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Zidane denies Real have mental edge over Atletico

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists his team do not have a psychological advantage over Champions League semi-final opponents Atletico Madrid despite beating them in two finals in three years. As well as their victories in Lisbon (2014) and Milan (2016), Real knocked out Atletico in the 2015 quarter-finals. Atletico have never lifted European club soccer’s most prestigious trophy while ...

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Tigers take field sans Mashra

Bangladesh national cricket team will play their first warm-up match ahead of ICC Champions Trophy in England when they take on Duke of Norfolk XI today. Regular skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza will miss the game at Arundel Castle Cricket Club as he returned to Dhaka to be with his ailing wife.  ‘We understand that there has been a family emergency ...

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British Paralympic champion Susie Rodgers retires after six years

British Paralympic swimming champion Susie Rodgers has announced her retirement after a six-year international career. Rodgers, 33, won S7 50m butterfly gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, also claiming 50m and 400m freestyle bronze. She won three bronze medals at London 2012, her first Paralympic games, a year after her international debut at the European Championships in Berlin. “I want to leave ...

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Bangladesh delicately placed in ICC ODI rankings

As the cut-off date for direct qualification for the 2019 ICC World Cup draws closer, Bangladesh have conceded a point in the latest update of ODI rankings. According to the annual update released by the ICC on Monday, Bangladesh have 91 points and are delicately placed at number seven. They have however widened their gap over eighth-ranked Pakistan from two ...

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Australia planning Bangladesh tour, official says

Australias cricket side is expected to tour Bangladesh later this year for their first Test matches there in more than a decade, an official said Tuesday. The world's number-two side is expected to play two Tests against the cricket minnows in August and September in Dhaka, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. "We are now working on ...

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England skipper Morgan signs up for South African T20 tournament

England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has been unveiled as one of eight "marquee" players for South Africa’s new domestic Twenty20 competition to be played in November and December this year. Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday that Morgan has signed up for the first two seasons of the tournament, along with two South African-born past and present England ...

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Scintilla CC star donates sponsorship fee to club

Emdad Rahman One year ago swashbuckling Scintilla Cricket Club star Ashraful Islam Johnny almost died after contracting Tuberculosis of the brain. Because if the complex nature of his illness he talented opener was hospitalised for 6 months and it was touch and go whether he would survive. Johnny's condition is rare and complex, and for more than a year he ...

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Badminton England blames funding cuts for tournament withdrawal

    Badminton England has withdrawn from May’s World Mixed Team Championships citing government funding cuts. In February, Badminton was among seven Olympic sports to lose fundingdespite Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis winning doubles bronze at Rio 2016. “We are working through an unprecedented financial situation as a consequence of the recent funding decisions,” Badminton England performance director Jon Austin said. The ...

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