AFP, TokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, reports said Friday, despite calls for a boycott over Russia’s anti-gay laws. He is also expected to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Games, Kyodo News and the Asahi Shimbun daily said. Abe’s attendance would put him out of step with ally the United States and with Germany, whose leaders are unlikely to be at...
Top seed Serena Williams set a new record en route to the Australian Open fourth round Friday as Li Na avoided an upset by fighting back from match point to stay alive. On another hot Melbourne day, the world number one and five- time tournament champion powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3 to record her 61st Australian Open win, surpassing the previous mark set by Margaret Court. Asked which had been her favourite matches, Williams, who made her Melbourne debut...
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club is leading the Bangladesh Premier League points table securing all-win 12 points from four matches after beating Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 1-0 goal at the...
AFP, MadridLionel Messi scored twice, including one brilliant individual effort, in his first start of the year as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey...
AFP, SharjahDilruwan Perera missed a century on his debut as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 428-9 in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday. Perera (95) was the ninth wicket to fall after adding an invaluable 72 with Shaminda Eranga (25 not out) as Sri Lanka frustrated Pakistan who went looking for early wickets after Sri Lanka resumed the day at 220-5. Skipper Angelo Mathews also missed his hundred when he fell at 91...
Mirpur Sports and Physical Culture Centre, Amirun Smrity Club and Azim Cricket Club won their respective matches of the Third Division qualifying Cricket held on Friday at the three separate venues in the city.At the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Sports and Physical Culture Centre (92/4 in 21.5 overs) recorded a six-wicket win over Metro Cricket Academy (91/10 in 31.5 overs).At the City Club ground, Amirun Smrity Club (177/8 in 37.2 overs) posted a two-wicket victory over Shiam Cricketers (176/8 in...
AFP, Brisbane Scoreboard after the second ODI between Australia and England at the Gabba on Friday. EnglandA. Cook c and b Maxwell 22I.Bell run out 68J. Root lbw Johnson 2G. Ballance st Haddin b Maxwell 9E. Morgan c Clarke b Faulkner 106R. Bopara c Bailey b Faulkner 24J. Buttler c Clarke b Coulter-Nile 49B. Stokes c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 0T. Bresnan not out 1C.Jordan not out 2 Extras (w12 nb1 lb4) 17Total (for 8 wickets, 50 0vers) 300 Fall of...
Bangladesh Police AC beat Dilkusha Sporting Club by a solitary goal in a match of the KOOL Second Division Football League held on Friday at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city’s Kamalpur.In the day’s match, Kamrul Islam scored the all-important goal for Police in the 78th minute. Earlier, in the day’s other match, BG Press S & RC and City Club split points when their match ended in a goalless draw a the same...
AFP, LahorePakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf resumed his duties on Thursday after a court reinstated him, vowing to continue his mission to boost the sport in the country. “In accordance with the order of January 15th, 2014, passed by a learned Division Bench of the Honourable Islamabad High Court, Ashraf has assumed the office of chairman (of the) PCB,” a press release from the board said. The court released a detailed judgement on Thursday, eight months after he was...
Euro Famous Club and Purbachal Parishad won their respective matches of the Kool Second Division Football League held on Thursday at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamala Stadium in the city’s Kamlapur.In the day’s first match, Euro Famous Club beat Tongi Krira Chakra by 2-0 goals while Purbachal Parishad blanked Prantic Krira Chakra by 3-0 goals....
Players braced for the Australian Open’s hottest day yet Thursday with temperatures forecast to hit a blistering 44 Celsius (111.2 Fahrenheit) at the year’s opening Grand Slam. With 32 singles matches in prospect, plus a full schedule of doubles, the tournament’s organisers will be in sharp focus as they weigh whether to halt play to mitigate health risks. Temperatures had already reached 38 Celsius as play started at 11:00 am, with players shrouding themselves in ice packs and gulping drinks...
Zoar Haque Prodhan finished 113th while SM Sharon of Fire-Service & Civil Defense became 117th, M Sharif Hossain of Titas Club became 121st and Saimon Siddiqur Rahman of Access Group became 122nd in the 12th Delhi International Grandmasters Chess Tournament that concluded on Thursday in Delhi. In the 10th or last round games, Zoar lost to Lasya G of India and Sharon lost to Mirzaad S. Wahabuddin of Afghanistan.GM Abhijit Gupta of India emerged champion with eight points. A total...
Amber Sporting Club, Mirpur Mukul Fouz and Mirpur Youth Club won their respective matches of the Third Division qualifying Cricket league held on Thursday at the three separate venues in the city.At the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Amber Sporting Club (105/5 in 30 overs) recorded a five-wicket win over Epyllion Group (97/10 39.4 overs).At the City Club ground, Mirpur Mukul Fouz (187/6 in 47.5) posted a four- wicket triumph over Agrani Shishu Kishor Sangathon (185/10 in 48.1 overs).At the Dhaka University...
Australian doubles legend Mark Woodforde has promised to remain as coach of Marinko Matosevic despite being openly criticised by the player after his defeat at the Australian Open. Woodforde told the Herald-Sun that he would honour his commitment to Matosevic, nicknamed “Mad Dog”, who slammed him for not shouting out support during his first round loss to Japan’s Kei Nishikori. “We have a deal to spend quite a bit of time with him this year,” Woodforde said. Matosevic turned his...