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  • Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque looks dejected after losing his wicket off the final ball of his side’s first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Wednesday. The Tigers lost the match by two runs. — New Age photo

  • Real Madrid’s Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (R) scores the team’s first goal from the penalty spot against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish King’s Cup semi-final second leg match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

  • Chelsea’s Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic (R) celebrates with teammate Gary Cahill (L) after scoring a goal against West Bromwich Albion during their English Premier League match at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

  • Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates his goal against Eintracht Frankfurt during their German soccer cup quarter-final match in Frankfurt on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

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Heartbreak as Tigers lose thriller

Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque looks dejected after losing his wicket off the final ball of his side’s first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Wednesday. The Tigers lost the match by two runs. — New Age photo
Batman Anamul Haque’s maiden Twenty20 International half-century went in vain on Wednesday as Bangladesh were defeated by two runs in the first of two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Full story

Mashrafee rues luck, praises Tigers

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza said bad luck was responsible for his side’s defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 International at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Full story

Mohun Bagan keen on playing in Dhaka

A top official of Indian club Mohun Bagan proposed Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin to organise a tournament in Dhaka featuring the top sides of India and Bangladesh. The official expressed his interest on behalf... Full story

Sakib a Knight Rider again

Star all-rounder Sakib al Hasan was sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders for Indian Rs 2.8 crore (Tk 3.5 crore, $450,000) at the Indian Premier League 2014 player auction in Bangalore on Wednesday, while Indians Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik fetched record prices for their services. Full story

Kusal plays down Jaya comparisons

Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera on Wednesday denied that he copied legendary batsman Sanath Jayasuriya’s swashbuckling approach and said that he was just happy being himself. Kusal, who is often compared to... Full story

LeBron leads Heat past Suns

LeBron James had 25 of his game-high 37 points in the second half and 11 in the final four minutes as the Miami Heat shook off the pesky Phoenix Suns 103-97, reports Reuters. James added nine rebounds and five steals and centre... Full story

No deals over ICC revamp - South Africa

Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani denied on Tuesday that he changed his organisation’s vote or ‘cut deals’ after backing a proposed revamp of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Nenzani cast South Africa’s vote... Full story

U-19s beat England in final WC warm-up

The Bangladesh Under-19s beat the England Under-19s by four wickets with nine balls to spare in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday in their final warm-up match before the U-19 World Cup in the UAE. Mosaddek Hossain scored 75 not out off 78 balls... Full story

Marsh ton turns around day for Aussies

Shaun Marsh arrived on tour just in time to make a valuable century for Australia and turn around the first day of the opening test against top-ranked South Africa on Wednesday. Initially left out with injury, Marsh recovered... Full story

Real cruise into Cup final

Real Madrid’s Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (R) scores the team’s first goal from the penalty spot against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish King’s Cup semi-final second leg match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot and was also hit on the head by a lighter thrown from the crowd as Real Madrid sealed their place in the Copa del Rey final with a 2-0 win (5-0 on aggregate) over holders Atletico Madrid. Any chance of Atletico recovering from their 3-0 defeat at the... Full story

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Chelsea held after last-gasp equaliser

Chelsea’s Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic (R) celebrates with teammate Gary Cahill (L) after scoring a goal against West Bromwich Albion during their English Premier League match at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Victor Anichebe struck in the 87th minute as West Bromwich Albion prevented Chelsea from opening up a four-point lead in the Premier League in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday. Chelsea were bidding to pull clear of the chasing pack and... Full story

Dortmund through to Cup semis

Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates his goal against Eintracht Frankfurt during their German soccer cup quarter-final match in Frankfurt on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the German Cup semi-finals as a header by Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a 1-0 win in Tuesday’s last eight clash at Eintracht Frankfurt. Just as injury-hit Borussia’s coach... Full story

Fiorentina in Cup final

Fiorentina scored two sublime goals to beat Udinese 2-0 and reach the Coppa Italia final on Tuesday as their angry opponents had two players sent off after losing their tempers in a dramatic seven minutes of stoppage-time. Udinese, leading 2-1 from the first leg, surrounded... Full story

France keeper Landreau out for five weeks

World Cup finals bound France’s third choice goalkeeper Mickael Landreau is facing five weeks on the sidelines after suffering a calf muscle injury, sources at his Ligue 1 club Bastia revealed on Tuesday. The 34-year-old -- who won two... Full story

Liverpool to get injury boost

Liverpool hope to have a fully fit squad by the end of the month with many of their injured players nearing a return to full fitness, the club’s head of performance Glen Driscoll said on Tuesday. Defenders Daniel Agger and Glen... Full story

Pele returns to Cosmos for degree, ceremony

Brazilian football legend Pele will return to the New York Cosmos in April for a championship celebration and to accept an honorary degree for humanitarian work, the team said Tuesday. The 73-year-old icon inspired Brazil to... Full story

Moin Khan named Pakistan coach

Former test captain Moin Khan has been appointed Pakistan’s head coach for the Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup tournaments in Bangladesh, Pakistani cricket’s new management committee said on Tuesday. The 11-man committee was... Full story

OFF-BEAT

British ad banned over ‘misleading’ claims British regulators on Wednesday banned adverts for Kronenbourg 1664 starring former footballer Eric Cantona for ‘misleading’ consumers into believing the lager was brewed and sourced in France. Full story


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