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PSG crush Monaco to reclaim French title

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MNA Sports Desk: Paris Saint-Germain won the French league title after beating defending champion Monaco 7-1 on Sunday, with the crushing victory highlighting the obvious gulf between the two teams this season. Monaco meekly surrendered the title that it had won so impressively last season, doing little to prolong the suspense. It was losing 4-0 after 28 minutes as PSG easily did enough for a fifth title in six seasons and a seventh overall. PSG leads second-place Monaco by 17 points with five rounds remaining. Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and winger Angel Di Maria scored two goals each, while league ...

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Man City crowned Premier League champions

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MNA Sports Desk: Manchester City have won the English Premier League title without even playing on Sunday after nearest challenger Manchester United were shocked 1-0 loss at home to bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion. After all their efforts to stop City from clinching the league in their 3-2 derby win last week, United offered a clear reminder of why they have not been close contenders for the title this year, with an abject display lacking in creativity. It was City’s third title in seven seasons and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola’s team 16 points clear and still having five ...

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FIFA plans to expand World Cup to 48 teams

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MNA Sports Desk: FIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen on hastening the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, a move that might require the tiny Gulf nation to share games in the region. The governing body will now study if Qatar can alone cope with the additional logistical challenges of hosting 16 more teams and 16 more games than originally planned for the Middle East’s first World Cup. The jump from 32 to 48 teams was originally only due to apply from the 2026 tournament under plans Infantino secured approval for last ...

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Commonwealth Games: 13 athletes missing

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MNA Sports Desk: Five more African athletes may have vanished from the Commonwealth Games, organisers said Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier. Gold Coast organisers confirmed reports that athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were thought to have gone missing, while they were also looking to verify the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone. “We’re obviously looking at it very carefully,” Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters. More than 100 athlete overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games expire on 15 May, ...

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Baki wins silver in Commonwealth Games

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladeshi shooter Abdullah Hel Baki has won silver in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Games-2018 in Gold Coast of Australia. Baki scored 244.7 at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Australia on Sunday. The shooter got the medal as the first Bangladeshi of this season of the Games. Baki had placed sixth in the qualifying round to earn a spot in the final, reported news agency. Australian shooter Dane Sampson finished with the gold medal with a score of 245.0 while Ravi Kumar of India shot 224.1 to go on to win bronze. Sampson’s ...

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Bravo storms as CSK beats Mumbai Indians

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MNA Sports Desk: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by one wicket in the opening game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 as Dwayne Bravo storms with his bat. Mumbai Indians didn’t account for the possibility that Chennai Super Kings, who were coming back from a two-year ban, could also come back from the dead. After managing to overcome a poor start with the bat, putting up an above-par score, throwing their superstar at Super Kings’ top order and unleashing a starlet to dismantle the middle order, Mumbai should have won this. Having then had Super Kings needing 48 off ...

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Liverpool dazes Man City in Champions League

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MNA Sports Desk: Liverpool registered a stunning 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane scoring for the hosts. Liverpool swept Manchester City aside with a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes to take a commanding 3-0 first leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final. Champions-elect City lead Liverpool by 18 points in the Premier League, but their only league defeat this season came in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January, and they suffered an even worse fate on Wednesday to leave their ...

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Dhoni receives Padma Bhushan Award

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MNA Sports Desk: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented Padma Awards to 43 persons including cricket legend MS Dhoni in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to a release, the Padma Bhushan—the third highest civillian honour—was presented to five people—Dhoni, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin (posthumously), Indian artist Laxman Pai and folk singer Sharda Sinha while Padma Shri was awarded to 38 people. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Ministers. The former India ...

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Klaasen replaces Smith at IPL

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MNA Sports Desk: South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen on Monday replaced Australia’s scandal-tainted captain Steve Smith in the Indian Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals team for the season that starts this week. Wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen, who made his one-day and T20 debut against India in February, was signed from the available player pool in a $78,000 deal, the IPL said. The 26-year-old made an immediate impression during South Africa’s recent series against India. He was named man of the match in the second ODI. Smith, 28, and his deputy David Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months over a ball-tampering scandal ...

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Messi rescues unbeaten Barca

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla. Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later. Barcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory. But Messi came up trumps again ...

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Tearful Warner sorry for ball-tampering

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MNA Sports Desk: Former Australia vice-captain David Warner apologised in tears Saturday for his role in ball-tampering but said he may appeal his 12-month ban in the latest emotional public appearance over the scandal. A sobbing Warner said he realised he may never play for his country again. But he stonewalled questions about who was aware of the plot and whether it was the first such incident within the team. Warner, 31, told a media conference in Sydney: “I can honestly say I have only wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. “In striving to do so ...

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PM hopes for bright future of football

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MNA Sports Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed the hope for a bright future of the country’s football in the global sports arena. Male and female players being groomed up through Bangabandhu Gold Cup and Bangamata Fazilutunnesa Mujib Gold Cup primary school football tournaments would take forward the country’s football to a more successful position in the global arena in future, she hoped. The Prime Minister was distributing awards among the winners of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament-2017 and Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament-2017 at Bangabandhu National Stadium here. Sheikh Hasina said ...

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Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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MNA Sports Desk: Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a disputed late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee. Spain underlined their status as chief contenders at this year’s World Cup in Russia as they extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid. Diego Costa bravely ...

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Iceland’s leaders to boycott Russia World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Iceland’s leaders will not attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this year as part of an international response to punish the Kremlin for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow. Despite the tiny island nation of just over 300,000 people making it to the finals of the world’s biggest soccer tournament, there will be no Icelandic diplomatic presence at the World Cup, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with ...

