Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – Khulna Division clinched the Walton 4th National Women’s Hockey title beating Dhaka Division by 1-0 goal in the final at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Monday.
Jessi scored the match-winner for Khulna Division in the 24th minute.
President of Bangladesh Hockey Federation and Chief of the Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mashiuzzaman Serniabat witnessed the day’s final as the chief guest and later he distributed the prizes.
Champions Khulna Division received prize money of Tk 60,000 while the runners-up Dhaka Division got Tk 40,000 as prize money, in addition to trophies.
Nomita Karmakar of Khulna was adjudged the best player of the tournament while three players –-Kimi Karmakar (Khulna Division), Sumi Akhter (Dhaka Division) and Tasnim Akhter (Rangpur Division) scored five goals each to share the highest scorer awards.
Earlier, Rangpur Division finished 3rd in the tournament beating Rajshahi Division by 3-1 goals in the 3rd place deciding match Monday morning.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh will start the four-match Women’s T20 series against Pakistan on Tuesday at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
The match will kick off at 9 am Bangladesh time.
Pakistan team, led by Javeria Wadood, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday and reached Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning to play the T20I series and one–off ODI match against the home team, all at the same venue.
The remaining three T20I matches between the two teams will be held on October 3, 5 and 6 while the lone ODI match is scheduled for October 8.
Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced an 18-member final squad of Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team for both the T20I series and ODI match including all-rounder Lala Mondal in one of the five changes in their squad.
Salma Khatun was made captain of Bangladesh T20I team while Rumana Ahmed skipper of Bangladesh ODI team.
Fast bowler Lily Rani Biswas was dropped from the team that played in the Women's World T20 Qualifiers in Ireland in July. The other inclusions are Ritu Moni, batsman Sharmin Akhter, 19-year-old pacer Suraya Azmin and 18-year-old batsman Murshida Khatun.
Lata, Suraya and Murshida were in standby for the World T20 Qualifiers.
The changes were made keeping in mind the bigger picture - the Women's World T20 in November - for which Bangladesh are playing this four-match T20I series against Pakistan. These players will get a chance to stake their claim in that squad.
Lata, who played 52 international matches, last played for Bangladesh in January 2017 when she made only four runs in three ODIs against South Africa. But she impressed with her fitness and training in the last few months, as did fast-bowling all-rounder Ritu Moni. Sharmin was considered as a batting option, while Suraya and Murshida are promising young cricketers.
Bangladesh Squad: Rumana Ahmed (ODI Captain), Salma Khatun (T20 Captain), Nigar Sultana, Fargana Haque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fahima Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Shamima Sultana, Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Sanjida Islam, Sharmin Sultana, Suraya Ajmin, Sharmin Akter Supta, Lata Mondol and Murshida Khatun,
Pakistan Squad: Javeria Wadood (Captain), Bibi Nahida, Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Sidra Amin, Omaima Sohail, Nida Rashid, Sidra Nawaz, Sana Mir, Nashra Sundhu, Anum Amin, Natalia Parvaiz, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Aiman Anwar.
Dhaka, Oct 01 (UNB) – Bangladesh team settled for draw in the 6th round matches of both the open and women’s section of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad held at the Sports Place in Batumi in Georgia on Sunday.
In the 6th round matches, Bangladesh open team played to a 2-2 with Chile while Bangladesh women’s team settled for 2-2 draw with Jamaica.
Bangladesh team earned 8 points from 6 matches in the open section while Bangladesh team earned 7 points from 6 matches in the women’s section.
In the 6th round matches of open section, Bangladeshi FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman (Rating-2263) beat IM Salinas Herrera Pablo (Rating-2486) of Chile; Bangladeshi GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib (Rating-2472) drew with GM Morovic Fernandez Ivan (Rating-2501); GM Enamul Hossain Razib (Rating-2452) drew with IM Garcia Cardenas Pablo (Rating-2444) while another GM Ziaur Rahman (Rating-2477) lost to GM Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal (Rating-2519).
In the 6th round matches of women’s section, WIM Rani Hamid (Rating 1909) beat CM Miller Rachel (Rating-1859) of Jamaica; WIM Shamima Akter Liza (Rating-2152) drew with Gray Krishna (Rating-1691); WFM Zakia Sultana (Rating-1838) drew with Williams Margoe (Rating-1617) while WFM Tanima Parveen (Rating-2022) lost to WCM Barrett Ariel (Rating-2064).
The 7th round matches of the both open and women’s sections scheduled for Monday (October 1).
Bangladesh team is due to play against Turkmenistan in the open section while Bangladesh team scheduled to play Croatia in the women’s section.
Milan, Oct 1 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo might be finding it harder than expected to score in Serie A, but Mario Mandzukic has stepped up his game.
The towering Croatia international weighed in with another two goals on Saturday to help Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Napoli as the Bianconeri maintained their perfect start to the season.
Both goals were set up by Ronaldo, who took his number of assists to five in seven matches.
Mandzukic has four goals in six appearances — he scored only five in 32 league games last season — and is working well with Ronaldo in a three-pronged attack, with Paulo Dybala dropping back.
While Mandzukic struggled to find the back of the net in Serie A last season, he did net four goals in six Champions League appearances.
Juventus will be looking to him for goals in that same competition on Tuesday when it hosts Young Boys, with Ronaldo suspended following his red card against Valencia.
"There will be no Cristiano and we know how important he is for us, but this is a team sport. There are 11 of us out there," Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said.
