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  • Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim (L) checks his bat as team-mate Mominul Haque looks on during a training session at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Thursday. — New Age photo

  • Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (R) scores his second goal against Getafe during their Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. — AFP photo

  • Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo (R) jumps into the air to celebrate his hat-trick against West Ham United during their League Cup semi-final first leg match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. — AP photo

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SL tour on track: BCB

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim (L) checks his bat as team-mate Mominul Haque looks on during a training session at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Thursday. — New Age photo
The Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Thursday that the forthcoming home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead as planned after the BCB received the confirmation from the Sri Lankan authority during an International Cricket... Full story

Stars smash Sakib’s Strikers

Sakib al Hasan’s Adelaide Strikers fell to a crushing eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League, on Thursday. Sakib’s second outing for the Strikers... Full story

Feni hold Abahani

Local giant Abahani Limited were held to a goalless draw by unfancied Feni Soccer Club in the Bangladesh Premier Football League on Thursday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Ali Akbar’s charges... Full story

Sonali Bank in Club Hockey semis

Sonali Bank confirmed their semi-final berth in the Club Cup Hockey tournament with a 4-1 win over the Dhaka Wanderers at the Moulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Their big win also clinched a spot... Full story

Messi back with a bang

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (R) scores his second goal against Getafe during their Copa del Rey match at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. — AFP photo
Lionel Messi said he is looking forward to another big year in 2014 after scoring twice in his comeback from injury as Barcelona swept aside Getafe 4-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday. The four-time World Player of the Year... Full story

Negredo fires City to brink of final

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo (R) jumps into the air to celebrate his hat-trick against West Ham United during their League Cup semi-final first leg match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. — AP photo
Alvaro Negredo plundered a hat-trick as Manchester City destroyed hapless West Ham United 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to all but qualify for the League Cup final. West Ham had seen a second-string... Full story

Mahela ton gives SL the upper hand

Mahela Jayawardene defied a left-hand webbing injury to notch his 32nd century and Kaushal Silva missed his by five runs as Sri Lanka gained an upper hand over Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Thursday. Jayawardene, who... Full story

Qatar comments fall-out leaves FIFA under attack

World football’s ruling body came under withering fire on Thursday following FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke’s claim Wednesday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in winter. Valcke’s assertion was quickly refuted... Full story

Ibra hat-trick fires PSG rout

Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired a first-half hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain sailed into the last-32 of the French Cup on Wednesday with a 5-2 dismantling of Brest in their twice postponed tie. The match, originally... Full story

Alonso agrees contract extension

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid which will keep the 32-year-old at the club until 2016, he announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday. In his fifth season at Real after... Full story

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Bayern Munich to subsidise tickets Bayern Munich will subsidise fans who buy tickets for their Champions League first leg tie away to Arsenal, where prices are higher than in Germany. Full story

Women’s nat’l cricket team start training

The training camp for the Bangladesh women’s national cricket team started at the National Cricket Academy on Wednesday with the participation of 20 players, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The camp will end on January 20... Full story

Spurs cruise past Mavericks

San Antonio cruised past state rival Dallas 112-90 on Wednesday to take the outright lead in the NBA’s Western Conference, with the old guard of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan again to the fore for the Spurs. Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan... Full story

Johnson rested from opening ODI with England

Ashes man-of-the-series Mitchell Johnson will be rested from the opening one-day international against England to freshen up for the rest of the series, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Thursday. The lethal left-arm paceman was... Full story

Del Potro, Tomic in opposite Sydney semis

World number five Juan Martin del Potro recovered from losing the second set to beat Radek Stepanek and book a place in the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday. The Argentine, who boasts a... Full story


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