Ronaldo denies rape allegation


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday denied accusations by a former American model that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and said his conscience is clear, reported news agency. But lawyers for his accuser Kathryn Mayorga later hit back, saying their client had been “very consistent” in her reporting of the incident. The case has threatened to tarnish the reputation of the Portuguese superstar, arguably the world’s best footballer. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in Portuguese and English. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I ...

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Bangladesh girls beat Nepal 2-1 to emerge champions


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 women’s football team emerged group champions in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal football team by 2-1 goals Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Tuesday. Bangladesh will now meet group A runners-up host Bhutan in the second semi-final following the first semi-final between group A champions India and group B runners-up Nepal on October 5 at the same venue. In the day’s match, Sirat Jahan Shawpna put Bangladesh ahead in the 16th minute while Khrisna Rani doubled the lead for Bangladesh in the 32rd minute, reported news agency. Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mossammat Sirat ...

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Bangladesh beat Laos 1-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have launched their Bangabandhu Gold Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Laos. Midfielder Biplo Ahamed scored the winner for Jamie Day’s team at the Sylhet District Stadium on Monday. It is the first victory for Bangladesh over Laos, who had won one match and drawn the other against Bangladesh in their previous two ties. Bangladesh will play the Philippines in their last Group B match on Friday.

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Bangladesh girls down Pakistan 17-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team Pakistan by 17-0 goals at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday evening to reach the semifinal of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship from Group B. They led the first half by 8-0 goals. Siraj Jahan Shopna made double hat-trick scoring seven goals in the 10th, 30th, 44th, 62nd, 73rd , 76th and 90th minute minutes, Marzia made hat-tricks scoring four goals in the 7th, 13th, 22nd, and 71st minute while Sheuly Azim struck twice in the 32nd and 69th minute respectively, reported news agency. Besides, captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, Akhi ...

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Heroic Tigers return home


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh national cricket team, led by proud skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, returned home after a ‘successful tour’ in the final of the Asia Cup against India in UAE. The team on Saturday night reached the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka at 11:30pm by a special flight, reported news agency. Soon after arrival at the airport, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed his opinion over the tour saying, ‘I have seen a strong mentality among the players which is a good sign.’ ‘I am not frustrated. I am proud of the boys. But, I will be frustrated later if ...

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India defeat Bangladesh on last ball to retain Asia Cup

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: India beat a spirited Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball finish of the final in Dubai on Friday to retain the Asia Cup. They lost the third Asia Cup final with this, but given the way they made Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka toil, they can hope the day they will be champions is not so far. Liton Das scored a maiden one-day international hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs ...

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Bangladesh beat Pakistan to reach Asia Cup final

Asia Cup final

MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur with their brilliant performance guide Bangladesh into the Asia Cup final defeating Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinalin Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The former skipper missed out a deserving century but still lifted Bangladesh from a precarious 12-3 to 239 all out in 49.5 overs before they kept Pakistan down to 202-9 in 50 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Mashrafe Mortaza’s team will now face defending champions India in the final in Dubai on Friday, with an opportuntiy to win the continental title for the first time, reported news agency. Bangladesh’s ...

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India, Afghanistan tie in Asia Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Stockily built Mohammad Shahzad knocked a brilliant hundred as spirited Afghanistan pulled off a last over tie against India in the Super Four match in Dubai on Tuesday. Shahzad’s 124 laid the foundation of Afghanistan’s fighting total of 252-8 in 50 overs before bowling out India in 49.5 overs for the same total at Dubai stadium. Needing seven to win off the final Rashid Khan over, Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary off the second ball before taking a single off the next. Last man Khaleel Ahmed then took a single but Jadeja holed out off the fifth ...

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Modric and Marta take Fifa player of the year awards


MNA Sports Desk: Luka Modric and Brazil’s Marta have been named as the male and female players of the year at the Fifa Best Awards in London, reported news agency. The midfielder has enjoyed arguably the best year of his career, having secured a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in May before going on to reach the World Cup final with Croatia. In Russia, the Croatia picked up the tournament’s Golden Ball for his exploits on the pitch, scoring in his side’s opening two matches and later providing an assist. This is the first time since 2007 ...

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Bangladesh keep Asia Cup dream alive

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Mustafizur Rahman conceded just four runs in the final over to secure a three-run victory in their 2nd Super-Four game of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night. Having been behind the required run rate for much of their innings, the Afghans entered the last 5 overs needing 51 to win with 5 wickets in hand – if there was to be a charge at victory, this was it. Afghanistan ended the innings on 246 for 7 in 50 overs where number-four batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi [71 off 99b; 5×4] and ...

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Pakistan beat Afghanistan in last over finish


MNA Sports Desk: Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last over three wicket win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi. Malik pulled the second ball of the final over by paceman Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then whacked the next to deep fine leg for a boundary as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pakistan, cashing a stiff 258-run target, were home and dry to start the Super Four Stage with a much ...

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Asia Cup: India beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Friday, reported news agency. After the Tigers were restricted to 173, Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made 61 in the opening partnership to set the platform for an easy chase. Dhawan made 40 from 47 balls before being trapped leg before by Shakib Al Hasan and Ambati Rayudu (13) also fell cheaply to Rubel Hossain, but Sharma and MS Dhoni then took the team towards victory. Dhoni hit 33 off 37 balls before giving a catch in a Mashrafe ...

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Mashrafe criticizes Asia Cup scheduling


MNA Sports Desk: Scheduling blunders in the Asia Cup have angered Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. His complaints were two-fold: that Bangladesh, if they topped their group following Thursday’s match, would not have the advantage of playing the second-placed team from the other group in their opening Super Four match on Friday; and that their two matches on consecutive days would be in two different cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Until Wednesday, oddly, only India had been designated a label – A1 – in the tournament handbook. No other team, in the handbook at least, had labels assigned to them. The ...

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India clinches easy win over Pakistan


MNA Sports Desk: Having survived against Hong Kong, India came back with a near-perfect bowling performance to register their most contented chase against arch-rival Pakistan with 126 balls remaining. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show, exposing Pakistan’s hardly-used middle order, which showed its lack of experience of batting through 50-over innings by going for big shots every time they were tied down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to form after 35.2 wicketless overs in ODIs, and Kedar Jadhav’s return to the side – that cushion of the sixth bowler – showed just what India ...

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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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