Asia Cup: India beat Hong Kong


MNA Sports Desk: India survived a scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows in the Asia Cup on Tuesday, reported news agency. Chasing a big 286-run target, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money with an opening stand of 174 runs before collapsing to 259-8 in 50 overs. India were lifted to 285-7 by a punishing 127 by Dhawan — his 14th one-day international hundred — and an attractive 60 by the recalled Ambati Rayudu at Dubai Stadium. The Group A match was expected to ...

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Sri Lanka bow out of Asia Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by smart batting from Afghanistan who put up a fighting total of 249 all out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The fighters then laid into Sri Lankan batting with spinner Rashid Khan (2-26), Mohammad Nabi (2-30) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-32) sharing wickets as the five-time former winners were bowled out for ...

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Asia Cup: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong

Hong Kong

MNA Sports Desk: Former champions Pakistan thrashed an inexperienced Hong Kong by eight wickets in a one-sided match to open their Asia Cup campaign in style on Sunday. Pakistan’s bowling attack was too hot to handle for Hong Kong in Dubai as Usman Shinwari finished with 3-19 and Hasan Ali took 2-19, while leg-spinner Shadab Khan managed 2-31 to bowl Hong Kong out for 116 in 37.1 overs. Pakistan then completed the chase comfortably for the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman (24) and Babar Azam (33), while Imam-ul-Haq finished on 50 not out after just 23.4 overs. It proved another ...

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Asia Cup: Mushfiqur hits hundred as Tigers thrash Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim hit 144 as Bangladesh thrashed Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup in Dubai, reported news agency. Lasith Malinga struck twice in the first over to leave the Tigers 1-2, but Mushfiqur’s sixth ODI century took them to 261 all out from 49.3 overs. Sri Lanka were 124 all out in the 36th over, Dilruwan Perera (29) top-scoring. The second match of the competition sees Hong Kong, who are yet to beat a major nation in their 24 ODI matches since 2004, face Pakistan on Sunday. Bangladesh’s problems worsened ...

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Skippers see Asia Cup as test before WC

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an eye fixed firmly on the 2019 World Cup when they get the Asia Cup underway in Dubai on Saturday. Defending champions India, who have won the Asia Cup six times, are led by dashing opener Rohit Sharma as regular captain and world-class batsman Virat Kohli is rested after a gruelling tour of England. Sri Lanka, hot on India’s heels with five titles, two-time winners Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and qualifiers Hong Kong complete the line-up. Sharma said although a lot cricket is to be played between now and the World Cup, ...

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India into SAFF final beating Pakistan 3-1

SAFF Suzuki Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Holders India made their 11th final berth of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup eliminating their arch-rival Pakistan by 3-1 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium, reported news agency. The 7th time champions, India, will play the final on Saturday (15 September) at 7pm at the same venue against the Maldives, the champions of 2008 SAAF Cup, which made the final berth shocking spirited Nepal by 3-0 goals in the first semifinal earlier in the day. India will play their 10th final in the 11th edition of the Saff Championship while Pakistan are ...

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India-Pakistan battle in SAFF semis


MNA Sports Desk: Indian football team will face traditional arch-rivals Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ongoing seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup’2018 in Dhaka on Wednesday. Nepal will take on the Maldives in the first semifinal at 4:00 pm at the same venue and same day. Indian coach Stephen Contantine watched almost all of his players in the two group matches and is set to pitch the perfect combination for the crunch match. The Brazilian coach of Pakistan Jose Antonio Nogueira has combined his players into a total unit with skipper Saddam Hossain leading the team with distinction. As ...

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Cartoonist slammed for ‘racist’ drawing of Serena


MNA Sports Desk: A cartoonist is facing calls to apologise for a ‘racist’ depiction of Serena Williams facing Naomi Osaka, reported news agency. It shows Serena Williams, 36, as a petulant child jumping in the air with a smashed racket on the ground, with a dummy lying on the court next to her. Her opponent, who is Japanese with Haitian heritage, is pictured as white, blonde, and tiny in comparison to the ‘disgusting’ caricature of Serena Williams. While Williams is shown having a tantrum, Osaka, 20, is seen reasoning politely with the umpire who asks, ‘Can you just let her ...

