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  • Bangladesh batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim (L) and Sakib al Hasan run between the wickets during day one of their first Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — Sourav Loskar

  • Sri Lankan paceman Shaminda Eranga (C) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain (not in picture) on the opening day of their first Test match at the SBNS on Monday. — New Age photo

  • Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez (unseen) is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring during their La Liga match against Malaga at the Camp Nou on Sunday.— AFP photo

  • Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (L) laughs as he poses on the banks of the Yarra River with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup a day after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men’s singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. — Reuters photo

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Bangladesh stumble at the start

Bangladesh batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim (L) and Sakib al Hasan run between the wickets during day one of their first Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — Sourav Loskar
The habit of chasing every ball – a common weakness against short-pitched deliveries – and some poor luck combined to bring about Bangladesh’s downfall as they were dismissed for a modest 232 runs... Full story

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‘Short ball part of the plan’

Sri Lankan paceman Shaminda Eranga (C) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain (not in picture) on the opening day of their first Test match at the SBNS on Monday. — New Age photo
Sri Lankan pace bowler Shaminda Eranga admitted that they had a plan to bowl short deliveries against the Bangladeshi batsmen during the opening day of the first Test in Dhaka on Monday. Full story

Don’t blame the wicket: Sakib

Sakib al Hasan is not the type of cricketer to always blame the wicket, and the former skipper remained his usual self on Monday despite a poor batting performance from Bangladesh that saw them dismissed for a below-par... Full story

Angry Tigers’ fan hacks BCCI website

A Bangladeshi hacker breached the official website of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday in protest of India’s role in a plan to revamp the International Cricket Council. Full story

BU, Feni SC play out draw

Brothers Union were held to a 1-1 draw by Feni Soccer Club in the Bangladesh Premier Football League on Monday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. Syed Rashed Turzo opened the... Full story

Ajax record first win

Ajax Sporting Club registered their opening victory in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League when they defeated Dhaka Wanderers Club 3-1 on Monday at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium. Full story

Same old Barcelona back to top

Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez (unseen) is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring during their La Liga match against Malaga at the Camp Nou on Sunday.— AFP photo
Barcelona put a stressful week off the field after the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell behind them to move back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga on Sunday. With new president Josep... Full story

United eye Mata boost

Manchester United supporters will hope to get a first glimpse of record signing Juan Mata today when Cardiff City visit Old Trafford in the Premier League. Mata completed a £37.1 million ($61.2 million, 44.8 million euros)... Full story

Mata hopes MU move will boost WC bid

Juan Mata hopes his club record transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United will help cement his place in the Spain World Cup squad in Brazil later this year. A lack of first-team opportunities, and... Full story

Oscar stunner propels Chelsea

Oscar helped Chelsea draw a line beneath Juan Mata’s departure with a fine free-kick in a 1-0 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday. The Brazilian had dislodged Mata from his position as... Full story

Arsenal sign record kit deal with Puma

Arsenal announced Monday the most lucrative kit deal in their history, in a tie-up with Puma worth more than a reported £30 million ($49.5 million) a year to the Premier League leaders. The agreement, which will see... Full story

Messi’s creativity as important as goals: Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino hailed compatriot Lionel Messi’s passing ability after the Catalans moved back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Messi’s run without a goal on... Full story

Baines pens new Everton deal

England left-back Leighton Baines has signed a new four-year contract with Everton, manager Roberto Martinez confirmed on Monday. Baines had been linked with a move to Manchester United where he... Full story

Chelsea complete Salah signing

Chelsea have completed the signing of 21-year-old Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Swiss side Basel, the Premier League club announced on Sunday. Salah has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract... Full story

Marseille fans withdraw ‘sub-human’ players blast

Ultra fans of French side Marseille took down an explosive Internet posting on Sunday in which they blasted players as ‘sub-human’. The South Winners, one of the club’s two main supporter factions, said their vitriolic... Full story

Balotelli needs love: Prandelli

Maverick striker Mario Balotelli needs love and will eventually learn from his mistakes, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Monday. ‘Balotelli will learn,’ Prandelli told reporters. ‘He will need a lot of love, he is a guy who... Full story

I deserved win: Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (L) laughs as he poses on the banks of the Yarra River with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup a day after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men’s singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. — Reuters photo
Stanislas Wawrinka insisted he is a deserving winner of the Australian Open after upsetting injury-hit world number one Rafael Nadal to gatecrash the established order of men’s tennis. The Swiss eighth seed was on top... Full story

Heat too much for Spurs

Miami rolled to a surprisingly comfortable 113-101 win over San Antonio on Sunday in a reprise of last year’s NBA Finals, with Chris Bosh scoring 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the Heat. The Heat got by comfortably... Full story

India confident of squaring NZ series

India are confident they can win their two remaining one-day internationals in New Zealand to salvage a draw from a series they were expected to dominate. Although a series win is out of reach for... Full story


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