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BCB XI take lead

BCB XI take lead

Half-centuries from Shamsur Rahman and Shuvagata Hom, both of whom have been included in the squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe, helped BCB XI take the lead at the end of the second day of the three-day practice match against Zimbabwe in Fatullah yesterday. The local side finished the day on 252 for 6 in reply to tourists' first innings score of 241. Shamsur and Rony Talukdar had a 93-run stand for the second wicket to...

'Scoring runs is my duty'

'Scoring runs is my duty'

Despite being Bangladesh's most consistent Test batsman over the past two...

'Don't mess with a tiger in its den'

Despite a poor run this year, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo knows how dangerous the Tigers can be in their own den....

'Home advantage key against SL'

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are looking forward to winning the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series to be held in...

7 records on Day 2

Sonia Akter Tumpa stole the show on the second day of the MM Group National Swimming Championships after setting three national records while Mahfizur Rahman Sagor is on course to win eight gold medals at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj. Tumpa of Bangladesh Navy, who produced a new record on the first day in 200m butterfly, rewrote her records in 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and snatched a record from Bangladesh Ansar in the 4X100 freestyle...

BPL Match-Fixing

ICC against reduction of Ash's ban

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland against the verdict of the chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's disciplinary committee. Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid last month reduced Mohammad Ashraful and five other cricketers and officials' punishment served by an anti-corruption tribunal, set up by the BCB, for their part in the Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing. This appeal would be the last phase with regards to this case. The verdict reduced...

Iran look likeliest to qualify

Iran took a giant step towards qualifying for the final round of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship after thrashing Jordan 6-1 in their third match of the qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The Western Asian side lead Group B with nine points from three matches and will only need a draw in their last match against Bangladesh on Thursday to move forward. India moved into second with six points from three matches, after mauling hapless United Arab Emirates 12-0...

BCCI suspends future tours to Windies

India's cricket chiefs on Tuesday suspended future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision last week to abandon their visit to India. "All bilateral tours between BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] and the WICB [West Indies Cricket Board] stand suspended," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement. India were scheduled to tour the Caribbean in February-March 2016 to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International.

Al-Amin positive

Pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain exuded confidence upon his return here yesterday with regards to his bowling action test that he had given in an ICC accredited centre in Chennai on Monday. "I thought the test went well. They took the measurements of my arm and then asked me to bowl five overs. They seemed happy and I also think I did well, but at the end of the day everything depends on what their machine tells them. Insha'Allah nothing will...

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'Djokovic the greatest Serbian ever'

Sri Lanka national football team's head coach Nikola Kavazovic is a proud man. He is proud of his Serbian identity, he is proud of his countrymen and he is proud, especially, of the world's number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic. The 39-year-old Serbian took time off from his footballing thoughts to speak of his admiration for Djokovic during his team's official press conference at the BFF House yesterday. “I am a proud Serbian and I am proud to be from the...

Pistorius jailed for 5 years

Pistorius jailed for 5 years

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius's September 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. An armoured police vehicle took him from the court building. Masipa --...

Barclays English Premier League

Blind saves blushes

Daley Blind rescued spluttering Manchester United with a dramatic late equaliser in Monday's 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Albion had twice led through Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino, but United avoided an embarrassing defeat as substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised with his first United goal before Blind scored the second leveller in the 87th minute to ensure Louis van Gaal's side stretched their unbeaten run to three matches. United's erratic display was another reminder to van Gaal that...

Barclays English Premier League

Reds face Real challenge

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Liverpool players to rise to the occasion when they face holders Real Madrid in a crucial Champions League showdown at Anfield on Wednesday. Rodgers' side can't afford to lose any more ground in the race to qualify for the knockout stages after a shock loss against Basel in their previous Group B match. The Reds have been well below their best of much of the season and there were more worrying signs for Rodgers on Sunday...