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Novak Djokovic wins US Open

Novak Djokovic

MNA Sports Desk: For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 to win the US Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles. Working his way back from elbow surgery he underwent following the Australian Open, Djokovic did not expect to feature in the Grand Slam picture this season. But in the last eight weeks the 31-year-old has resembled the Grand Slam machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016, winning three of his ...

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First ever Japanese Naomi Osaka clinches US Open

Naomi Osaka

MNA Sports Desk: Tears, boos, anger and accusations overshadowed a remarkable victory by Naomi Osaka, who defeated Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4, on Saturday to become the first Grand Slam singles champion born in Japan. Osaka, 20, moved to the United States at age 3 and grew up idolising and emulating Williams, who was seeking a record-tying 24th major singles championship. But in what should have been a moment of uninhibited joy for Osaka, she shed tears of sadness while standing on the podium after the match. The celebration was tarnished by the booing from fans upset over what they perceived ...

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Bangladesh need a draw with Nepal to reach semis


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will need a draw against visiting Nepal today’s (Saturday’s) match to reach the semifinal in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018. The must-win game for Nepal’s semifinal berth will begin at 7.00 pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city. Bangladesh are now atop the four-team Group ‘A’ collecting all-win six points from two outings, staring their campaign with a 2-0 win against already-eliminated side Bhutan before getting a 1-0 goal victory against Pakistan in the second game, reports news agency. Nepal started their journey with a 1-2 defeat against Pakistan in the tournament opener before ...

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Bangladesh face Pakistan eying SAFF semifinal

SAFF semifinal

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play Pakistan in the seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday, eying a semifinal berth from Group A. A victory for each team in the match beginning at 7pm will ensure a last four spot in the seven-nation football show, reported news agency. Two losing sides of the group — Nepal and Bhutan — will lock horns for their survival at 4 pm also on Thursday. The defeated team will be eliminated from the race. However, Nepal lost to Pakistan by 1-2 goals while Bhutan conceded 0-2 goal defeat ...

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Bangladesh beat Bhutan in SAFF Championship

SAFF Championship

MNA Sports Desk: Goals from Topu Barman and Mahbubur Rahman helped Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 in their first game of the SAFF Championship on Tuesday, reported news agency. The hosts went ahead in the third minute of the game when Bhutan midfielder Tshering Dirji conceded a penalty and Topu sent goalkeeper Tshering Dendup the wrong way. Both the sides spurned opportunities later in the first half, but Mahbubur did not when play resumed after the break, hitting the net with a beautiful volley in 47th minute. In the first match of Group A, Pakistan shocked Nepal 2-1 thanks to a ...

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Ronaldo, Salah, Modric nominated for FIFA award


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo faces stiff competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to be crowned FIFA’s player of the year for a sixth time, reported news agency. Ronaldo was the competition’s top scorer in lifting a fourth Champions League title in five years before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July. Modric is also part of that Madrid side that has dominated the Champions League in recent years and won the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup for leading Croatia to the final. Salah scored 44 goals in ...

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Serena, Stephens reach US Open quarters

US Open

MNA Sports Desk: Six-time champion Serena Williams survived a spirited challenge from unseeded Kaia Kanepi to triumph 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open, reported news agency. The 23-time Grand Slam champion looked set to romp home when she seized the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes. But the hard-hitting Estonian, who took out world number one Simona Halep in the first round, settled down in the second set, shaking off the partisan crowd in a jammed Arthur Ashe Stadium to push Williams the rest of the way. Defending champion Sloane Stephens, ...

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Japan win women’s hockey gold beating India


MNA Sports Desk: Japan’s Motomi Kawamura drilled a penalty corner past India’s defences to claim the Asian Games women’s hockey title with a tense 2-1 win Friday. India removed their goalkeeper for the final two minutes of the match in search of an equaliser as they chased a first women’s gold in the regional Olympics since 1982, but Japan held on for the win. Minami Shimizu had opened the scoring for Japan, but Neha Goyal levelled the match shortly before half-time. India’s women had romped through the tournament, scoring 39 goals and conceding just one before the final. Their defeat ...

