Serena Williams captures 23rd Grand Slam title


MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams rewrote history Saturday to surpass Steffi Graf and capture a record 23rd Grand Slam title as well as the world number one ranking by beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, reported news agency. The dominant American swept past her greatest rival 6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena for her seventh Melbourne Park crown to finally clinch the record for Open-era major titles, nearly 18 years after winning her first. The 35-year-old, who equalled Graf’s mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret ...

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Sri Lanka defeat S Africa to claim maiden series win

Sri Lanka

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka has claimed its first international cricket trophy on South African soil after beating the Proteas by five wickets in the third T20. The win at Newlands on Wednesday (NZT Thursday) gave Sri Lanka the series 2-1. Niroshan Dickwella struck a crucial 68 for the tourists as they chased a challenging 170 for victory after AB de Villiers had struck 63, on his return to international cricket. Dickwella shared in a 71-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva (19) before Seekkuge Prasanna’s destructive 37 saw Sri Lanka home with one ball to spare, finishing on 170-5. The ...

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Russia to host the draw of 2018 World Cup finals


MNA Sports Desk: The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on 1 December, the country’s Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said on Monday. Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football’s ruling body later confirmed. Mutko’s announcement was endorsed by FIFA: ‘FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) can confirm that the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place on 1 December in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow. ‘This prestigious entertainment venue with ...

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England win by 5 runs against India in 3rd ODI

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MNA Sports Desk: Ben Stokes on Sunday said England had forgotten what winning felt like until his dominant all-round performance helped the visitors pull off a 5 runs consolation victory over India in the third one-day international in Kolkata. Stokes hit an unbeaten 39-ball 57 and claimed three wickets to hand England their first 5 runs win on the tour after their 4-0 Test loss last year and two successive ODI defeats. India’s Kedar Jadhav nearly pulled off the 322-run chase with his 75-ball 90 but fast bowler Chris Woakes, who bowled the final over, held his nerve to restrict ...

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New Zealand completed eight victories from eight


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand completed eight victories from eight against Bangladesh, winning the second test by nine wickets at 7.11pm on an action-packed fourth day in Christchurch. The 2-0 test series victories took them to fifth in the world rankings and sat alongside 3-0 sweeps in both the one-day and Twenty20 internationals. The hosts were dismissed for 354, a lead of 65, before dissecting the visitors for 173 in their second innings. Respite came with a 51-run ninth-wicket stand off 48 balls between Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Taskin Ahmed, prompting a quorum of Bangladeshi fans to launch into a ...

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National team cricketer Arafat Sunny detained

Arafat Sunny

MNA Sports Desk: Police arrested national team cricketer Arafat Sunny on Sunday morning in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. A senior police official seeking anonymity said a woman said to have a relation with the cricketer for a long time filed the case with Mohammadpur police on Saturday night. Arafat Sunny was supposed to be produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court around noon. Additional deputy commissioner (Mohammadpur Zone) Wahidul Islam also said that a woman named Nasrin Sultana filed a case against Sunny under ICT Act on January 5. The plaintiff alleged that Sunny ...

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South African tornado De Villiers to miss Bangladesh tests


MNA Sports Desk: South African batting star AB de Villiers absence from Test cricket will extend until late this year after he told journalists on Wednesday that he will miss the series against England and Bangladesh. He had already announced at a one-day series launch on Tuesday that he had decided not to make himself available for a Test series in New Zealand in March, reported news agency. De Villiers did not take questions on Tuesday but held a press conference on Wednesday where he said his absence from Test cricket would extend to a four-Test series in England during ...

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Joel Matip left out again by Liverpool for FA Cup tie


MNA Sports Desk: Joel Matip has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay at League Two side Plymouth Argyle. His team-mates flew out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Wednesday morning but the 25-year-old was not among them. Liverpool have been unable to get clarification from FIFA or the Cameroon Football Federation over Matip’s eligibility to play. As far as the club is concerned, he retired from international football in 2015 and was not selected in Cameroon’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. But after failing to receive confirmation Matip is available to play ...

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Aus Open: Serena Williams marches into second round

Serena Williams

MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams began her quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title in style Tuesday, overcoming the threat from Swiss star Belinda Bencic to power into the Australian Open second round. The American great, who lost the top ranking to Angelique Kerber last year, blitzed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena in scorching temperatures as she hunts down a seventh Melbourne Park crown. It sets her up for a clash with Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic, who saved an incredible nine match points before beating Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in their first round encounter. Williams, ...

