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AFP, Atlanta : World champions Argentina opened their bid for back-to-back Copa America titles with a 2-0 win over Canada in front of a crowd of 70,564 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday. Julian Alvarez put Argentina ahead in the 49th minute but a combination of inspired goalkeeping from Canada’s Max Crepeau and Lionel Messi’s surprising lack of precision in front of goal ensured that the underdogs were in the game until Lautaro Martinez settled the contest in the 88th minute....
BSS, Dhaka : An abysmal batting effort led Bangladesh to a 28-run defeat to Australia on DLS method in their first game of the T20 World Cup (WC) ‘Super Eight’ phase on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Bangladesh put up 140-7 after being asked to bat first but Australia made it the cake-walk, reaching 100-2 in 11.2 overs following the rain-interruption twice in the match. After a wicketless first spell, Cummins claimed his hat-trick across overs...
AFP, Germany : Livewire winger Nico Williams was irresistible in Spain’s 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2024, the pick of a selection of exciting young stars who are raising hopes of a return to the glory days for La Roja. The 21-year-old Athletic Bilbao left-winger ran Italy right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo ragged in Gelsenkirchen as Spain made it two wins from two at the tournament to clinch top spot in Group B and a last-16 berth. The only wonder...
Agency : Bangladesh faced a comprehensive defeat against Australia, losing by 28 runs (DLS) in their first ‘Super Eight’ match of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Antigua. Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto expressed his disappointment over the team’s inability to post a competitive total. Bangladesh managed to score 140 for eight, while Australia reached 100 for two in 11.2 overs, securing the win via the DLS method in the rain-affected match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. “Wicket looked good,...
Argentina star Lionel Messi became the most-capped player in Copa America history on Thursday as he reached 35 appearances in the opening match of the tournament against Canada. The 36-year-old had shared the record with Chilean goalkeeper Sergio Livingstone (34 caps) since appearing in the final of the 2021 Copa America in Brazil, where Argentina triumphed. Messi’s appearances have been spread across seven editions of the Copa, starting with the 2007 tournament in Venezuela....
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AFP, Bridgetown : Suryakumar Yadav smashed a fine half-century before India’s bowlers slammed the brakes on Afghanistan’s flamboyant shot-makers to romp to a 47-run win in the ‘Super Eight’ phase of the T20 World Cup (WC) on Thursday. Suryakumar’s 53 was his 19th fifty in the format and helped India post a challenging 181-8 in their second round ‘Super Eight’s opener. Experienced fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah then combined with spin trio Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja to strangle...
Agency : England on Thursday struggled to show their credentials to win Euro 2024 in a 1-1 draw with Denmark that left them with work to do to reach the last 16. Victory for England in Frankfurt would have booked their place in the next round as Group C winners. However, an underwhelming performance by Gareth Southgate’s men leaves more questions over their quest to becoming European champions for the first time. In a rematch of the Euro 2020 semi-final...
Agency : Top-seeded Coco Gauff recorded a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round at the ecotrans Ladies Open in Berlin on Thursday. Gauff saved three set points in the first set before cruising in the second to finish the match in 80 minutes. She advanced to face eighth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who posted a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic. Also winning Thursday were No. 2 seed...
BBC Online : Lexi Thompson carded a 68 to move into a one-shot lead after the first round of the Women’s PGA Championship. The American’s four-under-par round at the Sahalee Country Club, near Seattle, put her a shot ahead of compatriot Nelly Korda and Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit. England’s Charley Hull and Ireland’s Leona Maguire sat two shots off the lead following opening rounds of 70. Thompson, who won her only major to date in 2014, plans to retire from full-time...
BSS, Dhaka : With top order batters showing the glimpse of returning back to form, Bangladesh Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto believes they still stand on a good chance to seal semi-finals of the T20 World Cup (WC). Bangladesh tasted a thumping 28-run defeat to Australia in DLS method to kick-start the ‘Super Eight’ phase but they are confident to bring the momentum back when they take on India in their second game of this phase at the Sir Vivian Richards...
AFP, Atlanta : Argentina Head Coach Lionel Scaloni hit out at the temporary grass surface installed for Thursday’s Copa America opener against Canada saying it was unsuited for a major tournament game. The world champions beat Canada 2-0 to open their title defence but Scaloni was far from happy with the conditions his players had to deal with. The field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, is made of artificial...