Bale, Ramos miss trip to Liverpool

European champions Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos for their Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday as both were left out of Carlo Ancelotti's squad due to injury. Bale is also a major doubt for Saturday's first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona due to an abdominal muscle injury. Ramos has missed the last three games for club and country due to a calf problem, but his absence is more precautionary with an eye to...

Indian Super League

Mendy clinches south-Indian derby

Bernard Mendy's wonder goal was the decider between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters as the home side made it two wins out of as many matches in the Indian Super League (ISL). Elano Blumer put the Chennaiyin FC ahead as he converted his spot-kick however, the visitors equalized through Iain Hume. Bernard Mendy's bicycle kick found the back of the net and eventually fetched three points for Marco Materazzi yet again. The 'South-Indian Derby' rang in changes in both line-ups. For...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Zim fold for 241

Zim fold for 241

Despite having lost a wicket towards the end of the first day of the three-day practice match at Fatullah yesterday, the day belonged to the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as they managed to bundle the Zimbabweans out for 241 runs in 76.2 overs. In reply the hosts lost the wicket of Shadman Islam...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Jubair exudes confidence

Jubair exudes confidence

A sudden rise and even a quicker fall of Bangladeshi cricketers have been quite a common phenomenon. At the same time there have been players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim who held their positions for a long time now. The newest star to appear on the horizon is Jubair Hossain and only...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
'BFF working on amicable parting'

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is moving towards ending the contract with national team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif through an amicable solution, informed a high-official of the federation yesterday. “Both the parties, BFF and de Kruif are preparing documents so that we can mutually end the contract through an amicable solution,” said Tabith M Awal, vice-president and member of National Team's Committee of BFF after emerging from a meeting between de Kruif and the federation president Kazi Salahuddin at the...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Sagar starts gold spree

Mahfizur Rahman Sagar's bid to winning eight gold medals in the 27th National Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start as the promising swimmer of Bangladesh Navy produced a national record and grabbed two gold medals on the opening day at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. Sagar, who had set four national records in the 2013 Bangladesh Games in 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and is the current holder of seven national records, rewrote his...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
WI looking for a way out

Battle lines are being drawn in West Indies cricket between the players and administrators following the team's shock withdrawal from the tour of India. In the wake of the unprecedented decision to abandon the campaign at the end of the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are due to meet in emergency session on Tuesday to consider the ramifications of their squad's failure to fulfil a contractual obligation with the most powerful and...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
DRS on for Zim series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally decided to introduce Decision Review System (DRS) in the coming three-match Test series against Zimbabwe as a 'test case'. According to the BCB, reason behind the decision was to make sure that they took all the advantages in a series, which is very vital for the home team as they are looking forward to gaining the much-needed ranking points to avoid staying at the bottom. "We are introducing the DRS for the first time in...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Title sponsors announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday declared Bashundhara Cement as the title sponsor of the Test and ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.  Hosts Bangladesh in the 45-day-long bilateral series will play three Tests and five ODIs against the visitors. A logo unveiling ceremony was held on this regard at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where senior dignitaries of both the BCB and Bashundhara Group were present.  The first time the conglomerate came up to support cricket was during Bangladesh's home series against...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Mamunul returns for nat'l duty

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam returned from Kolkata yesterday to join the national camp ahead of Bangladesh's two international friendlies against Sri Lanka this month. The 26-year-old midfielder is hopeful that Bangladesh would win both the matches. “We want to win both the matches and we don't want a repeat of the performance against Nepal where we won one and lost the other,” said Mamunul, who will return to Kolkata on October 28. Sri Lanka are scheduled to arrive in the capital...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Target ending drought

Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan's neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won. That includes 24...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller expects Tuesday's Champions League clash at AS Roma to be a tight affair as Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich travel to face his former club. "It won't be decided quickly, but will be the sort of game which hangs in the balance," said the Bayern star after training in Munich on...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
City searching first win

Manchester City continue their search for a first Champions League win this season when they face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, while Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are among the sides in action elsewhere. CSKA MOSCOW V MAN CITY After taking just one point from their opening two matches, Premier League champions City go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win. Manuel Pellegrini's men are fresh from a 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend...

