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Arsenal Must Replace The Greats, Says Toure PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure said he left Arsenal because of the team's failure to replace their best players. "When you look at Arsenal you see all the great players have left and are now in the past," Toure was quoted as saying in British media on Sunday.

"Players like (Thierry) Henry, (Patrick) Vieira and (Ray) Parlour that brought success to Arsenal and I believed it was right at this stage of my career to also move on."

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Pakistan, ICC move closer to resolving World Cup dispute PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009

LONDON, July 28 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday they were closer to resolving their dispute about the staging of the 2011 World Cup.

Pakistan's cricket authorities mounted a legal challenge in May after the ICC decided to move all the tournament's matches out of the country for security reasons in the light of the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March.

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Rahim Propels Tigers To Victory PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 July 2009

A quickfire half-century from stand-in captain Mushfiqur Rahim took Bangladesh to a 16-run victory over University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI at Benjamin Park in Dominica on Friday.

In a match reduced to 25 overs after rain delayed the start until 1:45pm local time (12:45am Bangladesh Standard Time), Rahim slammed an unbeaten 82 off 59 balls to propel the Tigers to 167 for six after they won the toss and batted.

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Sangakkara Guides Sri Lanka To Draw Against Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009

A heroic undefeated 130 from captain Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka save the third Test against Pakistan on Friday with the draw giving them a 2-0 victory in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka resumed on 183-3 chasing an improbable 492-run target and, led by Sangakkara, defied Pakistan's bowlers throughout an enthralling final day, closing on 391 for four after a rearguard performance lasting 134 overs.

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Tigers Play 1-day Warm-Up Game Friday PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2009

The Bangladesh national cricket team will get ready to switch to the shorter-version game when they take on the University of West Indies Vice Chancellor XI in the lone one-day practice match in Portsmouth, Dominica on Friday.

The players are flying high after clinching the first-ever away Test series win over makeshift West Indies and will be hoping to extend their new-found confidence into the game.

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This is Our Biggest Achievement: Shakib PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Stand-in-captain Shakib Al Hasan termed Bangladesh's first-ever away series win over West Indies most important achievement since the country gained Test status in 2000.

"In our nine years, this is the biggest thing that has happened to Bangladesh cricket," Shakib was quoted as saying by Cricinfo. "This series victory will give a boost to our confidence, and will help take us to the next level, and with God's help, we shall go forward."

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Respect Terry's Right to Choose: Lampard PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Chelsea captain John Terry should not be vilified for considering a switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City, his team mate Frank Lampard said.

Speculation about Terry's future at the club he has spent his whole career at has mounted after big-spending City's offer for the 28-year-old England skipper was turned down this month.

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BCB President Named 2011 WC LOC Chairman PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 July 2009

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday formed the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2011 ICC World Cup with BCB president Lt General Sina Ibn Jamali as its chairman.

The decision was taken at the BCB Board of Directors meeting held at the BCB office in Mirpur as the BCB is supposed to send the names of the LOC to the Central Organising Committee by this month.

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Del Piero Extends Juve Contract to 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2009

Juventus's 34-year-old captain Alessandro Del Piero has extended his contract with the Serie A club by a year until 2011. "I can only confirm my happiness and pride at this agreement," the striker told a news conference Friday.

"I'm happy to be here for two more years to write more important pages in the history of team, which I believe is the most important in Italy and one of the most important in Europe."

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Tigers Eye Clinching Test Series PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2009

Bangladesh will looking to clinch the two-Test series against West Indies with Shakib Al Hasan likely to lead the visitors in the final Test starting at the National Stadium in Grenada on Friday.

After a historic 95-run first Test win, a draw will be good enough for the Tigers to seal the two-Test series as well as to ensure a first-ever away series after their lone Test series triumph against Zimbabwe four and a half years ago at home in 2005.

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England Tailenders Hold on For Improbable Draw PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 July 2009

England tailenders James Anderson and Monty Panesar denied Australia victory in the first Ashes Test with an heroic unbeaten last-wicket stand before an ecstatic capacity 16,000-strong crowd on Sunday.

