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World Cup Final Nears with Spain Favourites PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 July 2010

Two days before the climax of Africa's first World Cup, silky Spain seemed everyone's favourite to beat the Netherlands though both are desperate to lift football's ultimate prize for the first time.

From schoolchildren in South Africa's Soweto township to bookmakers around the globe and even Paul the 'psychic' octopus in Germany, all the talk was of Vicente del Bosque's side.

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Master Tactician Loew Out to Pain Spain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 July 2010

He has tamed Fabio Capello's Three Lions, demolished Diego Maradona's dream and snuffed out Lionel Messi's magic, but can Germany coach Joachim Loew now inflict some World Cup pain on Spain?

After routing Argentina 4-0 in Sunday's quarter-final, Germany face Spain in Wednesday's semi-final in Durban with a place in the July 11 final against either the Netherlands or Uruguay at stake.

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Ragtag Quartet Put Poster Boys in Their Place PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 July 2010

Inspiration for the World Cup semi-finalists has come from the unfashionable, the forgotten, the overshadowed and the discarded -- a ragtag quartet putting the pre-tournament poster boys in their place.

Miroslav Klose of Germany, Uruguay's Diego Forlan, Spain's David Villa and Wesley Sneijder for the Dutch have become the unlikely heroes at a tournament that has refused to follow the script envisaged by marketing executives worldwide.

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Spanish Stars Feel Pressure of Survival Bid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 June 2010

Spanish star midfielder Xavi says his team is feeling the pressure of what is likely a must-win World Cup match against Chile on Friday in order for the reigning European champions to advance.

"There's a great deal of pressure because we have to win," the Barcelona playmaker said. "We have to take control of the ball and assert our personality on the pitch."

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We're on Right Path: Maradona PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Diego Maradona celebrated his first victory as coach at a World Cup finals, but dismissed as premature talk of him emulating Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as a player and a manager.

Maradona's Argentina saw off Nigeria 1-0 in their opening Group B clash and with Lionel Messi looking in fine touch, the South Americans showed enough to highlight their credentials as potential champions.

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Spain Tipped for World Cup Glory by Economists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 June 2010

Spain are favourites to be crowned World Cup champions, narrowly ahead of Brazil, according to a global field of 74 soccer fan economists polled by Reuters.

Twenty-four respondents said Spain would shed their reputation for perennial disappointment this year and clinch the title for the first time, a tad more than the 23 who expected Brazil to add to their record tally of five trophies.

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Nadal Reclaims French Open Crown PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 June 2010

Rafael Nadal recaptured the French Open crown on Sunday, gaining revenge over Robin Soderling with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win and, in so doing, he also retook the world number one spot from Roger Federer.

Nadal was simply too powerful on clay for the Swede who 12 months ago ended the Spaniard's 31-match, four titles win streak in Paris in stunning fashion with a four sets, fourth round triumph.

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England Win Lord's Test by Eight Wickets PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

England won the first Test against Bangladesh by eight wickets at Lord's on Monday.

Needing 160 runs to win, captain Andrew Strauss (82) and Jonathan Trott (36 n.o) wrapped the match up before tea.

First innings century-maker Trott scored the winning run with a flick deep square leg off the back foot which made the score 163-2 in 35.1 overs.

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Tamim Ready to Play Through Pain Barrier PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal expects to play against England in the first Test at Lord's starting here on Thursday despite struggling with a wrist injury that could yet require surgery. Tamim first suffered the problem with his left wrist while fielding during Bangladesh's domestic Twenty20 event in 2009.

And it proved an issue in the recent World Twenty20 in the Caribbean where he sat out the second of Bangladesh's two losing matches, against Australia in Barbados, as a result of the injury.

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Brilliant Milito Fires Inter to European Glory PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

Inter Milan reached the summit of European soccer for the first time in 45 years when Diego Milito scored two superb goals to give them a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Argentine struck after 35 and 70 minutes to seal a deserved victory for Inter at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and complete an unprecedented treble for a Serie A club following their Italian league and Cup double.

