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Rashid leads Hyderabad into IPL final

Rashid

MNA Sports Desk: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Afghan teenager Rashid Khan provided late fireworks with the bat and then returned with the ball to snub Kolkata Knight Riders’ chase and guide his team to a 14-run win and a place in Sunday’s Indian Premier League final. The 19-year-old smashed an unbeaten 34 off 10 balls to guide Hyderabad to 174 for seven after they were put in to bat first in the playoffs at Eden Gardens. Kolkata seemed to be cruising in their chase before Rashid left them spellbound with his fast leg-spinners, claiming three for 19 in his four overs. If ...

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AB de Villiers quits internationals

AB de Villiers

MNA Sports Desk: South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced his surprise retirement from all international cricket after a glittering 14-year career playing for the Proteas. “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” he said in a statement. “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.” The 34-year-old said it had taken him a long time to make the “tough” decision and that he decided to quit while still playing ...

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Du Plessis leads Chennai into IPL final

du Plessis

MNA Sports Desk: South Africa’s Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 67 to lead Chennai Super Kings into their record seventh Indian Premier League final with a thrilling two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. Chasing 140 for victory, Chennai were in a shambles at 62-6 when Du Plessis stepped up with his 42-ball blitz that made the two-time champions achieve their target with five balls to spare in the first qualifier in Mumbai. The Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad, who topped the league table, have a second chance of making the final in the second qualifying match Friday when they will ...

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Argentina announce World Cup squad

Cup squad

MNA Sports Desk: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday. Argentina 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Willy Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate) Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax/NED), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune/CHN), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR) Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla/ESP), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Manuel Lanzini (West ...

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Shakib to lead tigers against Afghanistan

Afghanistan

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have named a strong 15-man squad for their short tour of Dehradun in northern India to play Afghanistan in a Twenty20 International series in June. Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side, and have Mahmudullah as his deputy, with most of the other premier cricketers from the country present in the line-up, reports news agency. The batting charge will be led by Tamim Iqbal, with the department also including Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain. Mustafizur Rahman, the only Bangladesh player in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2018 apart from Shakib, ...

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Chelsea edge Man United in Cup final

Chelsea

MNA Sports Desk: Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty proved decisive as Chelsea salvaged their season by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in what is widely expected to be manager Antonio Conte’s swansong on Saturday. The Belgian’s searing pace earned the spot-kick in the 21st minute after forcing Phil Jones into a desperate lunging tackle and he coolly tucked it away for what proved to be the winner. Jose Mourinho’s United were dismal in a scrappy first half and although they improved significantly after the break they were denied a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph. Chelsea, whose Premier ...

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8 killed in Afghan sports stadium blasts

sports stadium

MNA Sports Desk: Eight people were killed and 45 others wounded in a bomb attack in a sports stadium in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar overnight, the provincial government said in a statement Saturday. “Three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated as a result of a coordinated terrorist attack in Jalalabad city’s cricket stadium in Police District 1 of the city at around 11:20 p.m. Friday, leaving the casualties,” the statement added. A local cricket match was underway to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan or fasting month before the blasts. The casualties ...

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Bangladesh to face Windies in Florida

Florida

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play two Twenty20 Internationals against the Windies at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on their tour of the Caribbean in June-August 2018. The tour includes two Tests, three one-day internationals and three T20Is, the last two of which will be in the United States of America, reports news agency. The action kicks off with a two-day tour match for the visitors starting June 28, with the last match played on August 5. Fixtures July 4-8: 1st Test, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua July 12-16: 2nd Test, Sabina Park, Jamaica July 22: 1st ODI, Guyana National Stadium, ...

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Gary Kirsten to join BCB as consultant

Gary Kirsten

MNA Sports Desk: BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that South African Gary Kirsten appointment as a consultant is in the final stages. He was talking to Sport scribes yesterday after the reception to honour former coach West Indian Gordon Greenidge, reported news agency. BCB chief literally surprised the reporters by saying that Kirsten was already working for the board. Kirsten, who is currently in India as the coach of IPL outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore might come to Bangladesh on May 21 when his IPL duties end. Bangladesh head coach role has been vacant since Chandika Hathurusingha resigned last year ...

