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Second win for Victoria
Victoria Sporting Club registered their second victory in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League after beating Beanibazar Sporting Club 2-1 at the Kamalapur Stadium on Thursday. It was, however, Beanibazar who took the lead through their striker Dipu in the 8th minute. Russel of Victoria restored parity in the 75th minute before Zayed secured their win with an injury time goal. The win lifted Victoria to fourth place in the seven-team league with seven points from seven matches while Beanibazar remained sixth with five points from the same number of outings. — New Age

Micromax becomes the title sponsor of Asia Cup
Micromax Informatics Limited became the title sponsor of Asia Cup for the second consecutive time when the company signed a deal with the event’s right holders Nimbus Sport in New Delhi on Wednesday. Yannick Colaco, the chief operating officer of Nimbus Sport, and Deepak Malhotra, the chief executive officer of Micromax, signed the deal on behalf of their respective organisations. The Asian cricket tournament, which will be now called Micromax Asia Cup, will be hosted by Bangladesh starting from March 13. The tournament will be participated by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka apart from hosts Bangladesh. The television coverage of the entire series is being produced by Nimbus Sport and the TV partner in India will be Neo Cricket. — New Age

Clarke to miss Windies ODIs
Injured captain Michael Clarke will miss Australia’s one-day international series in the West Indies later this month, Cricket Australia said on Thursday. Clarke will stay behind when the Australia team leaves on Friday for the Caribbean tour to have further treatment on an injured hamstring, CA said. The Australia skipper did not play in Thursday’s third and final tri-series ODI against Sri Lanka in Adelaide after straining his left hamstring in Tuesday’s ODI loss to the Sri Lankans. Clarke had a scan on the troublesome hamstring on Wednesday and CA said he would stay at home for further treatment and miss the five ODIs against the West Indies from March 16-25. ‘He will take part in an intensive rehabilitation programme in Sydney and we expect that he will recover in time to take part in the Test portion of the West Indies tour,’ team physio Alex Kountouris said in a statement. — AFP, Sydney

Ljubicic announces retirement for April
Croatia’s former world number three Ivan Ljubicic announced Thursday he will retire from the sport after competing in the Monte Carlo ATP event in April. A Davis Cup winner in 2005 and an Olympic bronze medal winner in doubles at the 2004 Games, the 32-year-old Ljubicic—who has just had a second daughter—said he is now looking forward to the next stage of his life. ‘It’s never an easy decision for any professional athlete to retire,’ said Ljubicic.  — AFP, Paris

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