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Williams sisters clash for 30th time


MNA Sports Desk: Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the US Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. Serena Williams set up the highly anticipated matchup at Flushing Meadows by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-set victory, ...

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka FIFA friendly today

FIFA friendly

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh National Football Team will take on their Sri Lankan counterpart in a FIFA friendly match scheduled to be held today at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari, reported news agency. The match will begin at 4 pm at 20,000-capacity Sheikh Kamal Stadium. Bangladesh Television will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the running commentary of the match. In a pre-match press conference at a hotel in Rangpur on Tuesday, the officials and captains of both the teams expressed their optimism to win the match playing their best. The Sri Lanka team reached Dhaka on ...

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Robi ends Bangladesh cricket sponsorship


MNA Sports Desk: Mobile network company Robi has pulled-out from its contract with the BCB as a sponsor of the Bangladesh national cricket team, reported news agency. The deal had also allowed Robi to brand on Bangladesh A team, Bangladesh U19 and Bangladesh national women’s cricket team. A media release from Robi claimed the decision to move out from the contract was based on the deal losing its relevance. BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that the board has already come to a decision to stop Robi branding on all BCB assets and that the issue has been forwarded ...

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Mosaddek sued for torturing wife


MNA Sports Desk: Cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Saikat has been sued for torturing his wife after demanding Tk 10 lakh dowry, reported news agency. Mosaddek’s wife Samira Sharmin Usha filed a case against the cricketer and his mother with the court of Mymensingh Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rosina Khan on Sunday afternoon. The magistrate ordered the Sadar Upazila executive officer (UNO) to investigate the case. The middle-order batsman, who made his bow in international cricket in 2016, is in the Bangladesh squad announced for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament. The 22-year-old married his cousin Usha six years ago.

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Ronaldo draws another blank as Juventus beats Lazio 2-0


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting for his first competitive goal in Italy but the Portuguese superstar made a 2-0 winning home debut with Juventus as Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came from two goals down to beat AC Milan 3-2 in the second round of Serie A action. Ronaldo, 33, unintentionally played a role in Mario Mandzukic’s second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Miralem Pjanic put the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid in a 100-million-euro deal. Juve have now won their ...

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Senior Zimbabwe players return ahead of S Africa, Bangladesh challenge


MNA Sports Desk: Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput has welcomed the return of senior players to the national team as he prepares to take the side on away tours to South Africa and Bangladesh in the coming months, reported news agency. Former India international Rajput was announced as the permanent head coach of the side on Friday having previously held the role in a caretaker capacity. During that period, he had to make do with a depleted squad in a 5-0 home one day international series whitewash by Pakistan last month. Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 67 in the third ...

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Pakistan cricket chief Sethi resigns


MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi resigned on Monday following speculation in recent days that he would be forced out by the country’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. The two were involved in a bitter, public feud in recent years, after Khan accused Sethi of election fraud to help former premier Nawaz Sharif’s party win the 2013 election. Sethi, who was appointed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Sharif, denied the allegation and sued Khan for defamation. His three-year term as chairman was due to end in 2020, but his departure was widely expected following Khan’s ...

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Bangladesh reach 2nd round defeating Qatar


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh reached the Round of 16 of the Asian Games 2018 after thrashing Qatar 1-0 in the final group game, reported news agency. Both sides played neck and neck with each other straight from the kick-off at Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia. The stoppage-time goal from Jamal Bhuiyan helped Bangladesh to win against stronger Qatar. According to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the Red and Greens dug deep and created problems for Qatar on the counter. However, no sides could score in regulation time. Then in the 3rd minute of added time, skipper Jamal Bhuiyan scored the ...

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Asian Games begin with explosive opening ceremony

Asian Games

MNA Sports Desk: The 18th Asian Games being hosted jointly in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang has been officially declared open by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, reported news agency. A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games on Saturday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the ...

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Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Nasir Jamshed

MNA Sports Desk: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Friday, reported news agency. Jamshed, who played 48 one-day internationals and two tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation. Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but was alleged to ...

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Atletico beat Real Madrid, lift Super Cup

Super Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions, reported news agency. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramos penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian ...

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