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Short Corner

'No rivalry between Griezmann and Mbappe'


France coach Didier Deschamps insisted there was no rivalry between stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

The pair have been in fine form recently and had led the line as France marched to the World Cup in 2018. They are now contenders for this year's Ballon d'Or, but Deschamps insists there is no rivalry there.

"No, there has never been any contradiction between them or one who wants to do more than the other one," Deschamps told a news conference.

"They have been important, one after the other at a different time and also sometimes together.

"They are determining as they score goals and make a lot of goals. There is no struggle between them.

"The fact they are both here with us, but not only them because there are other players, but it's a strong power for France."               

'My best year, with or without Ballon d'Or'


Luka Modric feels 2018 has been the best year of his career even if he does not win the Ballon d'Or.

Modric's fine performances at the World Cup earned him the Golden Ball, while he won a third consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid earlier in the year. However, Modric was not interested in the debate of whether he could break the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi duopoly of the award.

"Let's see what happens," Modric said after Croatia's 3-2 Nations League defeat of Spain.  "I'm very proud to fight for it. If I win perfect, otherwise it will not change anything.

"With or without the Ballon d'Or, it's the best year of my career."             

Bangla Tribune win media cricket

Sports Reporter

Bangla Tribune emerged champions of the Step-Bangladesh Sports Journalists Community (BSJC) Media Cup cricket tournament after beating Channel i by four wickets in the final in Dhaka yesterday.

Batting first, Channel i posted 81 for four wickets in their allotted six overs, with Sajib Das top-scoring with 37 and Rahul Ray adding 24. Bangla Tribune reached the target losing just a single wicket and with five balls to spare. Bangla Tribune's Abul was adjudged player-of-the-final for his 43-run knock while Channel i's Sajib was adjudged as the player-of-the-tournament.

The champion team received Tk 30,000 while the runners-up team got Tk20,000. A total of 24 teams participated in the tournament. 

World Children's Day cricket

Sports Reporter

To mark World Children's Day, a friendly match has been organised jointly by the BCB and UNICEF.

A mixed team of underprivileged adolescent cricketers will play against past and present cricketers of the national men and women's team.

The team will comprise of former national greats such as Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar Hannan Sarkar. Taskin Ahmed will represent the Tigers while women's national team pacer Suraiya Azmin will also be taking part among others.

The match will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.      

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