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  • BCB North Zone left-arm spinner Taijul Islam celebrates one of his seven victims during their Bangladesh Cricket League match against Islami Bank East Zone at the BKSP on Saturday. — Sourav Loskar

  • A rare glimpse of Mushfiqur Rahim bowling was captured during the BCL match between BCB North Zone and Islami Bank East Zone at BKSP on Saturday. — New Age photo

  • Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal plays a shot during his men’s singles match against France’s Gael Monfils on day six of the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. — AFP photo

  • Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad jumps into the air to celebrate his maiden Test hundred during the third day of their third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sharjah International Stadium on Saturday. — AFP photo

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Taijul excels on topsy-turvy day

BCB North Zone left-arm spinner Taijul Islam celebrates one of his seven victims during their Bangladesh Cricket League match against Islami Bank East Zone at the BKSP on Saturday. — Sourav Loskar
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed a career-best 7-67 as Bangladesh Cricket Board North Zone restricted Islami Bank East Zone to 261-8 in the opening day of the second round of the Bangladesh Cricket League at BKSP on Saturday. In the other match... Full story

When Mushfiq turned bowler

A rare glimpse of Mushfiqur Rahim bowling was captured during the BCL match between BCB North Zone and Islami Bank East Zone at BKSP on Saturday. — New Age photo
In a rather unfamiliar sighting and much to everyone’s surprise, national skipper Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday rolled his hands with the ball for only the second time in his professional career. Among the 490 games he has played over the course of his career... Full story

Arch-rivals brace for early battle

Sparks are expected to fly when traditional Dhaka archrivals Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club clash against each other today in the Bangladesh Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Full story

Siddik jumps to 20th

Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman made some improvement in the King’s Cup on Saturday as he hit a one-under-par 71 in the third round. The 29-year old Bangladeshi golfer started the penultimate round in joint 35th position at... Full story

Winning start for Abahani, Usha

10-time champions Abahani Limited and last year’s runners up Usha KC both made winning starts in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Moulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Saturday. Full story

Tribunal for quick trial as hearing resumes today

The Anti-Corruption Tribunal, appointed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, wants a quick disposal of the Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing cases as it resumes hearing today. Full story

Brothers post win to go fourth

Brothers Union moved to fourth position in the Bangladesh Premier Football League standings after a 2-1 win over promoted side Chittagong Abahani at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday. Full story

Real move to joint top

Real Madrid moved level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 5-0 hammering of bottom-placed Real Betis on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his fantastic week after lifting the Ballon d’Or on Monday... Full story

BCB names women’s World T20 preliminary squad

Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday announced a 30-member preliminary squad of Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team for the ensuing ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh-2014. Full story

Arsenal stay top

Arsenal preserved their lead in the Premier League by beating Fulham 2-0 on Saturday, while goal-line technology was used for the first time as Manchester City overcame Cardiff City. Full story

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Nadal awesome as title contenders fire

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal plays a shot during his men’s singles match against France’s Gael Monfils on day six of the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. — AFP photo
Rafael Nadal put on an awesome performance to reach the Australian Open last 16 on Saturday and Roger Federer and Andy Murray also hit top gear as the title race began to narrow. With Victoria Azarenka a class apart in her third-round win, Nadal stormed... Full story

Moyes baulks at Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United counterpart David Moyes have clashed over the future of United striker Wayne Rooney ahead of the sides’ Premier League encounter today. Full story

Barcelona players hail Xavi

Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team-mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King’s Cup match at Getafe. Full story

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SL ahead despite Shehzad ton

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad jumps into the air to celebrate his maiden Test hundred during the third day of their third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sharjah International Stadium on Saturday. — AFP photo
Opener Ahmed Shehzad scored a maiden century but Pakistan toiled for runs in their bid for a series-levelling win against Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Saturday. The 22-year-old right-hander made 147 in only his second Test as Pakistan... Full story

Klinsmann sure US will reach last 16

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann says the Americans are ‘pretty sure’ of reaching the last 16 of this year’s World Cup in Brazil, according to an ESPN website report Friday. The former German international made his confident prediction... Full story

Bale can do better: Ancelotti

Welsh star Gareth Bale can do better, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Bale has been struggling to recapture his best form since returning from a calf injury but Italian Ancelotti says it is normal that he takes time to settle. Full story

OFF-BEAT

Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova said Saturday she can’t wait to get to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, but refused to be drawn on Russia’s controversial gay propaganda laws. The Russian starlet will return to... Full story

Blazers closes in on West

Portland closed within half a game of the NBA Western Conference lead by beating San Antonio 109-100 in a bad-tempered clash on Friday, led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 26 points and 13 rebounds. Full story


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