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Serena welcomes rule change on players back from pregnancy

Photo: Serena Williams of the U.S. talks to journalists on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec 27, 2018. Abu Dhabi, Dec 28 : Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection given to new mothers when they return to the women’s tennis tour. “It’s great,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion ...

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Messi’s Argentina return depends on coach, says AFA head

Lionel Messi of Barcelona sits on the bench prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Courtesy Buenos Aires, Dec  27 : Lionel Messi “never left” Argentina’s national team and will be ready when coach Lionel Scaloni calls upon him, the head ...

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Hazard reaches milestone in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford

Photo: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, back shots the ball past Watford’s Craig Cathcart, center during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road stadium in Watford, England on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018. England, Dec 27 : Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard became the 10th player to score 100 goals for the club when his double clinched a ...

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Tigers optimistic to continue golden run in international cricket

Dhaka, Dec 25 : Bangladesh have finished the year 2018 winning 21 out of 44 international matches they have played. Before the World Cup in May next year, Bangladesh have no schedule in the home ground. The Tigers are optimistic to bring their recent success ahead. Recently, Bangladesh have beaten Zimbabwe and West Indies in two successive home series. They ...

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Shakib, Mahmudullah, Liton move up in T20I rankings

Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad and Liton Das(from left). Dhaka, Dec 23 : Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad have got their positions up in the latest ICC T20 rankings although Bangladesh lost the three-match T20 series 1-2 against West Indies in Dhaka on Saturday. Shakib, who returned to the national team in the just-concluded series against ...

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West Indies clinch T20I series

West Indies players celebrate their final victory in the 3rd T20I against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Dhaka, Dec 22 : West Indies have finally managed to win a trophy at the end of their three-month long sub-continental tour beating Bangladesh by a big margin of 50 runs in the 3rd T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National ...

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Liverpool top of EPL for Christmas after beating Wolves 2-0

Photo: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, centre, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. England, Dec 22 : Liverpool will be top of the English Premier League at Christmas after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 thanks to goals by Mohamed ...

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Shakib’s all-round performance helps Bangladesh level T20I series

Bangladesh cricket team celebrates a wicket of WI batsman in the 2nd T20 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday, Dec 20, 2018. Photo: Courtesy Dhaka, Dec 20 : An all-round performance by skipper Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh earn a thumping 36-run victory over West Indies in the 2nd game at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday to ...

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Injured Socceroo Mooy included in 23-man squad for Asian Cup

Photo: In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Australia’s Aaron Mooy, right, vies for the ball against Denmark’s Lasse Schone during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia. Sydney, Dec 20 : Australia coach Graham Arnold has named Aaron Mooy in his 23-man squad for the ...

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Barcelona’s Vermaelen out for 1 month with leg injury

Barcelona, Dec 18 : Barcelona says defender Thomas Vermaelen has injured a muscle in his right leg and will be sidelined for a month. Vermaelen injured his leg during Barcelona’s 5-0 win at Levante on Sunday. That leaves Barcelona with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as its only center backs, with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined while recovering from a left-knee ...

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