Lega calcio

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Hernanes rescues Inter

Hernanes rescues Inter

Brazilian Hernanes levelled with a bullet header in injury-time to secure a share of the points for Inter Milan in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Napoli that could help decide the fate of Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri. Following two consecutive heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1) and Fiorentina (3-0), Mazzarri was under pressure from club...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Stoke rally to beat Swansea

Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as they climbed to 10th in the English Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes's men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee Michael Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Jose furious with Spain

Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor. Mourinho confirmed Costa - who also missed the 2-1 weekend victory at Crystal Palace - aggravated an existing hamstring problem during the last international break with Spain when he faced Slovakia and Luxembourg in the space of four days. The Chelsea manager insists he had no contact with Spain coach Vicente del...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Neymar relishing firepower

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Neymar and Messi have already combined for 17 goals in 10 games so far this season and the Brazilian is...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Fatal goal celebration

A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday. Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said. As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

  Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain has been included in the 14-member team for the first Test against Zimbabwe which begins in Mirpur on October 25. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the team yesterday evening. The 19-year-old bowler has played just two first-class matches and is going to be Bangladesh's first specialist leg-spinner to make a Test squad. As other changes to the side that played in West Indies, pacer Shahadat Hossain has returned to the Test fold after 19 months. Top-order batsman Marshall Ayub has also returned to the team. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned from his disciplinary suspension. Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Robiul Islam, Shohag Gazi, Nasir Hossain and Imrul Kayes,...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Nasir's challenge

Nasir's challenge

“Let's distribute some sweets. I have made it to the team (BCB XI) for the tour of India,” was what Nasir Hossain said on Saturday immediately after he came to know that he was chosen in a second-stringed national side to play an invitational tournament in India, instead of playing the Test series against Zimbabwe. On any other day Nasir's statement would have depicted his typical, care-free attitude; a characteristic which has perhaps helped bail Bangladesh out of a number of precarious positions. Be it his defiant 44 against New Zealand which helped Bangladesh overcome 307 at Fatullah or his pressure-free 54 which knocked India out of the Asia Cup in...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
De Kruif wants to continue

Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif has said that he wishes to continue to work for the Bangladesh Football Federation, a day after BFF president Kazi Salahuddin went on record saying that the board had relieved de Kruif and his assistant Rene Koster of their duties due to their 'lack of dedication'. However, it was learnt yesterday that Salahuddin's outburst was an emotional one and that the BFF had in fact served the Dutch duo with a show-cause notice. "We have started...

AFC U-16 Women's Championship

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Narrow defeat for hosts

Narrow defeat for hosts

Ten-player Bangladesh conceded a 1-2 defeat against India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as their chances of qualifying for the final round of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship became bleak. The defeat left Bangladesh in second position with six points from three games and makes their last match against top-of-the-table Iran on October...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
'Tigers are powerful'

'Tigers are powerful'

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has said that his side will not pay any heed to Bangladesh's poor run in international cricket in 2014 as they expect the Tigers to put up their best show at home. Bangladesh have lost three out of the four Tests and 12 of the 13 ODIs they played this...

WI's Pullout

Published Date: October 20, 2014
BCCI ponders Rs 400 cr claim

West Indies' pullout from their tour of India may cost the country's board heavily with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mulling to claim damages to the tune of approximately 400 crore rupees from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The BCCI is due to have a working committee meeting on October 21 to discuss the matter, where a final decision will be taken. The West Indies announced their decision to withdraw, owing to a pay dispute between...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
SL will host India in '15

Sri Lanka, who were supposed to tour India for three Tests in August 2015, will now host the series, according to SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga. The decision has come in the wake of Sri Lanka agreeing to plug the gap in India's home calendar after West Indies' pullout. "As we are obliging India with a five-match ODI series there next month, India are obliged to return the tour next year and we have switched the Test series," Ranatunga said. The BCCI,...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Late drama lifts Liverpool

