Vol. 5 Num 215 Fri. December 31, 2004    
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Past Taibu's inspiration
Zimbabwe arrive to play two Tests, five ODIs
A new-look Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to feature in what pundits have dubbed a championship of the two lightweight Test nations.
Green Delta Dhaka Premier League 2004-05
Biman inflict mighty blow on MSC
Last year's runners-up Moha-mmedan Spor-ting Club were virtually thrown out of the title race when Bang-ladesh Biman handed them a 19-run defeat in a crucial Premier Division Cricket League match at the
Bad light snaps Eng streak
South Africa held on to draw a match of dramatic changes of fortunes when bad light stopped play on the final afternoon of the second Test against England at Kingsmead Thursday.
Lara's men finally fly down under
New West Indies coach Bennett King has called on the Caribbean side to be more consistent and bury the cash controversy which has dogged the team's build-up to their tour of Australia.
BCB stands by tsunami victims
The Bangladesh Cricket Board will donate 10,000 dollars to the Sri Lankan cricket board for the quake-tsunami victims.
SL stranded for a day
Sri Lanka's cricketers face another anxious day's wait before returning home after their tour of New Zealand was postponed.
Premier Hockey
Usha survive Ajax scare
A late rally saw Usha Krira Chakra come from a first-half deficit to beat Ajax Sporting Club 3-1 in the opening match of the Green Delta Premier Hockey Super League at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday
McGill in, Lee out
Inzamam, Razzaq may play in Sydney
Australia on Thursday named out-of-form batsman Darren Lehmann in a 13-man squad for the third Test against Pakistan but dropped speedman Brett Lee as selectors expanded their bowling arsenal for a turning
India unlikely to fill the SL void in NZ
India is unlikely to accept any offer to play in New Zealand in January in place of the Sri Lankans, who cancelled a tour in the wake of the Asian tsunami tragedy, an official in New Delhi said Thursday.
Andy makes Justin nervous
The prolific scoring form of England opening batsman Andrew Strauss has Australian opener Justin Langer feeling nervous ahead of next year's Ashes series in England.
Phelps gets probation
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was sentenced to 18 months' probation on Wednesday after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
Australians show heart
Aid agencies said the Australian public had inundated Asian disaster funds with the most generous appeal response in the country's history Thursday as Prime Minister John Howard urged people to give more
Gibbs fined for misleading umpire
South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee for a "deliberate attempt to mislead an umpire" during the second Test.
Sharapova so generous
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, due to play an exhibition match in Thailand against Venus Williams, will donate 10,000 dollars to help victims of the killer tsunamis that hit the kingdom, a minister
Malik finds 'em all immature
Banned former captain Salim Malik Thursday blamed a lack of maturity in both Pakistan's cricket team and its management for the recent crushing defeats against Australia.
Vieira ensures happy New Year
Arsenal will enter the New Year five points adrift of Premiership leaders Chelsea after a hard-fought and somewhat fortunate 1-0 win over Newcastle here on Wednesday.
Real's Luxemburgo surprise
Former Brazil national coach Wanderley Luxemburgo on Thursday flew into Spain to become Real Madrid's fifth coach in 18 months.
Morientes' mind is made
Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes, who helped Monaco to the Champions League final last season, has said he will be joining Premiership side Liverpool.
Rooney charged
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was on Wednesday charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after he shoved Bolton's Tal Ben Haim in the face at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Typically Romario
Former Brazil striker Romario said on Wednesday he was considering a possible return to his first club Vasco da Gama despite a newspaper report that he had decided to retire.
Tennis doping baffles Federer
World number one Roger Federer says he is baffled by incidents of drug-taking in tennis such as the positive test returned by Austrian Stefan Koubek last week.