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Smith, Warner stand down from captaincy

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MNA Sports Desk: Steve Smith and David Warner have stood down as captain and vice-captain for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town. They will play on for the rest of the Test, with Tim Paine the acting captain. The move follows the ball-tampering scandal on day three, where Smith instructed Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during South Africa’s second innings. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. Smith’s departure from ...

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CA to conduct ball tampering probe

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MNA Sports Desk: Australia captain Steve Smith was fighting to save his job and reputation on Sunday after admitting he was the chief plotter in the ball-tampering scandal which has plunged the game into crisis and sparked a Cricket Australia probe. Smith insisted he will not quit after teammate Cameron Bancroft was caught using a yellow object to alter the condition of the ball on Saturday’s third day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands. But the matter could yet be taken out of Smith’s hands after Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Sunday that they were sending a team ...

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90 England fans held in Amsterdam trouble

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MNA Sports Desk: Amsterdam police said on Friday they had arrested almost 100 England football supporters ahead of a friendly international against the Netherlands, with videos posted online showing crowds packing the narrow streets and bridges in the canal city, singing and cheering. “The number of arrests of England supporters has now climbed to close to 90,” the Amsterdam police said in a tweet. The men were mainly accused of disrupting public order, the police said. One video on the Dutch public broadcaster NOS showed police wielding truncheons, and backed by horseback officers, wading into the crowds to restore order ...

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BCB accepts Halsall resignation

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has accepted the resignation of the assistant coach of the national team Richard Halsall, said a BCB media release. “Richard has officially submitted his resignation. We understand that his decision is from family considerations and he wishes to stay close to home especially to be by the side of his ailing father. The Board respects his priorities and has accepted the resignation,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said. “Richard has been an integral member of the Bangladesh team management during the last four years and part of many successes of the national ...

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Windies edge Zimbabwe to stay on World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: West Indies edged closer to a place in the 2019 World Cup when they defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets in the latest qualifying match on Monday. Chasing 290 to win, the two-time champions reached their target with six balls to spare after surviving a worrying mid-innings collapse. The West Indies lead the Super Sixes qualifying table with six points but will still need to avoid defeat against Scotland on Wednesday in their last pool match to be sure of a place in next year’s finals. Zimbabwe, on five points, can still make the 2019 finals by beating ...

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Rohit praises tigers’ ‘fearless cricket’

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MNA Sports Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma praised Bangladesh for their “fearless cricket” after the Twenty20 minnows came within a ball of a shock victory in the tri-series final in Colombo. Tenth-ranked Bangladesh pushed their illustrious neighbours all the way in Sunday’s final before wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed a six off the last ball to secure a four-wicket win. Karthik’s eight-ball 29 took India over the line after a tense 167-run chase that saw Bangladesh concede 35 runs off the final two overs at the R Premadasa Stadium. But Sharma, who gave his team a blazing start with a 42-ball ...

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Nidahas Trophy: Thakur, Pandey lift India

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MNA Sports Desk: Shardul Thakur’s career-best 4-27 and a mature 42 not out from Manish Pandey helped secure India’s comprehensive six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in their Twenty20 tri-series match on Monday. Paceman Thakur led India’s disciplined effort with the ball to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 152 for nine in a rain-hit match which was reduced to a 19-overs-a-side contest. Pandey combined with Dinesh Karthik, who made 39 not out, in a 68-run partnership to help India overwhelm the target with nine balls to spare. Having avenged their loss to Sri Lanka in the tournament opener, India top ...

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Nidahas Trophy: Tigers snatch record win

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh denied host Sri Lanka by five wickets with two balls remaining in the 3rd T20I of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy—recording the world’s 4th and the Tigers highest successful run chase—at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. The Tigers chased down a target of 215 runs for five wickets in 19.4 overs where man of the match Mushfiqur Rahim displayed a dashing innings of unbeaten 72* off  35 balls firing five boundaries and four boundaries. Tigers started the tri-series with a six-wicket loss against India on March 8 in the tournament, while Sri Lanka started ...

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Diplomatic rows looming over Russia World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: The World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host country to burnish its international image-but Russia’s tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year. After a former Russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent on an English street, Britain is considering pulling its officials from the tournament in June and July if it is proved that Moscow was behind the poisoning. Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper complained that Western countries would hand Russia a “sheen of acceptability and normality, a bloody stamp of approval” by taking part. But for Simon Chadwick, a professor ...

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Nidahas Trophy: Tigers to face India

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MNA Sport Desk: The Tigers will start their Nidahas Trophy campaign on Thursday taking on India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The T20I match of the tri-nation tournament, organised commemorating the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, will begin at 7:30pm Bangladesh time. Bangladesh Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jahed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das. India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh ...

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Kusal Perera leads Sri Lanka to victory

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MNA Sports Desk: Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Chasing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera’s 37-ball 66 to achieve their target with nine balls to spare at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. The left-handed Perera, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, overshadowed Indian opener Shikar Dhawan’s career-best 90 that saw the visitors post 174-5 after being put into bat first. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar hurt Sri Lanka’s chase by picking up two wickets each ...

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Nidahas Trophy kicks off today

Nidahas Trophy

MNA Sports Desk: In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, the seven-match Nidahas Trophy will kick off at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Bangladesh and India are the two other parties of the day-night T20I tournament, which will open with the match between host Sri Lanka and India at 8:00pm (Bangladesh time). Bangladesh Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jahed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das. ...

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Messi free kick gives Barcelona win v Atletico

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi put Barcelona on a clear path to the Spanish league title after scoring from a free kick for a third straight game on Sunday. Messi’s goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win against second-place Atletico Madrid and widened the gap over its closest rival to eight points with 11 rounds remaining. The Argentina forward dipped a shot over the wall in the 26th minute to take his league-leading tally to 24 this season and 32 in all competitions. It was Messi’s sixth goal from a free kick this season, and his third straight after successful free ...

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