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Mushfiqur, Nasir tons power Bangladeshis

Mushfiqur, Nasir tons power Bangladeshis

Centuries from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain helped Bangladeshis put up a strong first innings score of 377 for 7 in the three-day practice match against against St Kitts and Nevis at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday. In reply, St Kitts and Nevis were 144-2 in 37 overs with Jeffers hitting an unbeaten 110 and Chanderpaul 14 not out. Medium pacer Rubel Hussain with figure of 11-0-65-1 is the lone successful bowler. He had Martina (9) smartly caught by Mushfiquir Rahim when the score was...

Zimbabwe end 31-year wait

Zimbabwe end 31-year wait

Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a fluent half-century as Zimbabwe secured a...

Novak, Andy could collide

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stayed on course for a mouth-watering US Open quarter-final showdown Saturday as five-time women's champion Serena...

Defeat sparks Pak World Cup worry

Former cricket greats said Sunday they fear Pakistan's one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just...

Ansar sweep boxing titles

Bangladesh Ansar emerged champions in both the men's and women's category of the Walton Refrigerator 13th Intermediate Men's and 1st Junior Women's Boxing Championship which concluded at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium in Paltan yesterday. In the men's group, Ansar won four gold and one silver medal to emerge champions while BKSP won two gold and one silver medal to finish as runners-up. In the women's group, Ansar became champions by winning four gold and one bronze medal while Golabaria Jubo Sangsad...

INDIA T20I

England call up Roy

Uncapped South African-born batsman Jason Roy was included in the 14-man England squad announced Sunday for next weekend's one-off Twenty20 International against India at Edgbaston. The 24-year-old rising star was selected after topping the run-charts in this season's domestic T20 competition with 677 runs at an average of 48.35 and a strike rate of nearly 160. The Surrey batsman was joined in the squad for next Sunday's match at Edgbaston by three other players not yet involved in the ongoing one-day...

Rajasthan & BCCI at loggerheads

The stand-off between the Indian cricket board and the Rajasthan Cricket Association has left players from the state unsure about their future. When publishing their domestic programme, the board had omitted Rajasthan from Ranji Trophy, women's tournaments and all age categories. Robin Bist, the 26-year-old who was top-scorer for Rajasthan last season, had been contemplating a promotion to the national squad and was surprised with the developments. "Losing a year means a loss of five years," Bist told Mumbai Mirror. "I...

'Stand up & deliver'

England captain Alastair Cook called on his batsmen to raise their game after a heavy defeat by India left them looking at another one-day series loss ahead of next year's World Cup. India beat England by six wickets at Trent Bridge on Saturday to go 2-0 up in a five-match series with two to play. It was the reigning world champions' second crushing win of the week after a 133-run success in Cardiff on Wednesday followed Monday's washout in Bristol. England yet...

Barclays English Premier League

Reds batter Spurs

Reds batter Spurs

Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City. Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers victory in his 100th game as...

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Barcelona leave it late

Barcelona made it two wins in as many games under new coach Luis Enrique as 19-year-old Sandro Ramirez's debut goal eight minutes from time was enough to hand them a 1-0 win at Villarreal on Sunday. Sandro had replaced the ineffective Pedro Rodriguez for the final 20 minutes as Barca looked set for a frustrating evening as Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo kept them at bay. However, after Asenjo had again done well to keep out Lionel Messi's low drive, Sandro was...

Barclays English Premier League

Mourinho lauds 'complete' Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Diego Costa as the complete striker after his side's 6-3 Premier League win over Everton but is concerned opponents will try to get the Spain international sent off. Brazil-born Costa scored twice in a thrilling match at Goodison Park to take his tally to four goals in three games, and maintained Chelsea's winning start to the season. Mourinho bought Costa for £32 million ($53.1 million, 40.4 million euros) from Atletico Madrid during the close season to...

