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Ramos free-kick sends Madrid back to top of La Liga

Sergio Ramos’ sensational free-kick helped Real Madrid move back above Barcelona to the top of La Liga as they defeated Real Mallorca 2-0 on Wednesday. Ramos brushed aside Gareth Bale to take the shot and justified his claim with a curling strike into the top corner after 19-year-old Vinicius Junior had put Madrid in front in the first half. Madrid’s ...

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Barcelona grind out Bilbao win to put pressure back on Madrid

Barcelona limped to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday that sends them back to the top of La Liga, for 24 hours at least, three points ahead of Real Madrid. Only a goal from substitute Ivan Rakitic in the 71st minute prevented Barca from another stalemate after a draw at Sevilla on Friday had allowed Real to go top ...

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Italy and AC Milan great Pierino Prati dies

Former Italy international striker Pierino Prati, winner of the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup finalist, has died aged 73, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Monday. “Italian football mourns another great champion,” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said. “Prati was an extraordinary footballer, a class striker, a star who shone in all the teams he played.” Prati won 14 ...

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New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have decided to postpone the upcoming Test series in August-September this year for a later date. New Zealand was supposed to come to Bangladesh to play two matches of the ICC World Test Championship. The two boards will now work on identifying a suitable time to reschedule the series. “In ...

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Don’t ‘poke the bear’ – Warner says Aussies shouldn’t sledge Kohli

Australia’s David Warner has warned against sledging Virat Kohli when India tour Australia this year, saying “trying to poke the bear” will only make the star batsman play better. As cricket slowly gets back into action after coronavirus suspensions, India are slated to tour Australia for four Test matches in December-January in what is set to be a highlight of the year. ...

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Opu becomes first active cricketer to test positive for COVID-19

Bangladesh national team cricketer Nazmul Islam Opu tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, as did his parents. The cricketer himself confirmed the news. All of them have been getting treatment at home. “I got the message this afternoon confirming that I was exposed to the virus. I am feeling a fever for the last few days. My mother and father ...

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Mashrafe tests positive for Covid-19

Former captain of Bangladesh cricket team and incumbent MP of Narail-2 constituency Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Mashrafe has been suffering from fever for last two days. He gave sample for coronavirus test on Friday night. Result of the rest came positive today (Saturday). The personal secretary Jamil Ahmed Suny of MP Mashrafe confirmed the ...

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Sourav Ganguly’s family members test positive for Coronavirus

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s family members have tested positive for Coronavirus. Snehashish Ganguly, the secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Sourav’s elder brother, has been infected by COVID-19, the health state department said on Friday. Also, Snehashish’s wife has been infected with the virus. According to the report, Shenashish’s mother-in-law and father-in-law were also diagnosed with the ...

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Ex-cricketer Ramchand Goala passes away

Ramchand Goala, the former Bangladesh left-arm spinner, passed away in Mymensingh on Friday morning. He was 81. He breathed his last this morning due to old-age complications, BCB director Sajjadul Alam Bobby said. Ramchand, popularly known as Goalaji, played for various reputed clubs in Mymensingh and Dhaka. However, Goala is best remembered for representing Abahani for nearly 15 years. He ...

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Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to win sixth Italian Cup

Napoli beat Juventus 4-2 on penalties to lift the Italian Cup for the sixth time after the score was 0-0 after 90 minutes in an empty Stadio Olimpco in Rome. Paulo Dybala and Danilo both missed their spot-kicks for record 13-times Italian Cup champions Juventus with Arkadiusz Milik slotting in the winner for Napoli past veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon. It ...

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