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  • New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner (C) celebrates the wicket of Indian captain MS Dhoni with team-mate Brendon McCullum during Day four of their first Test match at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday. — AFP photo

  • Abahani Limited players celebrate one of their three goals against Usha Krira Chakra during their Green Delta Premier Division hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani hockey stadium on Sunday. — New Age photo

  • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale (R) dinks the ball past Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to score his team’s opening goal during their La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. — AFP photo

  • Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates his first of three goals against Newcastle United during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. — AFP photo

  • AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli is seen sobbing after being substituted during their Serie A match against Napoli in San Paolo Stadium on Saturday. — Internet photo

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Tamim quits as vice-captain

Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh began their Twenty20 preparation on a tense note as vice-captain Tamim Iqbal resigned from the position on Saturday night, soon after the Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed Mashrafee bin Murtaza to lead the Tigers in the two-match series against Sri Lanka. Full story

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NZ snare 40-run win over India

New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner (C) celebrates the wicket of Indian captain MS Dhoni with team-mate Brendon McCullum during Day four of their first Test match at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday. — AFP photo
Neil Wagner was the toast of New Zealand Sunday as they pulled off a dramatic 40-run win in the first Test against India at Eden Park. Wagner, New Zealand’s go-to man, twice turned the game with quick wickets to wrest control away from... Full story

Abahani, Usha crowned joint hockey champs

Abahani Limited players celebrate one of their three goals against Usha Krira Chakra during their Green Delta Premier Division hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani hockey stadium on Sunday. — New Age photo
Abahani and Usha KC finished as Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League co-champions after Abahani’s 3-0 win over Usha KC at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Sunday. The result left both teams level on 24... Full story

Tigers to play in Indian soil, at last

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan returned home on Sunday night after securing a written agreement from India which would ensure four series against the Asian giants by the year 2020. The BCB voted in favour of the... Full story

Jurgensen curses at media

Bangladesh head coach Shane Jurgensen showed his anger openly for the first time since taking the job, directing foul language at media members outside the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after completing a closed-door training session on Sunday. Full story

Abahani held to shocking draw

Title aspirants Abahani Limited missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top after succumbing to a 1-1 draw against second-from-bottom Chittagong Abahani in the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League on Sunday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. Full story

Rajshahi joint-top after win

Rajshahi defeated Barisal by 131 runs in the 15th National Cricket League on Sunday to go joint-top of the standings while the other two matches of the second round ended in draws. Dhaka, like Rajshahi, are also... Full story

Cairns demands to see match-fixing evidence

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns went on the front foot over ongoing match-fixing allegations Sunday, and rounded on former teammates and high-profile officials, including the legendary Richard Hadlee. He demanded his accusers produce... Full story

Zakir Khan named Pak manager for Asia Cup, WT20

Pakistan Cricket Board today decided to appoint its director international cricket operations, Zakir Khan as manager of the national team for the forthcoming Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh on the advice of the foreign ministry. Full story

‘Pietersen lost England’s trust’

Kevin Pietersen’s England career was ended because of a total loss of trust between him and the team’s management, according to former captain Andrew Strauss. The England and Wales Cricket Broad announced the end of... Full story

Mills lifts Spurs over Bobcats

Australian Patty Mills scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan had a double-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-100 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night for their fourth win in five games. Full story

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Real go top after Atletico slump to defeat

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale (R) dinks the ball past Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to score his team’s opening goal during their La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. — AFP photo
Gareth Bale compensated for the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo with a goal and an assist as Real Madrid went top of La Liga with a 4-2 win over Villarreal, whilst Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at Almeria on Saturday. The Welshman took advantage of an error from Chechu Dorado to chip home... Full story

Hazard hat-trick fires Chelsea to top

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates his first of three goals against Newcastle United during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. — AFP photo
An Eden Hazard hat-trick swept Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday as they beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge after morning leaders Arsenal were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool. High-scoring Manchester... Full story

Higuain brace leaves Balotelli in tears

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli is seen sobbing after being substituted during their Serie A match against Napoli in San Paolo Stadium on Saturday. — Internet photo
Gonzalo Higuain scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Napoli outclassed AC Milan 3-1 at the San Paolo to grab their first Serie A win in four games on Saturday. Napoli succumbed 3-2 to Roma... Full story

Bayern extend record runs

Leaders Bayern Munich extended both their unbeaten Bundesliga records with a 2-0 win at Nuremberg on Saturday while third-placed Borussia Dortmund romped to a 5-1 win in Bremen. European champions Bayern remained 13 points... Full story

Badstuber back after 14-month absence

Bayern Munich’s German international defender Holger Badstuber returned to training on Sunday after 14 months out with a knee injury which needed four operations. The 24-year-old completed his first running session since tearing his cruciate knee ligament in December 2012. Full story

No more horses, City are Jaguar: Mourinho

Manchester City are still favourites to win the Premier League and are the ‘Jaguar’ car in the title race, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Despite watching his side move to the top of the table with a 3-0 home win over Newcastle United on... Full story

OFF-BEAT

Britain corrects WC hooligan blunder The British government has corrected a blunder in which it barred 2,500 of England’s most notorious football hooligans from just the opening day of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a newspaper said Sunday. Police Minister Damian Green signed... Full story


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