Victory seemed assured for the Australians when Paul Collingwood was dismissed for 74 after five hours 43 minutes of dogged resistance with England still needing six to make Australia bat again and a minimum 11.3 overs remaining.

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Cancer Survivor Joly Thanks Armstrong For Support PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2009

Tour de France rider Sebastien Joly has thanked fellow cancer survivor Lance Armstrong for his support when he was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

"I took advantage of Sunday's stage to Brignoles to have a chat with Lance and thank him again for the e-mail he sent me when my cancer was revealed," Frenchman Joly told Reuters on Thursday.

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Tigers Gear Up Amid Windies Players' Test Boycott PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2009

Bangladesh will be hoping that the first Test against West Indies will proceed as planned on Thursday despite the boycott announcement by the home players' union because of a long-running contractual dispute.

"The West Indies Cricket Board has assured us that the match will start on time and our side has been training as normal," BCB spokesman Jalal Younus told bdnews24.com on Wednesday.

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Federer Wins His Sixth Wimbledon and Record 15th Grand Slam PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 July 2009

Roger Federer survived another epic final to win his sixth Wimbledon and record 15th grand slam against Andy Roddick.

Federer held his nerve in an amazing fifth set to seal a remarkable 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 16-14 victory on Centre Court as Roddick's brave resistance was finally broken.

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Tigers Reach Barbados PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

The Bangladesh cricket team reached Barbados on Tuesday to play two Tests, three one-day internationals as well as a Twenty20 international against the West Indies.

The Tigers landed around 1:45pm local time (00:45am Bangladesh Standard Time on Tuesday), said a BCB press release on Wednesday.

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Former England Captain Vaughan to Retire PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 June 2009

England's most successful test captain Michael Vaughan said on Tuesday he was retiring from the game, after failing to regain his place in the team for next month's Ashes series against Australia. "It has been a hard decision," Vaughan, 34, told a news conference at Edgbaston.

"The decision came to me two weeks ago. I thought about it in December but I wanted to give myself one last chance of playing against Australia but I haven't been playing well enough and my body is not reacting how I would like it to be."

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Ronaldo Completes Record Transfer To Real Madrid PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo completed his 80 million pound ($130 million) world record transfer to Real Madrid on Friday, signing a six-year deal with the Primera Liga club.

"Real Madrid and Manchester United have signed the final agreement for the transfer of the rights of the player Cristiano Ronaldo effective July 1," Real said on their website (www.realmadrid.com).

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U.S. victory over Spain joins list of great upsets PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009

BLOEMFONTEIN, June 25 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The United States' 2-0 victory over European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Wednesday earned a place on the list of great international upsets.

"We all know about the U.S. beating England back in the World Cup in 1950 but this result, in the semi-finals of a major FIFA competition watched by millions around the world, has to rank right up there among the greatest upsets of all time," U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard told reporters.

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Pakistan T20 World Champion PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009

Pakistan lifted the World Twenty20 trophy beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

Shahid Afridi fired an amazing unbeaten 54 off 40 balls to win it for the last T20 world cup's finalists with eight balls to spare. Earlier, Sri Lanka recovered from a disastrous start to make a decent 138-6 in 20 overs..

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India Fans Must Become Better Losers, Says Tendulkar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 June 2009

CHENNAI, India, June 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - India's cricket-crazy fans are putting more pressure on the team with their emotional reaction to defeat and need to get behind the players in tough times, said batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Surprise winners of the Twenty20 World Cup two years ago, India were installed as one of the favourites to repeat the triumph this time but a three-run loss to England consigned them to a second straight Super Eights defeat, leaving them with no chance of reaching the semis.

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Kaka's Exit A Fresh Blow For Italy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Kaka's departure from AC Milan to Real Madrid is another indication of the decline of Italian soccer and may prompt an exodus of other top Serie A players.

Unprecedented financial worries have prompted the Rossoneri to sell their best player when they had almost always been a buying club. In just over a week they have watched Paolo Maldini retire, coach Carlo Ancelotti move to Chelsea and Kaka head for Spain.

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