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Shakib returns home from USA

Bangladesh star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who returned home from the USA early Wednesday, will join a personal training programme next week. Upon his arrival in Dhaka, Shakib went to his home at Banani. He is supposed to undergo a Covid-19 test tomorrow. If he tests negative, he’ll join the personal training programme next week in Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan ...

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Hafeez hails debutant Haider as Pakistan beat England

Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez praised teenage debutant Haider Ali’s composure after the pair combined to set up Pakistan’s five-run victory over England in their tour-ending third Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Tuesday. It was Pakistan’s first victory in 66 days of being in a bio-secure bubble in England amid the coronavirus and meant they squared this three-match series at ...

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Dominant Lyon beat Wolfsburg to claim fifth straight Women’s Champions League title

Lyon continued their reign as Europe’s dominant women’s team on Sunday, beating Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Champions League final to win the trophy for the fifth year running with Japan star Saki Kumagai’s goal proving crucial. Kumagai netted after Eugenie Le Sommer had handed the French outfit the lead in San Sebastian, giving Lyon a 2-0 half-time advantage and leaving ...

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Messi’s €700m release clause expires

Lionel Messi’s infamous €700 million release at Barcelona reportedly expired at the end of the 2019-20 season and is no longer valid. Cadena SER are reporting that they have seen a copy Messi’s contract and reckon the clause is not active in the final year which is optional. It’s the latest development in what is becoming an increasingly tense, ugly ...

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Banton hits out before rain ends 1st England-Pakistan T20

England rising star Tom Banton made a fine 71 before Pakistan fought back in the first Twenty20 international at Old Trafford on Friday only for rain to reduce the match to a no-result washout. England had threatened a huge total while the 21-year-old Banton was compiling his maiden fifty in four T20s at this level. But his exit left England ...

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‘No chance’: Klopp rules out Liverpool move for Messi

Jurgen Klopp says there is “no chance” of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi, but the German admits the unsettled Barcelona star would be a great addition to the Premier League. Messi has told Barca he wants to leave after growing unhappy with the club’s problems on and off the pitch. The Argentina forward has been linked with a move to Manchester ...

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Chelsea sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell on five-year deal

England left-back Ben Chilwell on Wednesday became Chelsea’s third high-profile signing of the summer, leaving Leicester for a fee reported to be around £50 million ($66 million). Chilwell’s arrival at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal follows the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, with more business expected before the transfer window closes. While ...

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA semi-final over Blake shooting

Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from her WTA Western & Southern Open semi-final match Thursday in New York to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Wisconsin. Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, was to have faced Belgian Elise Mertens in the same quarantine bubble where the US Open will be played starting Monday. “Before I am an ...

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From Ballon d’Or to abject humiliation: why Messi seeks pastures new

When Lionel Messi won an unprecedented sixth Ballon d’Or in December last year, the speculation had already begun over his career at Barcelona. The 33-year-old Argentine footballing genius was increasingly unable single-handedly to rescue his imploding club, as he had done so often in the past. Barcelona, despite lifting the La Liga title, had collapsed at the end of the 2018-19 season, ...

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Anderson kept waiting for 600th wicket as Pakistan frustrate England

James Anderson was left just one shy of becoming only the fourth bowler to take 600 Test wickets as a combination of poor catching, bad weather and some determined Pakistan batting conspired against the England paceman at Southampton on Monday. Anderson, denied an early breakthrough when Jos Buttler dropped a routine chance to reprieve Shan Masood, returned for a third ...

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