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Malik Moves Out of Mirza's House for Apr 15 Wedding: Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Amid hectic wedding preparations, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in keeping with customs has moved out of Sania Mirza's house before their marriage on Apr 15 though his family members are staying at her place.

The Press Trust of India reported the clarification came from Sania's spokesperson after a fatwa was issued by Sunni Ulema Board which said that a bride and the groom staying in the same house before marriage is un-Islamic and unacceptable.

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England Win Dhaka Test PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

England won the second and final Test against Bangladesh by nine wickets on the fifth day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.

Set a target of 209 runs in little under two sessions, the tourists lost only the wicket opener Jonathan Trott, who was given run out by the third umpire for 19 despite a replay suggesting otherwise.

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Bangladesh Drop Aftab, Pick Debutant For 2nd Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Batsman Jahirul Islam is set to make his debut for Bangladesh in the second Test against England that begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander was originally drafted into the squad following the retirement of batsman Raqibul Hassan before the first Test in Chittagong. He scored 965 first-class runs this season for Rajshahi at an average of 68.92.

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Bangladesh Drop Aftab, Pick Debutant For 2nd Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Batsman Jahirul Islam is set to make his debut for Bangladesh in the second Test against England that begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander was originally drafted into the squad following the retirement of batsman Raqibul Hassan before the first Test in Chittagong. He scored 965 first-class runs this season for Rajshahi at an average of 68.92.

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Bangladesh Drop Aftab, Pick Debutant For 2nd Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Batsman Jahirul Islam is set to make his debut for Bangladesh in the second Test against England that begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander was originally drafted into the squad following the retirement of batsman Raqibul Hassan before the first Test in Chittagong. He scored 965 first-class runs this season for Rajshahi at an average of 68.92.

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Bangladesh Drop Aftab, Pick Debutant For 2nd Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Batsman Jahirul Islam is set to make his debut for Bangladesh in the second Test against England that begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander was originally drafted into the squad following the retirement of batsman Raqibul Hassan before the first Test in Chittagong. He scored 965 first-class runs this season for Rajshahi at an average of 68.92.

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Lee Retires from Tests but Aims for 2011 World Cup PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Brett Lee, Australia's fourth-highest wicket-taker, has retired from Test cricket after admitting his body could no longer handle the demands of the five-day game. Lee has decided to focus on ODIs and Twenty20s as he aims to rejoin Australia's team and collect a second World Cup trophy in 2011., reports Cricinfo.

"I'm not 21, I'm 33," Lee told Seven on Tuesday.

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Ratna Shoots Bangladesh to 3rd Gold PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Sharmin Akhter Ratna secured Bangladesh's third gold medal in the SA Games on Tuesday after winning the 10m air rifle women's individual event at the National Shooting Range Complex, according to SA Games media press release.

She scored 499.4 out of 500 to clinch the gold medal. Her compatriot Syeda Sadia Sultana bagged silver with a score of 498.3 while Mampi Das of India finished with 496.9 to collect a bronze

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SA Games Open PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 January 2010

The 11th South Asian Games, the greatest sports extravaganza of the region, got underway in Dhaka on Friday.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 12-day event after three and a half hours' opening ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) at 4:45pm.

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Bangladesh Set to Open SA Games PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 January 2010

The 11th South Asia Games, the greatest sports extravaganza of the region, gets underway in Bangladesh on Friday.

Nearly 1,800 athletes from eight countries are expected to take part in the Games dubbed 'The Olympics of South Asia'. They will compete in 23 disciplines, which offer 158 gold medals.

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Lack of Bowling Coach Hurting India: Dhoni PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2010

India would benefit from having a specialist bowling coach, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Friday. The Indian cricket board sacked Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh as bowling and fielding coaches in October after the country's early exit from the Twenty20 World Cup in England and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

India climbed to the top of the test rankings for the first time in December but the team has struggled to establish supremacy in one-day international cricket.

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