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh in a historic comeback win


MNA Sports Desk: Kane Williamson scored his 15th test century as New Zealand beat Bangladesh in a historic comeback win. New Zealand’s chase was a contrast to the manic day that it was for Bangladesh. Williamson reinforced his reputation as a fourth-innings master. He reached a hundred off only 89 balls, the fourth-fastest in the final innings in all Tests. And yet there were no pyrotechnics. The most he did was meet a few lifters in mid-air and paste them through cover though there was no room on offer, or alternatively work his wrists over them and find the midwicket ...

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Bangladesh lead by 122 runs with 7 wickets remaining

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh claimed a lead of 56 by bowling New Zealand out for 539 and swelled it to 122 runs by stumps on the fourth day, but not without casualties, the biggest of them being Imrul Kayes, who was stretchered off the field with what looked like an injury to his upper left thigh. He had kept wicket for 148.2 overs, substituting for the injured Mushfiqur Rahim and the strain of returning immediately to open the batting caught up with him while attempting a quick single in the last half hour of play. He had to dive into ...

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New Zealand replies well after huge score of Bangladesh

New Zealand

MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand replies well after huge score of Bangladesh. Tom Latham became only the second New Zealand opener to make a century at Basin Reserve since 1931. His 119 slashed the deficit down to 303 and though he spent all but one hour of play at the batting crease no one learnt anything new about him. That, in itself, was remarkable. Latham has always been strong on the cut and the flick as 83 of his runs came behind the wicket. He succeeds by playing the ball late, and close to the body. Most of all, his ...

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Shakib and Mushfiq Makes History for Bangladesh in Test Cricket


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib and Mushfiq makes history for Bangladesh in test cricket. A maiden double-century from Shakib Al Hasan and 159 imperial runs from Mushfiqur Rahim drove New Zealand into the ground on the second day in Wellington. Along the way, they recorded the highest partnership for Bangladesh in Test cricket (359 runs), their second highest total away from home (542 for 7) and endless smiles on the faces of fans back home staying up through the night. Bangladesh’s two most experienced players and batted 82.2 overs in each other’s company. Shakib’s 217, at a remarkable strike rate of ...

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Bangladesh start strongly in 1st test against Black Caps


MNA Sports Desk: On one of the more miserable days at the ground Wellingtonians like to call New Zealand cricket’s HQ, Bangladesh made strongly decent fist of batting first, and battling blustery northerly winds to reach 154 for three in 40.2 overs. Another similarly resolute performance tomorrow, and Bangladesh will have, at the least, giving New Zealand plenty of food for thought. ”It was Bangladesh’s day,” seamer Neil Wagner admitted. Indeed had Mahmudullah not departed late on to a poor shot chasing a widish ball, it would have been a fine day for the tourists, considering the perceived relative merits ...

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Pakistan issues arrest warrant against Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram

MNA Sports Desk: A court in Karachi on Tuesday issued a bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan’s former captain Wasim Akram after he missed 31 hearings of a case he filed against a retired Major after a road accident last year. Akram had filed a case against Major (retd) Aminur Rehman and associates last August after he was involved in a road accident with the retired army man. The major had drawn out a revolver and fired an open shot after his vehicle collided with Akram’s Mercedes while the former captain was returning home after conducting a fast bowlers camp at ...

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Portugal star Ronaldo wins FIFA’s player of the year

Portugal star

MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award on Monday, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country. Leicester City”s Claudio Ranieri received the best men’s coach award following his side’s fairytale Premier League triumph. But the night again belonged to the 31-year-old Ronaldo, who edged out long-time nemesis Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France’s Antoine Griezmann, the top player at this summer’s European championship. “2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from ...

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New Zealand complete 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Today’s 27-run win at Bay Oval enabled New Zealand to complete a second short form 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh. They are still to win an international of any sort in New Zealand since 2001. Don’t expect that to change in the two tests left to wrap up this tour. It is their weakest form of the game, even though they sweep their most recent test, against England in Dhaka three months ago. Once again, in what sounds like a broken record, Bangladesh had openings on a blustery day at the Mount today. But they were tapping at ...

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Colin Munro’s ton leads New Zealand to win second T20


MNA Sports Desk: Buccaneering hitter Colin Munro became just the third New Zealander to hit an international T20 century at Bay Oval in the second match of the series against Bangladesh today. Lefthander Munro joined Brendon McCullum (twice) and Martin Guptill as New Zealanders with a century to their name. He got to his mark off just 52 balls, the equal 12th fastest to his century. Munro struck seven sixes and seven fours in his belligerent innings which propelled New Zealand to 195 for seven, their seventh best T20 total. That was too much for Bangladesh, whose chase got off ...

