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    Uninspired Italy held to 1-1 draw by Macedonia

    Reuters | Updated at 09:15am on October 07, 2017

    Italy's hopes of qualifying directly for next year's World Cup ended on Friday as they produced another lacklustre performance and were jeered off the field after a 1-1 draw at home to eliminated Macedonia...

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    Spain clinch World Cup spot with slick win over Albania

    Reuters | Updated at 08:50am on October 07, 2017

    Spain stormed into the 2018 World Cup as Group G winners after producing a ruthless first half display to beat Albania 3-0 on Friday, sealing their place in Russia next summer as nearest challengers Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia...

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    Iniesta signs lifetime Barca contract

    Reuters . Barcelona | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    Captain Andres Iniesta became the first player to sign a contract for life with Barcelona on Friday, ending speculation he could leave the club where he has spent his entire career...

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    Germany, England book Russia tickets

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their berth...

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    Argentina in peril as WC race goes to wire

    Agence France-Presse . Montevideo | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance on Thursday after another stalemate on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action...

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    Karunaratne puts Lanka on top

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a dashing half century to guide Sri Lanka to 174-3 at dinner on the first day of the second and final day-night Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday...

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    AHF sees no problem in security plan

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    The representative of Asian Hockey Federation on Friday expressed her satisfaction over Bangladesh’s security plan during the forthcoming Asia Cup in Dhaka but insisted that a lot of works was needed to be done to ensure other facilities...

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    Four changes bear no fruit

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on October 07, 2017

    Bangladesh made a wholesale change to their squad for the second Test against South Africa without being able to bring any meaningful change to their fortune in Bloemfontein on Friday...

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    Ashraful shines in comeback

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:07pm on October 06, 2017

    Former national skipper Mohammad Ashraful scored an unbeaten half-century to put Dhaka Metropolitan in a comfortable position on the opening day of the National Cricket League fourth round on Friday...

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    SA feast on Bangladesh bowling

    Agence France-Presse . Bloemfontein | Updated at 01:35am on October 07, 2017

    Eight days after being run out for 97 in his first Test innings, Aiden Markram eased into the 90s again - then reached a maiden Test century with two successive boundaries...