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Pele hospitalized with urinary infection

Pele

MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian soccer great Pele was hospitalized in Paris with a strong fever but his condition is not life-threatening and he should be released “within a couple of days,” one of his long-time friends said on Wednesday. The 78-year-old was suffering from a urinary infection and being treated with antibiotics, his friend and spokesman Pepito Fornos, who was with Pele at the hospital, said. “Everything is under control. Everything’s fine.” Pele was admitted late on Tuesday as a precaution after attending an event in the French capital with France’s World Cup winning youngster Kylian Mbappe. He was still ...

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Federer downs Isner for 101st career title

Federer

MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday. Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Federer, who won his fourth Miami title, broke Isner three times in a blazing opening set, according to a Reuters report. “It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves,” the Swiss, 37, said in a courtside interview. But the American fought back in the second, levelling the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it difficult to continue. ...

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Ireland to host Windies & BD for tri-series in May

Ireland

MNA Sports Desk: Ireland will host West Indies and Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series in the first half of May, with a double round-robin phase followed by a final, reports ESPNcricinfo. The tri-series will begin on May 05, with Ireland facing West Indies, and conclude with the final on May 17. All the matches will take place in Dublin, at Castle Avenue, Clontarf and The Village, Malahide. The tournament will serve as preparation for West Indies and Bangladesh ahead of the 2019 World Cup that begins in England on May 30. West Indies play their first match on May 31, ...

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Bangladesh beats Bhutan 2-0 to storm into SAFF semis

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 goals in the SAFF Women Championship at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday. The outright victory helped Bangladesh storm to the semifinal of the tournament with a match to spare. They will now take on Nepal on March 16 in their bid to be the champion of their group. Nepal earlier defeated Bhutan by 3-0, which means Bangladesh need to win over the hosts at any cost to be the group champion. A draw is enough for hosts Nepal to become the group champion. For most the first half of the ...

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Bangladesh failed to utilize wicket: Mahmudullah

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s failure to take advantage of the wicket led to their humiliating loss to New Zealand in the second Test at Wellington, Mahmudullah Riyad said Tuesday. Beating Tigers by an innings and 12 runs confirmed the Kiwis’ series win with one match to go. Bangladeshi batsmen appeared clueless against New Zealand pace attack. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner took 16 wickets in the series so far, most of them have been notched by short deliveries. “I think the help from the wicket was equally the same for both groups of the bowlers. They (Kiwis) utilised the wicket properly, ...

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Juventus takes leap to retain title

Juventus

MNA Sports Desk: Serie A champion Juventus took a huge step towards retaining the Serie A title by beating second-placed Napoli on Sunday, with both sides reduced to 10 men. Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was given a straight red card for tripping Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic curled in the resulting free-kick, according to BBC. Emre Can headed a second, before Pjanic was dismissed for deliberate handball. Jose Callejon pulled a goal back and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne missed a late penalty. The spot-kick was awarded by the VAR six minutes from time after Fabian Ruiz’s cutback hit Alex Sandro on ...

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Roger Federer stands one win away from 100th singles title

Federer

MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer is one win away from a 100th ATP singles title after a semi-final victory over Borna Coric on Friday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Federer, 37, showed his best form of the tournament in easing to a 6-2, 6-2 win over the 22-year-old Croat. He now faces Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in the Australian Open last 16 in January. A win will make Federer the second male player to win 100 singles titles after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109. “Tsitsipas is tough to play, tough to beat,” said Federer. “He ...

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Sabbir’s ton fails avoiding whitewash

Sabbir

MNA Sports Desk: Sabbir Rahman hit his first international century on Wednesday at Dunedin but Bangladesh failed to avoid a clean sweep against the hosts New Zealand. The Tigers suffered a big loss of 88 runs after losing first two matches by eight wickets each, and subsequently, they lost the series 3-0. The Kiwis posted 330 for six wickets in the first part of the match after losing the toss to Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe. Despite the knock of 102 by Sabbir, Bangladesh capitulated for 242/10 in 47.2 overs and lost the match by 88 runs, reports UNB. Tim Southee, the ...

