Friday, 09 Jun, 2023


England held by Honduras in WC warm-up

DHAKA: England were held to a goalless draw by ten-man Honduras on Saturday in their final friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Roy Hodgson’s team had the better chances in a largely scrappy game which was interrupted in the first half by a 43-minute suspension of play

Villa’s brace lifts Spain over El Salvador

DHAKA: David Villa scored twice as Spain defeated El Salvador 2-0 on Saturday in their final World Cup warm-up match before they launch the defence of their title in Brazil. The Atletico Madrid striker netted a header in the 60th minute and added the clincher in the 87th minute,

Sharapova wins 5th grand slam title

DHAKA: Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.  Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe

Another chapter of Greek legend?

Greece is not a fancied team like the other European favorites Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, France. But it is also not a mere pushover. Taking Greece lightly may prove dangerous. It has required talents, skills and depth to cause few surprises. Greece is in Group C along with fancied

Argentina beat Slovenia

DHAKA: Argentina easily beat Slovenia 2-0 in its last World Cup warm up with goals from Ricardo Alvarez and Lionel Messi on Saturday. Alvarez put a second-string Argentina ahead in the first half with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria came

The Burden of Being Messi

In much of Argentina, where Lionel Messi lived until he was 13, native speakers replace the “y” sound with a “sh” sound. Yo, the personal pronoun for “I,” becomes “sho,” and calle, which other Spanish speakers would pronounce “ka-yay,” becomes “ka-shey.” The sound

Germany’s Reus looks doubtful for WC after injury

DHAKA: Germany’s attacking midfielder Marco Reus looks doubtful for the World Cup starting next week after suffering a partial ligament tear of his left ankle ligament in their final warmup against Armenia on Friday. The team said on Saturday, reports The Straits Times. Reus turned

Honduras: Minnows in big show

Can you imagine what level of craze is required for two countries engage in to real war over a dispute in world cup football qualifying match? Yes, it happened and one of the countries involved in that was Honduras. A real war had broken out between Honduras & El Salvador. Honduras

Kayes century helps Bangladesh A draw

DHAKA: Opener Imrul Kayes hit his eighth First Class century to salvage a draw for Bangladesh A and frustrate West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) on the final day of their second four-day “Test” here. Starting the day at Kensington Oval on 32 for three with only survival in

“Yanks” may die in group of death

There has been growing expectation in the US over the last decade for the nation’s football team. After qualifying for Brazil there was excitement that a breakthrough tournament could be on the cards. However, the possibilities of “the Yanks“ appear gloomy being placed in the group

Mexico: Always a bride’s mate

Mexico is the most successful national team of the CONACAF (North America and Central America). A patchy performance in the qualifying for the sixth consecutive world cup appearance might lull opponents into a false sense of security. But this Mexican side brimming with quality may

Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago (video)

DHAKA: Lionel Messi’s Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup warm up at the Monumental on Wednesday.  Striker Rodrigo Palacio, midfielder Javier Mascherano with a tap-in after a Messi free kick came back off the post, and substitute Maxi

Fifa set to probe officials over World Cup claims

DHAKA: Qatari officials will be questioned by Fifa investigator Michael Garcia on Wednesday in the wake of damaging claims about the legality of the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup. The Sunday Times alleges Mohamed bin Hammam, a former vice-president of football’s world

Shakib returns home wining IPL

DHAKA: Shakib Al Hasan arrived in Dhaka with his spouse Shishir on Wednesday morning after ending another superb season with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL-7.  World’s top ranking all-rounder reached home a day later, than KKR winning IPL for the third time, for attending

Who runs Shakib-Musfiq-Tamim-Nasir’s Facebook pages?

DHAKA: Four top stars of Bangladesh Cricket Team Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain have millions of fans and followers in their social network site Facebook. But they are not operating Facebook pages of their own.   A group runs their facbook pages as

Sri Lanka win ODI series against England

DHAKA: Sri Lanka eased to a six-wicket victory against England and clinched the one-day series 3-2 after a controversial encounter at Edgbaston. Lord's centurion Jos Buttler was run out backing up at the non-striker's end by bowler Sachithra Senanayake, but England's batting was

Brazil beat Panama in World Cup warm-up

DHAKA: World Cup hosts Brazil strolled to a 4-0 win over Panama in their penultimate warm-up, goals from Neymar, Daniel Alves, Hulk and Willian securing the stroll. Brazil barely had to break out of third gear in seeing off limited opponents as Neymar, with his 31st international goal,

South Korea: Hopes of Asia

Asia-Oceania is not discussed in the same vein as Europe and South America in world soccer. Even African soccer is considered to be higher standard than of Asia. North Korea in 1966 showed a flash of brilliance. Then came South Korea and Japan to establish the credential of the region. 

Heath Streak takes coaching BD as challenge

DHAKA: Heath Hilton Streak, the newly appointed bowling coach of Bangladesh cricket team, pledged to make the team far better terming it a “challenge”.  He came up with disclosure while meeting journalists at BCB office at 2:00pm Tuesday.  Mentioning ‘there are good spinners in

Mamata alters tour for KKR Reception

DHAKA: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has altered her official Bengal tour schedule to felicitate Kolkata Knight Riders on their second Indian Premier League triumph, at the Eden Gardens here Tuesday. Team owner and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will also be present. In a