Transfer records smashed

England and Spain have led a record breaking summer transfer market by Europe's big five leagues worth well over $2 billion (1.5 billion euros, £1.2 billion), with more big deals looming before the window closes on Monday. Radamel Falcao and Arturo Vidal are among the big names and Real Madrid and Manchester United in the big clubs touted for major deals on the final day of the transfer window when another $250 million of business could be done. "This summer transfer...

Rodgers salutes Balotelli

Brendan Rodgers revealed Mario Balotelli has already shown signs of a new-found maturity as the eccentric Italian made his Liverpool debut in a 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday. Balotelli played for 61 minutes of the Reds' romp at White Hart Lane following his £16 million ($26 million) move from AC Milan on Monday and delivered a whole-hearted performance with glimpses of his vast talent. Rodgers admitted Balotelli had been shocked earlier in the week when he asked the former Manchester...

Kramer's lost memory

Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer has admitted he will probably never regain his memory of the time he spent on the field before coming off with concussion during the World Cup final. "The doctors are certain that my memories of that part of the World Cup final will not come back," the Borussia Moenchengladbach player said in an interview with the weekly magazine Focus. Kramer, 23, was brought into Germany's starting line-up to play Argentina at the Maracana at the last minute...

Roma overcome Viola

Roma came through an early test of their Scudetto credentials on the opening day of the 2014-15 Serie A season to beat Fiorentina 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. Radja Nainggolan and ex-Arsenal man Gervinho scored either side of half time to get Rudi Garcia's side off the mark with three points at the first time of asking. It took the Giallorossi 28 minutes to break Fiorentina's resolve, with Nainggolan threading a fine through ball to send Gervinho racing into the box. Nainggolan...

Clarke ruled out of tri-series

Australia's dismal day got worse when captain Michael Clarke revealed on Sunday that he would take no further part in the triangular series against Zimbabwe and South Africa. Clarke will head back to Australia after a recurrence of a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the first two games and which will raise questions over his selection for the third. As it turned out he was the mainstay of his side's batting effort in the shock three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe,...

Simon sends Ferrer crashing

Gilles Simon send Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer crashing to his earliest US Open defeat in five years on Sunday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win achieved in crushing New York humidity. The 26th seeded Simon capitalised on the 52 unforced errors of the 32-year-old Ferrer, a semi-finalist in 2007 and 2012, who appeared to struggle physically towards the end of their third-round clash, which was just 10 minutes short of three hours. Simon, who goes on to face either...

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Milan beat Lazio

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez made an inspired debut for AC Milan as he helped them beat Lazio 3-1 in their first competitive game under new coach Filippo Inzaghi on Sunday. Milan raced into a 3-0 lead in little more than an hour with goals from Keisuke Honda, Sulley Muntari and a Jeremy Menez penalty. But Lazio, who had more chances throughout the game, came back strongly after defender Alex, making his debut after a move from Paris St Germain, put through his...

Dunga picks Robinho

New Brazil coach Dunga has called up former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho in place of injured Hulk for upcoming friendlies with Colombia and Ecuador, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Sunday. Dunga, who unveiled his first squad since embarking on a second spell in charge after succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari following the World Cup, brought in the 30-year-old who has won 92 caps for the Selecao but whom Scolari left off his World Cup roster. Robinho has...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Top order stumbles

Top order stumbles

Bangladesh's top order collapsed on the first day of their three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis at St Kitts yesterday. At the time this report was filed, the Tigers were stuttering at 63 for three with openers Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman sent back to the pavilion. Tamim scored 20, while...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
SL rout Pakistan to clinch series 2-1

SL rout Pakistan to clinch series 2-1

Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34 and Tillakartane Dilshan hit an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final one-dayer on Saturday to clinch the series 2-1. Dhammika Prasad chipped in with two wickets as the hosts bowled Pakistan out for 102 and then surpassed the Duckworth-Lewis target of 101 in the 19th over of a one-sided game in Dambulla. An hour-long rain interruption after Pakistan had slumped to 81-8 in the 26th over of the first session forced the umpires to reduce the game to 48-overs-a-side. Sri Lanka galloped home in style to build on the 2-0 sweep in the preceding Test series and left Pakistan searching...

