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Sri Lanka take lead on fourth day

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka have taken the lead against Bangladesh in the first innings of the Test match in Chittagong. The visitors were 9 runs behind at the start of play on the fourth day on Saturday, but passed Bangladesh’s first innings total of 513 in the third over. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz opened the attack for Bangladesh. Bangladesh posted 513/10 in 129.5 overs in the 1st innings, which ended in the second session on day 2, opening the innings with bat after winning the toss on Wednesday where Mominul Haque shared partnership of 236 off 56.1 ...

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Mominul ton puts tigers in control

Bangladesh

MNA Sports Desk: Mominul Haque hit his 5th Test century during the 1st innings on day one of the 1st match of a two-match series against visiting Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Mominul did his job in the 2nd session with two successive boundaries off Lakshan Sandakan to reach 101 off 96 balls from run-a-ball 93. Mominul played so far 26 matches, making his Test debut in March 2013 against Sri Lanka at Galle where he hammered a half century of 55 runs and the erstwhile Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim hit a double century ...

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Federer sets record with 20 grand slam wins

Federer

MNA Sports Desk: Roger Federer seems to be ageless. Federer is the first man to win 20 grand slam titles. Without a grand slam title from the middle of 2012 to the conclusion of 2016, the Swiss has now won three of his last four following a gripping 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over Marin Cilic in Sunday’s Australian Open final. He has reached the milestone of 20 grand slam titles — the first man to do so — and it is a mark that could stand for decades or longer. His six Australian Open crowns also drew ...

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USA Gymnastics board resigning amid abuse scandal

US gymnastics

MNA Sports Desk: The remaining directors of the US gymnastics governing body are resigning in the wake of this week’s sentencing of the former national team doctor for molesting female athletes, USA Gymnastics said on Friday, complying with a demand by the US Olympic Committee. The doctor, Larry Nassar, was sentenced on Wednesday to between 40 and 175 years in prison by a judge in Lansing, Michigan, following a week of blistering statements in court by his victims including Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber and other female athletes. He had pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges. ...

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Leganes dumps out Real Madrid

Spanish

Md. Mohsin MNA Sports Desk: Have you ever heard the name of CD Leganes? You may or may not. Leganes is the club with the smallest budget in the Spanish top flight. They are playing  just for the second time in the Spanish top flight who somehow managed to avert relegation sitting 17th last season. They play in one of the smallest grounds in Europe with just 11,454 seats for the spectators. But they managed to dump out arguably the richest football club in history from an important tournament. Leganes stunned Real Madrid on Wednesday, winning 2-1 at the Santiago ...

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Sri Lanka clinch 10-wicket victory

10-wicket victory

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka handed Bangladesh one of their worst losses as a 10-wicket victory on Thursday sent the former world champions into the final of the tri-nation series. After bundling Bangladesh out for a sorry 82 in the last of the tri-nation series’ group matches at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, some fireworks from Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka finished the chase in just 11.4 overs. Gunathilaka hit 40 off 36 balls while Tharanga made 34 in 36 balls to steer the team to the win. Winning the toss, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza opted to bat first, but Suranga ...

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Tigers set 217-run target for Zimbabwe

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have set a target of 217 runs for Zimbabwe in the fifth match of the Tri-Nation Series. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first against Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur of Dhaka on Tuesday. Opener Tamim Iqbal posted 76 runs off 105 balls while Shakib Al Hasan scored 51 runs off 80 balls. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendon Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, ...

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England seals ODI series win over Australia

ODI series

MNA Sports Desk: Jos Buttler’s stunning century and a composed all-round effort with the ball helped England clinch the ODI series with two matches to play. England had been struggling on 6 for 189 when Buttler and Woakes came together but they put on an unbroken 113-run stand to take the total beyond 300. Buttler reached his fifth one-day hundred from the last ball of the innings as England made far more than had looked likely. He then took a contentious catch to dismiss Steven Smith at a key point in the chase as England held on to go 3-0 ...

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Zimbabwe sets 199 runs target for Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lankan pacer Thisara Perera took 4 wickets for 33 runs to restrict Zimbabwe within 198 runs in 44 overs during the fourth match of the tri-nation ODI series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. Wicket-keeper batsman Brendon Taylor scored 54 runs while captain Graeme Cremer contributed 34 runs to the total. Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer has won the toss and decided to bat first against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka team: Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, ...