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Neymar confirmed in World Cup squad

World Cup squad

MNA Sports Desk: A recovering Neymar was confirmed and injured leader Dani Alves was replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a Brazil World Cup squad of few surprises on Monday. The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison. Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery in March, and Brazil Football Confederation doctors believe he will be fit to train next week in Teresopolis, where preparations will begin, and play on 3 June in a friendly against Croatia in Liverpool. Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar ...

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Fury turns stadium fireball!

fireball

MNA Sports Desk: Hamburger crazy fans exposed their anger turned a stadium to fireball after Hamburger SV was finally relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday. The game ended with lines of police on the pitch after fans behind one of the goals lit flares and pyrotechnics, throwing some onto the pitch and sending a huge cloud of black smoke over that side of the stadium. The only ever-present since the league was founded in 1963, “der Dino” went down fighting after 54 seasons by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1, Chicago Tribune reports. Most fans reacted with anger to the disturbances, chanting ...

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Kokocinski wins Bangladesh Open

Bangladesh Open

MNA Sports Desk: Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski secured his maiden Asian Tour title when he fired six-under-par 65 in the final round to win the AB Bank Bangladesh Open by three shots in Dhaka on Saturday. Kokocinski overturned a three-shot deficit from the third round to cap a winning total of 14-under-par 270 at the Kurmitola Golf Club. The 26-year-old Swede takes home a winner’s purse of $54,000 in the $300,000 event courtesy of his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour. Kokocinski has become the third consecutive first-time winner at the Bangladesh Open, following Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Jazz Janewattananond in ...

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BD ‘disappointed’ at Australia tour cancellation

disappointed

MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it was “really disappointed” that a Test tour of Australia had been scrubbed for financial reasons. Bangladesh had been scheduled to play two Tests and three One Day Internationals Down Under later this year but there was no mention of it when Australia’s schedule for the 2018-19 home season was published at the end of last month. “They have told us this series is not financially viable due to the off-season,” chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told news agency. “This is really disappointing. All the series we hosted were not always profitable. ...

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Afghanistan to host Bangladesh T20 series in India

Afghanistan

MNA Sports Desk: Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for three Twenty20 internationals in India next month, the country’s cricket board chief said. The Afghanistan cricket team, which had its training base in India since 2015, will play their matches on June 3, 5 and 7 in the northern Indian city of Dehradun. “ACB is delighted to host Bangladesh for the T20I series in Dehradun in early June which will be a good opportunity for both sides to play competitive cricket,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Atif Mashal said in a statement. Afghanistan cricket CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said selectors would pick from ...

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Test debutants Ireland face Pakistan

Ireland

MNA Sports Desk: Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes a combination of local conditions and English county cricket experience will work in his side’s favour when they make their Test debut at home to Pakistan later this week. Both the Ireland and Afghanistan teams were elevated to Test status last year, making them eligible for the five-day format, reported news agency. But it is Ireland who will become the 11th men’s cricket Test nation when they face Pakistan in a one-off match starting in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday. No side has enjoyed a victory in its first Test since Australia ...

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Tim Paine named ODI captain for England tour

Paine

MNA Sports Desk: Test captain Tim Paine will lead Australia’s one-day side for their limited-overs tour of England in June. Wicket-keeper Paine replaces Steve Smith – who was banned by Cricket Australia for a year following the ball-tampering scandal – for the five-match series. His vice-captain, batsman Aaron Finch, will lead the Twenty20 side in their sole match against England. National selector Trevor Hohns said a permanent ODI captain would be appointed “in due course”. The tour of England, which runs from 13-27 June, will be Justin Langer’s first assignment as head coach. Batsman D’Arcy Short, who has five T20 ...

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Barca remain unbeaten, Ronaldo hurt

unbeaten

MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona’s unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26. Gerard Pique’s challenge had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real defender Marcelo. ...

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No guard of honour for Barca: Zidane

Zidane

MNA Sports Desk: Zinedine Zidane says Barcelona do not deserve a guard of honour before the Clasico on Sunday because they refused to give Real Madrid one for winning the Club World Cup. Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane’s side will not perform a ‘pasillo’, the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch. Deportivo La Coruna made the gesture ahead of their game against Barca last weekend while Barca gave Real a guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008, after Los Blancos had already won the league. But Barcelona ...

