Ronaldo passes 300 La Liga goals

300 La Liga

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another landmark in his career, with his first strike in Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Getafe taking him to 300 La Liga career goals. Ronaldo reached the mark just before half-time at the Bernabeu, when he took Karim Benzema’s clever disguised pass, held off his marker and steered a low shot to the net from 15 yards. The Portugal captain is only second player ever to reach 300 in the Spanish league — Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the other — but Ronaldo did it in 48 games ...

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US Olympic chief resigns after abuse scandal

abuse scandal

MNA Sports desk: The head of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has resigned, citing health reasons. Chief Executive Scott Blackmun recently revealed he was battling prostate cancer, but has faced extensive criticism in the wake of an abuse scandal involving US gymnastics. His departure was announced at the same time as initiatives to tackle abuse. Former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar was jailed last month on hundreds of counts of abuse spanning decades, reported news agency. Two US senators called for Mr Blackmun’s resignation earlier this month after a report in the Wall Street Journal newspaper suggested he had been ...

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PSG denies injured Neymar requires surgery


MNA Sports Desk: Reports had suggested the Brazilian attacker was to have surgery that would keep him out until May having broken a metatarsal against Marseille Unai Emery has dismissed reports Neymar is due to have surgery on his fractured foot that would keep him out until May. The Brazilian star was forced off the Parc des Princes pitch in tears on Sunday after suffering the injury in an innocuous-looking incident. PSG won the match 3-0, but Neymar’s injury marred the contest, as he rode a challenge from Bouna Sarr and twisted his ankle upon contact with the turf, while ...

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Simona Halep reclaims world No 1 ranking

Simona Halep

MNA Sports Desk: Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep has returned to world number one in women rankings, reported news agency. She replaced Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, who held the top spot for four consecutive weeks. Wozniacki, 27, did not compete in the Dubai Tennis Championships last week, leaving the way open for the Romanian to return to World No.1. Halep was also absent in the Dubai Duty Free Open due to an ankle injury. She is now over 400 points clear of the second-placed Dane. Garbine Muguruza is at the third spot after reaching the semi-finals in Dubai, while ...

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IOC votes to lift Olympic ban in Russia

Olympic ban

MNA Sports Desk: Russia’s Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no more doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has ruled. However, the IOC says Russian athletes will not be allowed to parade under their own flag at the closing ceremony. Russia was banned because of state-sponsored doping at Sochi 2014. A team of 168 competed in South Korea as neutral Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) but two failed drugs tests. Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in the mixed curling but was stripped of his medal after being found guilty of doping while Nadezhda ...

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NZ Cricket backs Eden Park for T20 final

Eden Park

MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) defended Eden Park Tuesday amid criticism the Auckland venue is too small to host international fixtures such as the T20 tri-series final. The decider on Wednesday features New Zealand and Australia, who produced a run-fest at the same ground on Friday that left some purists fuming. A total of 488 runs were scored at 12.7 an over as the sides smashed 32 sixes before Australia completed a world-record run chase of 245 to claim a five-wicket win. The sight of mis-hits sailing over the boundary for six prompted veteran Australian commentator Jim Maxwell ...

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ESPNcricinfo declares awards for 2017


MNA Sports Desk: Smith, Lyon, Knight, Fakhar, Amir win awards for 2017.  Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, Heather Knight, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir are among the winners of the ESPNcricinfo Awards for the best performances in cricket in 2017. Smith’s battling 109 in Australia’s unexpected win in Pune won for best Test batting performance, beating his eight-and-a-half-hour 141 not out at the Gabba, and Shai Hope’s match-winning final-innings century in Headingley, among other performances. Lyon’s 8 for 50 was picked for the Test bowling award, over R Ashwin’s 6 for 41 in the same Test, in Bengaluru. Knight, the England ...

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Kohli ton helps India thrash Proteas


MNA Sports Desk: Virat Kohli was in dazzling form as he hit 129 not out off 96 balls to take India to an eight-wicket win with 17.5 overs to spare in the sixth one-day international. It completed a crushing 5-1 series victory for India, who started the series second behind South Africa in the one-day rankings but finished as the undisputed number one side. The series was a personal triumph for Virat, who hit three centuries and became the first player to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral series. He finished with 558 runs at an average of ...

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Bangladesh to bat first in first T20

bat first

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in first T20 international match in Mirpur on Thursday. Bangladesh are going to play the match with four debut players. Bangladesh Team: 1 Zakir Hassan, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Afif Hossain, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Nazmul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain. Sri Lanka Team: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Akila Dananjaya, ...

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South Africa investigates Tahir racial slur


MNA Sports Desk: South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during the fourth one-day international against India at the Wanderers Stadium last Saturday. In a brief statement, Cricket South Africa said it was aware of video footage of Imran being circulated on social media. According to the statement, “Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security, and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium. “Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any ...

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Cyber attack in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics


MNA Sports Desk: Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday’s opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source. The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two  days ago but organizers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations. “Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams. “We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and ...

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Shakib becomes ACC goodwill ambassador

goodwill ambassador

MNA Sports Desk: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has become an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) goodwill ambassador to campaign against corruption. The signing ceremony was held at the ACC’s office at Segun Bagicha in Dhaka on Sunday. Shakib Al Hasan and ACC Director General (Resistance) Mohammad Zafar Iqbal signed the contract. ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said ‘All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is a pride of our country. Shakib is the best in the world today with his talent, dedication and genuine efforts. If teenagers and young people of our country try to follow him, they too can be successful in their respective fields.’ ...

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Olympic guards withdrawn over virus outbreak


MNA Sports Desk: More than 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of a norovirus outbreak, organisers said Tuesday. Out of the group, 41 suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhoea on Sunday. They were transferred to hospital and most were diagnosed with a norovirus infection. Norovirus is highly contagious and can also be spread through food or water contamination. “The 1,200-odd people were pulled out from their duties,” an official of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee told media. “They were replaced by some 900 military soldiers.” Health authorities were investigating the origin of ...

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Mushfiq becomes father of baby boy

baby boy

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh National Cricket Team’s former captain Mushfiqur Rahim and his wife, Jannatul Kefayat Mondi, became parents of their first baby boy on Monday morning. The junior Mushfiqur Rahim was born at the Square Hospital in Dhaka at about 9:30am. The wicketkeeper of Bangladesh team has not shared the news with his fans and followers yet. However, Mushfiqur’s father, Mahbub Hamid confirmed the birth of his grandson through a Facebook post and asked everyone to keep the little one in their prayers. Mushfiqur Rahim and Jannatul Kefayat Mondi exchanged ring on October 2013. Later, on 25 September 2014 ...

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Mominul Haque makes history

Mominul Haque

MNA Sports Desk: Mominul Haque became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century in both the innings of a Test match on Sunday as the Tigers took a slender lead over Sri Lanka on the final day of the Chittagong Test. The Bangladesh number three has just made his second hundred of the game, this time the ton coming in 154 balls. The hosts are now on 237 for 3, taking a lead of 36. Liton Das is giving Mominul the perfect support with a well-taken fifty, he has contributed 67 to their 156-run partnership. Replying to Sri Lanka ...

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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