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Leeds manager Bielsa signs contract extension
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Leeds manager Bielsa signs contract extension

Argentine Marcelo Bielsa took charge at Elland Road in 2018 and led Leeds to promotion to the top flight in 2020 Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has signed a new one-year contract that will run till the end of the 2021-22 season, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The Argentine took charge at Elland Road in 2018 and led Leeds to promotion to the top flight in 2020. Speaking ahead of his side's opening league game against Manchester United on Saturday, the 66-year-old commended the owners for investing in training facilities and infrastructure. "Leeds have made a significant contribution economically for the tools for a manager to prepare his players to be the ideal ones," said Bielsa, who guided Leeds to ninth place last season. "Whether that be the pitches, the f...
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Messi to leave Barcelona due to financial constraint

Messi, who joined Barca's youth set up aged 13, is the club's all-time top scorer and appearance maker with 672 goals in 778 games in all competitions Argentina striker Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona despite both parties having reached an agreement over a new contract, the La Liga club said Thursday, citing economic and structural obstacles to the renewal of deal. "Despite Barca and Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish La Liga regulations)," Barca said in a statement. "As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at Barca. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled. "...
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Afif credits team effort behind victory

Afif and Nurul were key to the victory in the second match as Bangladesh chased down 122 runs on a slow and low wicket in Mirpur Bangladesh have been ripping success in the ongoing T20I series against visitors Australia riding on team performance, said middle-order batsman Afif Hossain. Hosts Bangladesh Wednesday took themselves on the verge of a rare series win against Australia after defeating the tourists by five wickets with eight balls to spare in the second match of the five-T20I series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh are 2-0 up in the series and a win the third game Friday will mean the hosts secure a series victory with two games to spare. In the first match of the series, Bangladesh had won by 23 runs to register their maiden victory in the...
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Taposh: Combing operation to help contain dengue

Mayor expresses frustration as Aedes larvae found in government complexes Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday hoped that the dengue situation in the capital will come under control with the ongoing combing operation to destroy Aedes mosquito larvae. Talking to reporters while inspecting an anti-mosquito drive at Khilgaon PWD Colony, he urged the city dwellers to play a responsible role in containing the Aedes mosquito menace. The mayor said they repeatedly sent letters to the authorities of government residential complexes in the DSCC areas alerting them about the Aedes mosquito breeding grounds. “We asked them to clean their areas but we found larvae here during our visit today [Wednesday]. It’s really very sad.” He said it will b...
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Thompson-Herah completes sprint double-double

The Jamaican controlled the race from the start and was a clear winner, but 18-year-old Christine Mboma of Namibia produced an astonishing final 30 metres to make up four places and take silver in 21.81 Elaine Thompson-Herah completed a second successive Olympic sprint double on Tuesday when she won 200 metres gold in a blistering 21.53, the second-fastest time in history. The Jamaican controlled the race from the start and was a clear winner, but 18-year-old Christine Mboma of Namibia produced an astonishing final 30 metres to make up four places and take silver in 21.81. Also Read: Many twisties and turns, but Biles exits Games a champion Thompson-Herah, 29, ran 21.66 to win her semi-final. But, on a warm and humid evening at the Olympic Stadium, she was able to find an even ...
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England’s Tour of Bangladesh 2021 rescheduled to 2023

England were scheduled to play three T20Is and three ODIs during September and October this year England's white-ball tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled to play in September-October this year, has been rescheduled to 2023, confirmed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) through a press release on Tuesday. England were scheduled to play three T20Is and as many ODIs during September and October this year. BCB confirming on rescheduling the tour said: "The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have mutually agreed to reschedule England’s planned tour of Bangladesh in September-October 2021 to March 2023. England were due to play three ODIs and Three T20 internationals in Bangladesh this year." "According to the itinerary confirmed by the BCB and EC...
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Biles trains on beam ahead of Olympics return

Biles has not performed in public since sensationally dropping out of the women's team final last week US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles came through a training session smoothly on the beam ahead of her eagerly awaited return to the Olympics on Tuesday. Biles has not performed in public since sensationally dropping out of the women's team final last week. Suffering from the twisties, a psychological phenomenon impinging on a gymnast's spatial awareness, she then pulled out of the all-around, and the vault, floor and uneven bars. A three-time world champion on the beam, she had to settle for bronze on the apparatus at the Rio Olympics, to add to her four golds. Along with her fellow finalists she had three sessions lasting around two minutes each, and appeared confident an...
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Irie becomes Japan’s first woman champion in Olympic boxing

Sena Irie became the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines Sena Irie became the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines on unanimous points to take the featherweight title in Tokyo. It was disappointment for Petecio, who had been looking to earn the Philippines' first Olympic gold in the country's proud boxing history. Judges' scorecards -- which are now displayed after each round to make Olympic boxing more transparent -- unanimously had the 20-year-old Irie ahead after round one. Both boxers were letting their fists go in a lively and open contest at Kokugikan Arena, which is usually used for Japan's national sport, sumo. The 29-year-old Petecio...
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Shakib, Mustafizur to get NOC for IPL

The second leg of the IPL 2021 is set to take place from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman are set to be granted No Objection Certificate to participate in the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021. Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed the development Tuesday. BCB had earlier contemplated not issuing the NOC to Shakib and Mustafizur as they are expected to be with the national team for the preparations of the upcoming World T20I. It is understood that the board’s change in stance came after England postponed their scheduled tour of Bangladesh. The English cricket team were scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series and as man...
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Tigers draw first blood against Aussies

Nasum was the best bowler for the home side as the left-arm spinner took four crucial wickets conceding 19 runs in his four overs, and later adjudged man of the match Hosts Bangladesh drew first blood against the Aussies in the T20I series as the Tigers secured a convincing 23-run victory in the first of the five-match series in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday. Defending 131, Bangladesh made the best possible start as off spinner Mahedi Hasan hit the timber; Australia opener Alex Carey was clean bowled while trying to play a cut. Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed struck in the second over after conceding a maximum as No 3 batsman Josh Philippe was stumped after scoring nine. The Tigers carried on with their brilliant start as Shakib al Hasan bagged the wicket...