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Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI against NZ

Mithun

MNA Sports Desk: Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has been ruled out of third One-day International against New Zealand which is scheduled to be played Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. In the first two matches of the three-match series, Mithun struck the back-to-back fifties which helped the Tigers to pass 200-runs mark, UNB reports. However, Bangladesh have capitulated to the Kiwi in both of the first two matches by a big margin of eight wickets. “Mithun had suffered a hamstring injury in the second match of the series and a scan suggested he will not be available in the next ...

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BCB declares new domestic T20 tournament

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that a Twenty20 cricket tournament comprising teams from the Dhaka Premier League will begin on Feb 25. The tournament will feature local cricketers exclusively. Foreign players will not be allowed to take part. BCB Director Kazi Inam Ahmed made the announcement at a media briefing on Monday. The decision came amid growing calls for a domestic T20 competition outside the Bangladesh Premier League to develop more local talent in the shortest format of the game. The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) had previously expressed a willingness to stage a ...

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NZ beats BD by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

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MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare. The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday. After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups. It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and ...

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Mashrafe expresses confidence over success in New Zealand

Mashrafe

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his team can break their drought in New Zealand during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder’s absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. Bangladesh’s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets ...

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Injury throws away Shakib from New Zealand tour

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh stalwart Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out from the upcoming New Zealand ODIs due to a finger injury that he sustained during the final of Bangladehs Premier League (BPL) on Friday between Dhaka Dynamites and ComillaVictorians. Shakib led the Dynamites in the Final who lost the by 17 runs and failed to clinch the title in the second attempt on a trot. A source close to Shakib said he got injured on his left ring-finger while batting for the Dynamites. The southpaw got the blow while facing a short delivery from Sri Lankan ...

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Riders, Dynamites fights to reach final on Wednesday

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MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns in the Qualifier-2 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday for a final berth. The Titans’ clash will start at 6:30 pm. The winners of the match will qualify for the BPL season-six final on Friday (February 8) at the same venue against Comilla Victorians, which smartly reached the title-deciding final beating holders Rangpur Riders by eight wickets in Qualifier-1 on Monday. The loser of Wednesday’s match will be eliminated from the prestigious league. At the start of the league, defending runners-up Dynamites ...

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BPL Play-Off: Ctg Vikings beat Dhk Dynamites

Vikings

MNA Sports Desk: The victory at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after three consecutive defeats helped Vikings secure a spot in the super-four play-off stage after Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians. They have secured 14 points from 11 matches. Vikings, opting to bat first after winning the toss, posted 174/5 in 20 overs. Andre Russell took a hat-trick in the final over, picking up the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Cameron Delfort and Sanaka in the first three balls. It was the third hat-trick of the ongoing BPL. For the Vikings, South African all-rounder Cameron Delport scored the match highest of 71 ...

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ICC urges Sri Lanka to come clean on corruption

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MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council has urged Sri Lanka’s scandal-ridden sporting community to come forward with information about corruption before an amnesty expires or risk expulsion from the game. Sri Lankan cricket has been mired in corruption allegations in recent years, including claims of match fixing ahead of an international Test against England last year, and the sport’s world governing body is in the middle of a major inquiry into the island nation. The ICC said it had received a “positive response” after granting a 15-day amnesty this month for players, coaches or anyone else linked to the ...

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Record seventh AO title for Djokovic

Djokovic

MNA Sports Desk: Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. The Serb broke the Spaniard’s serve five times – and was rarely troubled on his own – in a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory to clinch his 15th Grand Slam. Second seed Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one’s intensity and made 28 unforced errors, reports BBC. Djokovic, 31, won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men’s winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer. A forehand winner down the ...

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Pliskova beats Serena as Djokovic enters semis

Pliskova

MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was brought to a halt in sensational style at the Australian Open Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, but fellow former champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals. The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but folded against the tall Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. Her reward is a clash against Japan’s Naomi Osaka for a place in the final, after the Japanese fourth seed brutally swatted aside the ...

