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  • Fans pose for photograph in front of the FIFA World Cup trophy at the Radisson Water Garden hotel on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar

  • Indian batsman Virat Kohli celebrates his century against South Africa on the opening day of their first Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. — AP photo

  • Mahfuza Khatun Shila

  • Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery (L) scores his team’s first goal against Guangzhou Evergrande during their FIFA Club World Cup match at Agadir Stadium in Agadir on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

  • Barcelona forward Neymar (C) heads to score against FC Cartagena during their Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. — AP photo

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Fans catch rare glimpse of trophy

Fans pose for photograph in front of the FIFA World Cup trophy at the Radisson Water Garden hotel on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar
Thousands of football fans ignored the political turmoil to gather at hotel Radisson Water Garden on Wednesday to get a glimpse of the FIFA World Cup trophy, which has been put on display by the Bangladesh Football Federation. Full story

Clubs salvage BCB T20 plan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board invited top clubs of the Dhaka Premier League to play in a Twenty20 tournament after it failed to woo the corporate houses amid political chaos, officials said on Wednesday. The BCB had planned... Full story

Kohli tames SA fast bowlers

Indian batsman Virat Kohli celebrates his century against South Africa on the opening day of their first Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. — AP photo
Virat Kohli tamed South Africa̢۪s fast bowlers with a stroke-filled century as India reached 208 for four in 72 overrs on the first day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. Kohli, filling the number four batting... Full story

Discarded by BOA, swimmers face bleak future

In a country criss-crossed by more than 230 rivers, swimming might be expected to be one of the major sports for Bangladesh, but it is not. Of the 63 gold medals Bangladesh has earned from 11 South... Full story

SHINING LIGHT

Mahfuza  Khatun Shila
Leading female swimmer Mahfuza khatun Shila turned out to be a professional swimmer by chance, as she had grown with aspirations of becoming a top-level track and field athlete. It was only when she got... Full story

England̢۪s seniors face tough questions

England̢۪s senior players are facing tough questions over their international careers after flopping badly in the embarrassing Ashes defeat to Australia. While major changes are unlikely mid-series, some players... Full story

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Bayern brush past Guangzhou to reach final

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery (L) scores his team’s first goal against Guangzhou Evergrande during their FIFA Club World Cup match at Agadir Stadium in Agadir on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
European champions Bayern Munich booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande in Tuesday̢۪s semi-final in Agadir. Goals by France winger Franck Ribery, Croatia̢۪s... Full story

Ki sinks Chelsea in thriller

South Korea̢۪s Ki Sung-yueng stunned Chelsea as the Sunderland midfielder̢۪s first goal for the club sealed a shock 2-1 win in the League Cup quarter-finals, while Manchester City swept into the last four with a 3-1 victory at Leicester on Tuesday. Full story

Football-mad Pope Francis greets his winning team

Pope Francis warmly greeted players from his favourite football team San Lorenzo after a general audience in St Peter̢۪s Square on Wednesday, following their victory in the national championship in Argentina. Full story

Barca cruise into last 16

Barcelona forward Neymar (C) heads to score against FC Cartagena during their Copa del Rey match  at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
— AP photo
La Liga leaders Barcelona comfortably secured their place in the last-16 of the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over third-tier Cartagena on Tuesday, to seal a 7-1 win on aggregate. Cartagena threatened to embarrass their illustrious hosts... Full story

Barca success caused a baby boom

Barcelona̢۪s run to the Champions League final in May 2009 triggered a surge in local births, but rather less than commonly believed, researchers said on Tuesday. Some media have said the birth rate in Catalonia rose by an astonishing... Full story

Aguero could face longer spell on sidelines

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed his star striker Sergio Aguero could be out of action for longer than expected. Pellegrini had previously said he expected Aguero to be out for up to four weeks after he suffered a calf injury in... Full story

SOCCERLINE

Spray only works if refs get distance right The vanishing spray used by referees to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free-kicks will only work if they measure the distance correctly, Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello... Full story

Durant, Oklahoma City beat Denver

Kevin Durant̢۪s 30 points helped the Oklahoma City Thunder power past the Denver Nuggets 105-93, notching a seventh straight win to keep them within a game of the NBA Northwest Division lead on Tuesday. Full story

EU probes aid to Spain football clubs

The European Commission on Wednesday launched an investigation into seven Spanish football clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, after complaints they accepted illegal state aid. The Commission said it was... Full story


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