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Mushfiq moves up five places in ICC ODI ranking

  

Pns: Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim has gained five places in the ICC ODI rankings after the latest ranking updates were carried out on Friday. The Bangladesh' Test captain Mushfiq, who is going through a lean period captaining the team in the recently concluded Test-series against South Africa, however, played two good innings in the first two ODIs. His current position is 18th in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.While Bangladesh lost both matches, but the diminutive wicket...

Goalkeeping gaffe hands Utd win

  

Pns: Manchester United took a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday, seeing off a toothless Benfica 1-0 to make it three wins out of three thanks to a goalkeeping howler. Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock midway through the second half when an inswinging free-kick from the left was carried over his line by teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar.Svilar, who became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Champions League game aged just 18 years and 52 days,...

Messi joins Ronaldo in exclusive 100-goal club in Europe

  

Pns: Lionel Messi has joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the exclusive club of players who have scored 100 goals in European competition. Messi hit the century mark in UEFA club competitions on Wednesday when he scored from a free kick to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home over Olympiakos.Messi curled his strike over the wall in the 61st minute. Goalkeeper Silvio Proto got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out as Messi took his career tally in the Champions League to 97...

Anything less than 100 percent, AB pounces on you: Mortaza

  

Pns: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza seemed clueless after he along with his bowling unit were made to face the wrath of AB de Villiers, who single-handedly took the game beyond their reach with a 176 off 104 balls enabling South Africa to clinch the series 2-0 with one game to go. De Villiers, who was batting in his first ODI since the Champions Trophy clash against India earlier this year, registered his highest ODI score to help the hosts bag a 104-run win over the visitors at...

AB de Villiers 176, SA 353/6

  

Pns: AB de Villiers’ 104-ball 176 and opener Hashim Amla’s 85 guided South Africa to 353/6 in 50 overs against Bangladesh at Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday. Bangladesh had lost the Test series by big margins and were expected to do better in the 50-over format. But the visitors lost the 1st ODI by 10 wickets. In Kimberley on Sunday, it was a day of records for Hashim Amla (110 off 112 balls, 8 fours) and Quinton de Kock (168 off 145 balls, 21 fours and 2 sixes), whose final...

Tamim throws his weight behind under-fire bowlers

  

Pns: Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal feels that a turnaround in the three-match One-Day International series against South Africa is still possible and suggested it is not fair to blame only the bowling unit. Bangladesh bowling unit has been on the receiving end in both the Test matches as well as in the opening ODI and if they are not able to lift their game, South Africa are likely to canter to a series win with one to play. The visitors, though, are expected to be bolstered by the...

Woods swinging driver as rehab continues

  

Pns: Tiger Woods, who tantalized fans with a Twitter video of himself hitting a driver on Sunday, has been cleared by doctors to resume full golf activities, ESPN reported on Monday. The 14-time major champion hasn't played since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic. He has played three times in two years thanks to a series of injuries and had a fourth back surgery in April.At the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, Woods acknowledged that he didn't know if he would...

Messi set to welcome new family member

  

Pns: Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is to become a father for the third time, the Barcelona star's wife Antonella Rocuzzo confirmed on Sunday. "Family of 5 #Blessed," Rocuzzo posted on Instagram alongside a picture of Messi and the couple's two sons Thiago (four) and Matteo (two).Messi, 30, and Rocuzzo, 29, got married in their native city of Rosario, Argentina, in July in a celebration described as the "wedding of the century" by the Argentine...

Shakib reaches landmark 5000-runs in ODI

  

Pns: Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, the world's number-one all-rounder in all the three formats of cricket, reached 5000-run mark in ODI while playing against South Africa in the 1st match of a three-match series at De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley on Sunday. He started the match from 17 runs behind and touched the millstone with a single off Dwaine Pretorius in 19.4 overs when Bangladesh collected 94/2.With this feat, Shakib has become only the 5th player to score 5000 runs and...

Bayern boss Heynckes starts fourth stint

  

Pns:Bayern Munich will play their first game under returning coach Jupp Heynckes when they host Freiburg this Saturday. The 72-year-old, who won the treble with the club in 2013, is tasked with reviving Bayern's stuttering season after his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed two weeks ago.Bayern are five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table, and have won just two of their last five league fixtures.Saturday's game against Freiburg is a...

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