• Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Tigers flex muscles against Kuwait

Bangladesh cricket team showed their intention of retaining the Asian Games gold medal powerfully as they overwhelmed true-minnows Kuwait by 203 runs in the quarterfinals at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon yesterday. The Tigers shot out the Kuwaitis for just 21 runs in 13 overs as the latter were chasing a mammoth 225 for a win. Bangladesh hammered a huge total of 224 for 9 in 20 overs after Kuwait's 58-year-old captain Bastaki Mahmoud had invited Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to take first strike. Bangladesh will now take on Sri Lanka in the second semifinal after Afghanistan and Hong Kong face off in the first at the same venue today. The game against the Gulf emirate offered Bangladesh an opportunity to have a real time match practice as well as some boost in morale as the Tigers have been enduring a torrid run since the start of 2014. However a cause for concern remained for the Tigers as the Test-playing nation lost as many as nine wickets against an ICC Associate member who are ranked ninth among the non-Test playing countries. Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha was far from amused with the outcome. "We can't judge our performance against these opponents. Our...

BD A win series 2-1

BD A win series 2-1

Bangladesh A came from behind to record a 2-1 win in...

Mamunul off to Kolkata

Mamunul off to Kolkata

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam said he would try to compete against...

Like father, like son

There are many instances in the sporting world where siblings represent a national team together but it is quite a rarity...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Kabaddi's dismal show

Bangladesh men's kabaddi team finished bottom of Group A in the 17th Asian Games after they suffered a shock 36-37 defeat against Thailand in their last group match at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon yesterday. The third defeat in as many matches means Bangladesh, who had won silver medal in the Asian Games three times, have failed to retain the fifth position they attained in the last edition four years ago. Bangladesh  were well ahead in the first half...

U-18 football final today

Three weeks of youth football extravaganza reaches its climax today when Mohammedan Sporting Club slug it out against Brothers Union for the title of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament. The final of the tournament involving the youth sides of nine Premier League clubs will kick off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 5:00pm and will be telecast live on BTV World. The Black and Whites, who were the champions of the inaugural edition held among the U-16 sides of the Premier...

Tendulkar coming to Dhaka

Lutfur Rahman Badal, owner of the Dhaka Premier League cricket club Legends of Rupganj -- formerly known as Gazi Tank Cricketers Club -- has said that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will come to Dhaka on October 14 to officially unveil the club's new name. Describing Tendulkar as his 'good friend', he informed reporters that the former India superstar would come to Dhaka in the morning to take part in the ceremony and leave for Mumbai the same day. "It's a great...

PCB chief to be here on Eid day

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on October 6. The PCB head's trip on Eid day is being seen by many as a courtesy call and a strategy to improve the bilateral relations between the two boards. A former diplomat, who assumed office in August this year, is expected to meet with BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon. While no official agenda with regards to the meeting has been set, there are a number of topics that...

Phelps arrested

Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps was arrested Tuesday in his home state of Maryland for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, police said. Phelps -- the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 golds out of 22 total medals and an eye on another run at the 2016 Games in Rio -- later apologized, saying he was "deeply sorry" for his actions. The 29-year-old was pulled over early Tuesday after his white Land Rover was clocked at 84...

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Asiad Hockey

Indo-Pak final today

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan face off in a mouth-watering field hockey final at the Asian Games on Thursday with a place in the 2016 Olympics at stake. Millions of fans in both nations will be glued to their television screens for the title clash which earns the winner a ticket to Rio de Janeiro and the loser left facing a hazardous qualification route. India and Pakistan last met in an Asiad final way back at New Delhi in 1982 where the...

UEFA Champions League

Totti, Xavi make history

Totti, Xavi make history

European football greats Francesco Totti and Xavi Hernandez set Champions League records for oldest goalscorer and appearances on Tuesday but neither could cap that personal landmark with victory for their sides Roma and Barcelona respectively. Totti turned 38 last weekend and he made sure he would remember it as he scored against Manchester City...

UEFA Champions League

'Tweet brought me luck'

'Tweet brought me luck'

Francesco Totti Francesco Totti became the oldest player to score in the Champions League with his goal against Manchester City. And the Roma captain has thanked City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday. The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official Twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at...

UEFA Champions League

Bayern eye next round

Bayern Munich are already eyeing a place in the Champions League's knock-out phase after their win at CSKA Moscow left them top of their group following consecutive opening wins. The German champions ground out a 1-0 win in Russia on Tuesday after Thomas Mueller converted a first-half penalty to leave Bayern top of Group E with six points having also beaten Manchester City 1-0 in Munich last month. Bayern can now book their place in the last 16 with home and...

