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Dipu Chakma clinches first gold for Bangladesh in SA Games

Dipu Chakma

MNA Sports Desk: Dipu Chakma won the first gold medal for Bangladesh in taekwondo in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SA Games) in Nepal on Monday. Dipu beat the athletes from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal in 29+ age group category in poomsae taekwondo event to secure the first gold for Bangladesh at Satdobato Sports Complex. The Rangamati-born athlete scored 16.24 points in the event. Sri Lanka’s Lakshman IIandarige won silver with 8.22 points to his name while India’s Gangphung Gangsa won the bronze with 8.14 points. Earlier, Bangladesh won the first medal when Humayra Akter won Bronze ...

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Govt will work to promote tennis: PM

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MNA Sports Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will undertake projects to develop tennis courts at school, college and university levels to popularise tennis alongside cricket and football. “We’re usually busy with cricket and football but tennis is also a good sport. We’ll provide assistance so that universities, colleges and schools can set up tennis courts to flourish this game as the young generation is showing interest,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking to the players of the participating countries in Sheikh Russell International Club Cup Tennis Tournament-2019 and diplomats of the respective ...

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India deface Bangladesh in Indore Test

India

MNA Sports Desk: India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the first of the two-Test series in Indore, India on Day 3. With the win, India took a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series with the final match — first Day/Night Test on India — set to take place from November 22 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bangladesh were bundled out for 213 in the second innings. Times of India adds: The stars of the win in the Test for India were run-machine Mayank Agarwal and the pacers. The trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh ...

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ICC bans Shakib for two years

Shakib Al Hasan

MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain, has been banned by the ICC from all cricket for two years, with one year of that sentence suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code. The charges are as follows: Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct – in relation to the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe T20I tri-series in January 2018 and/or the 2018 IPL. Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of ...

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BCB to take legal action against Shakib

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon said the board is set to take legal action against Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan for breaching of regulation. Shakib recently signed a deal with Grameenphone, violating the national team contract which says players cannot sign contracts with telecom companies without prior approval from the board. “It’s clearly stated in the contract paper that no player can make an agreement with a telecom company. We’re going to take legal action against Shakib. He has to give an explanation. We cannot spare anyone in this regard,” Papon said ...

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Cricketers demand fair share of BCB revenue

BCB

MNA Sports Desk: The striking national cricket players have demanded a fair share of revenue earned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and fair pay for female cricketers in addition to their previous 11-point charter. On behalf of the cricketers, Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan placed a 13-point demand afresh while briefing reporters after a meeting of the cricketers at a Gulshan hotel in the evening, report UNB and bdnews24.com. The lawyer said the cricketers are ready to sit with the BCB tonight (Wednesday night) to discuss about their demands. With the latest the move of the cricketers, ...

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BCB chief sees conspiracy behind cricketers’ strike

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon has said the strike announced by national cricket players is part of a conspiracy to destabilize Bangladesh cricket. The BCB chief also slammed the striking players for going on strike without informing the authorities about their demands beforehand. Nazmul Hassan was addressing a press conference in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com. The cricketers’ demands are baseless as the BCB is already working to resolve the issues, he said. Earlier on Monday, the cricketers went on strike on Monday, demanding a pay hike, at a news conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National ...

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Racist abuse blights Bulgaria-England qualifier

England

MNA Sports Desk: Racist abuse cast a blight over a Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England on Monday with the match in Sofia twice halted by the referee after monkey noises and chants from the crowd were aimed at black players from the visiting team. English FA chairman Greg Clarke, present at the Levski Stadium, said it was “probably one of the most appalling nights I have seen in football.” British broadcaster ITV showed groups of men, dressed in black clothes, cupping their mouths and hurling abuse from the stands. England manager Gareth Southgate informed the UEFA delegate after ...

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Suarez hits double as Barcelona battle back to sink Inter

Barcelona

MNA Sports Desk: Luis Suarez scored two classy goals to inspire Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback win over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday and inflict a first defeat on Antonio Conte since he took charge of the Italians. Inter, who lead Serie A after winning all six domestic games under Conte, produced a wonderful first-half display and took the lead in the second minute through Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez. Barca had struggled to get going but looked more like their usual dominant selves on European nights at the Camp Nou after the break and deservedly pulled level ...