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Brighton beat Man U, avoid relegation

Brighton

MNA Sports Desk: Brighton and Hove Albion made sure of Premier League football next season with two games to spare after a Pascal Gross goal gave them a memorable 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Friday. It was no more than Brighton deserved after outplaying their more illustrious rivals throughout the contest and they sent a passionate home crowd into raptures after Gross headed home a 57th-minute winner. The German forward got on the end of a sharp Jose Izquierdo cross from the left and the ball crossed the line before Marcus Rojo’s desperate attempt to keep it out. ...

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Liverpool reach Champions League final

Champions League final

MNA Sports Desk: Liverpool held off a spirited Roma fightback to reach the Champions League final 7-6 on aggregate despite losing a hectic semi-final second leg in Rome on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will play defending champions Real Madrid in Kiev on 26 May after qualifying for their eighth European Cup final and first since 2007. The 4-2 defeat on the night in the Italian capital tested Liverpool’s nerves but they rarely looked in danger of losing the tie. First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool in control as Roma conceded their first goals in the Stadio ...

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Benzema fires Real to Champions League final

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid are within touching distance of a third consecutive Champions League triumph after Karim Benzema scored twice to eliminate Bayern Munich on Tuesday and book their place in the final. Bayern, who trailed 2-1 after last week’s opening leg in Germany, looked capable of inflicting this season’s latest European comeback when Joshua Kimmich scored early and James Rodriguez levelled shortly after the hour. But Benzema’s double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a dreadful error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, ...

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Messi hat-trick seals La Liga title for Barca

La Liga title

MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona clinched a 25th La Liga title on Sunday after winning 4-2 at Deportivo La Coruna despite throwing away a two-goal lead in a thrilling game which also confirmed Depor’s relegation. Atletico Madrid tightened their grip on second place by winning 1-0 at Alaves with a penalty from Kevin Gameiro, while Valencia’s quest to seal Champions League qualification must wait after they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eibar. Barca only needed a draw to seal the title and they made a perfect start when record signing Philippe ...

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ICC WC 2019 schedule announced

schedule

MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council on Thursday confirmed the schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July. England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will launch their title defence on 1 June against the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol, says an ICC press release. Ticket prices offered are as follows: 80,000+ tickets at £20 (over half of the group stage matches) 200,000+ tickets ...

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Asian Volleyball: BD to play Turkmenistan in final

Volleyball

MNA Sports Desk: Defending champions Bangladesh reached the final of the six-nation Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship eliminating Kyrgyzstan by 3-2 sets in the keenly contested 2nd semifinal at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday. Hosts Bangladesh made a frustrating start in the match losing the first set to Kyrgyzstan by 15-25 points, but they leveled the margin defeating their opponent by 25-20 points while Bangladesh took lead for the first time beating their rivals by 25-19 points in the third set. However, Kyrgyzstan neutralised the margin beating the hosts by 13-25 points ...

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109th Jabbarer Boli Khela kicks off

Boli

MNA Sports Desk: Century-old traditional wrestling competition ‘Jabbarer Boli Khela’ will begin today (Wednesday) on Laldighi Maidan in the Port City, reported news agency. All preparations have already been completed for smoothly holding the 109th edition of the traditional wrestling competition, said ‘Jabbarer Boli Khela O Baishakhi Mela Udjapan Parishad’ President Jahar Lal Hazari. Some 70-80 players have registered for taking part in the wresting competition till Tuesday with the orgainsers hoping participation of 100. Banglalink is the sponsor of the event. Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasiruddin will inaugurate the function as chief guest where Iqbal Bahar, Police Commissioner ...

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Sania, Shoaib expecting baby

Sania

MNA Sports Desk: Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday announced that she is pregnant, but did not say if this meant the end of her injury-prone career. Mirza and her husband, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing their names. It was accompanied by the hashtag #BabyMirzaMalik. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan tweeted back his “congratulations”. The three-time Grand Slam doubles winner had said earlier this month that any child she had would bear the Mirza-Malik surname and that Shoaib ...

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Nadal seals 11th Monte Carlo crown

Monte Carlo

MNA Sports Desk: Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a single tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour title. Nadal’s 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion’s era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his ...

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