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Injuries, niggles cloud BCB’s preparations for World Cup

Bangladesh Cricket Board is under immense pressure before the selection of the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup due to various injuries to a number of the national cricketers who are strong contenders or even shoo-ins for places in the Tigers’ World Cup squad.   Players like Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed are ...

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Danger looms for Man City, Liverpool in titanic title race

Manchester City and Liverpool resume their epic battle for the Premier League title on Sunday after a midweek of contrasting Champions League fortunes, with both sides facing perilous fixtures. City travel to Crystal Palace trailing Jurgen Klopp’s men by two points, but still with the title in their hands thanks to a game in hand. However, the visit to Selhurst ...

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Dhaka invites Argentine soccer team to play match

Former football World Champion Argentina team is expected to visit Bangladesh in 2021 to play a match marking the centennial Birth Anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.   This was revealed today while new non-resident Argentine Ambassador Daniel Chuburu (based-in New Delhi) called on state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the latter’s office ...

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Ajax plays Ronaldo and Juventus tough in 1-1 draw

Photo: Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side’s opening goal during the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Amsterdam, Apr 11 : After showing no fear against Real Madrid, a young Ajax squad didn’t back down against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus either. Ajax replied ...

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‘New kids on the block’: Juventus next up for rising Ajax

In this file photo taken at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Feb. 13, 2019, Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, left, fights for the ball with Real forward Vinicius Junior during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid. Ajax already knocked off one European power in the Champions League by taking ...

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Liverpool builds 2-0 lead over Porto in Champions League

Photo: Liverpool’s Naby Keita celebrates with Roberto Firmino, left, after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday April 9, 2019. Liverpool, Apr 10 : Different round, same comfortable win. Porto must be sick of the sight of Liverpool in the Champions League. Liverpool ...

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Hazard’s latest brilliance raises doubts on Chelsea future

Photo: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, third left, scores his sides first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, April 8, 2019. London, Apr 9 : Eden Hazard’s slalom through the opposition before scoring the Chelsea opener on Monday didn’t exactly leave the West Ham fans speechless. “Eden Hazard,” ...

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Barking runner Peter is ready to run London

Emdad Rahman: Barking & Dagenham resident Peter Phillips is set for the London Marathon and is determined to make a positive impact for the Children’s Society – The charity he is running to support. The thirty three year old who boasts a Parkrun personal best of 19.27 and is running his first ever marathon. Phillips works for Barking and Dagenham ...

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Gerard Deulofeu double stuns Wolves, puts Watford in FA Cup final

Javi Gracia hailed “angry” Gerard Deulofeu after the Spaniard came off the bench to spark an incredible comeback as Watford beat Wolves 3-2 to set up an FA Cup final against mighty Manchester City.   Gracia’s side looked down and out at Wembley on Sunday, trailing 2-0 late in normal time before a moment of magic from Deulofeu and a ...

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Barcelona, Juventus focus on Europe, Champions League rivals face home challenges

With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League.   For the rest of the quarterfinalists it’s a far more challenging period that will stretch their squads while ambitions at home and abroad are juggled.  Here is a look at this week’s first legs:   Tottenham-Manchester City   ...

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