US Open

Published Date: August 31, 2014
More seeds depart

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit the US Open in the first week Saturday when she was knocked out by Serbian world number 145 Aleksandra Krunic. Third seeded Kvitova lost the third round tie 6-4, 6-4 to the pint-sized 21-year-old from Belgrade, who came through qualifying and had never won a match at a major before this year's event. Kvitova joins second seed Simona Halep, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, and eighth-seeded...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
India spin to win

India spin to win

India's spinners again proved England's undoing as the tourists won the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Saturday by six wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. World champions India, chasing a modest 228 for victory, cruised to 228 for four with seven overs to spare. Ambati Rayudu, only playing because of Rohit Sharma's tour-ending finger injury, was an ODI-best 64 not out. Together with Suresh Raina, who followed up his 100 in India's equally dominant 133-run victory in Cardiff on Wednesday with a run-a-ball 42, Rayudu put on 87 for the fourth wicket. But it was the first innings that decided the course of the match, with England...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Sylhet stokes long lost memories

On Friday Sylhet District Stadium turned into a virtual human sea during the international football friendly between Bangladesh U-23s and their Nepalese counterparts. It was a spectacle to behold, not because of the quality of the game but for the love for football among the people of the otherwise laidback north-eastern headquarters of the country. An unverified figure suggests that there were 25,000 packed into the stands and as many scrambled on the green top just outside the playing...

17th Asian Games
Incheon 2014

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Caesar added to contingent

Bangladeshi gymnast Quazi Syque Caesar will participate in the Asian Games as gymnastics has been included in Bangladesh's participation list after state minister for youth and sports Biren Shikder intervened. “The minister asked why Caesar had been excluded from the contingent. He wanted Caesar to be included in the contingent and we have acquiesced to his request, “said Wing Commander Rafiqul Islam, member secretary of the training and development committee of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA). Gymnastics, along with eight other disciplines...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Sunny to take Gazi's place

Slow left-armer Elias Sunny will replace Shohag Gazi, who has been reported by the ICC for a suspect action, for the two-Test series against the West Indies due to begin on September 5. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan -- whose disciplinary suspension will be lifted on September 15 -- will replace Gazi in Bangladesh's Asian Games squad which will take part in a T20 tournament in Incheon, Korea starting later that month. “Gazi has to go through a series of visa...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
2 WI players prefer CL to Tigers Tests

Two West Indies players considered for selection for the first Test against Bangladesh in St. Vincent have opted to play in the Champions League T20 in India instead. The West Indies Cricket Board did not reveal who the players were, and said their "decisions will not have any deleterious effect on consideration for future West Indies selection" because the CLT20 had "an ICC approved window on the international schedule." The qualifying round of the Champions League begins on September 13,...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Siddikur off to Switzerland

Golfer Siddikur Rahman left for Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday to participate in the Omega Masters, a co-sanctioned event of European Tour and Asian Tour, which starts from September 4. This is the first event of the second half of the year in the Asian Tour calendar and brings Siddikur back into action after a break of three months. A back injury forced Siddikur into the elongated break since the end of the Queens Cup in Thailand in...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Chelsea thrash Everton

Chelsea thrash Everton

Chelsea overpowered Everton 6-3 in a remarkable game on Saturday to preserve their 100 percent record in the Premier League, after Manchester City were stunned by Stoke City. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea led 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2, but Everton kept coming back at them and it was not until Diego Costa made it 6-3 with...

Bundes Liga

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Dortmund win a thriller

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from defeat on the opening day of the Bundesliga season to run out 3-2 winners at Augsburg on Friday with Marco Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Adrian Ramos all on target. Jurgen Klopp's side needed to survive a late scare at the SGL Arena, however, as Augsburg trimmed back a three-goal deficit before the final whistle ended their hopes of completing a remarkable comeback. In Bavaria, Klopp brought goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and centre-back Neven Subotic back into his...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
MU agree Blind deal

MU agree Blind deal

Manchester United announced on Saturday that they have reached an agreement to sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax. "MUFC has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms," United said in a statement on the club's official Twitter page. "A further announcement will be made when the process is complete." Blind, 24, was in United coach Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad in Brazil, where he helped Holland reach the semi-finals, and can play at left-back and as a defensive midfielder. Subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical examination, Blind is poised to become United's fifth close-season signing, as Van Gaal...