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni resigns as India one-day captain

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MNA Sports Desk: Mahendra Singh Dhoni resigned as India’s cricket captain on Wednesday. He was currently leading the Indian team in ODIs and T20 internationals. He retired from Tests on December 30, 2014 in Australia. Dhoni had been India’s limited-overs captain since September 2007. Under his leadership, India won the 2007 World Twenty20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. Test captain Virat Kohli – ranked second in the world’s ODI batting rankings – is the leading candidate to replace Dhoni. Mahendra Singh Dhoni informed the BCCI that he wished to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket ...

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Head coach Mike Phelan sacked by Hull City

Mike Phelan

MNA Sports Desk: Mike Phelan has been sacked as Hull City head coach less than three months after securing the role on a permanent basis, reported news agency. Phelan was installed as Hull caretaker boss following the departure of Steve Bruce in July and led the Tigers until October 13, when he was finally given the role on a full-time basis until the end of the season. The 3-1 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Monday left Hull in 20th place on 13 points and without a win in the Premier League since November 6. “The club can announce ...

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Williamson guides Black Caps to win the first T20


MNA Sports Desk: The Black Caps have beaten Bangladesh by six wickets in the first T20 international in Napier. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson top scored with 73 off 55 deliveries, his highest T20i score, as the home team reached the winning target of 142 with two overs to spare. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first at McClean Park posting a score of 141 for 8 before the Black Caps finished on 143 for 4. Mahmadullah top scored for the tourists with 52 off 47 while Lockie Ferguson was the best of the Black Caps bowlers taking ...

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Arsenal ease past Crystal Palace with 2-0 win

Crystal Palace

MNA Sports Desk: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scored with a superb, improvised backheeled volley to help the football team ease past struggling Crystal Palace with a 2-0 win, moving them into third spot in the Premier League. The win keeps Arsenal in sight of Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Harry Kane’s double bolstered Tottenham Hotspur’s ambitions as London’s triple assault on the title continues, reported news agency. Frenchman Giroud connected with Alexis Sanchez’s cross with a scorpion-like back heeled volley 17 minutes into Arsenal’s derby against Crystal Palace. Alex Iwobi made it 2-0 with a second-half header. Arsenal had started the ...

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New Zealand complete 3-0 series sweep against Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Captain Kane Williamson and Neil Broom both flirted with centuries as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their third one-day international to complete a 3-0 series sweep at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday. Williamson (95 not out) combined with Broom in a 179-run partnership that was broken when the recalled Broom was caught for 97, as the hosts cruised to 239 for two in 41.2 overs. The visitors had wasted a century opening stand between Tamim Iqbal (59) and Imrul Kayes (44) to reach a below-par 236 for nine in their 50 ...

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New Zealand win by 67 runs in 2nd ODI


MNA Sports Desk: A century from Neil Broom set New Zealand up for a 67-run victory over Bangladesh to take the second one-day international and the series in Nelson on Thursday. After Broom’s unbeaten 109 was the only significant innings in New Zealand’s 251, Bangladesh suffered a dramatic meltdown when they were cruising towards what should have been a comfortable victory. They reached 104 for one in the 23rd over and were all out for 184 by the 43rd over, losing the last nine wickets for 80 runs. Part-time spinner Kane Williamson engineered the collapse with three for 22. The ...

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Ronaldo honoured at Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai


MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos scooped the top prizes at the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Tuesday. Ronaldo claimed the best player award after helping his country land their first major title at this year’s European Championship and firing Real to a record 11th European Cup triumph, reported news agency. “Probably (this) was my best year so far,” Ronaldo, who earlier this month won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time in his career, said in a short video message. “The people still doubt about ...

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New Zealand beats Bangladesh by 77 runs


MNA Sports Desk: Tom Latham and Colin Munro set up New Zealand’s 77 runs win in Christchurch, after their 158-run fifth-wicket stand pulled the hosts out of a difficult position. Latham batted 47.3 overs for 137, beating his previous-best score and his only other century in one-day internationals of 110, while Munro scored 87 from 61 balls to eclipse his best of 85, also against Bangladesh, in 2013. The fifth wicket partnership between the pair of 158 lifted New Zealand to 341-7 after it won the toss, beating by three runs its previous best score against Bangladesh in ODIs and ...

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Alviro Petersen banned from cricket for two years


MNA Sports Desk: Alviro Petersen, the former South Africa opener, has been banned for two years by CSA after admitting to 13 breaches of the anti-corruption code in relation to the 2015-16 domestic T20 match-fixing scandal, reported news agency. Among Petersen’s transgressions are four counts of failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; four of failing to disclose evidence of another participant breaching the code; four of failing to cooperate with the investigators by not providing accurate and complete information; and one of concealing and destroying information relevant to the investigation. CSA has withdrawn charges ...

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