Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Uttar Baridhara Club and Farashganj Sporting Club won their respective matches in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Sunday.
Farashganj SC beat Victoria SC by 1-0 goal in the day’s first match scored by Mithun in the 28th minute.
In the day’s other match, Uttar Baridhara Club outplayed lowly Swadinata KS by 3-1 goals.
Arif, Jewel and Zikon scored one each for the winners while Imran netted the lone goal for the losers, all in the first half.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – East End Club finished runners-up in the 13-team Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League beating Dilkusha Sporting Club by 1-0 goals in a place-deciding play-off match at the Bir Shreshta Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Sunday.
Luxman scored the match-winning goal for East End Club in the very 9th minute.
The two teams took part in runners-up deciding play-off match this morning as both the teams have secured 25 points each on completion of all the 12 league encounters.
Earlier, Mugda Samaj Kallyan & Krira Sangsad clinched the league title securing 26 points from all the 12 matches.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) - Bangladesh women booters started leaving Dhaka on Sunday for their respective village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones.
Head coach of Bangladesh women football team Golam Rabbani Choton on Sunday the women footballers, who were attending a resident camp, will enjoy a 19-day vacation from Monday.
He said the camp will remain closed from May 20 to June 7. “All the activities will remain suspended from May 20 to June 7 and will resume on June 8. Girls started heading to their village homes from today (Sunday),” he said.
The female booters have been given some time for taking rest as they are continuously participating in international tournaments.
Bangladesh ended the first edition of Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 in Dhaka on May 3 and SAFF Women’s Championship in Biratnagar, Nepal on March 20.
Returning to Dhaka after the Eid vacation, the female booters will begin a preparation camp for the upcoming AFC Under-16 Women Championship and FIFA Under-17 Women World Cup qualifiers billed for September in Thailand.
Choton believes that the break will be proved to be helpful ahead of their next assignments. “Girls need rest and recuperation. I hope they’ll utilise the vacation ahead of their next competitions,” he said.
Bangladesh U-19 Women’s team skipper Misrat Jahan Mousumi also felt that the vacation will be beneficial for the booters. “It’s so important to spend some time with family and friends. It will make us fresh,” she said.
Midfielder Monika Chakma said holidays will help them recover their minds and physiques. “It is also part of our training camp.”
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh national cricket team wanted to win the final of the just-concluded tri-nation series in Ireland at any cost, said all-rounder Farhad Reza upon his return to Dhaka after the triumph.
Farhad had got the chance in the squad of Ireland tri-series but failed to impress the team management to get selected in the playing XI.
“We never thought that we can lose the match. We just wanted to win the final against West Indies at any cost. I think our positive mindset helped us to seal the game,” Farhad told the reporters.
Before the final, Bangladesh had beaten the Carribean boys twice in the league stage games, which had earned the favourite tag for the Tigers, and eventually, they proved their capability in the final as well.
While batting first, West Indies put up 131 in 20.1 overs. After that, the rain came in and washed five hours away. Due to the interruption, the match was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. West Indies finished their innings on 152 for one wicket in 24 overs.
However, as per the DL method, Bangladesh got a revised target of 210. SoumyaSarkar and MosaddekHossain two brilliant fifties to seal the game for the Tigers, which helped them to win their first-ever title in a multi-nation cricketing event.
“It was tough to adapt to the condition because there was too much cold. However, we wanted to stay positive and play our natural game,” Farhad added.
Bangladesh team is now in England to prepare ahead of the World Cup. They will start their World Cup assault with the match against South Africa on June 2. Before that, the Tigers will play two warm-up games against Pakistan and India respectively on 26 and 28 May.
Rome, May 19 (AP/UNB) — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday.
It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in Madrid last week. This victory should also restore Nadal's confidence as he seeks a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.
"The main thing is I am playing better. If I play better, I know I'm going to have chances to be in finals and to win semifinal matches," Nadal said. "If you are not playing well, (beating) the best players of the world is much more difficult. ... I have margin to keep improving. But I am doing the right steps to be there."
In Sunday's final, Nadal will resume his rivalry with top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who faced an unusually high number of drop shots from Diego Schwartzman before winning 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3.
Djokovic also required three sets to eliminate Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals, meaning he has been on court for more than 5 ½ hours over the last two days.
It will be the 54th career meeting between Djokovic and Nadal, with Djokovic leading the series 28-25. The pair has split the four Italian Open finals they've played. They last met in the Australian Open final won by Djokovic in straight sets.
"He's my greatest rival of all time," Djokovic said. "Every time we get to play each other it's a thrill. It's the ultimate challenge."
Nadal is aiming for a record-extending ninth trophy in Rome while Djokovic is seeking his fifth title at the Foro Italico.
Nadal is in the middle of his longest title drought to begin a season since he came onto the scene in 2004. His last trophy came last August in Toronto.
The crowd attempted to encourage Tsitsipas with chants of "Tsi-Tsi-Tsi, Pas-Pas-Pas" but the 20-year-old Greek player couldn't keep up with Nadal on the long rallies — even though he didn't play a day earlier after Roger Federer withdrew injured from their quarterfinal.
Conditions were much slower than on the high-altitude court in Madrid, which favored Nadal and made it tougher for Tsitsipas to execute his attacking game.
"The shots that I played today, I played similar shots last week," Tsitsipas said. "Today those shots felt really slow and he had plenty of time to pass me when I was approaching to the net. .. The court speed was the difference."
Midway through the first set, Nadal produced a blistering forehand winner up the line on the run, drawing a loud roar from the packed Campo Centrale crowd.
Nadal broke Tsitsipas' serve early in both sets.
In the women's tournament, Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours to reach the biggest clay-court final of her career.
Karolina Pliskova beat Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari in the other semifinal, 6-4, 6-4.
Pliskova didn't immediately realize she won because she lost track of the score.
"I thought it was 4-3," she said. "I felt bad about it."
Pliskova is having a solid year, having reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening the season with a title in Brisbane, Australia. The Czech player recently announced she promoted four-time Italian Open champion Conchita Martinez as her head coach.
Konta's only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost to Sakkari.
"I've never really doubted my ability on the surface," Konta said. "I won a lot of my first junior titles, first professional titles on clay. I've always felt that I have a game that has the ability to do well on this surface."