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Spotlight on Mashud
Selectors look beyond Zimbabwe tour
The Bangladesh cricket squad that will tour Zimbabwe to play four one-day internationals next month would virtually be the team for the World Cup to be held in West Indies in March-April.
3 more booters for Olympic squad
Bangladesh Olympic football team's technical adviser Abu Yusuf has included three more footballers to the squad yesterday.
Kabaddi team final for WC
Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF) has finalised the national squad for the second Kabaddi World Cup to be held in India later this month.
India lose their grip
India lost four wickets for 31 runs as their grip on the third and final Test against South Africa was loosened on the fourth day at Newlands Friday.
England Aussie-washed
Australia hammered England by 10 wickets in the final Test to complete a 5-0 Ashes series clean sweep for the first time in 86 years at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
I'm satisfied: Ponting
Ricky Ponting admits he shed a tear as the realisation dawned that three of his long-term teammates -- Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer -- had played their last Test match for Australia.
Langer's amazing end
Australian opener Justin Langer said a tearful farewell to Test cricket Friday after a seesawing career in which he was repeatedly dropped by selectors then earned redemption to retire on his own terms.
Sachin barred from batting at number 4
Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was prevented by match officials from batting in his usual position on the fourth day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands Friday because he
Martyn snub 'just a myth'
A close friend of Damien Martyn has strenuously denied that he retired from cricket after a bust-up with teammates in the aftermath of the second Test at Adelaide.
Russia win Hopman Cup
Russia added another team title to their growing collection when they won their first Hopman Cup by beating Spain in the final of the unique mixed teams event here Friday.
Abject, pitiful England
British newspapers hailed Australia's all-conquering cricketers and heaped scorn on England after the tourists' crushing 5-0 Ashes defeat on Friday.
Hayden picked for ODIs
Matthew Hayden has been handed a limited-overs lifeline and Cameron White has been rewarded for his domestic form after both were named in Australia's 13-man squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series.
Warne won't miss it
Shane Warne doubts he will suffer from "spotlight withdrawal" after his farewell from Test cricket in Australia's overwhelming 10-wicket fifth Ashes Test win over England here Friday.
'Exodus won't hit hard'
Australian cricket is in far better shape to withstand the retirements of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer than it was 23 years ago, Warne said Friday.
Freddie looks to 2009
England captain Andrew Flintoff told his players Friday to use the humiliation of losing the Ashes in the first series whitewash for 86 years as motivation for their next series with Australia in 2009.
Beckham mulling his options
As many people embark on their resolutions for the forthcoming year, David Beckham is likely to be puzzling over one of the biggest decisions of his sporting career.
A new beginning for Real?
Real Madrid have the option of using new signings Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain on Sunday when they try to end a 15-year hoodoo at Deportivo Coruna in their first league game of 2007.
Ince takes aim at Chelsea
Former England international Paul Ince is dreaming of maintaining his excellent start as manager of Macclesfield Town by knocking Premier League champions Chelsea out of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Hingis through to final
Top seed Martina Hingis got an armchair ride into the final of the Australian Women's Hardcourt tennis championships here Friday when her opponent, Tathiana Garbin, retired due to illness.
Boycott's MBE goes to his cat!
After Shane Warne sledged Paul Collingwood on the third day at the SCG for being "awarded an MBE for scoring 7 at The Oval", Geoff Boycott weighed in to the debate over the honours awarded to the England
This is better, says Holding
England's 5-0 drubbing may have been their first at the hands of the Australians for 86 years, but the last occasion came much more recently than that.
Ronaldo's latest capture
Real Madrid's Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo got more than he bargained for when he went to see a dentist in Rio de Janeiro.
No more excuses: Magath
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath has told his players they can have no more excuses after returning to training on Friday following the German winter break.
Hewitt's coach quits
Lleyton Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed on Friday announced he had quit his role with Australia's former world number one. In a statement, Rasheed said he and Hewitt could no longer work together.
Figo signs for Al Ittihad
Portugal World Cup star Luis Figo has signed a one-year contract to play for Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad next season, club chairman Mansour al Balwi told AFP on Friday.
Barclays English Premier League
Mascherano all set for Liverpool
Liverpool have agreed to sign Javier Mascherano from West Ham United until the end of the season with a view to a longer-term deal, though there still appears to be a major obstacle to overcome if the
Barclays English Premier League
Hammers seal Boa Morte deal
West Ham on Friday began the process of strengthening their squad for the fight to avoid relegation from the Premiership with the capture of Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte.
Serie A
Money makes the ball move
Emerson is fed up of Real Madrid and wants some Milan. Milan want some of Massimo Oddo, and possibly a family-size striker like Vincenzo Iaquinta, to score some goals.
Smith poised for Rangers return
Rangers are set to name Scotland boss Walter Smith as their manager for a second time, with the club's former star striker Ally McCoist joining him as back-up, the BBC reported on Friday.
Race dictates managerial choice?
Former England captain Paul Ince has criticised the absence of black managers at leading clubs and pointed the finger at ageing chairmen.
Benfica to appeal Assis ban
Portuguese giants Benfica are to appeal the one-year doping ban imposed Thursday on midfielder Nuno Assis by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Charlton open to Bent offers
New Charlton manager Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that his plan to save Charlton from relegation involves selling the club's prize asset, striker Darren Bent.
Jittery Maria reaches final
Russian ace Maria Sharapova shrugged off a less than convincing start to her Australian Open preparations with a three-set semi-final win Friday over compatriot Elena Dementieva in Hong Kong.
Sociedad sign Savio
Real Sociedad have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian forward Savio on loan from Flamengo until the end of the season, the Primera Liga side said on Friday.

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