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Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

Free-scoring Australia will seek continental glory in the Asian Cup final on Saturday but South Korea could gatecrash the party in a hugely anticipated decider between two of the region's toughest teams. It could be a case of who blinks first when the heavyweights clash in Sydney, with the hosts seeking a first Asian title since quitting Oceania in 2006, and the Koreans desperate to end a hoodoo stretching back a staggering 55 years. The Socceroos were...

Jimmy & Midge in Tigers' nets!

Jimmy & Midge in Tigers' nets!

Bangladesh newbies Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar got the opportunity to...

'We have to be realistic'

'We have to be realistic'

The term "Banglawash" has been added to the cricketing dictionary and...

Two ICC events in Bangladesh

Two ICC events in Bangladesh

Bangladesh will host two major events of International Cricket Council (ICC)...

'I'll be a better human being'

'I'll be a better human being'

Banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer vowed Thursday to prove himself as a "better player and better human being" after his spot-fixing ban was relaxed by the cricket world governing body. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said Aamer, 22, can return to domestic matches with immediate effect, ending his five-year suspension, which was handed...

Sangakkara narrows gap

Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double of a century and a world-record wicketkeeping performance inspired Sri Lanka to a 34-run win over New Zealand in their one-day series finale in Wellington on Thursday. Even though it was a dead rubber, with New Zealand going into the match holding an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series, it was a morale boosting win for Sri Lanka. SCORES IN BRIEF SRI LANKA: 287 for 6 in 50 overs (Thirimanne 30, Dilshan 81, Sangakkara 113 not out,...

Super Over to decide tied WC final

The upcoming cricket World Cup final will be decided by a Super Over in the event of a tie, the sport's governing body announced on Thursday. The move is a return to the playing condition in force at the last World Cup in 2011, abandoning a proposal to have "joint winners", made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year. "The ICC Board reinstated the use of a Super Over in the event of a tie in the ICC Cricket World...

Big win for Proteas

Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series to set up a 131-run win for South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla made 133 and Rossouw powered his way to 132 in a South African total of 361 for five in an innings reduced to 42 overs because of rain. West Indies were bowled out for 230 in reply with left-arm pace bowler Wayne Parnell taking...

Rain spoils 2nd day

Rain ruined Bangladesh Under-19s' batting progress on the second day of the first three-dayer against their Sri Lankan counterparts at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. The visitors reached 78 for 2 in 28 overs in reply to the hosts' 216 before rain stopped play. Shadman Islam scored 56 runs off 69 balls, smashing eleven boundaries. Earlier left-arm spinner Mohammad Nihaduzzaman took the last wicket of Sri Lankan side to finish with figures of five for 55 runs.

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Last chancefor India to reach final

India and England clash on Friday in Perth with the winners taking their place in the tri series final against Australia in the shadow of the looming World Cup. The hosts are enjoying extra time to prepare for Sunday's final at Perth's WACA ground while the tourists go at each other again. England thrashed India by nine wickets in their last encounter and ran Australia close in their second meeting last week in Brisbane. And that has put captain Eoin Morgan in...

Australian Open

Serena v Maria in grudge final

Serena v Maria in grudge final

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a grudge Australian Open final between the world's top two players Thursday, with the Russian desperate to break 10-year jinx against her arch-rival. The best two players in the world have a long history and the odds are stacked in Williams' favour ahead of the Melbourne Park...

Murray storms into final

Britain's Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The dual Grand Slam champion, seeded six, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6/8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's decider. The tournament has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot with three runner-up finishes, but he has given himself another chance to break through and add to his Wimbledon...

LAMPARD ON THE MOON!

LAMPARD ON THE MOON!