Agency : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced fixtures for the Bangladesh’s upcoming tour. The Bangladesh team led by Najmul Hossain Shanto will play 2 Test matches and 3 T20I matches during their visit. Chennai will host the first Test starting on 19th September, while Kanpur will host the second Test from 27th September. The three T20Is will be played on October 6,9 and 12 respectively at Dharamshala, Delhi and Hyderabad. Bangladesh last played...
Agency : Phil Salt thrashed a brilliant 87 not out off just 47 balls as defending champions England romped to an eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in their T20 World Cup (WC) Super Eight clash on Thursday. Salt smashed seven fours and five sixes during a swashbuckling innings at the Daren Sammy National Stadium in St. Lucia while Jonny Bairstow hit an unbeaten 48 as England finished on 181-2 off 17.3 overs after earlier restricting the West Indies to...
UNB, Dhaka : Bangladesh Men’s Under-21 Hockey team emerged Pool-A champions to reach the semi-finals of the Junior AHF Cup (U-21) Hockey tournament with an all-win record, crushing Indonesia by 7-0 in the last pool match at the Sengkang Sports Centre in Singapore on Thursday afternoon. After all four Pool-A matches, Bangladesh clinched the top slot, securing a full 12 points, while Thailand finished runners-up with nine points to qualify for the semi-final. In Pool B, China clinched the title...
AFP, Stuttgart : Hosts Germany became the first team to qualify for the knockout phase of Euro 2024 on Wednesday thanks to a 2-0 win over Hungary, while Scotland drew with Switzerland and Croatia’s hopes of progressing were left hanging in the balance after they were held by Albania. Germany followed up their 5-1 demolition of Scotland in the tournament’s opening game by seeing-off the Hungarians in Stuttgart, with Jamal Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan scoring either side of half-time. Julian...
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Sports Reporter : Spirited Bangladesh Cricket team will meet high-flying Australia Cricket team in their first Group-1 match of the ‘Super Eight’ phase of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup (WC) today at North Sound in Antigua of West Indies. The match will start at 6:30am (Bangladesh Standard Time). Private satellite channel Nagorik TV will telecast the match live. Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the Bangladesh as the captain, while Mitchell Marsh will lead Australia as the captain....
Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez believes Bangladesh can pose a strong challenge against any team on a favourable wicket and condition in the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh qualified for the Super-8 by securing three wins in the group stage from group D, beating bitter rival Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Nepal and tasted only defeat to South Africa. Bangladesh are placed in a group with two former World Cup champions India, Australia and Afghanistan for the Super Eight which means their...
BSS, Dhaka : Bangladesh pace bowler Tanzim Hasan was fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during their T20 World Cup 2024 Group D match against Nepal at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday. Tanzim was found to have breached the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or...
Sports Reporter : Bashundhara Kings will play in the final phase of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge League. Earlier, the champions of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football, the most prestigious football meet of Bangladesh, used to play the play-off stage of the AFC Challenge League. But this year, Bashundhara Kings will directly play in the final phase of the AFC Challenge League, the annual continental club football competition, which is organised by Asian Football Confederation (AFC), according to...
Novak Djokovic will compete at this year’s Olympic Games in Paris, the Olympic Committee of Serbia has announced. The 24-times Grand Slam winner will be attending his fifth Olympics since his first in 2008 when he won a bronze medal. The 37-year-old had knee surgery last month after he was forced to pull out of the French Open with an injury sustained in a fourth-round win that cast doubt over his chances of playing at Wimbledon and at the Paris...
AFP, Germany : Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal beat the Czech Republic 2-1 to claim a Euro 2024 debut victory on Tuesday but they needed to come from behind with a 92nd-minute winner from youngster Francisco Conceicao. Earlier in the section’s other clash, Turkey bested Georgia 3-1 in a pulsating match in Dortmund. Roberto Martinez’s Portugal qualified at a canter with a 100 percent record, but only just scraped victory in Leipzig in their first match, under driving rain. Ronaldo played at...
Agency : Australia batter Tim David said they are working hard to face Bangladesh leg-spinner Rishad Hossain but reminded that they are not hesitant to take on the challenge. Australia are placed in a group with Bangladesh, India, and Afghanistan for the Super Eight, and they are concerned about facing a lot of spin. Australia is particularly wary of Bangladesh’s new leg spinner Rishad, as they have not had much exposure to him. However, David said that they will not...