JUVENTUS MANAGEMENT MOVES
Juventus CEO and director general Giuseppe Marotta surprised many when he announced on live TV on Saturday that he will not be nominated for another term as CEO at the club's Oct. 25 board meeting.
Marotta's market moves have been an important part of Juve's run of seven straight Serie A titles.
He joined the Bianconeri from Sampdoria in 2010.
While Marotta will remain director general for the time being, Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved and sporting director Fabio Paratici are expected to be given more power.
There is also speculation that Zinedine Zidane, a former Juventus standout like Nedved, will join the Turin club's management.
Marotta is being tipped for a move to Napoli or Roma.
LORENZO THE MAGNIFICENT
After Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini is building his credentials as Roma's next Rome-born fixture.
Coming on as an early substitute, the 22-year-old Pellegrini scored a backheel goal and set up Roma's two other goals in the 3-1 victory over Lazio in the Rome derby on Saturday.
Nicknamed "Lorenzo the Magnificent," Pellegrini grew up in the Cinecitta neighborhood of Rome — near the famous cinema studios — and spent his youth career at Roma.
Roma then sold Pellegrini to Sassuolo in 2015 but with a buy-back clause that enabled the Giallorossi to re-purchase him last year.
While Pellegrini played in nearly 40 matches for Roma last season, he had a difficult start to this campaign and was harshly criticized by fans.
"Lorenzo is a serious and well-meaning kid," Roma captain De Rossi said. "He didn't start well but he's from Rome. The criticism hurts him a lot. He's really good and an asset for the club and for every fan."
Lautaro Martinez capped a man-of-the-match performance with his first goal for Inter Milan on Saturday — with his first attempt in Serie A.
He struck in the 12th minute to send Inter on its way to a 2-0 victory over Cagliari.
The Argentine, who turned 21 last month, joined Inter from Racing Club in the offseason and Inter coach Luciano Spalletti believes working with compatriot Mauro Icardi has seen him progress.
"He's a strong player," Spalletti said. "He has what you want inside the box to score goals and training with Mauro can only have helped him at attacking space. He has the character, skill and strength to make a difference."
Barcelona, Oct 1 (AP/UNB) — With his actions, and now words, Lionel Messi is embracing a new role as Barcelona captain.
Messi came off the bench to set up a late equalizer by fellow substitute Munir El Haddadi and salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Extremely reticent to talk to the Spanish media in the past, the club's all-time leading scorer faced the cameras afterward to explain why his team over the last week had secured only two out of a possible nine points in the Spanish league.
Messi acknowledged that Barcelona must improve in defense after it drew 2-2 to Girona and lost 2-1 at Leganes before its latest slip against Bilbao.
"We are angry for this run of results," Messi said. "We are aware that we have to be stronger in defense and not concede goals in every match. Last year it was very difficult to score against us, and now it doesn't take much."
Messi then pointed to Barcelona's upcoming Champions League trip to Wembley Stadium, where the defending Spanish champions play Harry Kane's Tottenham in a Group B game.
"Now we must think about Wednesday because we have a very hard match against a very complicated team," Messi said. "We know we have a lot to improve, but we must stay calm."
At age 31, Messi is in his 15th season with Barcelona's first team and has long been the player his teammates turn to for the decisive dribble, pass or goal.
But this campaign he has the added responsibility of wearing the captain's armband that was handed down by Andres Iniesta after his departure to Japan.
Besides talking to the media, Messi was also the team's vocal defender on the field. Messi argued long enough with referee Jaime Latre after the final whistle of Saturday's match where he earned his first booking of the season.
Messi set a record for the Champions League with his eighth career hat trick in the competition two weeks ago when Barcelona routed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 in their European opener.
The team is winless since then, but Messi was quick to reassure fans that Barcelona is not relying too much on his goals.
"We have the squad and players to make a great team that doesn't depend on one player," Messi said. "We have more than enough players so that we don't have to depend on any single one."
The numbers back him up.
While Messi leads the team with eight goals across all competitions, Ousmane Dembele has scored five goals overall, Luis Suarez three, and Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Pique two each.
Barcelona's defensive troubles could be magnified in London against Tottenham, with Barca missing half of its starting backline.
Center back Samuel Umtiti will serve a one-game suspension for his sending-off during Barcelona's win over PSV.
Sergio Roberto, who can play at right back but also in midfield, will miss the upcoming game after he injured a muscle in his right leg over the weekend.
That means Clement Lenglet, who joined the club this summer, will team up with Gerard Pique in the center of the defense, while Nelson Semedo is the squad's only available right back.
Real Madrid is missing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid started the season well enough, leading some commentators to argue that the team's collective attack was as dangerous as the huge individual threat once provided by Ronaldo before his exit to Juventus this summer.
But a stinging 3-0 loss at Sevilla and a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid at home on Saturday have left Madrid searching for the goals that Ronaldo used to produce.
To make matters worse for Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, Madrid has lost three of its top attacking talents ahead of its Group G match on Tuesday at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Gareth Bale, who has scored four goals this season, picked up an unspecified leg injury against Atletico. Left back Marcelo, who often joins the attack, missed the derby due to a muscle injury in his right leg, and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon underwent surgery for an appendicitis.
Lopetegui has also left Sergio Ramos off his squad for the trip to Moscow, presumably to rest his center back.
"We have to find solutions and put all our faith in our squad," Lopetegui said after the draw with Atletico.
With Karim Benzema in poor recent form, Mariano Diaz could get more playing time after scoring two weeks ago in Madrid's 3-0 win over Roma.