One plucky Manchester City fan has wagered a full 500 pounds on Frank Lampard to score the first goal in Sunday's crunch Premiership meeting against Chelsea after claiming to have seen the midfielder's face on the moon over London and taking it as some kind of celestial omen. Moonstruck City fanatic Kieran O'Brien posted proof of his bet on Twitter along with a picture of the moon, with an unconvincing silhouette of Lampard's face.                                                      -- Internet

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Scoreline flatters inferior booters

Scoreline flatters inferior booters

Even an open declaration of a 30-lakh taka cash incentive and the support of a full-house at the Sylhet District Stadium failed to inspire Bangladesh, who went down 0-1 against Malaysia U-23 in the opening match of Bangabandhu Gold Cup yesterday. The hosts -- visibly inferior in strength, skill, idea and motivation against this...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

De Kruif hides behind phantom nerves

De Kruif hides behind phantom nerves

Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif blamed the team's mental approach and a 'silly goal' while defending his decision to keep Zahid Hasan Emily for the entirety of the match, despite the striker's costly mistakes after the 0-1 defeat against Malaysia U-23 team yesterday. The 46-year-old coach felt that it was the initial nervousness and...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

SYLHETEA

SYLHETEA

Nihar Ranjan, one of two commentators flown in from India by the official broadcasters Channel 9, revealed something interesting during a casual chat. The footballer-turned-commentator claimed he coaches a team of the West Bengal prisoners, where a Bangladeshi boy named Robin is the main goalkeeper. However, his prediction about the opening match was...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

Gulf nations want Australia out

On the eve of the Socceroos battling it out in the Asian Cup final, Football Federation Australia is about to face an even bigger battle after a movement mobilised among some Gulf nations to have Australia expelled from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Speaking to a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, AFC president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa revealed he was aware that momentum for Australia's removal from the confederation continued to strengthen among Gulf nations after rumours began...

Destro agrees Milan deal

Roma striker Mattia Destro has agreed to join AC Milan, the struggling Serie A giants announced Thursday. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani agreed terms with Roma officials on Wednesday and had only been waiting on the 23-year-old Italy international player's agreement. No further details were given by Milan, although it is believed Destro will move on a six-month loan deal worth 700,000 euros but could secure a permanent deal to the San Siro giants at the end of the summer for 16...

Tottenham set Chelsea date

Two moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Dane Eriksen's sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino's team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as many minutes from 18-year-old substitute Che Adams levelled the tie overall. But a calm finish from Eriksen with three minutes left meant...

Neymar sinks Atletico

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said he had to substitute two-goal star Neymar to prevent the Brazilian from being injured as his side's Copa del Rey quarterfinal, second leg with Atletico Madrid turned nasty. The Catalans went through 4-2 on aggregate after coming from behind twice to win 3-2 on the night as Atletico were reduced to nine men and were lucky not to be more harshly punished when Arda Turan was only booked for throwing his boot at an assistant...

Costa in hot water

Costa in hot water

Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Costa seemed to deliberately stand on Can's ankle in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

The International Cricket Council Thursday gave permission for banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer to return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, relaxing his ban for spot-fixing. Aamer was one of three Pakistani players handed bans of at least five years for agreeing to arrange no-balls to order in a Test against England in 2010. The...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Tamim joins festive team

Tamim joins festive team

Opener Tamim Iqbal joined Bangladesh's training camp at Brisbane yesterday after completing his medical check-up at Melbourne. The left-hander however took a day off yesterday and will begin training today. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the players had a delayed start to their training at the Allan Border Ground in the morning due...

EXPECTATIONS down under

Published Date: January 29, 2015
'I believe they can'

'I believe they can'

Roquibul Hasan needs no description as he is a very renowned figure in Bangladesh's cricket. The former national captain has a vast knowledge regarding the game and closely monitors the country's cricket. Talking about Bangladesh's World Cup journey, the former batsman expressed his hope regarding the Tigers' chances in the mega event with some...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Big victories all around

Big victories all around

The three remaining matches of the first round of the National Cricket League ended with teams winning by huge margins. Dhaka, courtesy of their record innings and 413-run over Barisal within three days on Tuesday, earned the most number of bonus points and currently top the table with 25 points. Khulna, Dhaka Metro and...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Milos Raonic said Wednesday he felt helpless as he was dismantled by remorseless world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Viewed as at the vanguard of the young breed in men's tennis, the big-serving Canadian eighth seed was neutralised by the power and precision of the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals. The Serbian top seed ran the show, dealing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 lesson on Raonic in two hours to set up a semi-final with defending champion Stan Wawrinka. The match just slipped away from Raonic as Djokovic tightened his grip, breaking the Canadian's huge serve three times while not conceding one break point opportunity in...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Pak tour issues still not resolved

