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  • Sri Lankan cricketers Sachithra Senanayake (L) and Ajantha Mendis take shelter under an umbrella amidst drizzle at Mirpur on Sunday ahead of the first one-day international against Bangladesh today. — Sourav Loskar

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Mushfiq back in charge for WT20

The Bangladesh Cricket Board put Mushfiqur Rahim back in charge as they announced 15-member squads for both the men’s and women’s edition of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh. Mushfiq missed the just-concluded... Full story

Mushfiq to play in pain

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim risked himself in the three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka despite knowing that it could take him five or six weeks for his finger injury to heal completely. Mushfiq, who hurt the baby finger... Full story

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Bangladesh, Sri Lanka ready for ODI battle

Sri Lankan cricketers Sachithra Senanayake (L) and Ajantha Mendis take shelter under an umbrella amidst drizzle at Mirpur on Sunday ahead of the first one-day international against Bangladesh today. — Sourav Loskar
Incessant rain and a soggy outfield threatened to mar the first of three one-day internationals between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, scheduled to start at 1:00pm at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. Rain, caused by a depression, already caused severe damage to the outfield of the... Full story

Mathews wants to keep up momentum

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Sunday said that the visitors will have to be on their toes against the hosts in the three-match one-day international series that begins today at Mirpur. Bangladesh came close to pulling... Full story

McCullum, Watling keep Kiwis alive

A dogged 158-run stand by century-maker Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling kept New Zealand alive in the second Test against India on Sunday, although the odds still favour the tourists. After New Zealand looked on the ropes... Full story

South Africa’s champions tag in danger

South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game. But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end. Full story

Rain forces three draws in NCL

Incessant rain throughout the country forced the three games of the third round of the 15th National Cricket League end in a draw on Sunday across different venues with Sylhet already beating Dhaka a day earlier. Dhaka Metro v Barisal... Full story

Ryder’s booze-up costs him T20 spot

Jesse Ryder’s fall from grace continued Sunday when the big-hitting left-hander was left out of the New Zealand squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month in Bangladesh. Ryder’s omission comes less... Full story

Messi tops Di Stefano as Barca, Atleti go clear

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (L) chips the ball past Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Ruben Andrade to score his first goal during their La Liga match at Camp Nou stadium on Saturday. — AP photo
Lionel Messi overhauled Alfredo Di Stefano’s La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid warmed up for midweek Champions League action with wins on Saturday that put them three points clear of Real Madrid at the top. Back to his best after returning from a two-month... Full story

City knock Chelsea out

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic (R) scores his team’s opening goal past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) during their FA Cup fifth round match at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. — AFP photo
Manchester City avenged their recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win on Saturday that sent them into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. City’s perfect home record in the league was spoilt last week when Chelsea pulled off a 1-0 win at the Etihad... Full story

Bayern rout Freiburg, Leverkusen slump again

Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg clash at Arsenal by trouncing Freiburg 4-0 on Saturday to stretch their Bundesliga lead to 16 points. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola—whose side... Full story

Ozil relishing facing Bayern

Arsenal’s German star Mesut Ozil has said he is relishing the challenge of facing Champions League holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s last 16, first leg clash at home. ‘I’m a guy who loves these games. Full story

‘Rooney contract extension not signed yet’

Reports that the England striker Wayne Rooney has signed a record-breaking new contract with Manchester United are premature, club sources said on Sunday. The Sun on Sunday newspaper reported that Rooney had signed a new four-and-a-half... Full story

Inter stun Fiorentina

Argentinean Mauro Icardi came off the bench to score a 65th-minute winner for Inter in a 2-1 win at Fiorentina which put Walter Mazzarri’s side within sight of fourth place in Serie A on Saturday. Inter, looking for only their second win in... Full story

Hamburg sack Van Marwijk

Relegation-threatened Hamburg are set to turn to experienced coach Mirko Slomka to help them avoid relegation from the Bundesliga in the wake of Bert van Marwijk’s dismissal, according to reports. Ex-Netherlands coach Van Marwijk, 61, was sacked... Full story

OFF-BEAT

Villarreal game suspended due to tear gas canister Villarreal’s game at home to Celta Vigo was briefly suspended on Saturday night with just three minutes remaining after a smoke bomb, reportedly containing tear gas, was... Full story


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