Spanish clubs cut tax debt

Spain's professional football clubs have slashed their debt to the country's tax office by around 200 million euros ($250 million) since Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took office in December 2011, Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro said Wednesday. "At the start of this legislature football clubs had a debt of over 700 million euros and now it is around 500 million euros," he said during an interview with radio Onda Cero. "What we have done is demand that they pay up like in...

Turkey vows to fight ISIS

Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". The proposal would also mean...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
'I can take my country forward'

'I can take my country forward'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 'keeping faith' in the player and giving him a chance to lead the Tigers for the second time in his career. The 'Narail-Express', who was named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series yesterday, was first assigned the responsibility in 2009 when he took...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Captaincy divided

Pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series, set to take place in October-November, following a board meeting yesterday. The 31-year-old will replace Mushfiqur Rahim, who led the Tigers in all formats of the game for almost three years. Mushfiqur was earlier named captain till next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The wicketkeeper-batsman however, has been retained as the side's Test captain for the Zimbabwe series, which includes three Tests and five...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Tigers take on Kuwait today

Bangladesh's campaign of retaining cricket's gold medal in the Asian Games begins today as the Tigers take on Kuwait in the fourth quarterfinal at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon. The match starts at 11:00am Bangladesh time. On paper, the match against Kuwait, an associate member of the ICC playing in the sixth division of the World Cricket League, is expected to be a stroll in the park for Tigers. Kuwait have reached the quarterfinals with some luck after a coin...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
BD A draw level

BD A draw level

Bangladesh A bounced back to level the series as they won the rain-interrupted second one-dayer against Zimbabwe A by six wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. Soumya Sarkar hit 86 after claiming two crucial wickets as the home side reached the revised target of 158, losing four wickets in 31.4 overs in reply to the visitors' 163 for nine in their 50 overs. The second-string Bangladesh side had lost the first match by 17 runs and after the outcome of yesterday's match, today's third and final game at the same venue turned into a series decider. Rain stopped play after 31.1 overs with the hosts on 156 for 4 and when...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Oman defeat ends disastrous campaign

Bangladesh hockey team finished eighth among ten teams in the 17th Asian Games after suffering a 2-3 defeat against Oman in the place-deciding match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon yesterday. The fourth defeat in five matches left Bangladesh in the same position they had attained in the previous edition even though the team management, especially the coach, had set their sights on either the fifth or sixth position before the games began. Since their 0-8 defeat against Japan in...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
DPL starts on Nov 2

The country's lone 50 overs domestic cricket competition, the Dhaka Premier League, is set to be delayed by three more weeks as the Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to send a team to Kolkata to take part in the Eden Gardens' 150 year celebrations. The Dhaka Premier League is now expected to begin on November 2. The competition, which was originally scheduled to begin on October 10, has already been facing delays due to a three-day match that national coach Chandika...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Nadir's case is an error!

Bangladesh Cricket Board has admitted that allowing banned umpire Nadir Shah to officiate in a First Division match was an 'error' on its part. Shah was banned for 10 years in March 2013 after he was found guilty of agreeing to doctor decisions in exchange of money in a sting operation conducted by India TV. However, he was allowed to stand as umpire in a First Division match between Indira Road Krira Chakra and BKSP on Saturday. The member-secretary of the...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Narine action reported too

Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspected bowling action following his side's 36-run win over Dolphins in the Champions League Twenty20 Group A match on Monday evening in Hyderabad. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and specifically relates to Narine's quicker ball. Under CLT20 guidelines, Narine may request for an official assessment from the BCCI's suspect bowling action committee. Narine has been placed...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Waqar unhappy about chucking crackdown

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities' crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners. In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez's confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal to a chucking ban. Ajmal, the world's...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Nadal back in style

Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the 5.4 million dollars China Open. The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second. Nadal joins top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round. The Serb defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-1 in just 63 minutes.