The issues surrounding Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to take place in April this year, will be settled only after a discussion between the chiefs of the two boards. However, a meeting between the two chiefs however, is yet to be scheduled, BCB officials informed yesterday. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, who had gone to the UAE to attend an ICC board meeting, met with his Pakistani counterpart. “It's too early to make any comments regarding the series. There have been plenty...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 29, 2015
DIARY

NOVAK'S NO. 1 FAN During Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarterfinal, a photo of his three-month-old son started making the rounds on social media. The photo posted by his wife showed the hairless head of young Stefan in a baby chair, with knit booties and a giraffe blanket watching his dad play tennis on TV. On-court interviewer Jim Courier asked the No. 1-ranked player about his No. 1 fan after the match, directing his attention to the big screens overhead at Rod Laver...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
U-19s' strong start in first three-dayer

Fresh from a one-day series victory, Bangladesh Under-19s made a good start in the first three-day match against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nihaduzzaman and off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz shared seven wickets as the home side finished the first day on 212 for nine in 96 overs. Nihaduzzaman claimed four wickets for 51 runs and Miraz took three wickets for 65. Opener Salinda Ushan Pereira top scored with 77 for the local side. The young...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Final miracle eludes Lee

Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hattrick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday. The Twenty20 final was the 38-year-old former Australia paceman Lee's last match and he came on to bowl the final over for the Sydney Sixers with the opposition needing eight runs. The Perth side looked in firm control needing one run from three...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
MSC hopefuls sent home

Two Brazilian footballers, who came here to have a trial for Mohammedan Sporting Club ahead of the upcoming season, went back to their home from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after failing to obtain the on-arrival Bangladesh visa. The players, Jose Felipe Da Cruz Oliveira and Silva Palma Cesar, arrived at the airport in the morning and caught the return flight in the evening as the club's officials failed to arrange on-arrival visa for them. "They came here via an agent...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Broad's U-turn

England fast bowler Stuart Broad insisted Tuesday he had not meant to insult low-paid workers following an angry response to a tweet about Britain's minimum wage. "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10 per cent earners in the world. #stay #humble," the 28-year-old posted in a now deleted tweet. Given Broad, a senior England player for several years, earns considerably more than the minimum wage, there were many who took issue with his comments. However,...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Showtime IN Sylhet

Showtime IN Sylhet

'Football, Football, Football…..' A hand-held microphone announcing the grand event buzzed around Sylhet city from early in the morning the day before kick-off. Decorated with banners and archways at the busy intersections, the city had been warming up to the occasion for quite a while now. A colourful rally set off from the match...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Beat & win Tk 30 lakh

Beat & win Tk 30 lakh

If Bangladesh needed some motivation ahead of today's Bangabandhu Gold Cup opener against Malaysia U-23 team, it came in the form of a declaration of huge cash incentive from Kazi Salahuddin. The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president made a surprise visit to the team's training session at the BFF Academy ground in the...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Figo challenges Blatter for FIFA presidency

Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced that he is to challenge Sepp Blatter in this year's FIFA presidential election. "I care about football, so what I'm seeing regarding the image of FIFA -- not only now but in the past years -- I don't like it," the 42-year-old said in an interview broadcast by CNN. "If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal -- not positive words. It's that we...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Chelsea win, but at what Costa?

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final at Liverpool's expense as the London club edged a breathless semi-final second leg 1-0 on Tuesday. The Serbian's goal gave Jose Mourinho's side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a March 1 final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United. Chelsea striker Diego Costa is at risk of punishment after twice appearing to stamp on Liverpool players. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho once again alleged that his team were the victims...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Real to rename Bernabeu?

The Santiago Bernabéu stadium will be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu, according to the Spanish sports newspaper AS. The report has not been confirmed by Real Madrid, but the president Florentino Pérez was caught on camera admitting to a member of the regional government that the stadium will be called whatever the Abu Dhabi investment group IPIC want it to be called. Madrid signed a deal with the International Petroleum Investment Company at the end of October 2014. IPIC owns the...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
2-match ban for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's next two games after Spanish football's disciplinary committee decided to review the red card he saw against Córdoba and not consider it violent conduct. Ronaldo was sent off when Real Madrid were desperately looking for a game-winning goal and apologized shortly after the game. His team ultimately earned the three points. Ronaldo will miss Saturday's match against Real Sociedad and next Wednesday's home game against a Sevilla team that will not be easy to...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
$4B transfers in 2014