Late drama lifts Liverpool

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling ended a difficult week on a high as the teenager inspired his side's dramatic 3-2 win over QPR in an incredible finish featuring three goals in stoppage-time at Loftus Road on Sunday. The 19-year-old's commitment to his country and passion for the sport were  questioned recently, but Sterling made a point...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Kolkata held at home

Ten men Atletico de Kolkata were held to a 1-1 draw by Delhi Dynamos on Sunday at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Jofre Mateu successfully converted his penalty to put Kolkata into the lead, however Elias scored a gem of a goal to restore parity. After some early exchanges, the first opportunity of the match came the travellers' way. Having received the ball from the right flank, Alessandro Del Piero, the skipper of the side, showed glimpses of his...

LFP

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Barca, Atletico secure wins

Barca, Atletico secure wins

Barcelona maintained their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga ahead of next weekend's first El Clasico of the season with a 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday. Madrid cruised to victory earlier in the day as they secured a seventh consecutive win in all competitions with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Koeman in shock

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said he was "in shock" after his side continued their outstanding start to the season with an 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland at St Mary's. Koeman has done fantastically with this victory leaving Southampton third in the table, with only champions Manchester City and leaders Chelsea above them in the standings. Graziano Pelle's double, as well as goals from Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane, plus two Sunderland own-goals, saw Southampton to their biggest-ever victory...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Roma move within 1 point of Juventus

Francesco Totti inspired Roma to a 3-0 win over Chievo earlier in the day, the result leaving Chievo coach Eugenio Corini without a job, as he was sacked hours later. Chievo had scored just once on six previous visits to the Stadio Olimpico and barely mustered a shot on goal all night as Roma went about their business with consummate ease. Roma took the lead after only four minutes when Mattia Destro dived to head Miralem Pjanic's corner past Francesco Bardi...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Bale out of Livepool clash?

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he will evaluate the fitness of Gareth Bale ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday. The Welshman was an unused substitute in Madrid's 5-0 win at Levante on Saturday after returning to the Spanish capital with a gluteal muscle injury picked up in playing for his country last week. And with the first El Clasico of the season at home to Barcelona to come next weekend, Ancelotti insisted he would...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Villa strikes again

Spanish star David Villa rescued a 1-1 draw for Melbourne City with his second goal in two Australian A-League games on Sunday. The World Cup winner struck a fabulous equaliser from the edge of the box in the 87th minute to share the points with the Newcastle Jets. "He needs only a little moment," City's Dutch coach John van't Schip said of Villa.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe due to begin on October 25. This will be the first time that the DRS will be employed in a home series in Bangladesh. The system, which provides the bowling side to appeal against an...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Goetze would love Reus

World Cup winner Mario Goetze says he would welcome former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus at Bayern Munich. Reus is under contract at Dortmund until June 2017, but has a release clause in his contract, believed to be around 25 million euros. I get on really, really well with Marco and I always look forward to seeing him when we meet up with the Germany squad," Goetze told Sky Sports. "We had a great year together. Of course, I would be delighted...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Wenger rues lack of focus

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his players do not currently possess the ruthlessness to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title. The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City on Saturday and required a stoppage-time equaliser from England forward Danny Welbeck to avoid losing the game. That result left them 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and six behind reigning champions Manchester City, with Southampton, West Ham and Manchester United also now above...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
De Kruif, Koster sacked

De Kruif, Koster sacked

Bangladesh national football team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif and assistant coach Rene Koster have been sacked, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin informed reporters at his office yesterday. The BFF president said that a meeting of the National Team's Committee (NTC) on Friday night took the decision as they felt there...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Nasir for Kolkata, not for first Test

Nasir Hossain will not be considered for the first Test against Zimbabwe as the national selectors included him in the 15-member BCB XI squad for the Acharya Memorial Trophy to be held in Kolkata from October 25 to November 1 to commemorate 150 years of Eden Gardens Stadium. The axe fell on the 22-year-old all-rounder for the first time since he made his debut against West Indies at Chittagong in October 2011. Anamul Haque will also not be considered for...