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Bangladesh’s biggest ODI win against Sri Lanka

ODI

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh recorded their biggest ODI win – a 163-run win- against Sri Lanka in the Tri-nation series yesterday in Mirpur. It was a wretched performance from Sri Lanka all around. In the face of a daunting Bangladesh total of 320 for 7, their batsmen lasted just 32.2 overs. And their bowlers hardly tested Bangladesh’s line-up. Each of Bangladesh’s batting core came good. Tamim Iqbal made 84 off 102 balls. Shakib struck an aggressive 67 at more than a run a ball. And Mushfiqur Rahim blasted 62. All of that meant Bangladesh managed good partnerships through their innings. ...

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Koreas to carry single flag in Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics.

MNA Sports Desk: Bitter cross-border enemies North and South Korea on Wednesday said both countries would march under a single flag during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics. The development comes amid talks aimed at reducing tensions between the two nations still technically engaged in internecine war, reported news agency. The two Koreas are also set to field a joint women’s ice hockey team to participate in the Games, which are to take place from February 9-25 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, located just a relatively-small distance away from the demilitarised zone that has separated the ...

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Mirpur stadium to host 100 ODIs

Mirpur

MNA Sports Desk: The Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe game on 17 January will be the 100th one-day international held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, reaching the milestone in just over 11 years. Originally built as a football venue in the late 1980s, it was taken over by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in 2004 and following extensive renovation, hosted its first ODI in March 2006 with a capacity of 25,000 people. Mirpur stadium is more than just a cricket venue — it is Bangladesh’s ‘Home of Cricket’ in every sense of the term, and transforms into a daunting fortress ...

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Roy smashes records in huge win for England

England

MNA Sports Desk: Australia’s bowling underbelly was exposed under the MCG lights as England beat the hosts for the first time this summer. The visitors inflicted Australia’s eighth defeat from their past nine completed one-day internationals. Aaron Finch had earlier posted his ninth ODI ton, but an early barrage in the run chase from England opener Jason Roy set the tone for what was an all-too-comfortable chase from the tourists, who cruised past Australia’s total of 8-304 with seven balls to spare and five wickets in hand. Roy broke umpteen records with his 180 from 151 balls, posting new marks ...

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Saudi women watch football in stadium

Saudi women

MNA Sports Desk: Saudi women have been allowed into a sports stadium for the first time to watch a football match between two local teams. However, they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section”. The move was the first of Saudi Arabia’s social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince. The kingdom has also announced that, starting in June, women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers. As the two teams al-Ahli and al-Batin ...

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ICC approves Perth Stadium to host game

Perth Stadium

MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the game, formally lowering the curtain on the city’s venerable WACA Ground. The new 60,000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day international against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at the state-of-the-art arena. ICC match referee Richie Richardson submitted a gushing report after inspecting the venue. The WACA, a Test venue since 1970, was once touted as the world’s fastest pitch, making it the stuff of nightmares for many visiting teams. Last month, the WACA ...

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42 Russian athletes banned

Russian athletes

MNA Sports Desk: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes against the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the tribunal said. The announcement on Tuesday comes in response to the sanctions imposed by the IOC following allegations of state-sponsored doping by hosts Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, reports news agency. The athletes were declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games. According to the tribunal, a CAS arbitration procedure has been opened for each athlete. The procedures are being conducted jointly and a combined ...

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Australia seals 4-0 Ashes series triumph

triumph

MNA Sports Desk: Australia romped to an innings and 123-runs victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic. England captain Joe Root raced from his hospital bed, where he had been treated overnight for gastroenteritis, to try to rescue a face-saving draw but when he failed to reappear after lunch the die was cast for the tourists. Australia’s bowling attack mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 ...

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Shakib named best sportsman of the year

goodwill ambassador

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) on Saturday named world famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the best sportsman of the year 2017. It chose Shakib, Bangladesh Test and T20 captain, over shooter Arnab Sharar Ladaf and promising booter Zafar Iqbal. Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was adjudged the most popular player of the year to win the ‘Popular Choice Award’ by direct vote of the sports fans defeating shortlisted Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad and footballer Zafar Iqbal. The Kool-BSPA Sports Awards-2017, a regular event of Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA), were ceremonially handed over in ...