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Beijing unveils mascot for 2022 Winter Olympic

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MNA Sports Desk: An animated giant panda named “Bing Dwen Dwen” and a red lantern baby called “Shuey Rhon Rhon” have been unveiled as the two mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The mascots, revealed on Tuesday night at Beijing’s Shougang Ice Hockey Arena, are strongly associated with the host nation’s culture. among those attending the launch ceremony were Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. Beijing 2022 executive ...

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Serena dismantles Svitolina to reach US Open final

Serena

MNA Sports Desk: A rampaging Serena Williams moved to the brink of a record equaling 24th career Grand Slam title on Thursday storming past Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1 to book her spot in the US Open final. Since returning to action after the birth of her first child Williams has come agonizingly close to matching Margaret Court’s mark three times and will have a chance on Saturday to do so in front of an adoring home crowd for a second successive year. Last year Williams was left in tears following a chaotic and controversial loss to Naomi Osaka on Arthur ...

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Relentless Nadal knocks Cilic out of US Open

Nadal

MNA Sports Desk: Rafa Nadal faced his stiffest challenge yet at the US Open but raised his game to beat Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Monday and continue his quest for a fourth Flushing Meadows title. The second-seeded Spaniard was in cruise control as he took the first set behind some superb serving and stout defence but the big-hitting Croatian battled back to snatch the second. That was as good as it would get for Cilic, however, the momentum shifting decisively in Nadal’s favour when he jumped in the air to hit a spectacular overhead smash that electrified ...

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Federer, Djokovic cruise into US Open last 16

Federer

MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were at their dominant best at the US Open on Friday as both cruised into the round of 16 with straight-sets victories. After making sluggish starts in his previous two matches, five-times winner Federer took his game up a notch to power past Briton Dan Evans 6-2 6-2 6-1 under the open roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a sunny day, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old fired 48 winners and 10 aces to shake off any remaining rust since his Wimbledon final defeat by Djokovic earlier this year and faces Belgium’s David Goffin ...

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Real Madrid held to frustrating draw with Valladolid

Real Madrid

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid’s early optimism was punctured by an 88th-minute equalizer from Real Valladolid’s Sergi Guardiola as Zinedine Zidane’s side stumbled to a 1-1 draw in their first home game of the La Liga season on Saturday. Karim Benzema looked to have fired Madrid to a second straight win after last week’s confidence-boosting 3-1 victory at Celta Vigo when he scored in the 82nd minute with a splendid piece of skill, reports Reuters. The Frenchman, Madrid’s top scorer last campaign, controlled a pass with his back to goal and swiveled before striking his finish into the far corner ...

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Six names in running for India national cricket coach job

Ravi Shastri

MNA Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, India’s current head coach, and five other candidates have been shortlisted for Team India’s head coach job, news agency PTI reported. Apart from Shastri, who is currently on a 45-day extension after the World Cup 2019, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh are the other two Indians who have been shortlisted for the coveted job. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Jones are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role. The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by ...

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Brazil’s Jesus gets two-month ban for bad behaviour

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MNA Sports Desk: Striker Gabriel Jesus has been suspended from international matches with Brazil for two months because of bad behavior in the latest Copa América final. The governing body of South American soccer, CONMEBOL, also announced Wednesday that it fined the 22-year-old Jesus $30,000 for actions it considers insulting and defamatory during Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru in the July 7 decider. Jesus was sent off after a second yellow card at the 70-minute mark in the South American cup final, reports the Associated Press. He protested the decision with hand gestures suggesting the referee had been paid off ...

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Shakib joins awareness campaign against dengue

Shakib

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday joined a campaign to raise awareness against mosquito-borne dengue which has spread all over the country. The campaign was held at Banani Bidyaniketan School & College. “Dengue is now nearly an epidemic in the country which has never happened before. The virus is now spreading all over the country. So, I think everyone should be aware about it,” Shakib told the media. “Everyone should understand how serious it is. I am not affected by dengue now but I understand how painful it can be because I suffered once before,” ...

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Mushfiq completes 6000 ODI runs

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MNA Sports Desk: As the third Bangladeshi batsman after Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, wicketkeeper cum right handed batsman Mushfiqur Rahim completed 6000 runs in ODIs. He needed just eight runs in the 2nd match of three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka to complete 6000, reports UNB. Mushfiqur came in to bat after the dismissal of Tamim Iqbal and touched the lank-mark of 6000 runs in 201 innings of 215 matches featuring seven centuries and 37 half-centuries. The talented batsman started his career in 2006 against Zimbabwe. He did not get a chance to bat in his first two ...

