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BU storm into Super Six
After two demoralising draws in the previous rounds, Brothers Union returned to their belligerent best at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday when they thrashed Bangladesh Army 4-0 in their final
It's Ronaldinho again
Brazil and Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho picked up his second successive World Player of the Year award from soccer's governing body FIFA on Monday.
Rudolph denies Australia
Test draftee Jacques Rudolph earned his stripes here Tuesday, staunchly defying Australia's attack and salvaging a gallant draw for South Africa in the opening cricket Test at the WACA ground.
India bury SL under runs
India virtually knocked Sri Lanka out of the third and final Test and the series on Tuesday after a seven-wicket haul by Harbhajan Singh and a blistering half-century from Yuvraj Singh.
Premier cricket's 4th round today
The fourth round matches of the Premier Division Cricket League will take place at six different venues across the country today.
2nd JFA Cup from today
The Second JFA (Japan Football Association) Cup Under-16 football tournament begins at different venues across the country today.
Blatter thinks otherwise
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, facing court action by clubs angry at receiving no compensation for players injured in international matches, said Tuesday clubs should be paid for releasing players.
English pride at stake
Final ODI against Pakistan today
England will play for pride and points in the international rankings in the fifth and final one-day match against Pakistan here on Wednesday after losing the series.
Inzy wants hard, bouncy pitches for India Tests
Pakistan will look to prepare hard and bouncy pitches for the Test series against India next month, according to Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq.
FIFA World Cup
Germany 2006

OZ scramble for tickets
Thousands of Australian football fans inundated officials with requests for tickets for next year's World Cup in Germany after the tickets went on sale Tuesday morning, officials said.
A class apart
Ronaldinho's second successive award as world player of the year here on Monday simply confirms him as head and shoulders above the rest and sits easily with the European award he picked up last month.
Festive snub fuels fire
Jose Mourinho apparently refused to shake Arsene Wenger's hand after Chelsea's 2-0 win on Sunday because the Arsenal manager had refused to respond to a Christmas Card.
India okay Karachi as Test venue
India has conditionally cleared the national cricket team to play a Test in Karachi during their tour of Pakistan starting next month, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said on Tuesday.
Figo hopes big
Inter Milan star Luis Figo is confident that Portugal, runners-up in Euro 2004, can win next year's World Cup in Germany.
"As a player I expect to take part in a great championship.

Hingis set to return in Jan
Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis will make a return to professional tennis in an Australian hardcourt tournament in early January, opening the way for a place in the Australian Open,
Div I cricket
Sagar slammed his second ton as Young Pegasus registered a massive 94-run victory over Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
SA Archery C'ship in Dhaka
The First South Asian Archery Championship will be held in Dhaka from February 8.
Pak booters in town
The Pakistan football team arrived in the capital yesterday to play their Asia Cup qualifying away match against Bangladesh.
The game will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.

India cricket team worth 70m dollars
India's cricket team will be sponsored for a whopping 3,130 million rupees (70 million dollars) over the next four years, an official said on Tuesday.
Aussies make two changes for 2nd Test
Australia have made two changes to their squad for the second Test against South Africa starting in Melbourne on December 26 following an injury to veteran opener Justin Langer.
Rahul released from hospital
Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid was discharged from a hospital Tuesday morning after being treated for gastroenteritis.
School h'ball
Scholastica moved into the semifinals of both boys and girls' events in the 15th Bata school handball tournament yesterday.
Hagi escapes jail term
Former Romania international Gheorge Hagi escaped jail Tuesday when a court gave him a suspended fine for kicking and spitting at a referee in a Turkish league match four years ago.
Di Canio gets his due
Controversial Lazio star Paolo Di Canio has been banned for one match after performing a Nazi salute to fans for the second week in succession.
Curse of the 17th
Fiorentina striker and Serie A top scorer Luca Toni has blamed supernatural forces for his inability to score his 17th goal of the season.
V-Day hockey
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police won their respective matches in the Victory Day hockey competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

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