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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...

Abahani defeat Ctg namesake 1-0

  

Pns: Riding on a lone goal from Nasiruddin Chowdhury, defending champions Abahani Limited returned to the winning track by defeating Chittagong Abahani Limited by 1-0 in the Saif Power Battery Bangladesh Premier League football yesterday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. By winning the match, Abahani earned three valuable points, lifting their tally to 24 and bringing them closer to table toppers Chittagong Abahani Limited, who despite the defeat, finished the first leg with 26 points....

Shakib’s smashing knock helps Tigers to go past 250

  

Pns: Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed 68 of 67-ball, helping Bangladesh recover from the precarious position to pile up 255 before being all out in the lone warm-up one-dayer against South Africa Invitational XI yesterday at the Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein yesterday. Shakib who was rested in the Test series, came into the crease when Bangladesh were struggling at 63 for four, failing to deal with the rampant local bowlers who weren’t much known to the world cricket.Shakib...

Mashrafe presence to rejuvenate Tigers

  

Pns: It is expected that Mashrafe Mortaza will be able to rejuvenate the embattled Bangladesh team now touring South Africa after having been capitulated by the home side in the test series. Former national opener Ishtiaque Ahmad shared his thoughts with BSS on Tuesday.He said, " Faf Duplesis and his men were simply ruthless and relentless in their encounter against Mushfiqur Rahim, the diminutive Bangladeshi captain, and his boys as they were rendered clueless against the home...

FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation

  

Pns: FIFA has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference. The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence...

Ronaldo, Messi lead Ballon d'Or nominees

  

Pns: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday for the 2017 Ballon d'Or world footballer of the year award. Portugal superstar Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi's record by winning the prize for a fifth time after his starring role in Real Madrid's first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years.Ronaldo has claimed the prestigious honour in three of the past four years, with Argentina standout Messi last...

Brazil set for changes in key World Cup game for Chile

  

Pns: Brazil appears set on at least two changes in its starting lineup for the South American qualifying clash that could keep Chile out of the World Cup in Russia next year. Coach Tite used goalkeeper Ederson and defender Marquinhos in his main team during Brazil's practice in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson will replace Alisson, and Marquinhos comes in for injured Thiago Silva. Tite also hinted he will give another chance to left-back Alex Sandro since...

Moment of truth as Argentina seek World Cup berth

  

Pns: The once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday as South America's thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax. Two years after Argentina kicked off their troubled campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli's side travel to Quito to face La Tri once more with their hopes hanging precariously.The two-time World Cup-winners head into the final round of games in sixth place overall,...

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