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  • Victoria Sporting Club’s Pakistani cricketer Momahmad Yusuf (R) looks on as the club’s governing body chairman, Lutfur Rahman Badal, speaks to the media on Wednesday. — New Age photo

  • Sheikh Jamal DC’s Nigerian forward Kester Akon (C) celebrates his winning goal against Sheikh Russell KC during their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday. — New Age photo

  • Mohammedan Sporting Club’s players and officials celebrate with the trophy after winning the Dhaka Bank Independence Day Hockey Championship title at the Maulana Bhasahi Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar

  • Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (C) heads the ball to score his first goal against APOEL Nicosia during their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match at GSP stadium in Nicosia on Tuesday. — AFP photo

  • Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou (L) scores the winning goal past Benfica goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

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Premier League hit by new crisis

Victoria Sporting Club’s Pakistani cricketer Momahmad Yusuf (R) looks on as the club’s governing body chairman, Lutfur Rahman Badal, speaks to the media on Wednesday. — New Age photo
The Dhaka Premier League came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday after Abahani refused to take the ground halfway through their game against Victoria Sporting Club prompting the match referee to declare the latter winners. Full story

DOHS stay in title hunt

Old DOHS crossed another major hurdle in their bid for the third Dhaka Premier League title when they beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by five runs at the Fatullah stadium on Wednesday. Full story

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Jamal ride on Kester brace

Sheikh Jamal DC’s Nigerian forward Kester Akon (C) celebrates his winning goal against Sheikh Russell KC during their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday. — New Age photo
Nigerian striker Kester Akon had an impressive day as his team Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club beat Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra 3-2 in the Bangladesh Premier League on Wednesday despite playing the last 25 minutes with ten men. Full story

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Mohammedan clinch Independence hockey

Mohammedan Sporting Club’s players and officials celebrate with the trophy after winning the Dhaka Bank Independence Day Hockey Championship title at the Maulana Bhasahi Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar
Mohammedan Sporting Club clinched the Dhaka Bank Independence Day Hockey Championship title beating Usha Krira Chakra 2-1 in an exciting final at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. Full story

Walton to sponsor Premier League

Local electronic giants Walton on Wednesday formally announced to be the sponsor of Dhaka Premier League, which is now at the final stage with only three rounds remaining. Walton, which got involved with the league only in the... Full story

SPORTSLINE

Chittagong, Faridpur, Jessore, Kushtia, Khulna and Satkhira won their respective matches in the 32nd Inter-District Cricket Championship 2011-12 at different venues across the country on Wednesday. Chittagong’s Yasir Ali... Full story

England set out on historic chase

England recovered from two crucial blows to stay afloat in their tough run chase to win the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday. The tourists, set a history-defying target of 340, reached... Full story

Wozniacki beats Serena

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal stayed on pace for a possible final showdown while Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki booked a last-four match-up at the Miami ATP and WTA event Tuesday. Full story

Clarke to make IPL debut

Australia captain Michael Clarke will make his Indian Premier League debut this season after being signed by Pune Warriors, the franchise announced on Wednesday. ‘We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board. The reigning... Full story

Australia ease to victory

Veterans Shane Watson and Michael Hussey eased Australia to victory in the first Twenty20 international with hosts West Indies here on Tuesday. Both Watson and Hussey hit half centuries with the former - who stood in as skipper... Full story

Spurs, Everton set up semi-final derbies

This season’s FA Cup will be won by a team from London or Liverpool after Tottenham and Everton triumphed on Tuesday to set up capital and Merseyside semi-final derbies at Wembley next month. Full story

Atletico look to get back to winning ways

Atletico Madrid will look to put their patchy home form in the shade with a Europa League quarter-final, first leg win against Hanover today that could put them within sight of an all-Spanish final. Full story

Shevchenko battles injury and coach

Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko is battling a series of niggles but still hopes to end his international career on a high by appearing at Euro 2012 - if his coach picks him. The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker, a hero of Ukrainian soccer for... Full story

Stramaccioni speaks of dream Inter job

New Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni spoke of his joy at landing his dream job on Tuesday after being hired to replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri. The 36-year-old guided the club’s youth team to the under-19s Champions... Full story

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Benzema double all but ends APOEL fairytale run

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (C) heads the ball to score his first goal against APOEL Nicosia during their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match at GSP stadium in Nicosia  on Tuesday. — AFP photo
A Karim Benzema double helped nine-time winners Real Madrid to a 3-0 away win over Cypriot surprise package APOEL in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash here on Tuesday. Full story

Kalou strikes as Chelsea down Benfica

Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou (L) scores the winning goal past Benfica goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Chelsea took a huge step towards the last four of the Champions League here on Tuesday after scoring a 1-0 victory over Portuguese giants Benfica in their quarter-final first-leg match. Full story

Moratti blames Gasperini and Forlan

Gian Piero Gasperini was to blame for Inter Milan’s woes this season, beleaguered club president Massimo Moratti said on Tuesday, even though the former coach was in charge for only five games. Full story

SOCCERLINE

A referee sent off five players in the dressing rooms after a post-match brawl at an English League Two (fourth tier) game between Bradford City and promotion-chasing Crawley Town. ‘I can’t believe this has happened... Full story


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