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Messi returns to Barcelona training, Suarez fit again

MADRID – Lionel Messi returned to the Camp Nou on Saturday after missing two group training sessions with a slight leg injury, while Luis Suarez is set to be fit for the La Liga restart next week. Messi trained alone indoors on Wednesday and Friday, but worked on the sidelines of a group session at Barca’s home stadium, according to ... Read More »

Bangladesh may face Afghanistan on October 8

Bangladesh are expected to resume their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020 and Asia Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round-2 match when they will face Afghanistan on October 8. Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag today informed that Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has proposed a schedule for the postponed fixtures of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020 ... Read More »

BCB mulling to conduct players’ Covid-19 test

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has planned to conduct the Covid-19 test of the players as they began the process to bring cricket back on the ground. The cricket apex body made it clear that they don’t want to take any risk with the players’ health issue as the deadly virus may cause mayhem around the world. “We ... Read More »

Team will always come first: Tamim

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who was given captaincy of the ODI side, said he would work hard to make sure that the team comes first. Tamim, also the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in ODI, has been given the opportunity to lead his team 13 years after his debut. The southpaw said he has always believed that if he can lead ... Read More »

BCB denies Mushfiqur’s appeal for personal training

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim appealed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to allow him personal training at the BCB Academy, but the board has denied it citing the fear of the spread of coronavirus is still there. In some recent interviews, Mushfiqur had said that he is eagerly waiting to get back to cricket. He also said that it is tough for them ... Read More »

La Liga clubs to resume full training next week

MADRID – La Liga have confirmed players will be allowed to return to full training on Monday, giving them 10 days to work together before the season restarts in Spain on June 11. This is the final phase of La Liga’s staggered training programme as teams get set to complete the remaining 11 rounds of the season, which will finish ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s cricket team resume outdoor training after gap

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s cricket team will resume training Monday under strict health measures after a two-and-a-half-month hiatus forced by coronavirus, the country’s governing body said. Cricket came to a halt on March 13 when the visiting England team pulled out on the second day of a four-day practice match ahead of their two-Test series. A 13-member squad will take ... Read More »

Osaka adds powerful voice against police brutality in US

LOS ANGELES  – Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka joined the chorus of athletes condemning the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minneapolis police, posting pictures of protests from the Minnesota city on her Instagram account. “Just because it isn’t happening to you doesn’t mean it isn’t happening at all,” wrote Osaka, whose mother is ... Read More »

Bayern players accept salary cut until ‘end of season’

BERLIN – Bayern Munich players have accepted a salary cut which will last until the “end of the season” to help the Bundesliga champions through the coronavirus crisis, club president Herbert Hainer said on Saturday. In April, the Bayern squad took a 20-percent reduction in salary, but Hainer did not specify how large the cut was this time. “It is ... Read More »

West Indies approve ‘bio-secure’ Test tour of England

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda  – West Indies cricket chiefs have given their approval to a Test tour of England where the team will stay in a “bio-secure environment”. The Windies were due to play three Tests in England in June but the threat of the coronavirus has pushed the visit back to July at the earliest. “The Cricket West ... Read More »

Ex-national footballer Golam Rabbani Helal passes away

Former national footballer, Football Federation member and Dhaka Abahani Director Golam Rabbani Helal, passed away around Saturday noon. The 67-year-old was on life support at Square Hospital since last Thursday where he was admitted after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He left behind his wife, two daughters and a large number of admirers to mourn his death. In the morning, his ... Read More »

FA Cup final set for August 1 after virus delay

LONDON  – The FA Cup final is set to take place on August 1 after the English Football Association announced provisional dates to finish the competition on Friday. After the Premier League revealed they plan to resume the season on June 17, the FA Cup has now returned to an English fixture list thrown into chaos by the coronavirus. The ... Read More »

Return to normal life as Italy’s Serie A resumes on June 20

ROME  – Italy’s Serie A was given the green light on Thursday to resume on June 20 after a three-month absence as one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic begins to ease restrictions. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said that the government’s Technical and Scientific Committee (CTS) had agreed to the health protocol proposed by Italian football chiefs. ... Read More »

Messi looking forward eagerly to ‘weird’ La Liga restart

MADRID – Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he was eager to start playing again but thought La Liga games behind closed doors would feel “weird”. Messi, who after a few weeks confined like the rest of Spain by the coronavirus pandemic, is training with Barca again ahead of a planned resumption of La Liga behind closed doors on ... Read More »

No domestic cricket in England until August – ECB

LONDON – There will be no domestic cricket in England until August 1 at the earliest, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday. The start of the English season had already been delayed by the outbreak of the coronavirus, with officials initially hoping to resume in July. But England’s postponed Test series at home against the West Indies ... Read More »

Liverpool’s ‘miracle’ of Istanbul

PARIS – Steven Gerrard said Liverpool did not “believe in miracles” and Jamie Carragher thought his “dreams had turned to dust”, but 15 years ago Rafael Benitez’s side pulled off one of football’s greatest heists to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final. The English side were underdogs before kick-off in Istanbul despite edging out Chelsea in the semi-finals ... Read More »

