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Dortmund suffer double injury blow


Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of Saturday's crucial showdown at Bayern Munich, with defenders Achraf Hakimi and Abdou Diallo both ruled out.

The pair were injured in last Saturday's 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, which left Dortmund two points ahead of second-placed Bayern before this weekend's top-of-the-table clash at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Morocco international Hakimi, 20, on loan from Real Madrid, will now miss the last seven league games of Dortmund's season after breaking a bone in his right foot.

"Hakimi will be operated on in Madrid and is out for the rest of the season," said the club in a statement on Monday.     

Mbappe kills off Toulouse resistance


Kylian Mbappe fired Paris Saint-Germain to their eighth straight Ligue 1 win with a stunning goal that earned the champions a 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Sunday and kept them miles clear at the top of the league.

The 20-year-old World Cup winner crashed home his 27th league goal of the season, his seventh in as many league games, with 16 minutes left as he continues to shine in the absence of the injured duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

"We had to wait, be patient and in the end we won with Kylian's speed," said PSG skipper Marquinhos.

"It brought a great deal of joy to our fans, I'm sure of that."

PSG now have 80 points, 20 ahead of second placed Lille with a game in hand to boot.    

Zlatan scores twice to lift LA Galaxy


Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from injury in style Sunday, converting two penalties in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over the Portland Timbers.

Exactly one year after the Swedish striker made his MLS debut for Los Angeles, he returned after missing two games with an Achilles tendon injury and made an immediate impact.

Denied by the post in the 14th minute, Ibrahimovic converted his first penalty in the 33rd, easily beating Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella after drawing a foul in the penalty area against Timbers defender Claude Dielna.

Jeremy Ebobisse grabbed an equalizer in the 44th, but Ibrahimovic struck again in the second half.

Having beaten three defenders to reach the edge of the box, he was fouled by Attinella.

This time from the spot he lofted a perfectly timed "Panenka" spot-kick into the back of the net as Attinella moved to his left.       

Felix given Madrid wildcard


Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime has been handed a wildcard for next month's Madrid Masters, tournament organisers said on Monday.

The 18-year-old reached the Miami Open semifinals last week before a tight loss to John Isner.

He rose 24 places to a career-high ranking of 33 on Monday and is the youngest player in the world's top 50.

"I have great memories from my junior career at the Caja Magica, where I hope to produce some magic again," said Auger-Aliassime, who led Canada to the 2015 Junior Davis Cup in Madrid alongside Denis Shapovalov.

Spanish veteran David Ferrer had already been awarded the first of the four wildcards on offer, as the 36-year-old continues his final season before retirement.     

Hurray Handball begins today

Sports Reporter

The Hurray Wafer School Mini Handball (Boys and Girls) Tournament will get underway today at the Shaheed Captain M Mansur Ali Handball Stadium in Dhaka.

As many as 12 schools, split into four groups, will each take part in two separate tournaments with both the finals slated for April 6, informed Bangladesh Handball Federation general secretary Asaduzzaman Kohinoor at a press conference yesterday.

Sponsor Pran RFL group will provide Tk one lakh out of the estimated Tk 1.7 lakh budget while the rest of the money is to be provided by the tournament committee chairman Masuma Shamim Shila, vice chairman Nasima Chowdhury Shirin and the federation. 

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