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  • Bangladesh batsman Mithun Ali (L) and all-rounder Sabbir Rahman (R) are expected to make their international debuts in the first Twenty20 against the visiting Sri Lankans on Wednesday. Here they are seen during a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. — AFP photo

  • Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan speaks to the press at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. — New Age photo

  • Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his first goal against Sevilla during their La Liga match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Sunday. — AFP photo

  • Fulham forward Darren Bent (C) heads to score the equalising goal against Manchester United during their Premier League match at Old Trafford on Sunday. — Reuters photo

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Tamim cloud still hangs over Tigers

Bangladesh batsman Mithun Ali (L) and all-rounder Sabbir Rahman (R) are expected to make their international debuts in the first Twenty20 against the visiting Sri Lankans on Wednesday. Here they are seen during a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. — AFP photo
Despite a tense environment in the dressing room, Bangladesh is set to debut three newcomers for the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun and Arafat Sunny are... Full story

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Dilshan sees it as good preparation

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan speaks to the press at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. — New Age photo
Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan on Monday said that the forthcoming Twenty20 Internationals and three-match one-day international series against hosts Bangladesh will serve as good preparation ahead of two major limited-overs competitions. Full story

Jamal chase history in IFA Shield semis

A confident Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club side will face East Bengal F.C – the most successful Indian club in history – today at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata for a spot in the final of the 119th IFA Shield. The Dhanmondi-based club made... Full story

Muktis thrash Uttar Baridhara

Muktijoddha Sangsad progressed to second spot in the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League standings after a resounding 5-0 victory over newly-promoted Uttar Baridhara on Monday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. Mohammed Biplob and Nigerian... Full story

BCCI chief’s relative implicated in IPL scandal

The newly-elected boss of world cricket N Srinivasan suffered a blow on Monday when an Indian Supreme Court panel probing a match-fixing scandal said his son-in-law was guilty of illegal betting on games. After an extensive investigation, the three-member... Full story

Pace battle as SA, Australia square up

Batsmen can expect a torrid time when South Africa and Australia square up at SuperSport Park on Wednesday in the first of three Test matches. Both teams have formidable fast bowling attacks at a venue which usually favours fast bowlers. Full story

Pietersen axed over Cook concerns

Kevin Pietersen’s England career was brought to an end due to concerns about his support for captain Alastair Cook, the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed on Sunday. Pietersen confirmed that he... Full story

Ashraf removed as PCB chief

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday removed the country’s cricket chief Zaka Ashraf, in the latest twist to a long-running saga dogging the national board. It is the second time in less than a... Full story

Paul returns in Clippers’ rout of 76ers

Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Los Angeles Clippers stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter with Chris Paul back in the line-up before downing the Philadelphia 76ers 123-78 Sunday. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds... Full story

Zimbabwe boycott over unpaid wages

Zimbabwe national team cricketers boycotted a local twenty-over tournament Monday over unpaid wages and bonuses, a players’ representative said. ‘The situation is not healthy—everyone is sad. As I speak no games are being played. We checked our... Full story

Booze-up costs Ryder, Bracewell Test spot

Troublesome New Zealand cricketers Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell are out of the second Test against India, coach Mike Hesson said Monday, as details emerged of a late-night drinking spree. The pair have admitted drinking... Full story

Messi takes Barca back to top

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his first goal against Sevilla during their La Liga match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Sunday. — AFP photo
A double from Lionel Messi guided Barcelona back to the top of La Liga as they came from behind to beat Sevilla 4-1 in atrocious weather conditions on Sunday. Alberto Moreno had fired Sevilla into a deserved early lead, but Barca were level in controversial circumstances... Full story

Fulham punish United

Fulham forward Darren Bent (C) heads to score the equalising goal against Manchester United during their Premier League match at Old Trafford on Sunday. — Reuters photo
Darren Bent scored a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser as the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham undermined Manchester United’s Champions League hopes in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Fulham had taken a shock lead through Steve Sidwell in the... Full story

Tevez brace not enough for Juve

Luca Toni pulled one back and Tevez’s fellow Argentine Juanito Gomez grabbed an equaliser for Verona in the fourth minute of stoppage time after coming on as a late substitute. Juventus, who failed to win... Full story

Arsenal, United seek redress after slip-ups

After a weekend of upheaval at both ends of the Premier League table, Arsenal will be among the teams bidding to return to winning ways in the mid-week fixture programme. Arsene Wenger’s side went into the weekend... Full story

PSG denied victory by captain’s own goal

A Thiago Silva own goal denied Paris Saint-German victory at their closest Ligue 1 rivals Monaco on Sunday as the top two clubs in France played out their second 1-1 draw of the season. The result left PSG still firm... Full story

I’ve never seen Wenger so angry, says Arteta

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says he has never seen manager Arsene Wenger as angry as he was during the half-time break in Saturday’s 5-1 demolition at the hands of Liverpool. At four-nil down after 20 minutes, Arsenal’s... Full story

Messi’s pride restored, says Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said Lionel Messi had answered his critics in the best way possible as the Argentine scored his first two goals from open play in 10 league games as Barca won 4-1 at Sevilla on Sunday. Messi had been questioned for his... Full story

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England women’s captain comes out as gay The captain of the England women’s football team, Casey Stoney has, for the first time, spoken publicly about being gay. Stoney, 31, told the BBC on Monday she had taken the decision to come... Full story


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