LFP

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Real rest Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested for Real Madrid's trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday to allow him fully recover from injuries, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday. The Portuguese has struggled with injuries since the back end of last season and has also not been called up by Portugal for the upcoming international break, which means almost three weeks off for the mercurial 29-year-old. "He is okay but we have preferred to use this week and the following two for him...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Jose baffled by seedings

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he is baffled by the "strange" system used by UEFA to determine the Champions League seedings. The draw for the group stage of Europe's elite club competition was made on Thursday, with questions raised about the way the make-up of each group is influenced by dividing the 32 teams into four pots beforehand based on their previous European performances. But Mourinho, whose side were drawn with Sporting Lisbon, Schalke and Maribor, doesn't believe clubs who haven't...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Torres set for Milan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to end his miserable spell at Stamford Bridge by joining AC Milan on loan for the next two seasons. Torres has endured a difficult time with the Blues since his then-British record £50 million (63m euros, $82.9m) move from Liverpool in January 2011. The 30-year-old Spain international was unable to repeat his prolific Liverpool form in west London and has scored just 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea. He was believed to...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
MSC women make it four in four

Mohammedan Sporting Club won their fourth consecutive Women's club title after they defeated Abahani Limited by 77 runs in the final of the sixth edition of the Metropolitan Women's Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday. Mohammedan's Rumana Ahmed made an unbeaten 100 off 91 balls to lead her side to 204 in 40 overs. In reply, three wickets apiece from Salma Khatun and Eti Mondal restricted Abahani to 127 for seven. Mohammedan won the tournament in 2013,...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
3-on-3 b'ball concludes

Bangladesh Navy and Dhaka All Stars emerged champions in the men's and women's group of Citycell 3-on-3 Basketball Championship respectively, which concluded at the Dhanmondi basketball Gymnasium yesterday. Navy beat Bangladesh Army by 21-16 points in the men's final, with Mithun scoring highest 10 points and Rasheduzzaman scoring seven points. In the women's final, Dhaka All Stars defeated Wild Cats by 10-6 points. Natasha Kalam scored all 10 points for All Stars. Secretary of National Sports Council Shibnath Roy witnessed the...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Age level swimming from Monday

Cotton Group National Age Level Swimming Competition starts at the National Swimming Complex and the Bangladesh Army Diving pool in Dhaka on Monday. A total of 378 boys and 163 girls from 52 teams including 15 district sports associations, 34 swimming clubs, BKSP, Ansar and one educational board will take part in the three-day competition. The total budget for this event has been estimated at Tk 18 lakh, out of which Tk 13 lakh will be borne by the sponsors,...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Tennis team off to Bangkok

Five tennis players of different schools from across Dhaka, accompanied by a trainer, will leave here for Thailand tomorrow to take part in the training programme of the ITF/ATF U-14 JTI Development Training Camp, which will be held in Bangkok from August 31 to September 13, said a press release from the Bangladesh Tennis Federation yesterday. All the expenditure of the touring party will be borne by the ITF and ATF.

Bundes Liga

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Bayern settle for a draw

Last season's Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored his first competitive goal for new club Bayern Munich but the champions had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04 on Saturday. Despite having new signing Xabi Alonso in the Bayern team 24 hours after he joined on a two-year deal from Real Madrid, they looked far from their best as Schalke got their first point to snap a two-game losing run with a gutsy second-half performance. Lewandowski opened his account...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Juve edge Chievo