The global football transfer market hit a record high in 2014, breaking the $4 billion barrier for the first time, according to the annual report by FIFA TMS, which monitors all deals. England provided the biggest investors and Brazilian players were the most sought-after as a total of 13,000 players moved clubs. English clubs accounted for $1.17 billion in 2014, which represents more than a quarter of global spending. Spanish clubs received the biggest slice of transfer fees, at $667 million. English...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
BFF buys 20 tolas of gold

Having taken the lesson of counterfeit crests that were given to the heroes of the War of Liberation, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is determined to avoid such scam by providing 20 tolas of 24-carat gold in the 22-inch trophy for the champions of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup football tournament, which begins in Sylhet today. Some members of the gift and prize committee of the tournament already bought the required gold yesterday. A replica trophy will be put on the field...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Milan CEO tells all in prank call

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been tricked into revealing details about his transfer plans and Inzaghi on radio on Tuesday. Galliani fell victim to a man who pretended to be president of rival club Sampdoria, Massimo Ferrari. The prankster quizzed Galliani if Inzaghi would be sacked if Milan lost to Lazio on Tuesday, and he said "No." Galliani was also asked which strikers the club had targeted to shore up their ineffective attack. "I'm looking for a centre-forward on loan and I...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
ICC keeps super over for World Cup final

ICC keeps super over for World Cup final

The International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstated the use of a super over for the World Cup final of 2015 to determine a winner in case of a tied match. In its first meeting of 2015 held at the board’s headquarters in Dubai, the cricket governing body also brought changes to code of conduct offenses...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Djokovic masters Raonic to reach Australian Open semis

Djokovic masters Raonic to reach Australian Open semis

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic blasted Canada's Milos Raonic in straight sets to make his fifth Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday. The top seed was in brilliant form in dishing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 hammering of the world number eight in two hours and will face defending champion Stan Wawrinka for...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open

Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open

A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final with teen Madison Keys, as defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka crushed Japanese hopes. Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against the dangerous Slovak, a steely look in her...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion's stirring run at Melbourne Park. The unseeded Keys, 19, beat her 18th seeded compatriot 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, overcoming a thigh injury to set up a final four clash with...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Ivanovic sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final

Ivanovic sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final at Liverpool's expense as the London club edged a breathless semi-final second leg 1-0 on Tuesday. The Serbian's goal gave Jose Mourinho's side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a March 1 final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United and cutting...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Who you want to bat against?

Who you want to bat against?

The Tigers began their down under journey yesterday and enjoyed their first day of training, which was an eventful one. The batsmen practised in simulated match scenarios at the Allan Border Field; a small cricket ground in Brisbane. The simulation technology offers batsmen the luxury of choosing animation or video of a certain bowler...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Clarke, CA at odds!

Clarke, CA at odds!

Australia's attempt to win next month's World Cup and, potentially, the forthcoming Ashes in England, appears to be being threatened by a bitter, behind-the-scenes fallout between Michael Clarke and Cricket Australia. Clarke, the national team's captain, is facing a race to recover from a torn hamstring in time for Australia's second game of the World Cup against Bangladesh in Brisbane on February 21. That is the deadline handed to him by the governing body and given that Clarke's camp are said to have previously, and privately, agreed a return date for the team's fourth match of the tournament, many are interpreting that as his superiors setting the 33-year-old up to...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Narine pulls out of World Cup

Narine pulls out of World Cup

If the dropping of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard followed by the one-sided ODI series defeat in South Africa were not enough, West Indies' worries ahead of World Cup 2015 have intensified with their premier spinner Sunil Narine deciding to pull out of the squad on Tuesday. Mystery spinner Narine decided to give himself more time to work on his bowling action, which was reported as suspect in successive matches during last year's Champions League T20 where Narine represented Kolkata Knight Riders. Following that, Narine had told the WICB that he would take care of his rehabilitation on his own. It is understood that Knight Riders were heavily involved in...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Tigers' Venues Down Under

Tigers' Venues Down Under

We don't quite know how the venue selections are made but the Black Caps are meeting all of their opponents at a home ground. Meeting Bangladesh on March 13 in a home ground is not any different, either. In this case it is Hamilton's Seddon Park. New Zealand have lost to Bangladesh in...