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BD ‘disappointed’ at Australia tour cancellation

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it was “really disappointed” that a Test tour of Australia had been scrubbed for financial reasons. Bangladesh had been scheduled to play two Tests and three One Day Internationals Down Under later this year but there was no mention of it when Australia’s schedule for the 2018-19 home season was published at the end of last month. “They have told us this series is not financially viable due to the off-season,” chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told news agency. “This is really disappointing. All the series we hosted were not always profitable. ...

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Tim Paine named ODI captain for England tour

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MNA Sports Desk: Test captain Tim Paine will lead Australia’s one-day side for their limited-overs tour of England in June. Wicket-keeper Paine replaces Steve Smith – who was banned by Cricket Australia for a year following the ball-tampering scandal – for the five-match series. His vice-captain, batsman Aaron Finch, will lead the Twenty20 side in their sole match against England. National selector Trevor Hohns said a permanent ODI captain would be appointed “in due course”. The tour of England, which runs from 13-27 June, will be Justin Langer’s first assignment as head coach. Batsman D’Arcy Short, who has five T20 ...

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No guard of honour for Barca: Zidane

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MNA Sports Desk: Zinedine Zidane says Barcelona do not deserve a guard of honour before the Clasico on Sunday because they refused to give Real Madrid one for winning the Club World Cup. Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane’s side will not perform a ‘pasillo’, the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch. Deportivo La Coruna made the gesture ahead of their game against Barca last weekend while Barca gave Real a guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008, after Los Blancos had already won the league. But Barcelona ...

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Brighton beat Man U, avoid relegation

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MNA Sports Desk: Brighton and Hove Albion made sure of Premier League football next season with two games to spare after a Pascal Gross goal gave them a memorable 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Friday. It was no more than Brighton deserved after outplaying their more illustrious rivals throughout the contest and they sent a passionate home crowd into raptures after Gross headed home a 57th-minute winner. The German forward got on the end of a sharp Jose Izquierdo cross from the left and the ball crossed the line before Marcus Rojo’s desperate attempt to keep it out. ...

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Benzema fires Real to Champions League final

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid are within touching distance of a third consecutive Champions League triumph after Karim Benzema scored twice to eliminate Bayern Munich on Tuesday and book their place in the final. Bayern, who trailed 2-1 after last week’s opening leg in Germany, looked capable of inflicting this season’s latest European comeback when Joshua Kimmich scored early and James Rodriguez levelled shortly after the hour. But Benzema’s double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a dreadful error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, ...

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Messi hat-trick seals La Liga title for Barca

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona clinched a 25th La Liga title on Sunday after winning 4-2 at Deportivo La Coruna despite throwing away a two-goal lead in a thrilling game which also confirmed Depor’s relegation. Atletico Madrid tightened their grip on second place by winning 1-0 at Alaves with a penalty from Kevin Gameiro, while Valencia’s quest to seal Champions League qualification must wait after they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eibar. Barca only needed a draw to seal the title and they made a perfect start when record signing Philippe ...

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ICC WC 2019 schedule announced

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MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council on Thursday confirmed the schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July. England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will launch their title defence on 1 June against the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol, says an ICC press release. Ticket prices offered are as follows: 80,000+ tickets at £20 (over half of the group stage matches) 200,000+ tickets ...

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109th Jabbarer Boli Khela kicks off

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MNA Sports Desk: Century-old traditional wrestling competition ‘Jabbarer Boli Khela’ will begin today (Wednesday) on Laldighi Maidan in the Port City, reported news agency. All preparations have already been completed for smoothly holding the 109th edition of the traditional wrestling competition, said ‘Jabbarer Boli Khela O Baishakhi Mela Udjapan Parishad’ President Jahar Lal Hazari. Some 70-80 players have registered for taking part in the wresting competition till Tuesday with the orgainsers hoping participation of 100. Banglalink is the sponsor of the event. Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasiruddin will inaugurate the function as chief guest where Iqbal Bahar, Police Commissioner ...

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Sania, Shoaib expecting baby

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MNA Sports Desk: Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday announced that she is pregnant, but did not say if this meant the end of her injury-prone career. Mirza and her husband, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing their names. It was accompanied by the hashtag #BabyMirzaMalik. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan tweeted back his “congratulations”. The three-time Grand Slam doubles winner had said earlier this month that any child she had would bear the Mirza-Malik surname and that Shoaib ...

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Nadal seals 11th Monte Carlo crown

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MNA Sports Desk: Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a single tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour title. Nadal’s 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion’s era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his ...

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Barca thrash Sevilla to win King’s Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Unstoppable duo Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 to win the King’s Cup final for the fourth consecutive season on Saturday as they close in on a likely domestic double. Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half for the Catalans as they won the competition for a record 30th time. However, it was Iniesta and Messi who pulled all the strings as the La Liga leaders blew away Vincenzo Montella’s stunned side. Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez for the opening goal in the 14th minute and Barcelona dominated the rest of the ...

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EU lawmakers demand Russia WC boycott

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MNA Sports Desk: A group of European Union (EU) lawmakers on Friday urged the bloc’s leaders to boycott this year’s football World Cup in Russia to protest over Moscow’s “mockery of European values”. The 60 Member of European Parliament (MEP) said all EU countries should follow the lead of Britain and non-EU member Iceland in refusing to send official delegations to the tournament, which starts on 14 June. London announced last month that ministers and royals would stay away from the tournament in protest at the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in a British town, which Western ...

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BCB excludes 6 cricketers from contract

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) reduced the number of national cricketers under its central contract to 10 from exiting 16, excluding six national cricketers from their contract. Six-cricketer who excluded from the BCB central contract are: opening batsman Soumya Sarkar, top order batsman Imrul Kayes, all rounders Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, pacers Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon made this announcement to the pressmen after the day’s Executive Committee meeting. Nazmul did not make any announcement that there will be any increase in the salary of the national contracted cricketer as per ...

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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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