Ronaldo, Salah, Modric nominated for FIFA award


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo faces stiff competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to be crowned FIFA’s player of the year for a sixth time, reported news agency. Ronaldo was the competition’s top scorer in lifting a fourth Champions League title in five years before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July. Modric is also part of that Madrid side that has dominated the Champions League in recent years and won the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup for leading Croatia to the final. Salah scored 44 goals in ...

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Serena, Stephens reach US Open quarters

US Open

MNA Sports Desk: Six-time champion Serena Williams survived a spirited challenge from unseeded Kaia Kanepi to triumph 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open, reported news agency. The 23-time Grand Slam champion looked set to romp home when she seized the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes. But the hard-hitting Estonian, who took out world number one Simona Halep in the first round, settled down in the second set, shaking off the partisan crowd in a jammed Arthur Ashe Stadium to push Williams the rest of the way. Defending champion Sloane Stephens, ...

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Japan win women’s hockey gold beating India


MNA Sports Desk: Japan’s Motomi Kawamura drilled a penalty corner past India’s defences to claim the Asian Games women’s hockey title with a tense 2-1 win Friday. India removed their goalkeeper for the final two minutes of the match in search of an equaliser as they chased a first women’s gold in the regional Olympics since 1982, but Japan held on for the win. Minami Shimizu had opened the scoring for Japan, but Neha Goyal levelled the match shortly before half-time. India’s women had romped through the tournament, scoring 39 goals and conceding just one before the final. Their defeat ...

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Williams sisters clash for 30th time


MNA Sports Desk: Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the US Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years. Serena Williams set up the highly anticipated matchup at Flushing Meadows by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-set victory, ...

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka FIFA friendly today

FIFA friendly

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh National Football Team will take on their Sri Lankan counterpart in a FIFA friendly match scheduled to be held today at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari, reported news agency. The match will begin at 4 pm at 20,000-capacity Sheikh Kamal Stadium. Bangladesh Television will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the running commentary of the match. In a pre-match press conference at a hotel in Rangpur on Tuesday, the officials and captains of both the teams expressed their optimism to win the match playing their best. The Sri Lanka team reached Dhaka on ...

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Robi ends Bangladesh cricket sponsorship


MNA Sports Desk: Mobile network company Robi has pulled-out from its contract with the BCB as a sponsor of the Bangladesh national cricket team, reported news agency. The deal had also allowed Robi to brand on Bangladesh A team, Bangladesh U19 and Bangladesh national women’s cricket team. A media release from Robi claimed the decision to move out from the contract was based on the deal losing its relevance. BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that the board has already come to a decision to stop Robi branding on all BCB assets and that the issue has been forwarded ...

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Mosaddek sued for torturing wife


MNA Sports Desk: Cricketer Mosaddek Hossain Saikat has been sued for torturing his wife after demanding Tk 10 lakh dowry, reported news agency. Mosaddek’s wife Samira Sharmin Usha filed a case against the cricketer and his mother with the court of Mymensingh Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rosina Khan on Sunday afternoon. The magistrate ordered the Sadar Upazila executive officer (UNO) to investigate the case. The middle-order batsman, who made his bow in international cricket in 2016, is in the Bangladesh squad announced for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament. The 22-year-old married his cousin Usha six years ago.

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Ronaldo draws another blank as Juventus beats Lazio 2-0


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting for his first competitive goal in Italy but the Portuguese superstar made a 2-0 winning home debut with Juventus as Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came from two goals down to beat AC Milan 3-2 in the second round of Serie A action. Ronaldo, 33, unintentionally played a role in Mario Mandzukic’s second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Miralem Pjanic put the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid in a 100-million-euro deal. Juve have now won their ...

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Senior Zimbabwe players return ahead of S Africa, Bangladesh challenge


MNA Sports Desk: Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput has welcomed the return of senior players to the national team as he prepares to take the side on away tours to South Africa and Bangladesh in the coming months, reported news agency. Former India international Rajput was announced as the permanent head coach of the side on Friday having previously held the role in a caretaker capacity. During that period, he had to make do with a depleted squad in a 5-0 home one day international series whitewash by Pakistan last month. Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 67 in the third ...

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Pakistan cricket chief Sethi resigns


MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi resigned on Monday following speculation in recent days that he would be forced out by the country’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. The two were involved in a bitter, public feud in recent years, after Khan accused Sethi of election fraud to help former premier Nawaz Sharif’s party win the 2013 election. Sethi, who was appointed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Sharif, denied the allegation and sued Khan for defamation. His three-year term as chairman was due to end in 2020, but his departure was widely expected following Khan’s ...

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Bangladesh reach 2nd round defeating Qatar


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh reached the Round of 16 of the Asian Games 2018 after thrashing Qatar 1-0 in the final group game, reported news agency. Both sides played neck and neck with each other straight from the kick-off at Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia. The stoppage-time goal from Jamal Bhuiyan helped Bangladesh to win against stronger Qatar. According to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the Red and Greens dug deep and created problems for Qatar on the counter. However, no sides could score in regulation time. Then in the 3rd minute of added time, skipper Jamal Bhuiyan scored the ...

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Asian Games begin with explosive opening ceremony

Asian Games

MNA Sports Desk: The 18th Asian Games being hosted jointly in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang has been officially declared open by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, reported news agency. A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games on Saturday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the ...

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Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Nasir Jamshed

MNA Sports Desk: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Friday, reported news agency. Jamshed, who played 48 one-day internationals and two tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation. Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but was alleged to ...

