the six-nation invitational tournament was called into serious question. However, de Kruif taking charge from interim coach Saiful Bari Titu on Saturday, the national team bounced back to beat the premier league champions, who were fielding...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
BD U-19s complete magical comeback

BD U-19s complete magical comeback

Bangladesh U-19 cricketers completed an outstanding comeback to seal the five-match one-day series 3-2 against their Sri Lankan counterparts at Colombo yesterday, after losing the first two matches. In the final game yesterday, Nazmul Hossain Shanto scored 92, his fourth half-century of the tour, to take the visitors to 212. Shanto was well supported by...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Tigers' venues down under

Tigers' venues down under

Stat indicators weigh in for batting first at the Adelaide Oval. More ODIs have been won batting first and particularly for teams that chose to after winning the toss. In 49 games spanning 35 years, 27 were won by sides winning the toss and choosing to bat. Both sides will be wary. Bangladesh...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Turner's plan in 'few weeks'

Ross Turner, the former ICC global development manager, who has been given the task of developing a four-year strategic plan for the Bangladesh Cricket Board, finished his first round of meetings with members of the board yesterday. Speaking to reporters at Mirpur, Turner said that he had been asked to submit a preliminary plan in a few weeks, after which there would be more discussions with the board. The goal, according to him, was to create a clear and concise...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
The unknown quantity

Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif admitted the importance of the first match against Malaysia U-23 team in the opening fixture of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup on January 29 in Sylhet. The Dutchman conceded that he does not have a whole lot of information about this young Malaysian side, which has an average age of 21. “I collected some DVDs of Malaysia senior side through my relatives but I don't have anything regarding their U-23 Malaysia team. However, we can get...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Bangladesh lose against Ukraine too

Bangladesh finished sixth in the eight-team Hockey World League (Round-2) in Singapore after losing 1-3 against Ukraine in their last place-deciding match yesterday. The team in red and green failed to mount any challenge against the European side which lies five places above Bangladesh in the latest world ranking. Bangladesh conceded a field goal in the fourth minute of the match before conceding the second from a penalty stroke in the 22nd minute. Bangladesh skipper Krishno Kumar pulled one back...

LFP

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Barca run riot

Barca run riot

Barcelona remain just a point behind Real Madrid, having played a game more, as Neymar and Lionel Messi both scored twice in a 6-0 win at 10-man Elche. Champions Atletico Madrid are four points off the top after Antoine Griezmann's double helped them to a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano. It was comfortable evening for...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Juve jive on Pogba

Juve jive on Pogba

Paul Pogba hit his fourth goal in as many games to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 win over Chievo as the Serie A champions moved eight points clear of Roma on Sunday. Roma face a resurgent Fiorentina in Florence later on Sunday looking to reduce the gap to five points. Juventus's hopes of a fourth...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Maria, Rafa march on

Maria, Rafa march on

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday to set up a glamour showdown with Eugenie Bouchard, as Rafael Nadal continued his unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world number two ended Chinese hopes by swatting aside 21st seed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-0 as she lifts her...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Korea-Iraq semi today

South Korea will be praying lightning does not strike twice when they face Iraq in the Asian Cup semi-finals on Monday, having limped to the last four battered and bruised. The Koreans have failed to win Asia's showcase tournament since 1960 -- a curious anomaly for a country with a proud footballing pedigree and who famously reached the last four of the World Cup in 2002. But as coach Uli Stielike tries to rouse his injury-hit squad for Monday's clash, memories...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Jose blows his top

Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as Chelsea squandered a two-goal lead in their 4-2 loss to third-tier Bradford in a FA Cup fourth round clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea's first defeat to lower-league opposition since 2008 left Mourinho admitting he was ashamed of the performance. Mourinho believes most of his players should not carry any scars from the Bradford defeat as he made eight changes against the League One side. Mourinho was insistent...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Kiwis secure series

New Zealand wrapped up their one-day series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare Sunday when Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor orchestrated a 120-run win in the sixth game. Williamson (97) and Taylor (96) provided the backbone of New Zealand's 315-8 in their 50 overs and Sri Lanka were all out for 195 in the 41st over. The win puts New Zealand 4-1 up in the seven-match series with one game washed out. SCORES IN BRIEF NEW ZEALAND: 315 for 8 in...

ITF U-14 Championship

Published Date: January 26, 2015
Bangladeshi pair finishes runners-up

The pair of Ishtiaq Ahmed and Naimul Islam became runners-up in the boys' doubles of ITF U-14 Division-2 Championship, losing to their Vietnamese counterparts in tiebreaker in the final in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Saturday. Ishtiaq and Naimul suffered a 0-8 defeat in tiebreaker after they played out a 1-1 set draw. Meanwhile, Ishtiaq also finished fourth in boys' singles after losing 2-6, 1-6 to Syrian Salim Rabbi in the place-decider while Eti Akter and Popy Akter became...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
WI win a thriller

West Indies beat South Africa by one wicket in the fourth one-day international at St George's Park on Sunday, with Andre Russel's 64 not out taking them home. It provided Jason Holder his first victory in charge of West Indies' and it came in a manner he will not forget. His attack restricted South Africa to a reasonable score. He also cancelled out David Miller's maiden ODI century. SCORES IN BRIEF SOUTH AFRICA: 262 for 8 in 50 overs (Van Wyk 18,...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
BSJA Awards Night today

The Bangladesh Sports Journalists' Association (BSJA) will distribute its sports awards today with some 66 athletes, organisers, sponsors and patrons being recognised for their performances and contributions to sports from 2009 to 2012. The ceremony titled "BSJA Awards Night 2015" will begin at 6:00pm at the Ivy Rahman Swimming Pool adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium and State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder will be present as chief guest.

Published Date: January 26, 2015
C'Ron issues apology

Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised to Cordoba defender Edimar for the kick that saw the Portuguese sent-off for the ninth time in his career in Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday. "I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my rash act in the game today," Ronaldo wrote on twitter. Ronaldo could miss up to three La Liga games against Real Sociedad, Sevilla and champions Atletico Madrid but Edimar has urged authorities not to dish out any further punishment. "I forgive Cristiano...

Published Date: January 26, 2015
'WE'LL UPGRADE TOILETS'

'WE'LL UPGRADE TOILETS'

Cambridge United have been flushed with cash after securing a FA Cup fourth round replay at Manchester United and will spend the money on new toilets, the club's chairman said. The club are set to earn upwards of one million pounds from the replay. Cambridge chairman Dave Doggett said they would upgrade Abbey...