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  • Dropping catches has become an epidemic for the Tigers, who are even doing it in training. Here Anamul Haque (L) and Al-Amin Hossain are seen dropping catches during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar

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Tigers look to cure end-game ills

Dropping catches has become an epidemic for the Tigers, who are even doing it in training. Here Anamul Haque (L) and Al-Amin Hossain are seen dropping catches during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. — Sourav Loskar
Bangladesh will look for some luck to end their finishing misery when they take on Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Dhaka today. The Tigers were still searching for answers as to what had prompted them to drop so many... Full story

Corey blames batting, not fielding

Bangladesh’s batting and fielding coach Corey Richards regretted the lapses in fielding but blasted the top-order batsmen for failing to complete the job during the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Despite being in a comfortable position... Full story

Junior Tigers’ WC title dream ends

With the senior national team producing a recent series of heartbreaking results against Sri Lanka, the Under-19 side joined them in a week of disappointment for Bangladeshi cricket. The Bangladesh Under-19 national cricket team... Full story

Jamal dozen could make India trip

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club players are likely to benefit from their performance in the IFA Shield as coach Lodewijk de Kruif considers including many of them in his preliminary squad for a FIFA friendly against India next month. Full story

Hafeez not worried about reception in Bangladesh

Asia Cup champions Pakistan are not afraid of how they will be received in Bangladesh – where they will begin their title defence on February 25 – captain Mohammad Hafeez said at the team’s practice camp in Lahore on Wednesday. Full story

Senanayake relishes the pressure

Sachithra Senanayake may have hoped to play an important role in the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh’s spin-friendly climes, but he was probably not expecting to do so with the bat. Three days after supporting Thisara... Full story

Dhoni under fire after new tour flop

Beleaguered skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was put on notice by his predecessors Wednesday after India suffered yet another away series defeat, with one of them calling his leadership ‘obnoxious’. The 1-0 loss to New Zealand... Full story

James scores 42 as Heat beat Mavs

LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Heat tuned up for a showdown with Oklahoma City by beating the Mavericks 117-106 on Tuesday. Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points to lead the Mavericks, who couldn’t follow up a win at Indiana, the other top team in the... Full story

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Messi, Alves give Barca edge over City

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal from the penalty spot during their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 first-leg match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. — AP photo
Goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves saw Barcelona take control of their Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City with a 2-0 win in Tuesday’s first leg. Knockout-phase debutants City matched Barcelona in the first half at the Etihad... Full story

Ibra double puts PSG on verge of quarters

Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) scores a screamer during the first-leg of their round-of-16 UEFA Champions League match against Bayer in Leverkusen on Tuesday.  — AP photo
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after their 4-0 win at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday’s last 16, first-leg clash. Leverkusen, second only to Bayern... Full story

Argentina defenders get last chance for WC places

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has picked defenders Lisandro Lopez, Gino Peruzzi and Nicolas Otamendi for a World Cup warm-up against Romania next month in a final test of his often criticised back four. The team captained by Lionel Messi has... Full story

Laudrup slams silly Swansea

Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup continued to hit out at his ‘silly’ and ‘incredible’ sacking by the Premier League club on Tuesday as he vowed to maintain his legal action against the Welsh side. A fortnight ago the Denmark football great... Full story

FIFA give Curitiba WC reprieve

FIFA handed a World Cup reprieve to the Brazilian city of Curitiba on Tuesday, barely one month after threatening to axe it from the event over construction work delays. FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said the decision to retain the city as a venue came after sharp progress on... Full story

Finney to be honoured with civic funeral

A civic funeral will be held for England football great Tom Finney, it has been announced. Finney, who spent his entire career with home town club Preston North End, died aged 91 last Friday. Primarily a winger, Finney—nicknamed the ‘Preston Plumber’ on... Full story

Romario eyes Brazil Senate seat

Brazilian football great Romario, already a socialist congressman, has announced he will run for a Senate seat in general elections in October. ‘Over the course of my mandate, I did quite a few things for Rio. For Brazil, in fact,’ the former Barcelona striker and... Full story

Rousseff to invite Pope to WC

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she plans to invite Pope Francis, an avid football fan, to attend the World Cup tournament that gets underway in June. ‘I’m going to invite him to the World Cup,’ said Rousseff on... Full story

OFF-BEAT

‘It’s in the head’ Coach Sami Hyypia has admitted Bayer Leverkusen have some psychological issues to tackle in the wake of their emphatic 4-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as the French league leaders ran riot in Tuesday’s... Full story


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