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Last message of Sala before plane vanished

Sala

MNA Sports Desk: Emiliano Sala was unfortunately on board a plane that was heading to his new club Cardiff City in the Premier League but disappeared off the radar over the Channel Islands. Bone-chilling messages from the player to his friends have now emerged, sent out by Sala via WhatsApp, that show just how concerned and “scared” he really was, reports FOX Sports Asia. “Hey guys, how is it going? Brother, I am really tired now,” Sala said in Spanish. “I was over in Nantes sorting things out, doing this, doing that. “I am now aboard a plan that seems ...

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Mustafizur named in ICC’s 2018 ODI XI

Mustafizur

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s left-handed pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been named in ICC’s ODI team of the year 2018. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Test and ODI XI of the year 2018 on Tuesday. Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named as the skipper in both teams. Kohli, in 2018, scored 1,322 runs in 13 test matches at an average of 55.08 with five centuries. In the same year, in ODI’s, he scored 1,202 runs in 14 matches at an average of 133.55 with six centuries. He finished the year at the top of the ICC Test and ...

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Kohli all time greatest ODI batsman

Kohli

MNA Sports Desk: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has put Virat Kohli above all stalwarts of ODI cricket, calling him the “greatest batsman ever” in the format. Kohli, the world’s top-ranked batter in Tests and ODIs, led India in their historic tour of Australia, wherein they won the Test and ODI series and drew the T20I series, reports PTI. Kohli led India to their first-ever Test series win Down Under and added to his already astonishing collection of international hundreds, which, as of now, stands at 64. “To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day ...

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Serena, Zverev makes flashing start

Serena Williams

MNA Sports Desk: A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title. The American giant is bidding to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam crowns on her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant. Now 37, she kept a low profile in the lead-up to the opening major of the year and came out of the blocks flying against fellow mum Tatjana Maria, pummelling her German opponent 6-0, 6-2. Sporting ...

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Rahul, Pandya suspended over ‘sexist’ comments

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MNA Sports Desk: Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been suspended pending an inquiry into comments they made about women on a television show this week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday. Batsman Rahul and all-rounder Pandya have been heavily criticised in India and on social media for remarks that have been widely condemned as sexist and inappropriate. The length of their suspensions is not known, but the duo look set to miss the one-day international series in Australia starting on Saturday and a limited-overs tour of New Zealand. The Committee of ...

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Wolves reaches round 4 of FA Cup beating Liverpool

Liverpool

MNA Sports Desk: Premier League leaders Liverpool paid the price for fielding a weakened side as they were knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. The Merseysiders fell behind to a Raul Jimenez goal on the break in the 38th minute, the Mexican firing home confidently after Diogo Jota robbed James Milner. Belgian forward Divock Origi brought Liverpool, seven-times FA Cup winners, level in the 51st minute with a well-placed effort from the edge of the area. But Wolves grabbed the winner four minutes later when Ruben Neves ...

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Dominant India wins in Australia after 71 years

India

MNA Sports Desk: India ended a 71-year drought of a test series victory in Australia on Monday, their 2-1 triumph finally confirmed when the rain-affected fourth and final test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground early on Monday afternoon. The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honors Down Under. Wins in the first test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured they could not lose the series and their ...

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BPL-2019: Dynamites get emphatic victory over Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Dhaka Dynamites got an emphatic victory over Rajshahi Kings at their first game in the 5th season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Afghan batsman Hazratulah Zazai and Bangladesh national pacer Rubel Hossain played the pivotal roles to ensure a big win for current BPL runners-up Dynamites. Zazai struck a polished innings of 78 off 41 balls featuring four fours and seven sixe to be adjudged man of the match to received prize money of US dollars 500 while Rubel Hossain took three scalps for seven runs in three overs. Rajshahi ...

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Sachin’s cricket ‘guru’ Achrekar dies

Achrekar

MNA Sports Desk: Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar at around 5:00pm. Achrekar, honoured with a Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in coaching Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars in the finer nuances of the game. “The BCCI expresses is deepest sympathy on the passing of Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers but ...

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