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Ronaldo, Lewandowski hit hat-tricks

Yet another Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick propelled Portugal to a crucial 3-2 win in Armenia in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday while Poland’s Robert Lewandowski hit one of the quickest triples in the competition’s history. Andre Schuerrle also bagged a hat-trick in Germany’s 7-0 thrashing of Gibraltar but former European champions Greece’s embarrassing campaign continued as they were beaten 2-1 in ...

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Bangladesh hopes to seize ICC Champions Trophy 2017 initiative

Bangladesh faces India in the three-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series in Mirpur on Thursday knowing that a series win will give it a boost in ODI Team Rankings as two places in the coveted ICC Champions Trophy 2017 are still up for grabs. Host England, plus the seven next highest-ranked sides on ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2015, ...

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Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in Copa goal-fest

Mexico snatched a pulsating 3-3 draw with Chile while Bolivia downed Ecuador in a five-goal thriller as the Copa America laid on a feast of attacking football on Monday. A dramatic day of action in Group A saw Bolivia secure their first win in the tournament in 18 years with a 3-2 victory over Ecuador in Valparaiso before an epic ...

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Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour faces long trek to the Rio Olympics

Commonwealth medallist Kirsty Gilmour is set to clock up almost 50,000 miles over the next 12 months in a bid to reach the Olympic Games in Rio next summer. The British number one women’s badminton player is set to embark on a lengthy qualification process. “The qualifying period for us runs from May until May, 2015 to 2016,” she said. ...

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Bangladesh draw with Tajikistan

Bangladesh drew 1-1 with a ten-man Tajikistan in the FIFA World Cup group B qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday evening, reports Prothom Alo. Bangladesh started lively pushing Tajikistan into their own zone in the initial minutes. The hosts won a series of corners, among them the second in the 12th minute curved by skipper Mamunul Islam from ...

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Batting collapse sees Scintilla lose ground

Emdad Rahman A top order collapse saw Scintilla CC fall to a shock defeat at Tennyson CC. Tennyson won the toss and opted to bat first. Ayaz Karim’s bowlers were on red hot form and bowled the hosts out 128/10 from 27.2 overs. Salman top scored with 37. Ahmad Norharif Hamidon was the chief wicket taker with figures of 5/22 ...

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Scintilla ease past Bow Green

Emdad Rahman : Essex County Cricket League Premier Division Ashfaqur Nobel struck a sweet 75 as Scintilla beat Bow Green by 49 runs in a close game at the Peter May Stadium, Walthamstow. Scintilla won the toss and Ayaz Karim opted to bat first. Nobel was the top scorer with 75, whilst Sajal Rahman struck an unbeaten 48. All rounder ...

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Fifa corruption arrests spark concern among sponsors

Key sponsors of Fifa have expressed “serious concern” after the US accused senior officials of football’s governing body of racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Coca-Cola said the World Cup had been “tarnished” by “lengthy controversy”. Seven top officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday, among a group of 14 people indicted. The European body, Uefa, is to meet later to ...

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Brazil beats Mexico 2-0 in warmup for Copa America

Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli scored a goal each in the first half to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Mexico in a warmup for the Copa America on Sunday. It was Brazil’s first match at home since its disappointing World Cup elimination last year, and the second-to-last before it travels to Chile for the South American tournament. Dunga’s team ...

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Palestine ‘lacked support’ to ban Israel from FIFA

Palestine football officials were forced to amend proposal after failing to get enough support ahead of the Congress. The Palestine Football Association (PFA) was forced to present an amendment to its initial proposal of suspending Israel from FIFA because it did not have sufficient backing from the other member boards present at the Congress last month. The PFA wanted Israel ...

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