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Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith ...

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Messi doubts reflect chaos at Barcelona

Barcelona may be about to lose the league but losing Lionel Messi would be much harder to stomach. Messi’s contract is due to expire next year and the Argentinian has reportedly stopped talks due to frustrations with the direction of the club. “Messi is planning to leave Barca,” Spanish radio Cadena Ser said on Thursday. “Right now, Messi’s idea is ...

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Buffon breaks Serie A appearances record as Juve move seven points clear

Gianluigi Buffon set a new Serie A appearances record on Saturday as Juventus beat Torino 4-1 in the Turin derby to move seven points clear at the top of the table after nearest challengers Lazio lost to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired AC Milan. The 42-year-old goalkeeper passed the previous record of 647 appearances he jointly held with AC Milan great Paolo ...

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Wisden rates Shakib as 2nd MVP of 21st century

Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been rated as the second Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 21st century in ODI cricket by world famous cricket monthly “Wisden”. Shakib, who has been banned for a year, is also ranked sixth in Tests, but did not get a place in the top 20 in T20 format. Wisden has revealed the list ...

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Mashrafe again tests positive for Covid-19

Iconic cricketer and Narail-2 lawmaker Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second time on Saturday. Earlier on June 20, he was tested positive for the first time. Today, after 14 days of his infection, he again got the positive result in sample test. The former Bangladesh ODI captain is taking treatment by staying at home.

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Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan announces retirement

China’s two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan announced his retirement in a social media post on Saturday, thanking his family and fans. The announcement means that Lin, who took golds at the Beijing and London Games, will not be competing in the next Olympics in Tokyo.

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Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

Lionel Messi was reported on Thursday to be planning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was hoping the Argentine maestro will stay in Spain. Messi’s current contract expires next year and he has halted negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of the club, said Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. Barca sit second in La ...

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West Ham stun Chelsea, Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival

West Ham rocked Chelsea’s top-four hopes and boosted their survival bid with a dramatic 3-2 win, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal climbed back into European contention with a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich on Wednesday. Chelsea were hoping to take advantage of third-placed Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Everton earlier in the day, but instead the Blues were beaten for ...

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Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC Chairman after two stints

Shashank Manohar on Wednesday stepped down as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman after two tenures at its helm. Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja is set to assume the responsibilities of the chairperson until a successor is elected. The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week. ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney ...

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Mushfiqur finds a way for skill training in Covid-19 time

Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim found a way to keep practicing his batting and wicket-keeping when it was tough to do anything apart from gym at home during the Covid-19 time. The senior national cricketer didn’t get any big ground but turned his apartment’s garage a virtual Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium to bat and practice wicket-keeping. As it is tough to ...

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