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  • Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim returns to the pavilion with his head down after playing an irresponsible shot against Sri Lanka during the first ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — New Age photo

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  • Women’s International Master Shamima Akter Liza ponders a move during her last game of the Sultana Kamal 34th National Women’s Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall on Tuesday. — New Age photo

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  • New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum celebrates his triple century during day five of their second and final Test match against India in Wellington on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

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Tigers stunned and silenced

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim returns to the pavilion with his head down after playing an irresponsible shot against Sri Lanka during the first ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — New Age photo
There was something different about the loss to Sri Lanka in the first ODI on Monday; something that still hung in the air a day after Bangladesh incredibly managed to find a way to lose at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Full story

Jurgensen backs team to bounce back

Bangladesh are optimistic that they can come from behind in the ongoing three-match ODI series after learning their lessons from their last three close defeats at the hands of the visitors, coach Shan Jurgensen said on Monday. Full story

Nat’l team to play India sans practice

The Bangladesh football team will go into their FIFA international friendly against India, scheduled for March 5 in Goa, with just a day’s preparation. Keeping the friendly match in mind, the Bangladesh Football Federation’s professional football... Full story

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Coach hails SL’s mental strength

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Sri Lanka showed their mental strength in winning close matches against Bangladesh to earn a 1-0 in the in the ongoing three-match ODI and a clean sweep in the Twenty20 series earlier, coach Paul Farbrace said on Tuesday. ‘Winning close games are important, because it shows... Full story

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Liza wins 3rd national crown

Women’s International Master Shamima Akter Liza ponders a move during her last game of the Sultana Kamal 34th National Women’s Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall on Tuesday. — New Age photo
Women International Master Shamima Akter Liza of Narayanganj became a three-time champion of the Sultana Kamal 34th National Women Chess Championship on Tuesday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall. Liza earned nine points from 11 games... Full story

BTV, Maasranga to telecast WT20

Maaimp, a consortium of several private firms called Mediacom, Ardent, Asiatic, Mindshare and Impress Matra and Property, has won the terrestrial and satellite broadcasting rights of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh, this was announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Full story

Moin confident of Asia Cup title defence

Newly appointed Pakistan cricket coach Moin Khan Tuesday urged his players to shrug off ‘the fear of failure’ as they prepare to defend the Asia Cup which starts later this month. Pakistan began a four-day training camp... Full story

Age not a problem for Serena

Serena Williams, who has been unable to play for a month since hurting her back at the Australian Open, denied on Monday that age is catching up with her. The 32-year-old world number one is making an earlier than expected comeback from... Full story

India slammed after latest tour flop

India’s latest away series defeat at the end of a dismal tour of New Zealand triggered calls Tuesday for a change in leadership and a warning that financial muscle does not translate to on-field success. A majestic triple century from Black Caps skipper... Full story

Gritty Gunners await Bayern test

(From L-R): Arsenal German players Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski take part in a training session in London on  Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have no reason to fear Bayern Munich as they prepare to face the Champions League holders in the last 16 first leg today. Just 12 months after they crashed out of Europe’s elite club competition at the hands of the German... Full story

Seedorf wary of strong Atletico

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf expects a formidable challenge from on-form Atletico Madrid on their visit to the San Siro for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie today. Seedorf took charge of the ailing Italian giants following the sacking of former handler... Full story

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McCullum’s 300 sees NZ take India series

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum celebrates his triple century during day five of their second and final Test match against India in Wellington on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
An epic triple century by Brendon McCullum in a record-laden innings took New Zealand from the brink of a Test defeat to a remarkable series win over India on Tuesday. The second Test petered out in a draw with India... Full story

Balotelli tired of critics

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli hit out at his critics a day before the struggling Serie A giants host in-form Atletico Madrid. Balotelli made partial amends for a string of mediocre performances for Clarence Seedorf’s side with a stunning... Full story

Bundesliga marketing lags behind EPL

All four German clubs have reached the Champions League’s last 16, but Bundesliga boss Christian Seifert believes the German league is ten years behind England’s Premier League in its marketing. The 2013 Champions League final was an... Full story

Raul Garcia extends Atletico deal

Midfielder Raul Garcia has extended his contract at Spanish title challengers Atletico Madrid untill 2018, the club announced on its website Monday. The 27-year-old has been at the club since 2007, after joining from Osasuna, and has scored 14 goals in all... Full story

‘England must take the heat’

England coach Roy Hodgson said Monday his side would have to rise above the World Cup heat when they tackle Italy in the Amazonian heat of Manaus in June 14. Hodgson was pilloried in the Brazilian media and by Manaus politicians when he suggested before last... Full story

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To Quinn or not to Quinn, that is the question American Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn has now become a verb after his pictures of smashing through a locked Sochi bathroom door became an Internet hit. Full story


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