Coach and 10 players at Peruvian club have coronavirus

LIMA – The coach and 10 players from a Peruvian football team tested positive for the new coronavirus just before they were due to board a humanitarian flight, the ministry of health said on Friday. The 11 members of the third division Credicoop San Roman have been placed in quarantine in a hotel in the southeastern city of Juliaca, near ... Read More »

Setien keen on Neymar Barca return

MADRID – Barcelona coach Quique Setien says he would love to coach Neymar and would be “delighted” if the Brazilian returns to the club from Paris Saint-Germain. Barca tried to re-sign Neymar last year but were unable to agree a deal with French champions PSG, whom he joined for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($264 million at the ... Read More »

Shakib to remain absent as Tamim’s Live Show ends Saturday

DHAKA -Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal’s popular programme ‘Tamim’ Live Show’ is set to end on Saturday after it gave the fans some delightful moments over the past three weeks amid countrywide unofficial shutdown. The last episode will feature three other cricketers Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, which means four of the Bangladesh’s ‘Feb 5’ will be ... Read More »

Olympics official sees ‘problems’ in holding Games in 2021

SYDNEY – A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus. John Coates, the International Olympic Committee’s pointman for Tokyo 2020, indicated that officials would start deciding in October if and how the pandemic-hit Games could go ahead in ... Read More »

The nightmare that still haunts New Zealand cricket

WELLINGTON – It has been described as New Zealand cricket’s darkest day, the 1955 Test against England when the Black Caps were skittled for just 26, a record low that still stands today. Even 65 years later, the embarrassing score still rankles with New Zealand fans, who are always on alert during a major Test collapse and death-ride the batting ... Read More »

BCB gives Eid bonus to 1,600 cricketers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) continued its financial support to the less privileged and insolvent cricketers and sportsmen during the coronavirus pandemic. On the eve of the Eid festival, the BCB on Thursday (May 21) handed over financial aid to 1,600 cricketers, playing in the Dhaka metropolis cricket leagues, but not under BCB contract. The cricketers of Dhaka Premier Division ... Read More »

Wasim Akram to join Tamim’s live show

Newly-appointed Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal continues to offer a surprise to the fans through his social media live show featuring local and international cricket stars. In the latest episode of his show, which is set to be aired tonight at 10:30pm, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram will join Tamim. In the previous episode, Indian captain Virat Kohli was Tamim’s second ... Read More »

Ronaldo back training at Juventus after two months

TURIN, Italy  – Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with Juventus in Turin on Tuesday after an absence of over two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 35-year-old drove himself into the Juventus Training Centre in a Jeep with tinted windows. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will undergo medical and physical tests before joining up with his teammates in training, ... Read More »

Temperature checks, empty terraces as Union host Bayern

BERLIN – Union Berlin could normally expect their Alten Foersterei ground to be packed for the visit of defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, yet the terraces stood empty for Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat. The Bundesliga returned this weekend after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, but the league’s strict hygiene guidelines meant matches were played behind locked doors. Bayern ... Read More »

Mashrafe needs not part away with his bracelet

DHAKA – Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won’t have to part away from his precious bracelet despite the belonging, which has been a part of his memorable moments for the last 18 years, was sold for whopping at an incredible price of Taka 42 lakh in an online auction. The Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Company Association (BLFCA), the highest bidder for Mashrafe’s ... Read More »

Lance Klusener appointed Bangla Tigers team director

Former South African cricketer and current coach Lance Klusener has been appointed as the team director of Bangla Tigers, a Bangladesh-based team of Abu Dhabi T-10 League. The fourth season of the league is slated to be played in upcoming November at Sheikh Abu Jayed Stadium in upcoming November. Klusener was an integral part of the South Africa national team ... Read More »

Bangladesh Premier Football League abandoned

DHAKA  – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has finally abandoned this season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in view of the coronavirus epidemic, putting an end to all speculations in this regard. The BFF took the decision unanimously at a virtual emergency executive committee’s meeting held at its conference room today with federation’s President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin in the chair, a BFF ... Read More »

Tamim behind Soumya Sarkar’s career resurgence

DHAKA -Soumya Sarkar showed his gratitude towards his senior teammate Tamim Iqbal for the resurgence in his career as he almost faded away after having a tremendous start to the International cricket. During the 2015 World Cup, Soumya Sarkar showed his batting prowess and helped Bangladesh make quick runs at the top of the order, which is one of the ... Read More »

Kohli is Tamim’s next Facebook Live gues

After opener Rohit Sharma, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be Tamim Iqbal’s next guest on Monday night’s Facebook ‘adda’. The live session will start from 10:30pm. Kohli will go live for the first time on social media on the Tamim’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Last week, Tamim’s guests were Rohit Sharma and former South African captain Faf du ... Read More »