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Atletico face Juve test

Atletico face Juve test

Last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid host Serie A leaders Juventus in a high octane Group A battle in the Spanish capital while Arsenal need a win at home to Galatasaray to kickstart their season. ATLETICO MADRID V JUVENTUS The match of the round sees the Italian Champions Juventus visit the Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid. Last season's runners-up Atletico suffered a shock 3-2 defeat by Olympiakos in their opening match, and since losing striker Diego Costa to Chelsea have been heavily reliant on set pieces for goals. "A set piece can change a game, and we have plenty of players who can bury the ball" says Atletico's top scorer Brazilian centre-back...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Di Natale on the double

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale scored a double in a 4-2 win for Udinese over 10-man Parma that moved the northerners up to a surprise third place in Italy's Serie A on Monday. Elsewhere, Serbian international striker Filip Djordjevic netted a fine hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Palermo that allowed previously lifeless Lazio to momentarily forget their early season blues. Juventus and Roma, both in Champions League action against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively this week, have set the...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Magpies' woes deepen

Stoke City added to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's woes with a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on Monday that left the Magpies still searching for their first Premier League victory of the season. Defeat meant the north-east side had taken just three points out of a possible 18 from six matches, with only newly-promoted Burnley keeping them off the bottom of the table courtesy of having scored fewer goals. Both Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, among the crowd at Stoke's...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Santos joins Pires at FC Goa

Former Brazil left back Andre Santos has signed a deal to take part in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) alongside ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires at FC Goa. Santos, 31, who had spells with Fenerbahce in Turkey as well as Arsenal and Brazilian clubs Corinthians, Gremio and Flamengo, is the latest high-profile name to sign up for the eight-team league that begins in a fortnight and runs for 10 weeks. Santos, who had a difficult two-year spell in England at Arsenal...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Scholastica basketball held

The Scholastica Interschool Basketball Tournament drew to close with Sunbeams and SFX Greenherald winning the girls' and boys' titles respectively on last Saturday. In the girls' final, Sunbeams defeated Scholastica, while in the boys' section, it was Scholastica again who were on the receiving end in a neck and neck game. Eleven English medium schools of the city, namely Scholastica, Aga Khan, SFX Greenherald, Sunnydale, Sunbeams, Play Pen, South Breeze, Bangladesh International Tutorial, DPS STS, Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Women progress, men don't

Women progress, men don't

Bangladesh women's kabaddi team all but confirmed their semifinal berth in the 17th Asian Games with an emphatic 30-18 win over hosts South Korea at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon yesterday. But the men's team disappointed once again as they were eliminated from the group stage for the second successive time after...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Rain helps minnows

Rain helps minnows

Bad weather helped cricket minnows at the Asian Games on Monday as South Korea won a rain-curtailed match to enter the knock-out rounds and Kuwait progressed on a coin-toss. The Koreans, taking part in their first big cricket competition, used their baseball-honed skills to outgun China by six runs in a game reduced to...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 30, 2014
The rockstar of kabaddi

The rockstar of kabaddi

Despite being the national sport of India and Bangladesh, the physical contact sport of kabaddi has traditionally garnered little attention from mainstream media in the subcontinent. But that seems to be changing now, thanks to introduction of the franchise-based Indian Pro Kabaddi League this year. The money-spinning tournament, where business tycoons and Bollywood stars invested millions of rupees, was widely televised and attracted following from all across the sub-continent and beyond. It also made celebrities out of kabaddi players, who were hitherto relatively unknown beyond their arena. One such star, and perhaps the biggest one, is the India captain Rakesh Kumar, who was recruited by the Patna Pirates at a...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Split-captaincy decision today?

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is most likely to make a decision on split-captaincy in today's board meeting at its headquarters in Mirpur. "I think Mushfiqur [Rahim] should give up captaincy in at least one format. Almost everyone believes that he should quit in one format," said BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon while talking to reporters yesterday. The meeting has been convened mainly to discuss the Tigers' dismal performance on their Caribbean tour where Mushfiqur's men played so poorly that they suffered...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Ganguly wants a team from Bangladesh

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Eden Gardens next month, former India national captain Sourav Ganguly has invited the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send a team to participate in a tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal. And in a bid to send a strong team to the competition -- set to be held next month -- the BCB however may postpone the start of the domestic 50-over competition, the Dhaka Premier League. "Sourav Ganguly gave us a letter and...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Abahani playing catch-up

Four-time professional league champions Abahani are looking to build a young side ahead of the new season. The champions of the first three editions of the Bangladesh League, last won a league title in 2011 and have failed to win any title ever since. They finished second in the league last season, but a massive 12-point behind champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel KC, the champions of the previous two editions, have already assembled strong squads...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
2nd one-day game today

Hosts Bangladesh A will look to square the series against their Zimbabwean counterparts at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium today in the second of the three-match one-day series. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva's maiden List A century led the visitors to a 17-run win over Bangladesh A on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts won the four-day series 2-0. The team management has decided to make two changes to the squad that will be taking the...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Zia maintains sole lead

