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  • Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan (2nd-R) celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews during the first day of their second Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. — AFP photo

  • Sri Lankan star batsman Kumar Sangakkara drives the ball during the opening day of their second Test match against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. — AFP photo

  • Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (C) scores his team’s winning goal against Manchester City during their Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. — AFP photo

  • Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar (L) receives the ‘Bharat Ratna’ award from president Pranab Mukherjee during an awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Tuesday. — AFP photo

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Sakib helps Tigers claw back late

Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan (2nd-R) celebrates the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews during the first day of their second Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. — AFP photo
Sakib al Hasan claimed two late wickets to restore some parity in the second Test against Sri Lanka, restricting the visitors to 314-5 at close on the first day in Chittagong on Tuesday. Kumar Sangakkara returned to... Full story

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When Sangakkara surpassed Sachin

Sri Lankan star batsman Kumar Sangakkara drives the ball during the opening day of their second Test match against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday. — AFP photo
Kumar Sangakkara scored his fourth Test century in his last six innings against Bangladesh to put Sri Lanka in a comfortable position at the end of the opening day‘s play in the second Test in Chittagong on Tuesday. Sangakkara, who... Full story

Tigers eye two more wickets, Sri Lanka seek 200 runs

Going into a Test match with just one specialist pace bowler would surprise any opposition, and Sri Lanka were no exception. The Islanders shook their heads when they saw that Bangladesh had picked just one pacer for the... Full story

MSC denied by Brothers

Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited were held to a 1-1 draw by Brothers Union in the Bangladesh Premier Football League on Tuesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. The Motijheel-based football giant managed... Full story

‘No concern’ with Bangladesh security

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf on Monday said that they were satisfied with the security arrangements in Bangladesh ahead of the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 2014. After a PCB governing board meeting in... Full story

PCB blasts ICC revamp plan

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday lashed out over controversial plans to reform cricket’s governing body, describing the proposed revamp as unjust. Moves to restructure the International Cricket Council to... Full story

Former US football stars in town

Two former US national footballers — Tony Sanneh and Linda Hamilton — spent a busy day at the Bangladesh Football Federation astroturf teaching football skills to youth footballers on Tuesday. The two former star footballers... Full story

Sk Jamal face United Sikkim today

Bangladeshi club Sheikh Jamal DC will play their second Group B match today against United Sikkim in the 118th IFA Shield football tournament at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. The Dhanmondi-based... Full story

Chelsea raid robs City of home comforts

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (C) scores his team’s winning goal against Manchester City during their Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. — AFP photo
Chelsea defied Manchester City’s scintillating home form with a superb 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday that injected fresh intrigue into the Premier League title race. Imperious in recent weeks, City... Full story

Real seek Cup revenge against Atletico

Copa del Rey holders Atletico Madrid return to the scene where they won the trophy last year when they face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their semi-final today. Atletico ended a 14-year... Full story

Ancelotti hopeful of Ronaldo leniency

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo will avoid a lengthy suspension despite his sending-off in Sunday night’s 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. The Ballon d’Or winner was... Full story

Martino aims to head off crisis

Barcelona must ‘cut short’ any crisis emerging from their shock 3-2 defeat to Valencia which knocked them off the top of the Spanish league, coach Gerardo Martino said on Tuesday. The Catalans, who... Full story

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Sachin receives ‘Bharat Ratna’

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar (L) receives the ‘Bharat Ratna’ award from president Pranab Mukherjee during an awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Tuesday. — AFP photo
Retired cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was awarded India’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, the Bharat Ratna, making him the first Indian sportsperson to receive the honour. Tendulkar, who at 40 is the youngest-ever... Full story

Mourinho hails rallying call by Chelsea masseur McCulloch

Jose Mourinho hailed a pep talk given to the players by masseur Billy McCulloch after Chelsea wrecked Manchester City’s 100 percent home record in the Premier League this season with a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. Manager Mourinho... Full story

Spain headline WC warm-up tournament

Defending world champions Spain and African champions Nigeria feature in an eight-team 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament to be staged in the United States between May 27 and June 10. The ‘Road To Brazil’ event, organised by... Full story

Vela rules himself out of WC

Mexico forward Carlos Vela has said he is ‘not mentally and emotionally’ ready to play in this year’s World Cup and has told the Mexican FA not to select him for the tournament in Brazil. Vela’s statement was carried... Full story

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant strengthened his claim to the MVP crown by leading the Thunder to an 86-77 win over Memphis on Monday. Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, starting off February in the same kind of form he showed... Full story

Police team’s 999 record no cause for alarm

While fans of some teams preserve tables showing their team top of a division, one football enthusiast took to Twitter to publicise the record of London’s Metropolitan Police Force team. So far in this season’s semi-professional... Full story

British pubs should open late for WC: Cameron

British pubs should stay open late to screen matches in the upcoming football World Cup finals in Brazil, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. ‘I have ordered a rethink on pub opening times for England’s World Cup games—will consult... Full story

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Lazio president received over 50 death threats for selling Hernanes Lazio president Claudio Lotito has received more than 50 death threats since the club sold midfielder Hernanes to Inter Milan at the end of the... Full story


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