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Tigers off to Sri Lanka to play ODI series

Sri Lanka

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh National Cricket Team left Dhaka for Sri Lanka on Saturday to play a three-match ODI series against the hosts in Colombo. The Tigers departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:45pm. The first match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place on July 26 while the remaining ones will be played on July 28 and 31. In the absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury just one day the before team’s departure, Tamim Iqbal will lead the Tigers in the series. “The series is ...

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England win Cricket WC after super over drama

England

MNA Sports Desk: England are crowned world champions for the first time. New Zealand tied England’s score of 15 in the super over but England were crowned champions as they had hit six more boundaries than the Kiwis during regulation play of 50 overs. As a result, according to the ICC rules, England were crowned champions even though the scores were level after the super over. England’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler took 15 off Trent Boult’s over. Jofra Archer bowled England’s over against Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham, who smashed a six off the second ball. With two runs required ...

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Mashrafe set to lead Tigers in Sri Lanka series

Mashrafe

MNA Sports Desk: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will tour Sri Lanka and lead the Tigers in the three-match ODI series against the island nation. However, the participation of Shakib Al Hasan in this series is still uncertain. Liton Das, the middle-order batsman, will miss the tour as he is on leave till August 5 for his marriage formalities. “We’re close to finalising the squad for the Sri Lanka series. Shakib is still uncertain. He asked for rest. We’re discussing it. Liton will miss the tour for his marriage,” Habibul Bashar, a member of Bangladesh selector committee, told the media on Friday ...

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221 unlucky for both India & Bangladesh

221

MNA Sports Desk: 221 remains an unlucky number for two Asian cricketing nations – India and Bangladesh. Both the teams’ score stood at 221 on their last game of this world cup. Bangladesh stopped at 221 after failing to chase Pakistan’s 315 in their last group stage game while India finished on 221 while chasing 239 of New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup today. Hence for both the Asian teams, 221 will be a nightmare. New Zealand stormed the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winning a thriller over India at Old Trafford ...

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India-New Zealand semifinal match to resume today due to rain

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MNA Sports Desk: The first semifinal match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand will resume on Reserve Day on Wednesday after rain stopped play on Tuesday. The match will resume from New Zealand’s score of 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson hit fifties for the Kiwis after they came under pressure from the Indian bowling attack. All five Indian bowlers bagged one wicket each before rain came down heavily . Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first against India. India playing XI Lokesh Rahul, Rohit ...

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Jesus, Firmino send Brazil into Copa Amercia final

Copa America

MNA Sports Desk: Brazil advanced to the final of the Copa America with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday thanks to a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. Jesus gave Brazil the lead in 19 minutes when Firmino sent in a low cross for the unmarked striker to side-foot home from close range. The two combined again on the counterattack after 71 minutes to make it 2-0 after great work from Jesus left Firmino with the simplest of tap-ins, reports Reuters. Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a header in ...

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Shakib, Mushfiqur in Anandabazar’s best World Cup XI so far

World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: More than half of the ICC World Cup 2019 has been played. If anyone asks you to make a dream team based on the performance of individuals so far, what would it look like? Well, Kolkata’s iconic newspaper Anandabazar Patrika has picked eleven players to draw up a dream XI for the tournament played until now, and both Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim from Bangladesh side made it to the squad thanks to their sublime performance. The report said about Bangladesh ace all-rounder: Shakib has been simply extraordinary with both bat and ball. He keeps proving ...

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Shakib’s performance helps Bangladesh sink Afghanistan

Afghanistan

MNA Sports Desk: The all-round brilliance of Shakib Al Hasan has powered Bangladesh to a convincing 62-win against Afghanistan in their crucial World Cup clash at the Hampshire Bowl. It was a day of milestones for Shakib who became only the second player in history to score a fifty and pick up five wickets in a World Cup match after India’s Yuvraj Singh. The talismanic all-rounder also became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score 1000 runs in World Cup cricket on his way to reclaiming his position as the tournament’s leading scorer. Bangladesh posted a strong 262 for seven on ...

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Brazil have three goals disallowed in draw with Venezuela

Brazil

MNA Sports Desk: Copa America hosts Brazil had three goals ruled out and missed a series of chances as they were held 0-0 by Group A rivals Venezuela on Tuesday. Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off late in the first half after the referee awarded a foul against the hosts, before substitute Gabriel Jesus found the net on the hour mark only for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review to deem Firmino offside in the build-up. Philippe Coutinho looked to have finally found the winner when he netted from close range but VAR intervened again, according to a Reuters ...

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