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Brazil lose patience with Pato PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, whose early performances prompted comparisons with Ronaldo and Pele, has failed to live up to his reputation at the Olympics and now finds himself on the sidelines.

The AC Milan player arrived in China as one of the big names of the Olympic tournament alongside Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi but has barely made a mark, scoring one goal in three group games and offering few attacking options.
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Don't swim breaststroke, Kitajima urges Phelps PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Japan's double Olympic gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima is hoping Michael Phelps will steer clear of breaststroke when he takes up new events.

"Phelps in breaststroke? That would be the last thing I'd like to see," said Kitajima, who won the breaststroke "double-double" in winning the 100 and 200 event for a second successive Olympics.
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Russia endure dark days of rifts and failure PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Russian gymnasts are facing their worst Olympic showing, with silly errors and rifts in the team pointing to a crisis in the sport's former superpower.

Dominant for four decades as the Soviet Union, Russians used to bringing home sacks of Olympic medals, but are now scrabbling around for the scraps and have just one Beijing bronze so far.
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England 'must forget Euro flop' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Midfielder Joe Cole says England must forget about the disappointment of not reaching Euro 2008 and concentrate on qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, reports BBC.

They play the Czech Republic at Wembley on Wednesday in a friendly, ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers.
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Five withdraw from Scotland squad PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Five players have withdrawn from the Scotland squad to face Northern Ireland in Wednesday's friendly at Hampden, reports BBC Sport.

Celtic duo Gary Caldwell and Paul Hartley have joined Cardiff City's Kevin McNaughton and Gavin Rae on the sidelines for George Burley's side.
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Gravesen exits Celtic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

AFP, GLASGOW  - Scottish champions Celtic confirmed Monday they are parting company with Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen.

"Celtic Football Club, Thomas Gravesen and Thomas's representatives have agreed that he will part company with the club," the club said in a statement.
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Adebayor signs new deal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Striker pens new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium

Sky Sports

Arsenal have announced that striker Emmanuel Adebayor has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The Togo international had been strongly linked with a transfer away from Emirates Stadium this summer, with AC Milan and Barcelona both reportedly keen to secure his services.
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Bangladesh opener Nazim out of Australia series PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

DHAKA, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Bangladesh opening batsman Nazim Uddin has been ruled out of the one-day series in Australia starting this month due to a finger injury, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Monday.

"Nazim has torn one of the tendons on his left ring finger during the pre-match warm up of the practice game against the Australian Institute of Sports in Darwin today," it said in a statement.
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PCB chief says security concerns as 'illogical' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board has told players to stop "grumbling" and described their concerns over the security arrangements for next month's Champions Trophy as an illogical reaction.

Nasim Ashraf told reporters on Monday that neither the International Cricket Council (ICC) nor its member boards would bow to player-pressure demanding the one-day international tournament be moved from Pakistan.
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Gymnastic gold and Phelps spur on U.S. PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING - The United States fought back against China in gymnastics on Friday and won handsomely in the pool to restore some of the might of the traditional sporting superpower.

Nastia Liukin led a one-two U.S. victory in women's all-round individual gymnastics, relegating the Chinese to third place and denying them a four out of four sweep of golds in gym events.
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Clarke to lead Australia PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

One-day cricket against Bangladesh

REUTERS, BRISBANE - Michael Clarke will captain Australia in the one-day cricket series against Bangladesh while Ricky Ponting continues his recovery from wrist surgery.

Cricket Australia announced a 14-man squad for the series on Friday, naming Mike Hussey as Clarke's deputy for the matches to be played in Darwin on Aug.30, Sep.3 and 6.
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Tigers reach Darwin PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 15 (bdnews24.com) - The Bangladesh national cricket team reached Darwin Friday morning on a three-week tour of Australia to play three one-day internationals and five practice matches against the world champions.

On reaching, the Tigers went swimming in the hotel pool to relax after the long journey from Bangladesh to Darwin via Hong Kong and Sydney, according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board message received here.
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Swimmer Dolly 73rd, Abdullah 67th PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 15 (bdnews24.com) - Swimmer Dolly Akther slightly bettered her time in the international meet when she clocked 30.23 seconds to finish 73rd among 90 competitors in the 50m freestyle heat in the Beijing Olympics Friday.

Dolly took part in the Heat 4 along with eight competitors to finish last at the National Aquatic Center in Beijing.
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Man City fail in Santa Cruz move PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Blackburn say they have rejected an undisclosed bid from Manchester City for striker Roque Santa Cruz, reports BBC.

The 26-year-old Paraguay international scored 23 goals last season and has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.
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Robinho ´wants Chelsea move´, Real opposed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AFP, MADRID  - Brazil international Robinho is determined to join English Premiership side Chelsea but Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon does not want to let him go, Spanish media reported Thursday.

The 24-year-old, accompanied by his agent Wagner Ribeiro, met with Calderon on Wednesday to express his desire to join Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea, sports dailies AS and Marca reported.
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Rovers reject Santa Cruz bid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

City snubbed as they look to land striker

Sky Sports

Blackburn have rejected a bid from Manchester City for striker Roque Santa Cruz.

The Paraguay international was brought to Ewood Park by Mark Hughes last summer, with the Welshman now at the helm of Rovers' North West rivals.
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Federer crashes out of men's singles PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Top seed Roger Federer was knocked out of the tennis men's singles at the Olympics on Thursday, losing 6-4 7-6 to American James Blake.

The Swiss produced an error-strewn display after a long rain delay and was outplayed by Blake.
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Japan's Kitajima steals spotlight from Phelps PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Asia's greatest swimmer Kosuke Kitajima stole the spotlight from Michael Phelps on Thursday with an unprecedented double-double in the Olympics breaststroke.

France's Alain Bernard won swimming's blue riband event, the men's 100 freestyle, by a whisker from Australia's Eamon Sullivan in a thrilling race, after trailing at the half-way stage.
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Yang claims all-around gold PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Gymnast Yang Wei wiped away eight years of frustration to become only the second Chinese man to capture the all-around title at the Olympics on Thursday.

After claiming a silver medal in 2000 and drawing a blank in Athens four years later, Yang finally lived up to his reputation of being the greatest gymnast of his generation when he scooped the gold medal with a total of 94.575.
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Shaken and stirred, Bernard takes gold PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Frenchman Alain Bernard completed his remarkable rise from obscurity when he took the Beijing Olympics 100 metres freestyle gold medal on Thursday, overcoming nerves that left his legs shaking on the starting blocks.

Little over a year ago, few outside of swimming's most informed had heard of Bernard, who had switched to freestyle after failing to make the grade in backstroke and medley.
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Dibaba planning long-distance double PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - World 10,000-metre champion Tirunesh Dibaba says she expects to run both the 10,000 and 5,000m events in Beijing, hoping to become the first woman to scoop the Olympic distance double.

In 2005 Dibaba became the first woman to win both races at a world championships when she led an Ethiopian podium sweep in both events in Helsinki.
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