Massimiliano Allegri silenced the doubters as champions Juventus beat Chievo 1-0 in the former AC Milan coach's first Serie A game in charge of the Old Lady of Turin. Juventus, who replaced three-time Scudetto winning coach Antonio Conte Allegri in the close season, outclassed Eugenio Corini's men but could only manage a sixth minute Cristiano Biraghi own-goal. New boss Allegri -- an unpopular signing with many bianconeri fans -- gave 18-year-old summer signing from Paris Saint-Germain, Kingsley Coman, a surprising start...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

The two-match SS Steel International Friendly Series ended all square after hosts Bangladesh U-23 suffered a 0-1 defeat against their Nepalese counterparts at the Sylhet District Stadium yesterday. Substitute midfielder Sushil KC struck the all-important goal for Nepal in the 78th minute to beat the hosts, who had won the first match of the...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Views split on split-captaincy

Bangladesh's dismal run in international cricket this year led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) directors discussing the possibility of introducing a split-captaincy policy. One of the points of discussion during the board meeting last week was regarding the possibility of Mushfiqur Rahim shouldering too much stress. Questions were also raised regarding the captain's strategy in a number of ODIs this year. As an alternative some of the directors suggested that a different ODI captain be named, with pacer Mashrafe...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Gazi out of WI Tests

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has been withdrawn from the Test series against the West Indies due to begin on September 5. The team management will decide on a replacement for the spinner today. The 23-year-old, who was reported for a suspect action during the second ODI against the West Indies on August 22, needs to have his action tested in an ICC-accredited facility within two weeks of being reported. As a result, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to withdraw the...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Sharma ruled out of series

India opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series in England after suffering a broken finger, it was announced Friday. Murali Vijay will fly to England as his replacement but is unlikely to arrive in time for Saturday's third one-day international at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground. Sharma appeared to sustain the injury while fielding during world champions India's 133-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Wednesday after making 52 when the tourists batted. A...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Tigers begin 3-dayer today

With a view to fine tune skills before the two-match Test series, the Tigers play a three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis starting from today at the Warner Park in St Kitts. “The weather is fine at this moment and the boys are now practising. Everybody is looking forward to the Test series and the three-day match will help the boys to change gears,” said selector cum team operation manager Habibul Bashar over telephone yesterday.  “The team had a...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Utseya hattrick goes in vain

Utseya hattrick goes in vain

South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hattrick from spinner Prosper Utseya to beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the third match of the triangular series on Friday. Utseya, who finished with career-best figures of five for 36, became only the second Zimbabwean to take a hattrick in a one-day international as South Africa delivered an off-key batting performance to be bowled out for 231. But Zimbabwe, with their best chance of rare win over a major cricketing power, fell well short of the target as they were bowled out for 170 off 38.3 overs. South Africa, who convincingly beat Australia thanks to a fine batting display on Wednesday, raced...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Hockey team back to Dhaka

Having trained at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for the last 12 weeks, the national hockey team returned to Dhaka yesterday to take part in the World Hockey League (Round-1), which is set to get underway from September 5 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium. With Sri Lanka and Hong Kong being the other teams in the tournament, hosts Bangladesh are hoping to move to the next round as champions. Bangladesh, who beat both these teams on home...

US Open

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Top seeds sail through

Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday. They were joined in the last 32 by 2012 winner Andy Murray and reigning Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova. But former world number one Ana Ivanovic, the eighth seed, and 2011 champion Samantha Stosur were knocked out on a day when stiff winds brought new...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
3-on-3 b'ball underway

Cityc Open 3-on-3 Basketball Championship kicked off at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday, with 23 teams split into four groups taking part in the two-day event. A total of 26 matches took place in the opening day. The event was inaugurated by the president of Bangladesh Basketball Federation Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin where sponsor Citycell's head of corporate communications Taslim Ahmed was also present as special guest. The final will take place today at 4:30pm at the same venue.

Lega Calcio

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Rivals circle Juventus

Rivals circle Juventus

Juventus have been a class above the rest of the Serie A in the past three seasons but now they must contemplate going for a fourth successive title without coach Antonio Conte and a host of clubs believing they can wrest the crown from them. The title race will seek to revive Italian fans'...