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Arsene Wenger fined for misconduct

Arsene Wenger

MNA Sports Desk: Arsene Wenger has been banned for next three matches along with fine £40,000 for his comments following Arsenal’s draw against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve. The manager was angry in the referee’s changing room with Mike Dean’s decision to award West Brom a controversial late penalty for a handball by Calum Chambers, which Jay Rodriguez scored to deny the Gunners all three points. The ban means Wenger will miss Arsenal’s FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, next week’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea, and their Premier League game at Bournemouth on ...

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Dhaka Abahani clinch BPL title

Dhaka Abahani

MNA Sports Desk: Dhaka Abahani clinched the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football title for the sixth time beating Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2-0 goal in the 21st round match of the country’s 10th edition prestigious league. Defender Nasir Uddin Chowdhury put Dhaka Abahani ahead in the 23rd minute by a header from goal mouth melee connecting midfielder of Sohel Rana’s right footed cross from the right side of the box, 1-0. Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu doubled the winning margin with a marvelous goal in the stopgap time after 90 minutes. Midfielder Sohel Rana gave a short pass from the ...

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Shakib, Mushfiq in ESPNcricinfo’s Test Team

Team

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan have been once again rewarded for their stellar performance in the longer version of the game in the last year, this time being named in ESPNcricinfo’s Team of the Year. Shakib made 665 runs at an average of 47.50 last year besides taking 29 wickets while Mushfiq made 766 runs at an average of 54.71. The latter, the wicket-keeper in the team, also had 14 dismissals to his name. A report on the ESPNcricinfo website read, “The top five batsmen combined are good for 300 runs on ...

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Tigers practise in full force

tigers

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has included practice matches for the tigers of the Bangladesh National Cricket team for the ensuing Tri-nations series. BCB on Tuesday announced the revised practice schedule for the tri-nation series and Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh. The tri-nation series involves Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Some 32 players of the preliminary squad of Bangladesh team started their practice from the past week. After the tri-series, Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively. Fixture of Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh: 1st Test: 31 January -4 February, Chittagong 2nd Test: ...

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Smith ton sees 4th Ashes Test drawn

Klaasen

MNA Sports Desk: Australia captain Steve Smith tormented England with another century as the fourth Ashes Test ended in a frustrating draw for Joe Root’s side on a lifeless Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch on Saturday. Smith marched off unbeaten after a 275-ball knock of 102, having nudged Australia to 263 for four and a lead of 99 runs before the captains called it off midway through the final session. Number six batsman Mitchell Marsh was as stubborn as his captain, scoring 29 from 166 balls to protect his wicket through the last two sessions. With Man-of-the-Match Alastair Cook finding form ...

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Hathurusingha bans music at training

Hathurusingha

MNA Sports Desk: New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team-including banning music in training-while demanding “full control” over selection. With the 1996 World Cup winners coming to the end of their worst year in international cricket, Hathurusingha said he would impose strict discipline to make sure they are ready for the 2019 World Cup, reported news agency. Asked about reports that players were admonished for listening to music in practice, Hathurusingha said after his first training session with the team on Thursday: “If they are interested in music they will have ...

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Nadal withdraws from Brisbane International

Brisbane International

MNA Sports Desk: Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to his “late start of preparation” for the new season. Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said Thursday that “we received word of his withdrawal this morning.” The joint ATP and WTA tournament begins Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena. Nadal, who pulled out of the ATP Finals in London after a loss to David Goffin in mid-November due pain in his right knee, had earlier tweeted: “I am sorry to announce I won’t be coming to Brisbane this year. My intention was to play but I am still ...

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Under-19 team set to leave for U-19 WC

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team are set to leave Dhaka early Tuesday for New Zealand to participate in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Saif Hassan-led Bangladesh Youth team participated in an official photo session on Monday afternoon at the home of Bangladesh Cricket, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. The Bangladesh team will reach Christchurch from Dubai on 27 December and play three warm-up matches on 1, 3 and 5 January, all against Otago Eleven at University Oval ahead of their World Cup campaign. Bangladesh, which were placed in the four-team Group C of the tournament, will ...

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Barcelona stun Real with 3-0 ‘Clasico’ win

Barcelona

MNA Sports Desk: Goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal propelled Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday, lifting them 14-points clear of their rivals in the standings. Suarez capitalised on wide open space in Real Madrid’s midfield to knock in a simple pass from Sergi Roberto following a breakaway move in the 54th minute. That opened the scoring after a tense but tight first half in the early afternoon sun at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi hammered in the second goal from the penalty spot 20 minutes later after Dani Carvajal was sent off for ...

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