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Atletico beat Real Madrid, lift Super Cup

Super Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions, reported news agency. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramos penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian ...

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Bangladesh women beat Nepal 3-0


MNA Sports Desk: Defending champions Bangladesh U-15 women’s team emerged group B champions with all-win record to reach the semifinal of the six-nation 2nd SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship. The Bangladeshi female booters beat Nepal by 3-0 goals in their 2nd and last group affairs at Changlimithan Stadium in Thimphu on Monday, reports news agency. Bangladesh will play hosts Bhutan in the 2nd semifinal on Thursday (16 August) at 7pm while group A champions India will play group B runners-up Nepal in the first semis at the same venue at 4pm the same day. Earlier, India clinched the group A crown ...

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Messi wins 33rd title as Barcelona wins Super Cup

33rd title

MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history, reported news agency. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league. Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when ...

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Messi succeeds Iniesta as new Barcelona captain


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona’s captain following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice-captains in a statement by the La Liga champions. Messi, Barca’s all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club’s armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June. Midfielder Sergio Busquets was named first vice-captain, followed by Pique, who has been at Barcelona since 2008. It’s the first time Pique has been named a vice-captain at ...

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Bangladesh cricket team returns home

Bangladesh Cricket

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Team returned to the country on Thursday morning (August 9) after winning T20 Series 2-1 against West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida of USA. A flight of Emirates Airlines, carrying the team, landed at Shahjalal International Airport at 8:47 am. Although Bangladesh began the tour of West Indies on a frustrating mood, but they managed to overcome the situation and clinch the ODI series 2-1 over West Indies win away from home in nine years. The Tigers’ next assignment is the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in ...

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Abuse, ball-tampering threaten cricket’s DNA: ICC


MNA Sports Desk: Ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council (ICC) boss David Richardson has said. Richardson also took aim at players claiming confusion over ball-tampering rules, saying the laws were clear and their complaints “disingenuous” in a speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. “The phrase ‘it’s just not cricket’ is not an accident, it’s because cricket’s DNA is based on integrity and people know that cricket represents something more than a game,” Richardson said. “We have seen too much ...

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Bangladesh beat West Indies to take T20 series


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the final T20 match against the West Indies to take the series 2-1. The Tigers won the final game by 19 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after rain interrupted play in the 18th over, reported news agency. The West Indies had needed 50 runs to win off 17 deliveries with three wickets in hand before the match was cancelled. Bangladesh won the toss Bangladesh time and decided to bat first. A whirlwind 61 by Liton Das helped the Tigers to 184/5 in the 20 overs. Liton Das was declared Man of the Match. ...

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Tigers win in last-over thriller


MNA Sports Desk: Another Bangladesh comeback, another major contribution from their seniors. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal powered the visitors to a 12-run win against West Indies to bring them back level in the T20I series, reported news agency. Towards the end of the West Indies chase, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam took three wickets each, but the win was set up by Tamim, who top-scored with a quickfire 44-ball 74, while Shakib complemented his half-century with figures of 2 for 19 from four overs, reports Shakib and Tamim added 90 runs for the fourth wicket. Tamim’s innings ...

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Bangladesh eye win in 2nd T20I


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh aim to win as they face West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The match will kick off at 6am. The Tigers will have to win the second match to save the series following their seven wickets defeat in the first T20I. Probable squads: Bangladesh – Mosaddek Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul ...

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Tigers lose 1st T20 against Windies


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies overcame an early scare in their chase to easily win the first T20 against Bangladesh by seven wickets after rain forced Wednesday’s match to be a curtailed-over affair, reported news agency. Once the Tigers made 143 for 9, a sudden downpour meant the game was slashed down to 11 overs, with the Windies side set a target of 91. Mustafizur Rahman struck twice in the second over to remove openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis to give Bangladesh hope, but Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls and Marlon Samuels fired 26 from ...

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Neymar admits ‘exaggerated’ reactions at WC


MNA Sports Desk: Ridiculed the world over for faking and diving during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette and published on social media accounts and Brazilian television, Neymar sought to win back fans who criticised his behaviour. “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You might think I exaggerate and sometimes I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field. “There’s ...

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Rubel slapped with demerit point


MNA Sports Desk: Rubel Hossain received an official warning for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during the deciding ODI against the West Indies on Saturday, reported news agency. He was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. In addition to the reprimand, one demerit point has been added to the fast bowler’s disciplinary record. Rubel now has two demerit points after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during ...

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Tigers win ODI series against West Indies


MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal scored another century and Bangladesh successfully defended 301 runs to beat the West Indies by 18 runs and win their one-day international series 2-1 on Saturday, reported news agency. Tamim made 103 from 124 balls and Mahmudullah a lusty 67 off 49 balls as Bangladesh finished on an imposing 301-6. After a good start by openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, the West Indies run rate slowed in the middle overs. Despite a fillip by Rovman Powell of 74 off 41 balls, the home side still fell short on 283-6. After being crushed in the ...

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Ozil racism row sparks #MeTwo debate


MNA Sports Desk: Thousands of people in Germany with migrant backgrounds are sharing stories of everyday discrimination under the hashtag #MeTwo, inspired by football star Mesut Ozil’s resignation from Germany’s national team over racism. The campaign was launched earlier this week by Turkish-origin author and rights activist Ali Can, who dubbed it #MeTwo — a play on the #MeToo movement that highlights women’s experiences of sexual harassment, and a comment by Ozil about having “two hearts”. Ozil dropped a bombshell on Sunday when he announced in a stinging letter that he would no longer play for Germany after he faced ...

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