GM Ziaur Rahman maintained his sole lead with 8 points after ninth round of the Berger Paints National A Chess, which is being held at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association. Zia got the better of Masum Hossain after 31 moves in the ninth round match yesterday. GM Enamul Hossain was in second position with 7.5 points after beating CM Mahtabuddin while defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib was in third position with 7 points as he beat FM...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: September 30, 2014
City aim to rebound

City aim to rebound

Manchester City will look to bounce back from an opening defeat at Bayern Munich when they host Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea go to Lisbon. CSKA MOSCOW V BAYERN MUNICH Bayern beat CSKA home and away in the group stage of last season's Champions League and the Russian champions'...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: September 30, 2014
'I deserved to be sent-off'

Wayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight. Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday. "I knew at the time that I misjudged it," 28-year-old Rooney said Sunday. "It is a...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Who will overtake Raul first?

The Champions League returns Tuesday and Wednesday with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi competing for yet another prize as the rival stars take aim at the tournament's all-time scoring record. Ronaldo and Messi are neck-and-neck in a race to become the Champions League's all-time leading scorer by breaking the record held by Raul Gonzalez. Ronaldo has 68 goals in Europe's top club competition, one more than Messi. Raul scored 71. Ronaldo may have a better chance of getting there first as Real...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
PSG lose Zlatan

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. "The different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona," said a statement released by PSG. Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, had already missed his club's last two games in Ligue 1. Without...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Mohammedan in final

Mohammedan Sporting Club booked a berth in the final of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament after overcoming Team BJMC by 2-1 goals in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The champions of the inaugural edition in 2013, which was held between the U-16 teams of the Bangladesh Premier League, will take on Brothers Union in the final which will be held at 5:00pm on Thursday at the same venue. The Black and Whites, who emerged champions of Group...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Hart set to return

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will return for Manchester City in their Champions League tie at home to Roma on Tuesday after being replaced by Willy Caballero at the weekend. Hart sat on the bench for City's 4-2 win at Hull City in the Premier League and Argentine Caballero, signed from Malaga in the summer, produced a solid display. However, Hart remains manager Manuel Pellegrini's first choice. Asked whether Hart would play in a match City cannot afford to lose, Pellegrini said: "Yes,...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
'A chance to learn'

'A chance to learn'

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes that the Asian Games will be a good opportunity for his players to observe the daily routine of 'world-class' athletes and learn from them. Following a three-hour practice session yesterday, Hathurusingha said, "Staying in the Village and surrounded by so many athletes will certainly help them learn how to...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
BD A lose opener by 17

Zimbabwe A won their first match of the tour yesterday when they beat hosts Bangladesh A by 17 runs at Fatullah in the first of three one-dayers. A century from Regis Chakabva helped the visitors finish on 253 for 6. In reply, the hosts were bowled out for 236 runs in 49.3 overs. In a match which saw Abul Hasan's return to competitive cricket turn sour -- he suffered from a muscle strain in his back and was taken off the...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Femi grabs100m gold with Asian record

Femi grabs100m gold with Asian record

Qatar's Femi Ogunode won the Asian Games men's 100m Sunday in a continental record 9.93 seconds to make a triumphant return following his doping ban. The Nigerian-born sprinter declared he is aiming for gold at the 2016 Olympics, despite training without a coach for the last four months, and said only wet conditions in...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Bad day for kabaddi, golf

Bangladesh's Asian Games kabaddi campaign got off on the wrong foot as both the men and women's teams lost to holders India at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium here yesterday. While the women's team, who won bronze medal in the previous edition in China in 2010, suffered an 18-29 defeat including "two lona" after trailing the first half 5-22, the men's team followed the footsteps of women and were humiliated 15-30 by India who came into the game after taking...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Nadal back to business

Rafael Nadal makes his long-awaited return to action at the China Open this week, where he will be seeking to challenge world number one Novak Djokovic's 100 per cent record in Beijing. Nadal, who has not competed since Wimbledon after picking up a right wrist injury, makes his comeback at a tournament he has happy memories of from last year, when he reclaimed the top spot after a previous injury layoff. The Spaniard returned to number one after dominating 2013's hardcourt...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Cricket ball troubles Tigers

Bangladesh cricketers were visibly irked with the type of cricket ball put into use for the Asian Games Twenty20 cricket event during their training session at the Songdo LNG Baseball Ground yesterday in Incheon. In line with the recommendation of the Asian Cricket Council Pakistani-made 'Aj' balls will be used in the matches. However, Bangladesh's players are used to playing with Australian- manufactured Kookabura balls, which is also used worldwide for international matches.   Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was visibly annoyed...