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  • Syed Ashraful Huq (C), the CEO of the Asian Cricket Council, speaks at a press conference on Thursday. — New Age photo

  • Sheikh Russell KC’s Shakil Ahmed celebrates his team’s first goal against Feni Soccer Club during their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.— New Age photo

  • Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits a return to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Thursday. — Reuters photo

  • Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-R) is congratulated by his team-mates Fabio Coentrao (L), Pepe (R), Angel di Maria (C) and Xabi Alonso (2nd-L) after he scored his team’s first goal against Osasuna during their Copa del Rey round of 16 second-leg match at El Sadar stadium in Pamplona Wednesday. — AFP photo

  • Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo (R) scores his second goal past Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Simon Eastwood during their FA Cup Third Round Replay match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. — AFP photo

  • Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal (L) celebrates after dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal during the opening day of their third and final Test match at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. — AFP photo

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ACC confident Pakistan will come

Syed Ashraful Huq (C), the CEO of the Asian Cricket Council, speaks at a press conference on Thursday. — New Age photo
The forthcoming Asia Cup will go ahead in Bangladesh even if one team do not come, the chief executive officer of the Asian Cricket Council Syed Ashraful Huq insisted in Dhaka on Thursday. The ACC released the fixtures... Full story

Imrul, Reza return to national fold

Opener Imrul Kayes and all-rounder Farhad Reza were rewarded for their consistent performances on the domestic circuit as they were both included in the 30-member initial squad for the ICC World... Full story

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Russell overcome defensive Feni

Sheikh Russell KC’s Shakil Ahmed celebrates his team’s first goal against Feni Soccer Club during their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.— New Age photo
Holders Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra returned to winning form after an upset defeat at the hands of Brothers Union in their previous match, beating Feni Soccer Club 2-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday. Full story

Nadal, Federer, Murray dodge heat chaos

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits a return to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Thursday. — Reuters photo
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray rose victorious from one of the Australian Open’s most chaotic days Thursday when a rare extreme heat shutdown and then a surprise rainstorm threw the tournament into disarray. Full story

Siddik six back at King’s Cup

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman hit a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of the King’s Cup in Hua Hin, Thailand and is currently six strokes behind co-leaders Prom Meesawat of Thailand and Rikard Karlberg of Sweden. Siddik bogeyed... Full story

Clippers storm back over Mavericks

The Los Angeles Clippers came from 17 points down to beat Dallas 129-127 in a Wednesday thriller, moving two games clear atop the NBA Pacific Division. Los Angeles’ J.J. Redick scored a... Full story

Watson to rest in ODI series

All-rounder Shane Watson will take a much-needed break from two upcoming one-day internationals against England, Cricket Australia said Thursday. The 32-year-old rediscovered his... Full story

Laureus cancels WSA in Rio de Janeiro

Laureus have cancelled plans to host their World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro this year, the foundation said on Wednesday. ‘Laureus and the state of Rio de Janeiro have agreed that the 2014... Full story

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Real cruise into Cup quarters

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-R) is congratulated by his team-mates Fabio Coentrao (L), Pepe (R), Angel di Maria (C) and Xabi Alonso (2nd-L) after he scored his team’s first goal against Osasuna   during their Copa del Rey round of 16 second-leg match at El Sadar stadium in Pamplona Wednesday. — AFP photo
Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as 10-man Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the King’s Cup quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate. Osasuna held Barcelona and Real to... Full story

Awesome City crush Blackburn

Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo (R) scores his second goal past Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Simon Eastwood during their FA Cup Third Round Replay match at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. 
— AFP photo
Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko scored twice each as Premier League high-fliers Manchester City comprehensively quashed second tier Blackburn Rovers’ hopes of causing an FA Cup shock with an emphatic 5-0 third-round replay win on Wednesday.c Full story

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Ajmal strikes to restrict SL

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal (L) celebrates after dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal during the opening day of their third and final Test match at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. — AFP photo
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal picked up two wickets in the last session to restrict Sri Lanka to 220 for five wickets at stumps on the first day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday. The experienced slow bowler... Full story

Milan move into last eight

AC Milan got off to a winning start in front of new boss Clarence Seedorf with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Spezia at the San Siro to move into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday. Keisuke Honda was among... Full story

Nothing illegal in contract: Neymar

Barcelona striker Neymar insisted Wednesday there was ‘nothing illegal’ in his contract with the club, as the Catalans face being sued for alleged misappropriation in his 57-million-euro ($78 million) signing last year. Full story

Messi misses out on UEFA’s team of the year

Lionel Messi, who lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo this week, has failed to make the Team of the Year picked by users of European soccer governing body UEFA’s website. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano... Full story

Burdisso still hoping for WC place

Nicolas Burdisso has said he intends to leave AS Roma in January in the hope that he can get more regular first-team football elsewhere and earn an Argentina recall in time for the World Cup. The 32-year-old central... Full story

Moyes accepts FA charge

Manchester United manager David Moyes on Wednesday accepted a Football Association charge after criticising match officials following his side’s defeat by Sunderland last week. He will now face a fine or... Full story

Emerton retires at 34

Australia’s third-most capped player Brett Emerton brought an end to a glittering career Thursday announcing his retirement due to chronic back injury. The 34-year-old Sydney FC stalwart, who... Full story

OFF-BEAT

Qamar joins Woodcock, Benaud Veteran Pakistani cricket journalist Qamar Ahmed became only the third man in history to cover 400 Test matches on Thursday, at the third match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Full story


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